Do I Need A New Muffler

Do I Need A New MufflerIt’s not difficult to know if your muffler needs replacement, generally your car will be louder than normal. Mufflers are not repairable, they wear out, rust out or sustain damage and replacement is your only alternative.

Where should I take my car for a new muffler?

A few decades ago there were muffler shops all over town. Mufflers are better engineered and last longer than they used to, which has led to a decrease in the number of muffler shops across the nation. There are still plenty of places to get your muffler replaced.

Muffler shops still exist because not every auto repair shop is equipped to replace mufflers. Most mufflers need to be cut off and the new muffler welded in place. In addition to welding, muffler repair shops have tube bending equipment to custom bend a new exhaust pipe from your engine to your tailpipe if needed.

Some general auto repair shops will be equipped to replace your muffler. If you suspect you do need a new muffler, ask your mechanic

Important Benefits Of Using Diesel Engine Parts

Important Benefits Of Using Diesel Engine PartsDiesel engine, which was discovered by Rudolf Diesel, is considered to be a good alternative to gasoline engines. Although both these engines work due to a controlled explosion in a sealed piston chamber, the functions vary largely. Gasoline engines rely on spark plugs to ignite a spark whereas these engines require high pressure to heat the mixture.

There are many pros and cons related to these engines. It is important to consider these factors before buying automobiles which are powered by these engines.

Pros and Cons:

Efficient: In comparison to the other available fuels, diesel is more energy efficient. As it contains more energy, it offers greater fuel economy. However, it is important to understand that although this fuel is energy efficient, it is quite slow in performance. It seldom offers high speed performance compared to gasoline.

Rugged: These engines are designed to withstand high temperature and compression. It hardly requires any type of maintenance for a longer period of time. Nevertheless, these engines are far more advanced than the gasoline counterparts.

The Importance Of Car Maintenance and How to Do It

The Importance Of Car Maintenance and How to Do ItCars are one of the most convenient forms of transportation available. However, like any other type of machinery, cars are prone to various kinds of mechanical failure and physical damage. While some vehicles can simply break down out of the blue, the vast majority of car related maladies come as a result of ignoring regular maintenance plans.

If you become partners with a car service or body specialist, you can establish a regular upkeep schedule. Here we will see the processes that these professionals administer to turn some of the most basic upkeeps, into a simple, streamlined operation.

The best aspect and often the greatest determinant quality of a car care specialist, is their extensive training in vehicle repair and consultations. This experience and knowledge can save you time and money in many different ways. They attempt to help an individual evaluate any damage to their car, a process which comes in several stages.

First, there will be a visual examination of the damage to the vehicle. Next, the auto

The Importance of Good Tire Maintenance

Most people have been there, having their tires go bad and in need of a quick fix. Dealing with the daily struggles of having to maintain upkeep on all your belongings can become overwhelming. Sometimes people just don’t want to keep up with all the maintenance of their households, and especially their vehicles. Even though it can become exhausting, ensuring you have good tires on your car is extremely important. Here are a few reasons why you should reconsider putting off getting that tire change.


If your tires are worn out, then you are in serious danger of having a blowout occur. If your tires are wearing thin, you are putting your life and the lives of the people in your car at risk. Safety is always one of the largest reasons to maintain upkeep on your vehicle. Vehicles can be rather dangerous, but people need them to get around. It is important to maintain proper safety maintenance on your car at all times.

If your tires are not in good condition, you are constantly putting everyone around you at risk. It seems like a drastic situation, but it is important to maintain good

Sparkling Clean Wheels

Mainly, car owners focus on keeping their cars clean and keeping their cars repaired if they have an ugly dents. They focus on maintaining the beauty of the car, but they often neglect the wheels. Additionally, many car owners do not care about wheel cleaning or alloy wheel repair. While most owners do not like seeing their cars with ugly dents, they tend to tolerate the damages done to the wheels and rims. Damaged rims and dirty wheels can wreak havoc and damage the beauty of even the best cars. Additionally, timely repairs can also enhance the performance and lifespan of your wheels.

Look at the Wheels!

IF a car owner is under the impression that their car is well-maintained, it may be time to look at it again. If the car rims are bent or damaged, it may be time to bring the car in to the shop. Alloy wheel repair can also help if a car is lacking polish, or if the rims need maintenance.

