Signs That Your Car Needs a Transmission Flush

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The five signs that your car needs a transmission flush include:

  1. Strange noises or even grinding coming from the transmission
  2. You experience problems shifting gears
  3. You experience some slippage when shifting gears
  4. Unexplained surging of your vehicle
  5. Delay in movement after placing the vehicle in gear

.In most cases, getting a transmission flush every 30,000 miles, or every two years or so is sufficient. However, there may be times when you need to get a transmission flush sooner, in order to help protect your car’s transmission. There are some common signs that you need to perform a transmission flush on your car or truck.

Transmission Grinding or Strange Noises
A vehicle transmission that is contaminated with dirt, grease and sludge can display symptoms very similar to inadequate levels of transmission fluid. When driving your vehicle, if you notice your transmission grinding or making strange sounds, you should stop the vehicle and check the transmission fluid level while the engine is still running. Insure that the transmission fluid color is bright red and not brown or black because of grime or sludge. If the fluid level of the transmission is acceptable, your vehicle probably needs a transmission flush.

Problems Shifting Gears
Regardless if you drive an automatic or manual, your car requires clean transmission fluid that flows easily throughout your car’s transmission. A transmission that contains too much dirt or sludge will cause sluggish response in the transmission which will result in your vehicle changing gears too quickly or too late while driving. In manual transmission vehicles, you may find it very hard to change gears at all.

Slipping Gears
A dirty transmission may cause a lack of hydraulic power, much the same as not having enough transmission fluid will cause. In order to stay in the appropriate gear, the transmission must develop enough pressure. When a transmission is too dirty, contaminants may interfere with the flow of transmission fluid that helps with this. If you’re transmission has no other problems, and the fluid level of the transmission is full (or close to it), the problem is probably restricted fluid flow due to a buildup of dirt and contaminants that need to be flushed out.

Surging of the Vehicle
When your vehicle’s transmission is polluted with a lot of dirt and contaminants, and needs a transmission flush, you may notice unexplainable surging of your vehicle. Because your car’s dirty transmission does not allow for adequate transmission fluid flow, your vehicle may tend to jump or surge forward and fall backwards for no good reason. This is caused by inconsistent flow of clean transmission fluid that is needed to ensure smooth operation of the gears and other moving parts inside the transmission bell housing.

Delay in Vehicle Movement
Another sign that your vehicle may have contaminated transmission fluid is when the vehicle stalls for one or two seconds before moving after having been put in gear. If there are no other problems with the transmission, a transmission flush may help.

You should be aware that if the vehicle is displaying these symptoms, your dirty transmission may have already caused bigger problems. Stop by Texas Auto to have your transmission flushed for $199.95.

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Signs That Your Car Needs a Transmission Flush

SIMPLE THINGS THAT IMPROVE YOUR FUEL ECONOMY

Fuel

Owning a vehicle you might feel that you are losing the battle with the costs of fuel. If your current vehicle is not an ultra-modern fuel-efficient model, you’re likely to see your fuel expenses increasing even further. You don’t have to swap your vehicle with a brand new vehicle just yet. There are ways to get the most out of every drop of gas that you put into your car. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Keep Your Engine Properly Tuned

Fixing a car that is noticeably out of tune or has failed an emissions test can improve its gas mileage by an average of 4%, though results vary based on the kind of repair and how well it is done.

Fixing a serious maintenance problem, such as a faulty oxygen sensor, can improve your mileage by as much as 40%.

Fuel Economy Benefit: 4%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.10/gallon

 Keep Tires Properly Inflated

You can improve your gas mileage by up to 3.3% by keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by 0.3% for every 1 psi drop in pressure of all four tires. Properly inflated tires are safer and last longer.

The proper tire pressure for your vehicle is usually found on a sticker in the driver’s side door jamb or the glove box and in your owner’s manual. Do not use the maximum pressure printed on the tire’s sidewall.

Fuel Economy Benefit: Up to 3%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: Up to $0.07/gallon

 Use the Recommended Grade of Motor Oil

You can improve your gas mileage by 1%–2% by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil. For example, using 10W-30 motor oil in an engine designed to use 5W-30 can lower your gas mileage by 1%–2%. Using 5W-30 in an engine designed for 5W-20 can lower your gas mileage by 1%–1.5%. Also, look for motor oil that says “Energy Conserving” on the API performance symbol to be sure it contains friction-reducing additives.

