Finding the Problem With a Car That Doesn’t Always Start

Reaching 100,000 Miles With The Original Transmission Fluid Creates A Delicate Maintenance Situation

Transmission fluid may not burn like oil does, but transmission fluid does get dirty. Dirty fluid has the potential to launch a tidal wave of problems leading to major repairs when the filthy fluid continually cycles through the transmission system. A myth does abound: because transmission fluid doesn’t burn the fluid doesn’t have to be changed. Car owners who let basic maintenance responsibilities slip may find their transmission, well, slipping once the car reaches the 100,000+ mileage mark with the original transmission fluid. Owners hoping to avoid a mechanical disaster now have to delicately address a difficult situation. Avoid General Auto Service Centers Hoping to quickly correct an oversight may lead a car owner to take a vehicle to a big name chain auto service center for standard service. These establishments are not transmission service centers and do not specialize in such work. Likely, the service center will perform a basic flush. Flushing may be a very bad idea with high mileage cars because the process may cause even more damage to the internal components. Rather than take chances, visit a garage that is primarily a transmission garage, such as B G & S Transmissions. This way, the appropriate decision on work can be performed. Request a Report from the Manufacturer Before visiting the transmission shop, it may be best to call the manufacturer’s customer service number and explain the situation. Ask the manufacturer to provide any special recommendations for specific high-grade transmission fluid, transmission system manual parts cleanings, and so on. Calling—as opposed to emailing—speeds up the response time from the manufacturer. Too much time has already passed...

Creating A Community Healthcare Center: How Office Trailers Can Help

All too often, communities don’t have the access to health care centers they need. Whether they live in a rural setting that doesn’t have enough population to sustain new construction for a community healthcare center or they live in an urban area with no space for new construction, some people can’t visit a local healthcare clinic. Office trailers can provide the solution to the problem of both communities. If you are looking to create a community healthcare center, here are a few things to consider when looking for a modular office trailer. Exam Room Space The floor plan you select should have enough rooms to keep up with patient demands in your area. Look for a building that has multiple rooms that can be used for examinations. Even if you will only have one doctor on staff, having multiple rooms makes it easier for nurses to do initial health screenings, which can help to prevent long waits for care. It also makes it easier to expand the services offered at the healthcare center to include additional doctors and nurse practitioners. Handicap Accessibility While office trailers are typically one level, they are not always even with the ground. This means you will need to select a model that has a wheelchair access ramp and doors wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. Restroom facilities within the building must also be handicap accessible. You may want to select a building with one or two large restrooms that can be used as unisex facilities to handle your patient’s needs. Spacious Waiting Room Waits for doctor visits may be significant, especially if the area...

Terms You Need To Know To Understand Battery & Alternator Repairs

As a new vehicle owner, you don’t have to understand how to fix every part on your vehicle; that is what mechanics are for. However, it is helpful to be familiar with the terms that your mechanic will use when you take your vehicle in for repairs. Being familiar with these terms ahead of time will take away some of the confusion and mystery of the auto repair process. Here are some terms you need to know if your vehicle has either battery or alternator issues that need to be addressed by your mechanic. Battery All vehicles require a battery in order to operate. The battery looks like a big rectangular black box and is generally located near the front of your engine, next to the alternator. Like regular batteries, car batteries have both positive and negative terminals. These terminals are generally covered by simple plastic lids that help protect them from erosion. Just like a regular battery, your car battery will need to be replaced eventually. If you know when your battery was installed, a mechanic should be able to tell you how long your battery should last. The lifespan of a battery varies based on the quality of the battery installed, the type of vehicle you drive and how often you drive your vehicle. If you left lights on in your vehicle for an extended period of time without the engine running, this can cause your battery to “die” and you will need to jumpstart your battery to get it started again. Without a working battery, you cannot drive your car. Alternator Your alternator is a device...

