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Signs That Your Car Might Have A Transmission Problem

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs That Your Car Might Have A Transmission Problem

If you don’t have experience repairing cars, it isn’t always easy to figure out what is causing a problem with your own car. While you may not need to be able to diagnose every problem a car could develop, it’s important that you learn how to spot signs that your car could be having transmission issues. This way, the problem can be repaired before it becomes a major issue. After all, transmission problems aren’t often cheap to fix. So, if you suspect that your car’s transmission is beginning to cause problems, look for these trouble signs. Unusual Noises If your car makes an odd noise while shifting gears, there’s a good chance that your vehicle has a transmission problem. However, there are other types of noises that can indicate possible transmission issues as well. Odd sounds that occur while your car is in neutral could also be a sign of transmission problems. In fact, the type of noise you hear might help you determine what type of transmission problem your car is having. If your car only makes an occasional bumping sound while it’s in neutral gear, you should check the level of your transmission fluid. There’s a good chance that it may need to be refilled or replaced. If your car is in neutral gear and it makes several noises frequently, your car may have mechanical problems, such as wore down gear teeth, bearing, or a reverse idler gear. Cars that are having transmission problems can also make odd noises while moving. However, the type of sound you need to listen for depends on the type of vehicle you own. If you own a car that has a manual transmission, you might hear loud clunking sounds coming from underneath your vehicle if there is a transmission problem. If your car has an automatic transmission, you’ll need to listen for more subtle sounds, such as a buzzing, humming, or whining sound. Grinding or Shaking When the Gears Shift When the gear synchronizers on a car’s transmission become damaged or worn, it can cause the car to make a grinding sound or shake when the car shifts gears. If you have a car that has a manual transmission, it’s likely that you’ll hear a grinding sound every time you shift your car into a different gear. Cars with automatic transmissions, however, are more likely to shake slightly when the car moves through the gears, so you might feel a small jerk. If transmission repairs aren’t made quickly, the problem will most likely get worse. Unfortunately, the worse the problem becomes, the more costly the repair. So, if you think that your car is beginning to have transmission issues or you notice any of the common warning signs for transmission problems, take your car to a local transmission repair shop right away. For more information, visit or a similar...

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3 Things You Should Look For To Ensure Your Car Is Safe To Drive

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things You Should Look For To Ensure Your Car Is Safe To Drive

Taking care of your car is a major responsibility. If you fail to notice problems with the car early on you could be putting yourself and those around you in danger. A car that is malfunctioning may become hard to control, or malfunction in a way that compromises your safety. This is why it is so important that you know signs that you care needs repairs so that you can ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive. Here are some things you should know.  1. There Should Be No Grinding Sounds One of the easiest and most noticeable things to look for are sounds coming from the car. Your car shouldn’t be making any kind of grinding noise. Older cars may become louder with time and you will hear a small noise while you drive, such as a whining, but a grinding noise is never good. This could mean a myriad of problems. One of the most serious problems could be a problem with your brakes. If your brakes were to fail, the impact could be fatal. In addition, it could even mean you have a problem with your transmission or engine. The earlier you correct his problem, the safer you will be. 2. There Should Be No Leaking Fluids Your car should be dry both when it is in park and when you are driving it. If you are leaking fluids it could mean that there is a problem. It could be a simply gasket issue, or it could be something more severe like your transmission is failing. The key with leaking fluid is to look at the color. If the color is black, this means it is motor oil and that the engine has problems. If the color is red then it is probably the transmission. Either way, you need to be refilling the fluid so that you don’t run the car on low fluid. Then take it into a mechanic right away. 3. There Should Be No Delayed Responses Lastly, your car should be responding quickly to you. You shouldn’t have to do things multiple times to get the car to work the way you want it to. For instance, your car should start the first time you turn the key. If it doesn’t it could be a problem with the spark plug or starter. If the car doesn’t shift quickly when put in different gears you could have a problem with the transmission and so forth. If you notice any kind of problem with delayed responses in brakes, shifting, starting, turning the wheel, etc., seek out auto repair, from professionals, such as those from Covey’s Auto. These are just a couple things you should be looking for in your...

