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Common Signs of Transmission Problems

Common Signs of Transmission Problems

Your transmission is the most complex system in your vehicle. It is made of hundreds of parts that work together to transfer engine power to move your wheels, which allows you to drive your vehicle. When one of these parts stops doing what they are supposed to do, your car will no longer be safe to drive. There’s a chance that it won’t drive at all.  So, how can you tell that your transmission is in trouble?  Here are the most common warning signs of transmission problems: Unusual or burning smells Red fluid leaks under the vehicle Difficulty shifting gears Problem staying in gear Grinding or hissing noises  Check engine light illuminates on the dashboard When vehicle owners catch the early signs of transmission trouble, they tend to put it off until the damage spreads. With this knowledge, we hope you bring your vehicle to our shop at the first signs of transmission problems. A transmission repair can get complex quickly. Fortunately, the team at Pref ... read more

What Are the Most Common Exhaust System Problems

What Are the Most Common Exhaust System Problems

A vehicle's performance is based on the overall health and performance of the exhaust system. Since it's made of various parts, it only functions well if all parts work together. Failure in any part causes the system to malfunction. According to the workability of an exhaust system, it's prone to face problems at some point. Here are some of the common exhaust system problems. 1. Rust Rust is mostly caused by rain, snow, or salt on the road during bad weather. Once the rust affects the exhaust system, it generates holes that make the exhaust a victim to the potholes, and in the case of a kicked-up rock, the exhaust becomes loose and may fall off. 2. Faulty exhaust manifold gasket The exhaust manifold gasket provides a seal between the exhaust manifold and the cylinder head to prevent any gases from leaking into the system. In case of any faulty occurrence, you will notice a hiss or tap sound provided by the engine, especially at acceleration. 3. Bad oxygen sensor The ... read more

What Is a Car Radiator?

What Is a Car Radiator?

A car radiator is a device used to cool the engine of a car. It works by circulating coolant through the engine, which absorbs heat from the engine and loses it to the air. The radiator is usually located at the front of the car, behind the grille, and is made of metal (mostly aluminum). It is usually filled with a mixture of water and antifreeze, which helps to keep the engine cool to avoid overheating but still hot enough for fuel combustion. How Does A Car Radiator Work? As a type of heat exchanger that is used to transfer heat from the engine to the surrounding air, a car radiator is made up of a series of metal fins that are connected to a series of tubes. The fins help to increase the surface area of the radiator so that more heat can be transferred. The tubes are filled with a coolant, which is typically a water and antifreeze mixture. The coolant circulates through the engine, absorbing heat from the engine. The hot coolant then flows through the radiator, where it is cooled ... read more

Why You Should Read Your Car Manual

Why You Should Read Your Car Manual

When you buy a new appliance or technological device, it is always wise to skim over the instructions. The same goes for buying a car. Every automaker issues a thick handbook that goes with your vehicle’s specific make and model. If you want to take care of your investment, we highly urge you to read and use the owner’s manual. Today, we will discuss the benefits of reading the manufacturer's manual.    The owner’s manual will give you ALL the information you’ll need to know about your car – including how to maintain it, when to expect repairs, and tips and tricks to keep it in the best shape. You will definitely learn a thing or two about your car. Here are all the reasons why you should look into the owner’s handbook: Vehicle Maintenance Schedule The vehicle’s manual will have a very detailed list of maintenance items your car will need in its lifetime. Additionally, it will define the repair and cleaning techniques that you ... read more

Five signs of a dying Car battery

Five signs of a dying Car battery

You don't want your battery to fail and leave you stuck on the side of the road or in a parking lot. Any driver will always dream of a car that starts at the turn of the key. A faulty battery is a recipe for a horrible start to the day. How do you know your battery is dying? A drag while starting the engine A dead or almost dying battery will take longer to crank the engine than usual or won't start at all. Dragging to start happens to be the most common warning of a failing battery. If you hear your engine cranking, take immediate action before you get stuck and pay for towing services. Dimming headlights Sudden Flickering or dimming of the headlight indicates that your battery is unreliable. A low power supply from the battery reduces the brightness of your light, which can cause accidents, especially during the dark or on a foggy day. Dimming headlights are a great indicator that you need the help of a car repair expert. A swollen battery case A typical battery case is ... read more

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