All vehicles have breakdowns, no matter how much maintenance you do to them. There are parts on your vehicle that have a lifespan, and will wear out eventually. At Old 40 Auto Care we want to inform you of needed repairs before they become breakdowns. Here are some common repairs we offer.
From a no start condition to fluid leaks, mechanical breakdowns can ruin any driver's day. There are hundreds of thousands of mechanical components to a vehicle, all of which can fail. The bright side to this is that with proper maintenance mechanical repairs don't have to be a surprise. Checking belts and hoses, identifying fluid leak sources, and road testing vehicles is how we at Old 40 Auto Care make driver's aware of problems before they become breakdowns.
Did you know the average vehicle on the road in 2018 has over 30 computers in it? These computers control everything from the automatic door locks to the amount of fuel the engine receives in each cylinder. With that many computers on board there are bound to be failures at some point. Bad grounds, broken wires, faulty sensors, poor connections, and bad fuses can all cause the dreaded check engine light to illuminate on the dash. We have the latest diagnostic equipment to correctly diagnose and fix your electrical problems.
If the engine of a vehicle is not operating properly the vehicle isn't going to go very far. From mechanical and electrical fixes to full engine replacements, Old 40 Auto Care is a driver's one stop shop for all engine repairs.
A vehicle with a manual, or standard, transmission has a clutch. While improper shifting can cause premature wear of the clutch, there are also components that wear with time and must be replaced. Driver's may feel the clutch slipping or notice the transmission not engaging properly.
A vehicle's braking system includes many components, all of which endure heavy wear due to the heat and friction caused by stopping a vehicle. Most commonly drivers will begin to hear a squealing, screeching, or grinding sound when pushing on the brake pedal, this is the thickness indicator of the brake pad rubbing against the brake rotor to let drivers know the brake pads are close to needing replaced. Drivers may also feel a pulsation in the brake pedal if the rotors need replaced. Loss of braking ability can be caused by low fluid or leaking brake fluid lines. There are also calipers that adjust a vehicle's brake pad position based on width of the pad.
All of these components can wear out and should be inspected regularly to prevent catastrophic failure.
ALIGNMENT AND SUSPENSION
The alignment of a vehicle includes caster, camber, and toe all of which affect the way the vehicle's tires make contact with the road. If any of these components is out of factory specifications it can cause premature tire wear and/or suspension wear. Alignment can also affect your vehicle's fuel mileage by as much as 3 to 4 miles per gallon. Have an alignment check once a year is good practice and a vehicle's alignment should be adjusted every time suspension parts are replaced or new tires are installed.
How a vehicle handles, or the ride of a vehicle, is very much dependent on the suspension of the vehicle. Worn suspension parts can cause rough ride, poor handling, and audible noise in the cab of a vehicle. Suspension components wear out with time due to the constant stress and pressure these parts are under to maintain proper tire contact with the road and ride height of a vehicle. Suspension parts need to be inspected regularly to prevent system failures but especially if a difference in handling is noticed.