|We created this Money-Saving Vehicle Maintenance Guide for 2018 to remind ourselves and you how to avoid costly car repairs in the future.
Our tips are Cost-Effective and completely Hassle-Free. If you follow this guide, your car will be running at its best performance for many more years to come.
Here is a short overview:
- Regular Maintenance – Change regularly oil and filters for oil, fuel and air
- Keep it clean – dust can damage your paint and cause abrasions
- Go Easy During Startup – cold engine needs up to 30 seconds to get its act together, to get oiled properly and start running smoothly
- Make Fewer Short Trips – if not possible, change your oil more frequently
- Watch for Engine Warning Signs – especially for most dangerous ones (the engine oil light, the engine temperature gauge and the brake light)
- Unload Extra Weight – It places extra demands on our engine, and it creates suspension, braking and even exhaust problems
- Change Oil and Other Vital Fluids – Transmission, differential, brake, power-steering fluid; oil; and antifreeze
- Take Care of Your Tires – not only because safety issues, but also because gas consumption and some other things
- Get Problems Checked Out Sooner Rather Than Later – don’t let the cough turn into pneumonia
Please continue reading and we will explain exactly why taking care of your car is important and can save you money (not to mention how safer and happier you will be).
2.8 Million Miles…and more to go!
Meet Irv Gordon, a 73-year-old retired science teacher from Patchogue, N.Y. He holds the Guinness world record for the most miles driven by a single owner in a noncommercial vehicle.
His 1966 Volvo P1800 has more than 2.99 million miles on the odometer. The car still has the original engine (although it has been preventively rebuilt twice), transmission and radio.
|What’s the secret to his car’s longevity?
Gordon has always changed the oil and fluids — and performed other maintenance — according to the recommendations in the Owner’s Manual.
Do Your Regular Maintenance
Skipping regularly scheduled maintenance intervals is one of the quickest ways to assure your car finds its way to an early grave. Regular oil changes and oil, fuel and air filter changes all help make sure your car has what it needs to run without problems: clean air and clean fuel, plus fresh, uncontaminated oil to prevent wear and tear.
Simply because there is no apparent problem with the car, it doesn’t imply that everything is likely to be fine with it. An added bonus to regular service? It gives good mechanics an opportunity to spot problems before they balloon into something more serious.
If you’re wondering how often to do these things, there’s a book that explains it all to you. It’s called the owner’s manual. You’ll find it in your glove box, shrink-wrapped in plastic, because — if you’re like most vehicle owners — you’ve probably never looked at it. In the back you’ll find a list of service intervals, and the services that are recommended during each of them. If intervals in the book stop at 120,000 miles, that doesn’t mean you’re done with maintenance. Go back to the beginning and start over (so, for instance, do all the services called for in the 7,500-mile service at 127,500).
By the way, if you’re fretting over the ongoing cost of routine service, remember this: “It’s the stingy man who makes the most boat payments!”
Keep Your Car Clean
You must clean your car often. This serves two purposes – it keeps the car spotless and glistening, and it also protects the layer of paint from dirt which can cause abrasions.
Go Easy During Startup
A cold engine (one that’s sat for more than five hours) will have little or no oil left on the moving parts because it has all seeped down into the oil pan. It takes only a few seconds after start-up for the oil pump to adequately lubricate an engine. During those few seconds, however, is when you should keep engine RPMs down to a minimum.
Give the engine at least 30 seconds (longer if it has sat for more than 24 hours) before popping it in gear and roaring off.
Make Fewer Short Trips
Short trips of less than 10 minutes can be particularly hard on a car, resulting in excessive wear and tear. During a short trip, your car’s engine never has a chance to reach its full operating temperature.
Here’s why it matters: One of the byproducts of engine combustion is water. When an engine reaches its operating temperature that water turns to vapor and is expunged, either out the tailpipe or the crankcase ventilation system. On a short trip, however, that water stays inside your car’s engine and exhaust. Unfortunately, water is one of only three ingredients necessary to make rust (you’ve already got the other two, oxygen and metal), and rust kills.
A further complication of condensation and water is that it dilutes your oil, which then does a poorer job of lubricating the engine. If you can’t avoid taking lots of short trips, we recommend you change your oil frequently, such as every 2,000-3,000 miles.
Watch for Engine Warning Signs
It’s OK to drive your car short distances with certain warning lights illuminated or gauges out of their normal range, but there are three that you dismiss at your car’s peril: the engine oil light, the engine temperature gauge and the brake light. A few minutes of an excessively hot engine or low oil pressure and the groceries you’re hauling in the back could suddenly be worth more than your car. A couple of minutes with the brake light on and you might end up playing bumper cars with the Cadillac Escalade ahead of you. The one being driven by Tony Soprano. In a bad mood.