Your wheels will sparkle, shine and look as new as the car itself with the proper alloy wheel repair. Wheel repair companies will make sure your tires look

A Brief Introduction to Transmission Fluids

In a car with an automatic transmission, fluids lubricate and cool the moving parts. Also, the substance maintains the proper pressure for the transmission to function properly. The liquid is normally bright red and clear with a smell that is almost sweet. You can usually determine if you need to change your ATF by checking the levels.

Signs of a Problem

Your car automatically shifts gear depending on the circumstances. It shifts down for more power and up for more speed. You can oftentimes feel a problem by paying attention to how the car is shifting. If your shifts are late, slow, or rough, you might have an issue on your hands. The car will lurch or lag between gears while you’re driving.

How to Check Your Levels

To check your levels, you must have the car on. This is best done in your own driveway or on level ground. While the car is idling in park, pop the hood. The dipstick is going to be in a different place on practically every car, but usually the cap for the dipstick is labeled “ATF.” Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean with a light-colored

How to Avoid Expensive Auto Repairs

If you do not take good care of your car, you are very likely going to incur great costs when you head to the auto repair shop for repairs, replacement and other maintenance needs. Your car is an important part of your life, and you should strive to ensure that you do everything possible to keep it in good shape, and in doing so, avoid expensive auto repairs. Here is what you should do:

Follow the maintenance schedule as outlined in the owner’s manual.

The manufacturer of your car includes a maintenance schedule that is to direct you on how and when to touch up your car for maintenance purposes. This schedule is your best guide as it comes from someone who understands the car properly, and all its components and the needs of every one of them.

Fix problems soon enough

Pay attention to your car so that you can detect when something is amiss. And if at all you detect something wrong, get it checked out immediately. If you allow little problems to exist without getting fixed, they will escalate into something much bigger that will not only be expensive to fix

How To Find An Experienced Auto Mechanic For Car Repair

It is often said that people don’t learn to drive. They learn to dodge, and with millions of cars on the roadway at one time, there has never been a more truthful statement. Your vehicle is your lifeline to everything you need or want to do. When it’s damaged or won’t run due to mechanical or human failure, you need an experienced mechanic or an auto body technician to take care of your car repair.


You’ve been involved in an accident. It wasn’t your fault, but your car cannot be driven. The insurance adjuster has explained that there is not enough damage to claim the car as totaled. In this case, most companies will have a list of body shops and mechanics that they can recommend. If they do not keep a list, then you should do a bit of research before deciding where to take your car for repairs.

Finding A Reputable Body Shop

Two standards for determining a reputable business have always applied: the length of time the business has operated and word of mouth. This doesn’t mean you should automatically eliminate the new guy in town. Likewise, you shouldn’t take

Buying Used Auto Parts

Buying used auto parts is usually an inexpensive alternative to buying new auto parts from your local car parts retailer or an on-line store. It may take some time and creativity to find the exact part, so be patient as there are many different ways to accomplish this goal. But, they fall into three basic approaches: junk yards, classified ads and on-line stores. Let’s look at each one.

Junk Yards

There is usually one part of the city where most of the salvage yards are located. These yards often sell used auto parts for low prices if you are able to remove the needed part yourself from one of their wrecked cars or trucks. And, you will need your own tools. Each junk yard is different so be flexible and be prepared to negotiate as you may be able to purchase whole assemblies as well as a series of parts. Call in advance about pricing and car/part availability. Lastly, you should verify the terms and conditions of the sale and any return policy. Not everything goes as planned.

Classified Ads

Traditionally, used auto parts could be found in the classified ads section of your

Tire Repair

Before 1975, most tire repair work was done using plugs. Since the invention of the steel belted radial, however, tire repair has become more complicated. The belted radial is a design using threads of metal woven into the tire, which makes it sturdier and harder to penetrate. You can still apply a plug if you have to, but it is best to let a repair professional do the job for you. Today plugs are used in conjunction with an interior patch as an added safety measure. Here are the reasons why.

Separation Danger

Any professional repair shop will not merely use a plug because they feel it has the potential to separate from the tire due to heat expansion and centrifugal force. Heat expansion comes from rotational speed. The faster you drive, the hotter the rubber will become and the plug may separate at this faster speed.

Plugs and Patches

Proper repair requires the item to be taken off the rim, and a glue-like substance is used in conjunction with a rubber patch and a plug. Today these patch/plug combinations come as a one-piece unit. Once the repair is finished and a small amount

Transmission Repair Financing Options

In my last article I talked about using Google AdWords and Bing Ads pay-per-click to drive customers to your website. One of the biggest complaints I get about Internet leads: Customers not having the money to fix their car.

