|Posted on July 15, 2016 at 9:15 AM||comments (4)|
Sometimes it's hard to know when your car just needs a break and when it needs a mechanic. By being proactive when you notice something amiss, you may save yourself a lot of money and trouble by getting it diagnosed early! Our technicians are here to assist you in diagnosing potential vehicle malfunctions.
Do you have good sense? We bet you do! Use your SENSES to determine whether you should bring your car by for one of our professionals to inspect.
Do you FEEL anything out of the ordinary?
Some experiences that customers who have needed an automobile mechanic have in common are:
-Steering Wheel Shake
Do you HEAR anything different or unique?
Some common sounds that warrant a visit to your mechanic are:
-Clunk or Clunking
-Noise When Turning
-Squeak or Squeaking
-Leaking Air Sound
Do you SEE anything new or questionable?
Some common problems you might see are:
Do you SMELL anything funny?
Some common smells that mean your car may need a repair shop are:
Stop by Robinson's Auto Repair located at 2024 Romig Road, Akron Ohio 44320 or call (234) 706-6040 to talk to one of our friendly and professional technicians.
|Posted on June 29, 2016 at 9:00 AM||comments (1)|
Did you know the most common repairs include broken fuel pumps, dead batteries, cooling system problems, and broken belts and hoses.
Five things you can do to avoid calling a tow truck
With regular auto maintenance, these issues can be dealt with ahead of time. So, if you’re proactive, you can take these steps to avoid having to call a tow truck for these types breakdowns:
Protect your fuel pump
Your fuel pump uses gas to keep it cool, so avoid driving with your tank less than 1/8th full and follow your owners manual and change your fuel filter when recommended. Hint: it’s usually every 30,000 miles.
Check your battery
To help maintain the life of your car battery, keep the terminals clear of corrosion. Heat also takes its toll on batteries. If your battery has been in your vehicle for about three years, you should have it tested professionally at least once a year. Don’t take chances with a weak battery, your should replace it as soon as possible.
Maintain your cooling system
Be sure to follow your manufacturer’s schedule and check your car radiator and coolant level and have the coolant flushed as specified. This way you can avoid having to deal with a radiator leak.
Inspect you belts and hoses
You can visually check them for damage. If you see that they are damaged of cracked, you will have a major problem soon if you don’t have a frayed belt or swollen hose replaced right away. Also, refer to the owners manual and follow the maintenance and replacement schedule.
Stop by Robinson's Auto Repair today and let us perform a FREE safety inspection on your vehicle. If we do find any potential problems we will give you an estimate on the repairs, and how soon you will need to complete the repair. 234-706-6040.
|Posted on April 20, 2016 at 9:40 AM||comments (1)|
We all know that our cars need engine oil in order to operate smoothly. The role of engine oil is to keep the moving parts of the engine lubricated, to protect them against rust corrosion, and, with modern detergent oil additives,to keep them free of sludge and general engine gunk.
But most of us also know some things about engine oil that aren't actually true. For instance, isn't it always necessary to change your oil every 3,000 miles? And when the color of your oil starts becoming dark, doesn't that mean that it's about to fill your engine with harmful sludge?
Well, no. These ideas are myths. Let discuss them along with a few other engine oil "facts" that don't happen to be true. A little knowledge isn't necessarily a dangerous thing, but a little knowledge that doesn't happen to be true could quite possibly ruin your engine, or at least cost you a lot of unnecessary expense.
Whats up with the different oil types? Oil changes its viscosity with temperature and the single viscosity rating only represents the flow of oil when it's warm. What if you need to start your car on a cold winter morning? The oil will flow more slowly, so the cold viscosity rating is important too. A multi-grade rating gives you both the hot and cold viscosities. For 10W-30 oil, the 30 is the same as the SAE 30 viscosity rating for warm oil, but the 10W is the viscosity rating for cold oil, according to a standardized rating system developed by the SAE for winter oil use. And that's what the "W" stands for: "winter."
Then theres that old rule of thumb, "change your oil every 3,000 miles". Keep in mind the key word - "old rule of thumb". It used to be that almost every auto manufacturer recommended that the oil in your engine be changed every 3,000 miles. Use oil past that interval and the engine would begin to fill with sludge, which would not only degrade performance but leave the moving parts at risk for damage.
That's no longer true. Modern detergent oils, improved oil viscosities and better auto engineering in general now allow cars to go about 7,500 miles between oil changes. Yet you'll still hear the 3,000-mile figure quoted widely, especially by people trying to sell you oil. No less an authority than Consumer Reports has debunked this myth, stating that unless you drive your car under unusually difficult conditions, and especially if you always drive it in stop-and-go traffic, going 7,500 miles between oil changes shouldn't harm your engine in any way.
What about engine oil additives? These "additives" have already been added before you buy the oil. Any reputable brand of motor oil will come with additives that improve its viscosity index, remember what I mentioned about about the range of temperatures under which it flows properly through the engine. And that give it detergent properties that keep your engine free of sludge. Most will also include rust retardants to prevent corrosion and chemicals to protect metallic surfaces.
With all these additives already in the oil, putting in more may actually dilute what's already there and lessen the oil's effectiveness. Check your car's manual to see if it has any special additive needs, but this is unlikely in anything except some of the most exotic high-performance engines.