Get in the habit of glancing at your engine’s temperature gauge and warning lights. If the lights come on, pull over as soon as it’s safe to do so and shut off the engine. Failure to heed warning may result in an expensive engine rebuild.
Unload Extra Weight
|Most of us know what it feels like to be hauling a few extra doughnuts around the midriff, so to speak. It places extra demands on our engine, and it creates suspension, braking and even exhaust problems. If you catch our drift.
It’s no different with your car. Extra weight adds stress to critical systems and causes premature wear. Check your car right now.
What’s in there that can come out? Toss out the four bowling balls, the barbells and the lead-lined box of plutonium fuel rods.
You should also remove anything that causes additional drag. Creating aerodynamic drag is similar to adding weight in that it increases the demand on your engine, so think about removing the big, flat bug shield that sticks up above your hood.
Remove any roof racks you’re not actively using, and take the cargo carrier off the top of the minivan. We know it gives you some hope of looking cool, like you do something besides haul kids around, but it’s killing your gas mileage and making your engine work harder.
Change Oil and Other Vital Fluids
What fluids are we talking about?
Transmission, differential, brake, power-steering fluid; oil; and antifreeze.
Windshield washer fluid? Not so important. Blinker fluid? There’s no such thing. We just wanted to make sure you are paying attention. 🙂
Your car’s fluids will often be changed during regular service intervals, but it’s important enough that we wanted to mention it separately. As you drive your car, and even if it just sits in the driveway, your car’s fluids degrade.
That’s a problem because each of the fluids in your car is vital to the long-term health of the engine, transmission, steering or brakes. Simply keeping the fluids topped off isn’t enough because over time they lose important properties — like their ability to remove heat and lubricate, as well as the ability to prevent rust and freezing.
Regular transmission and differential fluid changes are often overlooked, but this service is very important. If you really want to keep your car forever, get these fluids changed as needed or more often. Fresh, clean transmission fluid assures that your car’s drivetrain stays cool and uncontaminated.
Some cars, by the way, have two separate differentials. If yours is one, and make sure that both sets of differential oil get changed. It’s easy to overlook this particular service, but you do so at your own peril: A cooked differential can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Routine maintenance service to flush your transmission fluid and replacement is much less expensive.
Take Care of Your Tires
When was the last time you checked your tires’ air pressure? Don’t remember? Or maybe it was done the last time you had an oil change (or at least you hope it was). Most people don’t care about tire pressure because they don’t notice “anything wrong” with their vehicle. Well it may seem that way, until you’re forced to quickly slow down and/or swerve to avoid an accident, be it on dry, wet or icy pavement.
When a tire is under-inflated, most of the car’s weight is concentrated on the tread that’s located just under the sidewalls, rather than being spread out evenly across the full width of the tire. This means that as the tire rolls, the sidewall gets continually flexed (squished, if you will) and heats up. This affects both performance and safety. In addition to degrading the handling of the vehicle (via the mushy steering response courtesy of the flexing sidewalls), a tire that’s considerably low on air can blow out due to the stress from the heat buildup and the constant flexing of the sidewall.
A tire with a scalped tread pattern on the tire will cause a grinding sound at speed over 45MPH. This tire condition is caused by a combination of worn struts or shocks and or tire imbalance. If a tire is controlled unevenly the tire will vibrate causing the tread to contact the ground inconsistently. This inconsistent contact with the road causes the tire tread to wear unevenly. To check for this condition (called ―cupping‖ – example on the right) take your hand and pass it over the tire tread, it should be smooth. If high and low points exist the tire is cupped and needs to be rotated or replaced depending on the severity of the cupping condition.
Get Problems Checked Out Sooner Rather Than Later
This is like saying “Don’t let a cold turn into pneumonia.” If you have a small problem with your car, get it checked out sooner rather than later.
For example, a torn CV boot is a common problem and a simple repair. Delay getting it fixed, though, and you’ll eventually end up by the side of the road, unable to drive and forced to fork over some additional money for a tow and a whole new axle.
That’s just one example. There are many other problems that start small but balloon into something much larger if they’re not addressed right away. Don’t believe in this theory? Talk to the secretary of the Treasury Department.
Above all, make sure your car is safe to drive!
If you have any doubts about such things as brakes, brake lines, ball joints, tie rods, airbags, seat belts or even the structural integrity of your car, get it checked out.
Remember: Even though you want your car to last a long time, you still want to outlive your car.
