Every year brings further advances in fuel efficiency and technology in vehicles. Years ago, every car came with a full-sized spare tire stashed in its trunk, ready to fully replace any flat tire. Once the flat tire was removed, and the “spare” was put on, the original tire was repaired and became the spare. As car sizes became smaller, there was less and less room in the trunk for a full-sized spare. Obviously, something had to change, and that’s when the temporary spare tire, or “donut” made its appearance.
Compact Spare Tires, (also known as Donuts)
It’s only natural that the more you drive your car, the more wear and tear will be put on the vehicle. With proper maintenance, you can keep your car running for years. One of the bigger issues with older vehicles is problems with the transmission. Transmission problems can result from several reasons; commonly it is from fluid leakage or from damage to the torque converter, solenoid or internal clutch. Mechanical problems in other parts of the drive train can also lead to transmission problems.
Here are the 5 most common transmission problems and what to look for:
Low Fluid Level or Leaks
Regular maintenance would catch this issue; however, most people fail to check their transmission fluid levels as often as they should. Check and refill your transmission fluid regularly, be sure to refasten and tighten all parts when finished. Leaks are generally caused by punctured fluid lines, worn transmission pan gaskets, poorly secured bolts and seals on the transmission pan.
If you’re headed over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house for the holidays, you’ll want to be sure that your car or truck is in good condition before you leave. Taking the time to complete these easy maintenance tips will help ensure a safe road trip this holiday season.
Check your oil
Check your oil level and check your mileage to see if you need an oil change. This is one of the easiest pre-road trip tips that most often gets neglected. You’ll want to make sure your oil is at the correct level and in good condition before you head out. You don’t have to adhere to the old “every 3,000 miles or 3 months” oil change standard, most cars go much further these days, however, you need to ensure your oil is in good condition.
This is a question that has plagued thousands of people. When is the best time to purchase a new car? Many factors go into deciding when to buy a car. The biggest issue is undoubtedly when you have the money for the down payment.
That aside, you can save a bundle by simply changing the time when you buy. Did you know you can get a better deal by purchasing an SUV in the summer when gas prices are higher? Or if your heart is set on a convertible, put off shopping until winter weather moves in and save big! We found this handy infographic (courtesy of findthebestcarprice.com) that sums up the best times to buy a car. If you can’t wait for a change in seasons, don’t worry, they also let you in on the best times of the month, week and day to purchase.
Unfortunately there isn’t a specific day where you will get a spectacular deal. The best you can do is arrange your purchasing schedule to include as many of these discount factors as you can to get the best deal possible. Don’t forget to do your research and check many dealerships for the best price.
Tire leaks are notoriously hard to identify. Generally, your become suspicious when you walk out to the same low tire twice in a few weeks. Wouldn’t it be great if you could identify tire leaks quickly? We have a sure fire method that can help you find those pesky tire leaks. The best thing you can do is to walk out to your car right now and inspect your tires. If their tread indicators are showing or they appear aged, you may as well save your time and buy new tires. No reputable shop will patch a worn tire, so even if you find the leak you’ll still be out the tire. However, if your tires are in good shape continue reading:
Step 1: Check the Air Pressure
Many times you’ll have a slow leak without realizing it. When you regularly check the air pressure in all 4 tires, you’ll notice if one tire is consistently low. Keep in mind that tires will lose pressure as the outside temperature dips in the fall and winter.
If you find a tire with a slow leak, you’ll need to remove it from your car and replace it temporarily with your spare tire. continue reading…
3400 Auto Sales and Service has worked hard over the years to establish ourselves as one of the best used car dealers in Plano, and even in the Dallas area. We’re absolutely committed to making every single customer feel like a member of our family and providing the best service possible. We know that the car business is all about the customer – if you can give your customers a better car buying experience and give them a good deal, not only will they come back, they’ll tell all their friends about you.
That’s the reason we try so hard to make sure that every customer walks away completely satisfied. When you’re looking for used cars in Plano stop by our lot, we’ve purposely focus on affordable and quality used cars. We’ve worked hard to develop close relationships with several local and national lenders so that we’re able to offer the most flexible financing options in town. Whether you’ve got perfect credit or you’ve had a few bumps in the road, we will work hard to find you the right financing. continue reading…
Sooner or later you’ll be victim to a dead car battery, or at least that’s how it will feel. Whether it’s on a frosty evening when you’re ready to be home, or it’s because you accidently left your lights on while you filled up; the quickest way to get back on the road is to jump start the battery. Even though it’s one of the most common car maintenance issues, it undoubtedly makes people nervous to hook those cables up the first time. Jump starting a car battery is surprisingly quick and simple. However, it can be intimidating so we have put together a step by step guide on how to jump start a battery.
Did you know that it takes more steps to check your oil, than to change it? One of the easiest do-it-yourself maintenance tasks for your vehicle is changing your oil. After the initial cost for tools, changing your oil is very inexpensive. Regular oil changes are vital to keeping your car running in tip-top shape and it requires almost zero mechanical skills. When you pay for a mechanic to change your oil, you’re really paying for the convenience of someone doing it for you.
Change Your Oil Yourself
All you’ll need is the oil, a new oil filter, an oil catch tray, and a few basic tools. continue reading…
Flat tires are inconvenient, and sometimes dangerous. That’s why we try our best to get the most life out of our tires as possible. Our simple steps will help you to prolong the life of your tires and delay flats.
1. Keep Your Tires Inflated
Check your owner’s manual for the correct pressure for your tires. When your tires are over-inflated, you’ll find your vehicle will be difficult to handle and ride roughly. When your tires are under-inflated, you’ll notice your tires will wear out more quickly and unevenly.
Cars today are made from the latest technology and are unarguably safer than earlier models. Did you know that cars are also lasting longer? Buying used is losing that stigma it once had. Now you are seen as being savvy shopper versus buying someone else’s problem. If you’re willing to put in the research, buying used can save you a bundle on a dependable car. We’ve found 5 great reasons to buy used.
You Save Money on Front End
Used vehicles are priced lower and with a smaller price tag comes a smaller down payment.