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Truck Accessories For A New Landscaping Business

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Truck Accessories For A New Landscaping Business

Starting your own landscaping business requires little more than your knowledge of lawn and garden care, a truck, and a few pieces of equipment. You also need to make sure you can safely tote your equipment around town to job sites. The following are a few pieces of truck equipment and accessories you should seriously consider when outfitting your vehicle for your new business. Visit sites like to see what types of parts are available. Ladder and Cargo Racks A ladder rack is the single best way to extend your cargo size without upgrading your truck or investing in a trailer. This rack allows you to store and transport items above the bed and cab. Although you can use it transport ladders as it is intended, it can also be used to carry tools, sprinkler conduit, or any other long items you need to transport for landscaping. You can also combine a ladder rack with in-bed cargo racks that allow you to store rakes, brooms, and other tools upright. This leaves the center of the bed—your main cargo area—free for carting away tree trimmings and lawn clippings or for toting heavier equipment. Cab Guard A cab guard is a must if you want to avoid a broken window. Your rear window is in constant danger from tools or tree trimmings tossed into the bed. These guards come in several varieties. The most basic is a simple set of metal bars that go across the rear window. You can also get screen varieties that work well for preventing smaller items from reaching the window. Some guards are also used as one of the supports for a ladder rack system. Cargo Carrier A cargo carrier plugs into your hitch receiver and provides a slight extension to your bed. If you are using a riding lawnmower, a cargo carrier is a must. Opt for a model with fold down ramps so you can drive your lawnmower off and on easily. You will also need to verify that the model you choose is rated for the weight of your lawnmower. Racks without ramps can also be useful for simply extending the cargo space or if you are hauling push mowers. Locking Toolboxes These are handy for carrying a range of tools, especially the more expensive items like motorized handsaws for tree trimming or leaf blowers. Toolboxes come in a couple of varieties, with those that mount across the bed, near the cab, being the most common. These boxes are generally deep and have trays so you can store larger items and keep things organized. There are also boxes that go up the sides of the bed, covering the wheel well hump. These are sometimes narrower and shallower than the other type, but they can still provide quite a bit of secure storage...

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DIY Auto Upholstery Repair

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on DIY Auto Upholstery Repair

If you have a rip or tear in you car’s upholstery, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get it fixed. Most small issues can be fixed yourself at a fraction of the cost and can make your car’s interior look as good as new. Here are some steps to help you make repairs on your car’s upholstery on your own. Assess the Damage First, determine how bad the damage is to your car’s upholstery. If it is a rip down the center of the seat or the back of the seat, it will not be as difficult to fix as a rip in the seam. It will also largely depend on the type of upholstery you have. For example, if you have cloth upholstery, it may be much more difficult to fix than leather. Most upholstery glues adhere better to plastic, vinyl, and leather than they do to cloth. Do a thorough assessment of the damage before you decide on your plan to repair it.  Use Glue Upholstery glue is the easiest way to fix a ripped seat. You will also need to get a patch to apply underneath the ripped area to make it look smooth and consistent. Try to find an upholstery patch that matches as close to the car’s original upholstery color and material as possible. Place the glue on half of the patch, and then place it directly under the rip. Pull it taught and then firmly press down on the glued area of the patch. Quick drying glues should only take a minute or two. Once it has dried, add glue to the other half and repeat the process. The patch and glue method should hold up fairly well, unless the seat is used quite often. Patch Kits For places where you sit more often, a patch kit should be used. Instead of applying glue, this method uses heat to create a bond between the patch and upholstery. Measure the size of the rip and then cut the patch to the correct size, leaving about two extra inches around each side. Place the patch underneath the rip and apply a hot iron to it. You should apply the heat to the patch for a few seconds and then check to ensure it has fully adhered. Go slowly and only apply heat to one side of the patch at a time to make sure it’s being applied smoothly and correctly. With a little patience and the right application, you can easily fix your car’s ripped upholstery and make it look as good as new. If you find that there’s simply too much damage to the seat or if you’re overwhelmed by the task, consider contacting an upholstery repair specialist, such as Franks Auto Top &...

