Yearly Archives: 2022

How Often Should I Replace Transmission Fluid?

How Often Should I Replace Transmission Fluid?

  Transmission fluid is crucial to keeping your vehicle on the road. As you may know, the transmission is needed to transfer engine power to move your vehicle’s wheels. When you ignore such an important part of the transmission system, the fluid, you can experience significant wear and tear and issues changing gears.  Transmission fluid serves one primary purpose: lubrication. Whether you drive an automatic or manual transmission, your vehicle needs proper lubrication to allow for seamless operation. Depending on the transmission type, transmission fluid can last anywhere between 30,000 miles to 60,000 miles. If you aren’t sure, feel free to refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for your car’s make/model specific needs. Signs That Indicate Your Car Needs a Transmission Fluid Flush Mile intervals are simply an approximation of how often you should service your car’s transmission fluid. Depending on how rough you are on your vehicle and ... read more

Top Signs that Your Cooling System is in Trouble

Top Signs that Your Cooling System is in Trouble

A vehicle's cooling system is quite significant for the vehicle's overall performance. A faulty cooling system could mean that your vehicle is in danger of overheating. And not seeing the signs early enough could mean that your vehicle is a fire hazard and could burn up at any point of the overheating. Five Signs of a Bad Cooling System Smoke from Engine! Seeing your vehicle's engine smoke is one of the most obvious signs that your cooling system is not functioning effectively. If you noticed this while driving it is a very important that you stop your vehicle on the side of the road and proceed to take the necessary steps. The necessary steps would be of course to cool down your vehicle by adding coolant. High Temperature on Temperature Gauge If you notice the temperature on your vehicles temperature gauge suddenly go up and reach the red zone and this is another obvious sign that your vehicle's cooling system is malfunctioning. Once again stop your vehicle and c ... read more

Are Power Steering Flushes Necessary?

Are Power Steering Flushes Necessary?

Power steering fluid is a hydraulic fluid that runs through your power steering system if your vehicle has a hydraulic steering system. In other words, this fluid allows you to seamlessly turn your vehicle. The fluid is pressurized and then carried to a power steering gearbox, or rack and pinion, to make your steering wheel loose enough to turn left or right.    The fluid is typically pink or red, and it is intended to handle high pressures. Much like brake fluid, it is weak to oxygen and moisture. And similar to most other fluids, the power steering fluid can get contaminated over time with rubber and metal fragments. This contamination can be a major concern as it can increase wear and tear and lead to the failure of the components that it runs through, like the power steering pump and gearbox. Furthermore, it can cause your steering wheel to stiffen up and bring about dangerous conditions.   Draining the fluid and replacing it with new fluid may seem easier said t ... read more

Why Are My Headlights So Dim?

Why Are My Headlights So Dim?

When it gets dark or rains, your first instinct should be to switch on your headlights. Some cars nowadays can even self-detect when you should have your headlights on and off. The entire purpose of headlights is to keep you and others safe by being an artificial source of light. When you notice a change in your headlights’ brightness, it can make driving more challenging than before. There are several common reasons why your headlights are suddenly dimmer than before: Oxidized Headlight Lenses Vehicle headlights have a clear plastic cover over the headlights to protect the bulbs from damage. The plastic lens can get oxidized from sun exposure over time. Plus, external debris can scratch the outer layer of the lens, making it look white or cloudy. The discoloration may prevent the light rays from shining through brightly.  Ground Wire Corrosion The wires connecting your headlights to the chassis are necessary for their performance. The ground wires are a part of a circui ... read more

College Bound Getting The Kids Safely Back to School

College Bound Getting The Kids Safely Back to School

Car Maintenance is Critical to keeping your loved ones Safely on the Road.     You have your checkoff lists for dorm room items, food and supplies, books, laptops and courses. Did you forget to add your college-bound children’s vehicle maintenance items to that list? Your neighborhood Springdale Automotive Centers understand your vehicle and are ready to keep you and your family safely on the road.   Back to School Vehicle Check ListRepairs Hearing strange noises, smelling something different, smoke coming from your exhaust? Don’t put off needed repairs as it can be dangerous and expensive.   Tires No need to blow a tire early in the semester. Inspect your tires for signs of uneven tread wear. Also check the tire pressure, making sure each tire is inflated to the manufacturer recommended level. Wiper blades Examine your windshield wipers for signs of wear. If they are sp ... read more

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