Transmission problems are the absolute worst. They cause your car to shake, rattle, and can completely total the vehicle. Making sure the transmission is kept in good shape is extremely important.
So what effects are okay and what are problematic? More importantly, when should you take your vehicle to a mechanic to get it repaired, and when can you just let the problem go?
The first moment you should consider taking the vehicle in to the mechanic is when the check engine light comes on. With the sophistication of the vehicle computer systems today, you can generally trust that when the check engine light comes on, you should take it in. A mechanic will be able to see why the check engine light is on, and if it has something to do with the transmission, this will prevent you the anxiety and headache of a transmission system slowly breaking down....[more]
So you got a new set of wheels – congratulations! You’re going to want to hang onto it as long as possible, so you’ll want to keep it maintained as well as you can. Here are some suggestions:
First, read the owner’s manual carefully and stick to manufacturer’s recommendations for service intervals. There are certain things that are critical enough that failure to adhere to recommendations can void a new car warranty. Don’t let that happen!
For instance, just about every manufacturer recommends synthetic oil for their engines; it provides better protection in just about every respect, and it’s more stable at high and low temperatures. If your owner’s manual prescribes a 10,000-mile oil change, stick with that and be sure to use the bra ...[more]
So you’re in need of a set of tires for your truck? No problem! The question is, though, what kind of tires are going to be best?
First, you’ll need to think about what you use that truck for. Will you regularly be hauling heavy loads or pulling a trailer? Do you expect to keep it on the pavement for the most part, or will you occasionally go off-road? If you go off-road, will it be on soft dirt or will you be plowing through brush, mud, and rocks? And finally…what’s your budget?
If you’re wanting to keep it on the pavement most of the time and your truck is a daily driver for errands, school, soccer, and grocery runs, all-season tires are probably the right choice. All-season light truck tires can rival the best passenger tires when it comes to noise level, ...[more]