Fuel Economy Benefit: 1%–2%
Equivalent Gasoline Savings: $0.02–$0.05/gallon

 Replacing a Clogged Air Filter on Modern Cars Improves Performance but Not MPG

Replacing a clogged air filter on vehicles with fuel-injected, computer-controlled gasoline engines—such as those manufactured from the early 1980s to the present—or diesel engines does not improve fuel economy, but it can improve acceleration.

Replacing a clogged air filter on an older vehicle with a carbureted engine can improve both fuel economy and acceleration by a few percent under normal replacement conditions.

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Some of our most popular services: tune ups, alignments, full line of BG flushes, check engine lights/warning lights, tire replacement, electrical, ABS and traction control, engine, A/C & heating.

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2012 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 505 HP NAV HUD 6 SPEED HEATED LEATHER SEATS
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  • Color:Torch Red
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  • Engine:7.0L V8
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  • Transmission:Manual 6-Speed
  • Odometer:16,097 mi.
  • Body Style:RWD Coupe (2 Door)

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The Importance of Checking Fluids

Your vehicles fluids should be checked at regular intervals depending on how often you drive your car. Your owner’s manual will give you specifications as well as where to locate the places to check the fluids. It is a good idea to check them more often than recommended.

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Oil

  • Why it’s important: The oil pump and engine oil are the heart and blood of your vehicle, respectively. They move oil through the engine, lubricate the moving parts to reduce friction and wear, and keep the engine clean.
  • How to maintain it: Check your oil level once a month. When it comes to changing it, stick to the frequency suggested in your owners’ manual. The old adage of changing oil every three months or 3,000 miles still holds true for many a used car, but a lot of newer vehicles are engineered to go even longer.
  • How to know if there’s a problem: If your vehicle has an oil leak, you may notice black or brownish drops on the ground beneath its front end. You might also notice an indicator on your dash—a low oil alert is usually an orange-colored light while a low oil pressure alert is red. If you see the latter, you need to address it ASAP. Your vehicle’s telling you that it’s more than three quarts low and you’re heading toward a blown engine.

Transmission fluid

  • Why it’s important: Transmission fluid does for the transmission what oil does for the engine. It lubricates the moving parts and prevents build-up by acting as a cleaning agent. It also helps cool the transmission.
  • How to maintain it: A rule of thumb is to change your transmission fluid every 60,000 miles. Again, refer to your owners’ manual for the recommended maintenance schedule for your vehicle.
  • How to know if there’s a problem: If your vehicle has a transmission fluid leak, you may notice red- or rust-colored drops on the ground. Even a slight drip should prompt a trip to a repair shop. If you start your vehicle and notice that it’s more of a steady leak than a drip, have it serviced immediately. Low transmission fluid will cause your vehicle to experience delays when shifting gears or will result in a harsh shift. You might also notice a feeling of slipping between gears upon acceleration.

Coolant

  • Why it’s important: This mixture of water and antifreeze is stored in your vehicle’s radiator and helps dispel heat from the engine.
  • How to maintain it: Again, consult your owners’ manual for the best frequency at which to change your coolant. Most recommend it be changed every 30,000 miles.
  • How to know if there’s a problem: There are a few tell-tale signs of a coolant leak. You might see your temperature gauge rise or notice your heat isn’t working as efficiently as usual. You might also detect a sweet smell when your vehicle warms up or see smoke under or near the hood. Most newer vehicles have a low coolant light on the dash. If you see it light up, get your vehicle checked.

Brake fluid

  • Why it’s important: Your brake system is hydraulic, meaning it uses fluid to create pressure. That pressure moves the braking components—under extreme pressure and temperature—to cause the vehicle to stop.
  • How to maintain it: Vehicle manufacturers generally recommend changing your brake fluid every two years unless you’re advised to do so sooner because of a problem.
  • How to know if there’s a problem: A fluid leak can appear anywhere beneath the brake lines, which run throughout the chassis of the vehicle. If the fluid’s getting low, your brake pedal might offer a spongier-than-usual resistance when you press it, or may suddenly drop before becoming firm. Most newer vehicles have a red warning light on the dash to indicate a problem. If you have a brake problem, get to a repair shop ASAP. If need be, have your vehicle towed there. Don’t take a chance when it comes to your brakes.