Request The Brake Pads That Match Your Driving Style

You likely don’t know that there are a variety of different types of brake pads available. Most people just accept the standard pads that they get from the auto shop that does brake services. But you can specify the type of pad you want them to use to better match your style of driving. Here are the choices you have in brake pads and how each one affects your car. Semi-Metallic Brake Pads This is the standard pad put on cars during a brake job. This brake pad is made by embedding small pieces of metal into a resin base. The typical metals used include steel, copper, iron or graphite. There could be a mixture of metals used in the pad. The size of the metal pieces determines the cost of the pad, with the pads having smaller metal pieces being the most expensive. These pads are less efficient at low temperatures and need to be warmed up to be at their peak performance. You’ll need to tap on these brakes a few times before going down steep inclines with a heavy load. These pads also create a fine black dust that coats the wheels and adjoining parts of the car. Non-Asbestos Organic (NAO) Instead of pieces of metal, these pads use glass, rubber or Kevlar fibers embedded in the resin base. These pads are quieter than the semi-metallic pads, but they still produce the dust on the car. These pads are good for use in the city where there is a lot of stop-and-go driving. These pads need less warm up, which makes them good for hilly roads...

Be Careful To Avoid These Common Auto Maintenance Mistakes

When you own a vehicle, you not only need to keep it clean and make sure you always have gas, but also get it maintained regularly. Unfortunately, there are some maintenance and repair mistakes people often make, then don’t realize it until their car breaks down. Here are some mistakes to be sure you avoid so your vehicle runs smoothly for a long time. Failing to Have the Brakes Inspected One of the most important parts of your vehicle is the braking system. Without brakes, it could mean a serious and possibly fatal accident on the road. Make sure you don’t avoid the small signs that your car is telling you they need to be checked, from squeaking and grinding, to requiring you to push down a little harder on the pedal to get the brakes to work. If you notice any of these signs, make sure you have the brakes checked immediately. If you wait too long, you could do permanent damage to the brake rotors, or possibly be on the freeway and find that the brakes have gone out completely. Not Changing the Filters Your vehicle has a number of filters that help keep dangerous toxins and debris from entering the mechanical system. These are in place to protect your car, but they can get clogged and stop working properly. If you are in between routine maintenance appointments, it is still a good idea to check the fuel and air filters regularly. If they are dirty, it is easy enough to remove them and replace them with a new filter. They are also inexpensive, so you don’t...

4 Things To Look At When Buying A Used Vehicle

Buying a used vehicle takes time. You don’t want to jump into the decision lightly. After all, you are spending money that you worked hard for on something that you expect to last for a decent amount of time. Because of this, you want to spend some time going through and checking a few things out to make sure you make the right decision for your needs. Radiator fluid. First, check to see if the radiator fluid is full in both the tank and the overflow tube. If the fluid is low, it might signal a problem with the radiator. Whether it be a crack in the radiator itself or a leak in the hose, you need to make sure what it is that you are dealing with right from the start. Next, check the color of the fluid. Most fluid is a green color, but some vehicles have red coolant in them. Either way, the fluid shouldn’t be discolored or appear to have something in it. Switches. Check all of the different switches in the vehicle. Do the wipers work? Is the radio working like it should? Does the heater and air conditioning system work? Test out all of the extras that you can think of to determine whether something is going to need to be replaced or not. This will tell you if you are stepping into something that you can drive away in and enjoy or if you have to invest in fixing some of the extras that you might need. Engine. Go through and look at the engine for signs of oil leaking on top...

3 Signs That You Need To Replace Your Car’s Brake Pads Or Rotors

While coming to a stop in your car, you may notice that it is not stopping as quickly or smoothly as it once did. If so, look for the following three signs that could indicate that you need to replace your car’s brake pads or rotors. Brakes Squeal Or Grind When You Stop While coming to a stop, you may be hearing a loud squealing noise coming from your vehicle’s frontend. If so, the brake pads’ top layers may have become torn or slick, making them slid on the rotors. The lack of friction then causes the sounds. If you are hearing a grinding noise when you stop, the pads may be worn so badly that the metal underneath is hitting the rotors. This can cause permanent, serious damage to the rotors, and could eventually make you unable to stop your car. When you start hearing this sound, the pads and the rotors need to be examined as soon as possible. Your Car Vibrates Whenever You Apply The Brakes Whenever you feel the entire car vibrate while applying the brakes, this could be an indicator that your pads have worn down and are skipping on the rotors. This skipping action can cause further wear on the pad, since the repeated impact causing even more pressure on them. However, this could also be a sign that your car’s axles or tire rods are malfunctioning, so you should have a mechanic determine the exact cause. Metal Shavings Are Present On Your Wheels Or Tires If you are experiencing one or both of the signs above, look carefully at your car’s wheels...