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Three Tips For Truck Rental And Moving

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Tips For Truck Rental And Moving

Any time you want to be sure that you are able to handle a move to the best of your ability, it will boil down to your planning and the acquisition of the right equipment. In this regard, the best thing you can do is rent a moving truck. Getting your hands on one of these truck rentals will allow you to transport your items from point A to point B so that your move is as efficient as it can be.  Plan To Book Early And Know What Size Truck You Require If you are looking to save some money on your move, then renting a moving truck is probably the best way to go. As an example, the hiring of a professional moving company would cost approximately $1200, while renting a truck would cost no more than $100. To get the best price, book as far in advance as possible and know exactly what size truck you need. The last thing you want to do is reserve the wrong size, only to attempt to change the reservation and find out they don’t have a truck the size that you need because it is last minute. Trucks are typically rented at lengths between 10 and 16 feet. You can shop around with the truck rental companies in your area to get an idea of the inventory they have for the dates you need them. The truck rental company that you do business with will help you to choose the size of truck you need based on the amount of rooms you are moving.  Know The Factors To Keep In Mind For Your Truck The biggest criteria you will have to keep in mind when renting a truck is the mileage that you need. Different moving truck companies offer different pricing packages in this regard, with some offering unlimited mileage and others requiring specific parameters. You should also consider things like towing capacity if you are planning to move a car in the process. You may want to rent some extras, such as hand trucks, dollies, moving blankets and more. Understand The Methods Of An Efficient Move In addition to renting a moving truck, you want to develop some moving tips that will allow you to get the exact rental that you need. For example, renting a storage facility might be the right thing to do if you are planning a move that will take at least a few days. This will allow you to move at a much more timely space fit to your schedule. Also, make sure that you acquire plenty of sturdy and rigid boxes and label them accordingly. Create a spreadsheet or database with every single item stored in each container to streamline the unpacking process.  Keep this information handy and use it as you plan out your move. To learn more, contact a truck rental company like Allard...

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3 Tips For Protecting Your Snowmobile From The Elements

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Protecting Your Snowmobile From The Elements

Obviously, your snowmobile is designed to withstand the ice and snow. However, even though snowmobiles are tough, the extreme winter elements can cause damage to them over time as well. If you keep your snowmobile properly cared for this winter, however, you can minimize wear and tear and keep it in good shape. Then, you’ll be able to use it next year — and for many years in the future — without any problems. 1. Coat it With Wax Wax isn’t just there to make your snowmobile look nice and shiny. You should have given it a good washing before you stored it for the warmer months; if you didn’t, you’ll need to do so now. Then, add a coat of wax, just as you would if you were trying to make your car look its best. The wax will help provide a protective coat to your snowmobile’s paint job that will help protect it from the snow and other elements. You can use a regular car wax if you wish, but if you’re willing to spend a few extra bucks, it can be worthwhile to purchase a special snowmobile wax from a shop that sells ATVs. Then, you’ll ensure that your snowmobile’s paint job is shielded from the snow and ice as much as possible. 2. Spray it Off After Use You might not want to if it’s cold outside, but taking the time to spray your snowmobile off with a water hose after each use can work wonders. When you do so, make sure that you get the undercarriage as clean as possible. This step will help get rid of caked-on snow and ice, which can help prevent rust. 3. Store and Transport it Properly When storing your snowmobile, try to keep it under a garage, carport or other shelter if at all possible. If this isn’t an option, cover it with a tightly fitting cover. This will help shield it from the ice and snow and will help prevent the electrical components from being damaged. When you are transporting it, use an enclosed snowmobile trailer that will keep it shielded and secure. Look into companies that offer snowmobile trailer sales to ensure you get the right equipment. Even though your snowmobile is made to be used in inclement weather, the elements can still cause problems, such as causing rust on the body of your snowmobile. As long as you follow these tips, however, you should be able to use it all season long with minimal...