Power steering fluid

  • Why it’s important: Similar to brake fluid, your power steering is a hydraulic system. In this instance, the hydraulic pressure makes steering easier.
  • How to maintain it: Generally speaking, there’s not a specific mileage interval at which you should change your power steering fluid, though the owners’ manual for newer vehicles may include a recommendation. A good habit is to check it once a month or so—when you check your oil—to make sure it’s at the right level.
  • How to know if there’s a problem: If there’s a leak, you may notice drops on the ground beneath the front end. If your steering wheel is difficult to turn or you hear a whining noise when turning, check your fluid level. There is no warning light on the dash for this fluid, so it’s important that you remember to check the level regularly.

Windshield wiper fluid

  • Check your windshield wiper fluid. It’s not just blue tinted water; it’s more important than that. It contains chemicals to help the wipers clean the guck off the windshield and keep the glass frost free in cold weather. So, check it often, especially in the wet, wintery months. It’s just another essential fluid, right up there with coffee and wine.

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2013 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER SPORT SPORT ES 5 SPEED BLUETOOTH ALL POWER

2013 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER SPORT SPORT ES 5 SPEED BLUETOOTH ALL POWER
2013 MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER SPORT SPORT ES 5 SPEED BLUETOOTH ALL POWER

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  • Interior:Black
  • Stock#:3407
  • Engine:2.0L 4 cyls
  • VIN:4A4AP3AU4DE003407
  • Transmission:5-Speed
  • Odometer:39,380 mi.
  • Body Style:FWD SUV (4 Door)

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Car Maintenance Mistakes

There are things you should and should not be doing when it comes to car maintenance. Get off track and you could find your self making one mistake after the next. This could not only alter the condition of your vehicle, but it could also do some damage to your bank account.

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Here are three common car maintenance mistakes to avoid at all costs:

1. NEGLECTING CHECK ENGINE LIGHTS

Unfortunately if you fall within that description, your vehicle will soon suffer damage. It may not happen immediately, but the check engine light always goes on for a reason. The check engine light is a warning light, alerting you that something is wrong with your vehicle. Something may not necessarily be broken, but that small issue could turn into a much larger problem if neglected for too long. Whenever the warning light comes on, bring in your vehicle to Texas Auto and our ASE certified master technicians will diagnose the problem and correct it and get you back on the road. Our team utilizes the latest technology in auto repair to perform repairs to your automobile and correctly read the error codes behind your check engine light.

2.TIRE PRESSURES

Experts agree that keeping the correct air pressure in your tires is as important as giving your engine a tune-up. In fact, the economic benefits may be even greater. With the right amount of air pressure, your tires wear longer, save fuel, enhance handling, and prevent accidents. Failure to maintain the correct air pressure can result in poor gas mileage, reduce tire life, affect vehicle handling, and cause vehicle overloading. If you consider these factors, then the need to routinely check your tire pressure is even clearer. At Texas Auto we automatically do this on every service, so come see us today!

3.OIL CHANGES

Ignoring simple preventative maintenance, like changing oil and filters or failing to make minor car repairs today, could mean thousands of dollars in auto repair bills tomorrow. For instance, neglecting to change the oil and filter periodically will increase contaminants and shorten the engine life. In the worst case scenario, it could mean an engine replacement. Let Texas Auto keep you on track and keep your vehicle operating smoothly, efficiently, and reliably.

There are many reasons you may need help when it comes to car maintenance. From a smell to a noise, a problem could arise that you are unable to solve on your own. Fortunately, Texas Auto can step in and provide the appropriate assistance.

Some of our most popular services:

  • Tune Ups
  • Alignments
  • Full Line of BG Flushes
  • Check Engine Lights/Warning Lights
  • Tire Replacement
  • Electrical
  • ABS and Traction Control
  • Engine
  • A/C & Heating

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Car Maintenance Mistakes