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Slipping gears? Grinding noises? Shuddering? No reverse? Harsh shifting? No overdrive?
The transmission in your car is one of its most important components. Transmission issues can render your car motionless and you will be hunting for a ride or walking. If you take care of your car and its transmission, then it should last you a good long time. However, you do need to know which problems to look out for. With that in mind, read on below for a few of the most common transmission issues to be revealed.
In our last two blogs, we talked about what you should and shouldn’t do when waiting on a tow truck to pull you in for transmission repair. There are a couple of more do’s and don’ts that you should consider so that you are safe while waiting for the tow truck to arrive. From not trusting strangers to getting your car as far out of traffic as possible, following the aforementioned tips may save your life. With that in mind, read on below for a few more of the do’s and don’ts to follow when waiting on a tow truck.
DO Stay Where You are Safest
If you break down on the interstate and feel that you are safer inside of your car, stay there. Make sure to keep your seat belt on and your doors locked until the tow truck arrives. Once the tow truck driver arrives, ask for ID before you get out of the car. If you feel it is safe to get out of the car, then don’t get in the way of oncoming traffic and stay as far off the road as you can while you wait.
DON’T get out of the Car Until You are Out of Traffic
Never exit your car until you are safely out of traffic. You don’t want to get out and try to dodge traffic to get to the side of the road. If you can’t get your car out of harm’s way, then stay in the car. Don’t even get out to pop the hood or check the damage to the transmission. Stay where you are, until the tow truck arrives. It’s better to be safe and stay put than get out and be hit by oncoming motorists.
For more information and to call a tow truck for your transmission if needed, contact the professionals at Twin Transmission for help.
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In our last article, we talked about some of the do’s and don’ts of waiting on a tow truck. When your transmission fails you or any problem causes you to pull off on the side of the road and call a tow truck from Twin Transmission to come and get you, you have put yourself in danger. With that in mind, read on below for a few more of the do’s and don’ts when waiting on a tow truck to come tow you to our shop, so that we can fix your transmission the right way.
DO Signal to Other Drivers You Aren’t Moving
Even if you are stranded during the day, you need to make sure and turn on your hazard lights. This is the best way for other motorists to see you and know that you aren’t moving. It will signal to other drivers that you aren’t moving and let them see you, especially at night.
DON’T Leave Your Stuff Unattended
If you don’t want your personal items to get stolen, then if you decide not to stay with your car, take them with you. This includes things like your purse, cell phone, insurance papers, and anything else that is important to you. Gather them with you and take them home. Making sure to take all your stuff with you will give you the peace of mind of knowing that your items are secure.
These are just a few more of the do’s and don’ts of waiting on a tow truck to come tow your car if you have car trouble. The best way to prevent this from happening to you is by making sure to bring your car into Twin Transmission for repairs if you think something is going on. In part three, we will go into a couple more do’s and don’ts. See you there!
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You knew you should have had that transmission checked out a long time ago, but you kept putting it off. Now it’s 3 am and you are on the side of the road, waiting for the tow truck to come and tow your car to Twin Transmission for repairs. No matter what the issue is with your transmission, waiting for a tow truck can be dangerous if you don’t follow some simple safety tips. With that in mind, read on below for a few of the top do’s and don’ts of waiting on the tow truck to come tow you in.
DO Pull Over and Out of Traffic
The very first thing you should do is pull over and out of traffic if at all possible. If you can drive the car then do that, if not, try to push it as far out of traffic as you can get it so traffic isn’t blocked and you don’t run the risk of causing an accident before the tow truck arrives.
DON’T Accept Rides from Someone You Don’t Know
The days when you could trust just about everyone is long gone and it’s important not to accept rides from strangers. You have already called for a tow truck, wait for them to get there and be careful who you talk too. Though there may be good Samaritans out there, you never know who is going to have bad intentions. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
These are just a couple of the do’s and don’ts of waiting for a tow truck to come get your car if your transmission fails you. In part two of this, we will consider more. For more information and to get your transmission checked and repaired before it strands you, contact the professionals at Twin Transmission for help and a tow if needed.
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Waiting for a Tow Truck
Having a car that has an automatic transmission is certainly easier than one with a manual. You don’t have to step on a clutch to change gears and they offer easier shifting for sure. Being able to keep both hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road certainly makes it safer for you and your passengers. Eventually, however, something can happen to that automatic transmission that requires taking it into the shop for repair. Keeping that in mind, read on below for a few of the top signs that your automatic transmission is about to be on the fritz.