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High Deductible? What Are Your Repair Options?

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on High Deductible? What Are Your Repair Options?

If your vehicle has recently been damaged in a collision, you may have already rounded up some repair estimates in anticipation of turning in the claim to your insurance company. However, if you have a relatively high deductible, you could find yourself faced with the prospect of paying entirely out of pocket for the repair or paying the full amount of your deductible and taking the risk of a rate hike for just a few hundred dollars in covered repairs. What can you do to lower the amount you’ll need to pay to have your vehicle restored to its original glory? Read on to get more info about your options when you have a high deductible. Shop around — and offer cash Even if you’ve already gotten a couple of quotes for insurance purposes, you may want to revisit these shops — and some others — and offer cash payment. Often, avoiding the hassle of negotiating with insurance companies for payment can be enough to drop a sizable percentage from the total. And if you reside in an area with a high cost of living, you may want to drive out into the less-expensive surrounding areas to get a lower quote. Look into paintless options Many smaller dents and dings can easily be repaired through the paintless dent repair process. Because the auto body shop won’t need to go to the trouble and expense of matching your paint color and creating a seamless appearance, you’ll pay much less for this type of repair than for a new quarter panel and paint job. In some cases involving large or complex dents, the paintless dent repair process could leave a small ripple or wave, but this minor imperfection may be preferable to paying a much higher amount for a new panel. Check out the scrap yard If your repair involves a new headlight, bumper, windshield, or other commonly-replaced part, you may have some luck in the used market. Many vehicles are sent to scrapyards largely intact, and if you find a vehicle that matches yours in make and model, you’ll likely be able to pick up most of the parts you need for a steep discount. Even if you’re not up to the challenge of hunting for these bargains in a physical scrapyard, you may be able to search an online database of scrap parts in your area to get an idea of the prices you can...

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3 Reasons To Start A Junk Car Buying And Selling Business

Posted by on Sep 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons To Start A Junk Car Buying And Selling Business

If you have ever had a junk car that you wanted to get rid of, you might have thought about selling it to one of the many services that picks up cars and pays the owner a reasonable fee (such as Cash For Junk Cars). However, you might have never thought about starting one of these businesses. Basically, with your own junk car selling business, you can put out an advertisement that states that you will pick up people’s unwanted vehicles and pay them a set amount for releasing the car to you. Then, you can sell the car for a profit to a metal recycling company. If you are looking for a way to start a lucrative business, consider these perks of starting a business that involves buying and selling junk cars.     1. You Can Make Money in Multiple Ways There are actually a few different ways that you can make money with one of these businesses. First of all, you can pick up cars and take them straight to an auto recycling center for a profit. However, some cars might be in better condition and can be sold as-is or for parts for a higher price. This can work out especially well if you have a place to store these cars and are willing to advertise and wait to make a profit. 2. You’re Helping the Environment Even though you might be planning on starting your business with the intention of making money, the truth is that starting a business that picks up and sells junk cars is actually good for the environment. In some cases, cars will sit for many years while they leak fluid into the ground and rust away. However, with your business, you will help ensure that these cars are picked up and reused in some way. It’s one of the best ways of recycling out there. 3. It’s Easy and Cheap to Get Started One thing that holds many people back from starting businesses is the fact that it can be expensive to do so. However, a junk car buying and selling business typically just requires a truck, a trailer that can be used for hauling junk cars that don’t start and a business license. These costs are relatively low when compared to other businesses. As you can see, starting your own business that involves buying and selling junk cars can be a smart idea. Consider researching the idea, and you might come up with a business plan for a rather lucrative...

