Yearly Archives: 2022

How to Identify Different Car Fluid Leaks

How to Identify Different Car Fluid Leaks

Your car contains different fluids that all serve an important function. Most of the fluids are necessary to ensure optimal performance. When you catch an unusual fluid under your parked vehicle, it can send you frantic.    While vehicle fluids should not leak, most of you will probably experience this at one point. When it does, you may be curious to see where it is coming from. Since vehicle fluids can vary in color, smell, and texture, you may be able to make an educated guess on which one it is.   Types of Car Fluid Leaks Oil Leak - Motor oil leaks are quite common for many vehicle owners, and it is one of the easiest to catch. If you see a dark-colored, almost black, stain or puddle under your car, it is usually a sign of an oil leak. Oil can leak due to faulty gaskets, but it is important that you have an expert check to be sure. Gear Oil Leak - This is widely known for those with manual transmissions. This fluid is viscous and leaks slowly. Sometimes, it may ... read more

4 Key Car Battery Maintenance Tips

4 Key Car Battery Maintenance Tips

At Transmission Hero, our auto technicians will keep you charged year round. If you want to keep your vehicle battery in good ship year round, check out our list of four essential battery maintenance tips. Tip #1: Be Aware of the Temperature If you know a thing or two about batteries, it doesn't operate well when it is too hot or too cold. Extreme temperatures can drain our batteries and cause the engine to work harder than it needs to. We recommend storing your vehicle in a covered area or garage during the winter and summer months. In the summer, we recommend parking in the shade whenever possible.  Tip #2: Drive Your Car Do what your car is intended to do -- easy enough right? Our batteries lose power over time and taking it for a drive will ensure it gets recharged. If you leave your car sitting for too long, it may not start the next time you need to go somewhere. We recommend taking it for a spin atleast once a week to keep your battery charged. Tip #3: Change it Ev ... read more

Ways To Freshen Up Your Car For Spring

Ways To Freshen Up Your Car For Spring

Spring has sprung! It's time to get your car ready for warmer weather by clearing the winter mess that has collected. Keeping your vehicle tidy is an important part of regular maintenance. Frequently rinsing the body of your car keeps exposed metal to metal parts from getting rusty and prevents dirt and grime from accumulating in hidden places. Hand-washing is typically a better option than an automatic wash if you want to preserve your car's original shine. Since regular soap is more likely to strip off the protective wax layer and leave your car vulnerable to blemishes, it is important to use car wash soap instead of dish or laundry detergent. Remember to get your glass surfaces spotless with glass cleaner, window/glass spray cleaner, defogger, and window wipes. After a long winter, you may have to break out the vacuum to clean the gravel and muck that has accumulated in the soft services of your car. Give extra attention to the high-traffic areas such as your driver's ... read more

Why Is My Car Shaking or Vibrating Whenever I Brake?

Why Is My Car Shaking or Vibrating Whenever I Brake?

If you feel your vehicle vibrating during braking, or if you can't stop in a reasonable amount of time as you used to, it may be time to take your car to our auto repair shop for a brake check. Most vehicles today have disc brakes, so there's a high chance that you'll find yourself needing brake service at some point in the vehicle's lifetime.   Disc brakes work hand-in-hand with a metal disc (referred to as a brake rotor). If there are any vibrations or instability in disc brake systems, it is usually due to an uneven surface of the rotor.   To fix uneven rotors, you will need to have them resurfaced or turned, or replaced. Resurfacing brakes simply means sanding them to be straight again. However, newer vehicles are using thinner rotors than before, so shaving the metal off them isn't the best option. In that case, replacing them is better for your car.   In most situations, it would be wise to change out your brake pads when replacing the rot ... read more

4 Major Differences Between Automatic vs. Manual Transmissions

4 Major Differences Between Automatic vs. Manual Transmissions

While many manual transmission vehicles are preferred in other countries like Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, most drivers in the U.S. and Canada drive automatic transmissions. If you're looking to buy a new car or just wondering what makes these two so different, read on.  We will break down the differences between automatic and manual transmissions into four categories: driving, performance, fuel economy, and cost. Driving - This is the most noticeable difference between the two types. Manual drivers use a shift stick and clutch pedal to shift gears based on the vehicle's speed. In contrast, automatic transmission cars do not have those components. Hence, automatic drivers do not constantly shift gears, making it simpler to drive. Performance - In the past, manual transmission gives the driver more control, power, and acceleration. However, today's technology has bridged the gap between the two types of vehicles in terms of performance. Fuel Economy - Hi ... read more

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