A recent “call shops as a customer” study found:

– Around 65% of transmission shops are quoting at least a ballpark price for rebuilds on the phone.

– Around 80% of general repair shops are quoting ballpark prices for a reman or used unit installation.

– Around 40% of transmission repair shops offer no form of financing options.

The price range for a transmission rebuild or replacement is not a mystery to the Internet shopper. There are websites that give approximate cost information for used, rebuild and reman pricing online. Simply search “transmission repair cost” for an example. $1,800 to $3,500 is what shows up immediately.

An estimated 60K-80K visitors or more in the U.S. see this pricing on a monthly basis, based on search engine estimates. So the Internet shopper already knows, before they call around, what it is going to take to fix or replace a transmission.

When a customer

How to Care for Your Cars Windscreen

Any damage to a motors windscreen is by far the most common reason for claims that are to be made on a motor home’s insurance policy. Here are some top tips on how you should, protect your windscreen and sideways, to reduce risks of claiming insurance.

Clean the wiper blades regularly

The wiper blades to any car, need cleansing far more often than any other parts to your car. This is because parking up in windy areas allows dust, sand and grit to accumulate on the car wipers. The windscreen might actually scratch when you are using the wipers on them, without cleaning.

Lift wiper blades off when not in use

Raise the wiper blades off the windscreen, when you are not using the motor home. They can go flat and ineffective if not used for longer periods of time. Also they might get scratched, if used unclean after a long period of time.

Resting wiper blades on corks is also an excellent idea.

Wipers wear out inevitably, and most wipers are easily available.

Double check if all windows are closed

This sounds pretty simple, but by closing all windows

How To Repair A Leaky Sunroof

A leaking sunroof is an annoying problem that is common in vehicles. The good thing is that you can easily fix the problem by following these steps:

The first thing that you should do is to clean the roof using a non-abrasive cleaner. You should open the sunroof to the vent position, but you should not let it slide backwards.

At this position you should wipe and clean the trough surrounding the sunroof using a wet cloth. The main aim of cleaning the trough is to remove the debris that might be preventing a tight seal between the trough and the sunroof’s seal.

When cleaning, you should avoid using canned air. This is because the air can compress the blockage or burst the tubes apart deep within the pillars.

Once clean, you should inspect the seal thoroughly and take a look at any cracks that might be there. If you find cracks, you should consider replacing the seal. To replace the seal you should contact the car manufacturer or a repair shop to replace the seal.

In addition to checking the seal, you should also take a look at the drainage tubes. To

Easy Steps to Remove Car Door Dings and Dents With Dry Ice

Car door dings and dents are a common experience that car owners have to face, especially during the summer months. During summers, families take road trips, travel to amusement parks and other vacation spots which bring a huge influx of vehicles at these destinations. Consequently, there is a likely increase in dings and dents in the vehicles.

A body shop repair for minor car door dings may only be too costly. A good way to save some bucks and be financially at ease is to use the dry ice dent removal method at home. Here’s what you’ve got to do to remove a ding from your car using dry ice:

1. Inspect the Dent

The first thing you need to do is to figure out the intensity and size of the dent. Lighter dents spread on large areas give the best results, while deep impressions within a small area are a bit tricky to repair in the first go. Depending on the size and depth of the ding or dent, you will need to repeat the dry ice dent removal process until you are left with only traces of it.

2. Collect the Tools

Get Better Gas Mileage

Since gas is so high nowadays I am always looking for ways to get better gas mileage. I drive a lot and it can really be a drain on my budget. I found some new ways to get better gas mileage and also felt like sharing some that I already knew. Hopefully I can help you save some money on gas!

Don’t use your car as a storage bin

Having extra weight in your care means that your car is working harder to move. This will take a toll on your fuel economy so take in all the extra stuff. The less work a vehicle has to do to accelerate means the less energy is consumed.

Change your oil

I used to have a friend that joked that the oil doesn’t try to change her so why should she change the oil? Made me laugh every time but I always worried that she didn’t understand the importance. The oil in your engine allows the pistons to move up and down more easily and the easier things move the less fuel it takes to move them.

Replace your spark plugs

Clean, properly gapped

Safe Roads or Safe Vehicles

It might be keeping us alive, but it’s killing your vehicles!

If you live in the snowy cold climates LISTEN UP!

There are hidden dangers consumers should know about.

The chemicals being used to treat the ice and snow covered roads are corroding the undercarriage of your vehicle as well as your brake lines and much more.