A Fluid Leak
Your car’s transmission should never leak. If you notice fluid underneath your car on the driveway, then it’s time to get the car into a transmission shop. Don’t ignore the signs, the faster you get the car to the shop, the faster the leak can be stopped preventing you from having to have extensive repairs on down the line.
The Transmission is Slipping
The top sign that your transmission is slipping is that it seems to shift gears on its own for no reason. It is possible that the car will start making a noise that you’ve never heard before. This means it’s possible your transmission is failing. Getting it to the shop is important if you want to save your transmission and your car.
These are just a couple signs that your automatic transmission is about to go on the fritz. Your best bet is to take your car in for inspection to Twin Transmission so that it can be determined whether you need any work done, before the problems get that bad. We are waiting and eager to serve you. Contact us today for help with all your transmission needs.
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When it comes to taking care of your car in Charlotte, your transmission is one of the things you need to maintain the most if you want your car to run smoothly and efficiently. There are a few different services that should be done on your transmission on a regular basis to ensure your car is running the way it should be. With that in mind, read on below for a few of the most common transmission services revealed.
Replacing the Pan Gasket
You pan gasket can become worn and cracked over time if it isn’t replaced the way that it should be. This results in transmission leaks, which will eventually cause your transmission to start dragging and shifting improperly. It also can contribute to unsafe driving conditions for you and the people who are riding with you.
Cleaning and Removing Grime
A buildup of dirt, grime, and fluid can cause transmission problems as well. Your best bet is to take the car to a reputable transmission shop and let them remove the buildup for you. Every part of the transmission should be wiped clean of build up properly. Over time, this can lead to serious problems with your transmission and money spent that you could have used somewhere else.
Replacing the Transmission Filter
You need to have the transmission filter and the old seal replaced on your car periodically. Dirty or clogged transmission filters can end up with your car being sluggish and put undue stress on the transmission as well.
While these things might sound complicated to a novice, making sure to take your car into Twin Transmission for service on a regular basis can ensure your car is healthy and running smoothly at all time. Contact our shop in Charlotte today for an appointment and to have any questions answered you might have.
In most cases, having your transmission flushed every two years or every 30,000 miles, whichever comes first, is sufficient to keep your car in perfect working order. However, there are often that your car needs a transmission flush early, for whatever reason. With that in mind, read on below for a few of the top signs that you might need a transmission flush now, instead of later.
Transmission is Grinding or Making Strange Noises
If your fluid is contaminated with dirt, grease, or sludge, it can cause the same symptoms as having low fluid can. If you hear the transmission grinding or making any other strange noise when you are driving down the road, you need to pull over and check the levels. If they are okay, then it’s time to get your car into the shop for an inspection and possibly a transmission flush.
Problems with Shifting Gears
It doesn’t matter if you’re driving a stick shift or an automatic, it’s not going to shift properly if your fluid is dirty. In an automatic transmission, the gears will shift to quickly or too late and in a standard, you may have a problem shifting gears at all. If you have this issue and don’t want your car’s transmission to blow, you need to get a transmission flush as soon as possible.
The Gears Are Slipping
If your transmission has no other problems, but is still slipping when you go down the road, it may be time for a transmission flush. Your best bet is to take it into a mechanic and let them decide what is wrong for you.
These are just a few of the top signs that your transmission needs to be flushed. For more information and an inspection to determine if this is what is needed, contact the professionals at Twin Transmission for help.
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The transmission in your car is one of its most important components. Transmission issues can render your car motionless and you will be hunting for a ride or walking. If you take care of your car and its transmission, then it should last you a good long time. However, you do need to know which problems to look out for. With that in mind, read on below for a few of the most common transmission issues in Charlotte NC to be revealed.
Leaks and Low Fluid Levels
Low levels are fluid leaks are some of the biggest causes of transmission issues. Leaks are usually caused by a problem with the transmission and need to be tended to as soon as possible. Low fluid levels could mean that you just need to add transmission fluid to the car. However, if this keeps happening then you have a problem somewhere and need to get it sorted out right away by taking your car in for repairs.
Problems with the Clutch
Your clutch is located in the car’s torque converter and can sometimes become jammed. The symptoms of a locked solenoid mimic those of low fluid, so you need to have the car inspected. If your car is shaking and overheating, this may very well be your problem. You need to get the car to a mechanic right away for diagnosis.
Poor maintenance is actually the number one cause of transmission issues. If you don’t have your transmission flushed or don’t check the fluid levels on a regular basis, then you can’t expect the transmission or the car to keep going strong. Take care of your car and it will take care of you.
These are just a few of the most common transmission issues to watch out for today. If you have any questions or need help with your transmission contact the professionals at Twin Transmission today!
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