2014 has been an interesting year so far here at AAMCO. With all of the below freezing temperatures and snow, it seemed that people did not want to come out of their homes to get their vehicles fixed. Despite the quieter than usual phones and slow front desk, there has still been a steady flow of transmission work. It seems that no matter what the weather does, people will always need their vehicles and without a transmission, they won’t go far.
As the weather gets warmer, we anticipate that more walk in business such as oil changes and general car repair. This means that we will have more opportunities to diagnose and help people to find potential issues with their transmissions. Many times, people have a minor transmission problem and do not even realize it . People also don’t realize that AAMCO offers a free diagnosis. If your car is doing anything out of the ordinary, we will do our best to get the issue figured out and create an estimate.
Does your brake pedal feel loose or spongy? Brake fluid becomes contaminated over time and use. Heat and moisture can cause brake failure and contaminated fluids can lead to expensive repairs. Lucky for you, or brake service can fix this issue.
One of our technicians will check the condition of your brake fluid and if necessary, remove brake fluid from the entire system and replace it. The entire brake system will then be inspected for:
- Master cylinder corrosion
- Worn pneumatic parts
- Harmful varnish
- Broken or rusted bleeder valves
- Worn rotors and drums
- Air in brake lines
This service should be performed when brake fluid shows contamination or every 30,000 to 40,000 miles.
Over the past few years, ethanol has become a popular additive to gasoline. While some engines are designed to run on E85, which is 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline, most engines can only handle gasoline with 10% ethanol added.
The first thing you should know about ethanol is that it tends to hold water, which is highly temperature dependent. Before the fuel experiences phase separation, a large amount of the water and ethanol will settle in the gas tank. Moisture can then cause corrosion to the fuel system and erratic engine operation.
Since ethanol is a mildly acidic molecule, it accelerates the corrosion process in iron based alloys or aluminum, brass, bronze, silver, lead and other alloys found in the fuel system.
BG offers additives that will help protect your system from the harmful effects of ethanol. BG Supercharge II and BG Fuel System Drier offer the best protection for your fuel system. The combination of these two additives will help keep your fuel system clean and turn any water mixed with your gas into a burnable compound. This will also keep your fuel lines from freezing.
If you can’t remember the last time your vehicle had a transmission service, you probably need to get one. Slipping, shifting hard and chattering are also signs that you may need a fluid change. To keep your vehicle running efficiently and to avoid costly repairs, you should have your transmission cleaned and the fluid replaced once every 2 years or 30,000 miles.
To perform this service, our technicians use a safe and effective cleaner to dissolve and suspend the varnish and gum in the transmission, valve body, torque converter, pan, filter element, transmission lines and transmission cooler.
After this, they will rid the entire unit of of all the old fluid and suspended debris and install new fluid. The fluid is then fortified with seal conditioners, oxidation inhibitors and shift improvers.
Lastly, the technician will road test the vehicle to ensure that it drives correctly. If this service is done every 2 years or 30,00 miles, your car will run better and your transmission will last longer.
An important part of your vehicle’s maintenance is the fuel system service. If your vehicle is experiencing decreased mileage, loss of power, rough idle, hard starting, hesitation, misfire, pinging, knocking, or increased emissions, you are most likely in need of a fuel system service. This service is recommended every 15,000 miles. If your vehicle is overdue, or has never had this service, bring it in to AAMCO.
- Clean fuel injectors.
- Clean throttle body.
- Clean plenum and air-intake.
- Clean intake valves and ports.
- Remove combustion chamber deposits.
- Correct balance of fuel and air system.
After all of the steps are done, the BG fuel/air induction service will make your car have reduced emissions, restored horsepower and increased fuel economy. Not only will your car run like new, you’ll also save money on fuel. .
When the temperature outside goes below freezing, it is important to keep your gas tank full. When a tank isn’t full, condensation of moisture in the air in the gas tank causes water to accumulate on the sides. This water then then drips down into the gasoline. Since water is heavier than gas, it settles beneath the gasoline and sits on the floor of your tank.
After the water settles, it can freeze and prevent your engine from getting any gas. Without gas, your car won’t start and then you’ll be stranded. Luckily this problem is as easy to prevent as keeping your car filled with gas. If you can’t afford a full tank, a half tank will also help to prevent this issue. For more tips on winterizing your car, check out the link below.
With all of the snow we have seen lately, there have been many snowplows out on the roads. While this clears the roads and make them safer to drive on, there is another danger that you must be aware of–potholes. Potholes are not only annoying, but they can cause serious damage to your vehicle.
Hitting a pothole can cause serious damage to your vehicle’s suspension, struts, rims and tires. The best defense against potholes is fairly simple; drive attentively so you can spot these small craters. While you should never text and drive or take your eyes off the road, it is extremely important to pay attention while driving in the winter, whether there is snow on the roads or not.
For more tips on avoiding potholes check out: http://www.pothole.info/2011/10/driving-tips-to-avoid-potholes-%E2%80%93-and-rising-tire-prices/