The DOT is using chemicals instead of the sand now, because they know longer have to sweep the roads in the spring. Now it’s costing us, the consumers more in repairs to the underside of our vehicles.

Do you have any idea what this stuff is doing to the underside of your vehicle?
I bet not until it’s too late.

Bring your vehicle to your local garage and have them look at the undercarriage of your car to inspect the damage being caused by these chemicals before it’s to late, as is what happened to me while traveling to NY on a snowy winter day.

I was on the highway just pulling off the exit ramp, as I went to apply my brakes it went all the way to the floor. Luckily, I

Winter Weather Lifehacks for Your Car

Has the winter weather been driving you crazy trying to get your car defrosted in the mornings? It has been driving me bonkers. My 1969 Chevelle does not like to argue with the cold weather and it is also my baby so it stays inside the garage safe and sound. My husband does the same thing with his 1986 mustang and there is only enough room left for our motorcycles and the kids’ power wheels. This leaves no room for the vehicles we actually drive. This sounds impractical but the thing is we have figured out how to work this out. I am the reigning queen of ghetto engineering which means I come up with some great life hacks and I am always willing to try out anyone else’s idea too. (My husband swears I lived in a true poverty stricken ghetto in a past life because in there is no way the woman from middle class suburbia should be able to come up with the things that I do. He is from the ghetto and still finds me more resourceful than anyone he knows.)

The problem we all hate battling in the winter is ice. Iced

Transmission Diagnostics And Repair

Your car is your lifeline. You use it to get to work, the grocery store, the kids’ schools, and all the other places that your busy life needs requires visiting. If your car is damaged or otherwise in trouble, it can set you back both financially and personally, requiring costly repairs and leaving you out of luck with no way to get to where you need to go. That’s why it’s so important to react quickly when you notice that there is something wrong with your car. Like an injury to your own body, if you ignore car troubles, they are just going to get worse.

Immediate treatment can save you valuable time and money, and can also give you the peace of mind that comes with a car in good repair.

Your car’s transmission is, as the name suggests, the series of parts that transmits power from the engine, including speed change and control. In many ways, the transmission is the heart of your car, and as one of the most essential pieces, you should treat it that way! Transmission trouble can be dangerous, expensive and sudden, but you need not go through that. Diagnostics are important for multiple reasons, and

Not to Wait to Check Your Check Engine Light

I see it all the time. The customer limps his car in, shaking and shuddering every time he pushes the gas pedal. I could almost write a script – “It seemed to be running OK, then all of a sudden…” After asking a few questions, though, it turns out that it wasn’t “all of a sudden.”

“Has the check engine light been on long?” I ask. “Well, about a month I guess, but it was running fine so I didn’t think anything was wrong”, they respond. After checking the codes stored in the computer, it reveals a bad oxygen sensor and a failed catalytic converter, which means for whatever reason the air and fuel entering your engine doesn’t burn thoroughly enough, potentially causing gas to enter your exhaust. This gas ignites in the exhaust system, which causes your catalytic converter to melt down, which then plugs the exhaust, which basically means you aren’t going anywhere too fast. $800 to $2000 or more later and you’re back on the road.

The unfortunate thing is if he had checked it a month earlier, a $200 oxygen sensor may have prevented the problem from getting that bad in the

Transmission Trouble

Transmissions take engine power and use it to power a car’s movement. Without a working transition, the car will not move. Many transmissions suffer neglect, even though replacing or rebuilding a transmission is one of the costliest auto repair services. Simply following manufacturer or dealer service recommendations for changing transmission fluid can avoid thousands of dollars in repairs,

Symptoms of a Problem

It is important to be alert to early signs of transmission trouble. Early intervention with transmission problems can mean minor, budget-friendly repairs. Delaying maintenance can lead to mechanical failures. In the case of transmissions, this means the engine shuts down completely. The only solution then is either transmission replacement or rebuilding. Get the car inspected at the first hint of trouble.

  • Transmission slips between gears while driving, or it pops back into neutral
  • Grinding, humming or clunking sounds from the engine, especially in neutral
  • Dark, burnt-smelling transmission fluid
  • Clutch stays engaged and grinds when trying to shift – also called clutch dragging
  • Delays or lags between gear changes
  • Thumping or grinding during gear changes rather than smooth transitions
  • Higher than normal RPMs for a speed or gear change
  • Delays shifting out of park
  • Takes longer than one second to engage in