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Three Quick, But Temporary, Solutions For Stopping Radiator Leaks

Posted by on Aug 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Quick, But Temporary, Solutions For Stopping Radiator Leaks

Driving with a leaking radiator is dangerous because the engine can overheat and experience costly damages. You can easily get stranded if your radiator suddenly starts leaking far away from mechanics and their handy tools. Luckily, there are some quick fixes you can use to allow you drive to the nearest mechanic’s place. Here are three such solutions: Bubble Gum The bubble gum solution works if you can spot the offending area. One way to do this is to pop up the hood and let the engine run warm so that you can identify the source of the leak. Next, chew a piece of gum until it gets soft and pack it into the leak area. Press it as firmly as possible for it to block the escaping fluid. Once that is done, remove the radiator cap, close the hood and drive off. A closed radiator can build up enough pressure to dislodge the gum, so you need to drive without it until you can get to your destination or mechanic. Remember to take it slow so that the coolant doesn’t slosh too much. Pepper If the leak is small, then you can also plug it using pepper. You just need to add one or two tablespoons of everyday coarse ground pepper into your radiator. The grains of pepper travel to the pinhole leak and block it. You can do the same thing with egg white, which will travel to the offending hole, get cooked and plug it. Only do this if it is the only solution available because the pepper can clog your radiator’s cooling tube. It is also for the same reason that you shouldn’t use too much pepper; if the leak is small, then the suggested amount should be enough to plug it; if it is big, then no amount of pepper will close it up. Drive slowly and head for a mechanic’s shop like Marathon -Sleepy Hollow so that your radiator can be cleaned and professionally repaired.   Pliers If you don’t have pepper, eggs or chewing gum, you can still repair your radiator if you have pliers in your toolbox. Identify the source of the leak, clear away the cooling fins surrounding it and cut the tube or tubes completely in half. After that, use your pliers to pinch and flatten the tubes near their respective ends. Once they are flat, fold each of the tubes over itself, pinch and squeeze again. Do that a couple of times or so and the leak will slow down enough for you to get to your destination. Don’t forget that these are temporary solutions; you still need to see your mechanic for a permanent and professional solution. Also, take care not to hurt yourself when handling the radiator if you have been driving for some time. It may be too hot to touch, in which case you need to let it cool down before you can proceed with the...

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3 Mistakes To Avoid When Trying To Keep Your Auto Body In Top Shape

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Mistakes To Avoid When Trying To Keep Your Auto Body In Top Shape

At one point in time or another, it makes sense that you are going to be stuck having to perform body repairs on your vehicle. Whether it be from a car accident or age, it is something that just about everyone has gone through. While no one likes the idea of having to get body work done to their vehicle, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take action and get the problem fixed. By following the tips below, you can ensure your vehicle is in top shape at all times and the cost of body repairs is kept to a minimum. Not Examining your car for problem areas on a regular basis. For the most part, you get in your vehicle and drive away without thinking about what the body looks like. Instead of being careless and never looking at your vehicle, spend some time walking around your vehicle and looking for any differences in its appearance. A tiny piece of rust is simple enough to fix, but ignoring the problem will only allow it to grow into something far worse. Waiting to get the issue taken care of properly. In the event you do notice something isn’t right with your auto body, you need to take your vehicle in to the collision shop and let them do a thorough inspection of the problem to determine what needs to be done. Sitting back and ignoring the issue isn’t going to make it go away. It’s up to you to take the time to do something about it the right way. By sitting down with a professional, you can ensure your vehicle is going to stay in top shape at all times. Not getting the job done right. Many people turn to doing the job themselves in an attempt to save a few bucks on their repair work. However, if the job isn’t done right, it could wind up costing you far more than you bargained for. The rust or exterior damage could have spread and the repair you did is now a complete disaster because of not following the proper protocols. Don’t try to do everything on your own. Even though you might be tight on cash, you will save a lot of hassles and headaches by turning to one of the professionals in the industry. By not making the mistakes above and going to a professional collision center, you can make sure your vehicle lasts for quite some...

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