3 Signs That Your Transmission Needs To Be Repaired

The transmission helps your vehicle accelerate and change directions by transitioning between gears. If the transmission of a car starts to fail, it can jeopardize the mobility of the vehicle. It is best to have a transmission checked at the first sign of problems. Here are a few indications that your transmission may need to be repaired: Leaking Red Fluid There are multiple fluids that may leak from your car. For instance, when you run your air conditioner, water may leak. However, if the fluid that leaks from your vehicle is red, it is likely transmission fluid. You can check the dipstick in your transmission fluid reservoir within your vehicle to determine whether or not the fluid level has fallen beneath and optimal range. If your transmission fluid level is low, it is best to add transmission fluid until it is at an acceptable level. However, the transmission of the car still needs to be inspected as soon as possible. The lubrication provided by the transmission fluid is important to prevent friction from wearing away the gears and other parts of the transmission. Thus, the fluid level should always remain high enough for the transmission fluid to provide adequate friction relief. Your Car Won’t Move in Reverse When a car is unable to settle into an appropriate gear, such as reverse, transmission components may be wearing out. The teeth of gears may be too worn to connect to components necessary for your car to adjust to directional changes. When you place the gear shift in reverse, the car may refuse to move even though you are pressing the accelerator pedal. Your...

Top Benefits Of Tinting The Windows Of Your Home

If you only think of vehicles when you think of tinted windows, you might just be surprised to learn that there are actually many benefits that can come from tinting the windows of your home. To help you decide whether this is an upgrade that you want to make to your home, you will want to check out the following benefits of it. Added Privacy Some people hate the idea of strangers being able to look into their home through the windows. Instead of feeling as though you have to keep the curtains or blinds closed all of the time, you can simply add tinting to your windows. By having the tint on your home windows, people walking or driving by will not be able to readily see into your home, even if your curtains are wide open. This means that you will be able to let in more sunlight and get a nice view of the outside, without having to sacrifice your privacy. Protection Of Fabrics Whether it is your curtains, your carpets, or your couch, the color in your fabric can fade as the harmful UV rays shine through your windows. Instead of having to keep your curtains shut in order to keep the UV rays out, you can tint your windows. By simply tinting your windows, the amount of UV rays coming into your home will be limited. This means that your fabrics will last a lot longer before you have to spend your hard earned money to replace everything. Added Curb Appeal Many people see the benefits of having residential windows tinted. Therefore, the curb...

Three Problems To Avoid When Starting Up The Unused Car In The Garage

If you have an extra car that for whatever reason has been sitting unused in your garage for a year or more, getting it back into shape for driving again can be tricky. You’ll need to take care to avoid pitfalls such as causing damage by starting the car without preparing it properly first. Some of these problems are only dangerous to the car but others can be risky for the driver as well, so be sure to take preventive steps against each of them. If you’re unsure whether the car’s safe to drive, be sure to ask your mechanic for advice. Use these three items as a guide to help you avoid the potential danger to your car and yourself that can occur if you start a disused car carelessly. 1. Engine overheating If the oil is low or too old, your engine may overheat and eventually fuse together. Old oil tends to turn to sludge, which is why it won’t lubricate the engine effectively. Sludge forms when the oil additives absorb too much water (which can happen over time even if the car isn’t used). Chemical changes occur, the additives break down, and the oil is of no use any more. In addition to not functioning as a lubricant, sludge is really bad for your engine, which is why you should always check and ideally change the oil before running the vehicle. Your engine can also overheat if your radiator fluid is too old; old coolant wears out, meaning the rust inhibitors stop functioning, and bits of rust will eventually get into the coolant. These flakes can...

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Every once in a while, my car wouldn’t start when I turned the key. It seemed that this happened when I was in the biggest hurry and didn’t have the time to mess around with it, so I started doing some digging to find out what could cause a car not to start intermittently. I found out that there are a lot of elements that could cause the problem, so I learned how to troubleshoot each issue. If you have a car that doesn’t always start when you want it to, visit through my blog. Here, you will find out what could be causing it and how to troubleshoot your way to repairing it.