How to check transmission fluid
Checking transmission fluid can be done while the car is running and placed it in park. Finding the dip stick is the next prominent step which is commonly located on the driver’s side of the engine bay. Pulling out the dip stick you must wipe it clean and then re-dip it and then read the levels. On the stick there are visibly two different categories; hot and cold. If the car has been running for quite some time use the hot labeled side of the fluid level, if the car has just been started use the corresponding cold side of the stick. Levels should reach the full level marker if not add until the marker is matched.
What is transmission slipping?
Transmission slipping is when the transmission does not engage fully while driving. Its commonly associated with the vehicle climbing in the RPM however not increasing speed, causing the engine to over rev and have uncharacteristically rough gear changes. This most likely occurs due to extensive wear on transmission parts which causes them to literally slip when changing between gears. Solving this can be as small as simply adding more transmission fluid, or changing out burnt/ineffective fluid. However, more complex problems can arise from such an issue that demand the replacement or adjustment of a multitude of parts inside the transmission such as the clutch, band, or individual gears.
How to change brake pads?
Replacing brake pads is done by first lifting your car off the ground using either a jack or a lift. Taking the tires off needs to be done by removing the lug nuts using a tire iron. Once removed it’s possible to see the brake caliper and rotor. Next you must remove the caliper which clamps the pads against the rotor to stop your car, doing so is possible by undoing the bolts behind the caliper with the aid of a socket wrench. Once loosened the caliper will remain attached by the brake line, to avoid damage do not hang the caliper on this line instead place it atop the rotor while changing the pads. Now the pads should be visible on either side of the rotor, remove them by popping them out and put in the new ones. Stay conscious of the clips which hold the pads in place, they are needed to attach the new pads if they are not replaced by new clips. Now it is time to place the caliper back on, however the calipers piston may now be too narrow to place over the pads, to widen the piston use a brake tool or a C clamp. Once wide enough put the caliper back in its corresponding place and rescuer it by placing the bolts back and tightening. Place the tire back on the vehicle and tighten the lug nuts. Before driving it is necessary to press on the brake pedal in a pumping motion to ensure the calipers piston is in its original position for proper compression and brake pedal feel.
When to replace tires?
Knowing when to replace tires can be achieved by using a simple penny. To do this place the penny in the grooves of the tread with Lincolns silhouette facing downwards, if tires are in good condition the tread will be taller than Abraham Lincolns head on the penny, if they are lower than his head this is a sign that your tires must be changed. Tire rotation is as well an important safe practice when maintaining your car, as tires wear unevenly in different positions. Alternating their positions ensures even wear among all tires, and should be done every 10,000 miles.
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Maintenance and repair cost
Basic tune ups include spark plugs, air filter, and cabin filter replacements. We as well check and adjust the throttle body. Along with inspecting hoses and belts. Car fluids are as well checked and topped off. These services start at $150.
Car service intervals
Car service intervals are highly recommended for the longevity and health of your car. The following recommended intervals of service:
Synthetic every 5,000 miles
Regular oil every 3,000 miles
Every 10,000 miles
Tire rotation and air filter replacement
Every 30,000 miles
Brake replacement, suspension checks, tire rod checks, ball joint check, belt checks, anti-freeze, spark plugs (car dependent), cleaning throttle body, Adjustment of idle, check transmission fluid, hoses.