Archive for October 2011

Fuel Injector Cleaning In Thomaston

Posted November 1, 2011 12:00 PM

In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your vehicle engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much fuel to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute.

High temperatures under your hood and variations in Bristol gas quality cause fuel injectors to be fouled with wax, dirt, water, additives and carbon. Injectors can become partially clogged, preventing them from delivering the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure.

When your vehicle's injectors are dirty, the fuel doesn't burn as efficiently, resulting in poor fuel economy and loss of power. So it's important to keep your fuel injectors clean.

We can perform a full fuel system service for you at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair in which the fuel injectors are cleaned so that they operate properly and deliver the right amount of fuel at the right time.

Connecticut drivers should remember that proper maintenance of their fuel system means that they will spend less on gas in Bristol, enjoy strong performance and prevent costly repairs down the road.

 

Economy Transmission and Auto Repair
201 Terryville Road
Bristol, Connecticut 06010
(860) 589-1255

 



On Board Diagnostics for Bristol Motorists

Posted October 25, 2011 12:00 PM

Some Bristol vehicle owners wonder why Economy Transmission and Auto Repair and other Bristol auto repair shops charge a fee for vehicle diagnostics.

Receiving a diagnostic charge at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair for a tricky automotive problem shouldn't be a surprise. In the Bristol area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your vehicle brakes when you slow down in rush-hour traffic on a busy Connecticut road, you pull off at the next off-ramp and take a quick visual check. That is usually enough to know what needs to be done. If you're having an intermittent problem with your vehicle engine, however, a Economy Transmission and Auto Repair diagnosis may be much more involved.

Much of the Bristol driver's confusion comes when the problem involves the Check Engine light. The Check Engine light comes on when the engine management computer has sensed a problem.

There's a common misconception among Connecticut drivers that the trouble code tells the Economy Transmission and Auto Repair technician exactly what's wrong. They wonder why there is a diagnostic charge because the scanner quickly gave the diagnosis.

In reality, it is not that easy and straightforward. The computer monitors many sensors throughout the vehicle. When one of these sensors has a reading that's out of parameters, the computer will record a trouble code and turn on the Check Engine light.

The vehicle computer's trouble code just tells the Economy Transmission and Auto Repair technician what engine parameter is out of range, not what's causing it. The technician needs to determine the underlying problem that's causing the malfunction.

There are many problems that could cause a troublesome sensor reading for Economy Transmission and Auto Repair customers. The service advisor makes a list of the most likely causes and begins tracking down the source of the problem. This takes time.

Bristol service centers subscribe to databases that document possible causes for all the possible trouble codes. The databases outline procedures for confirming a diagnosis and provide the documented repair. These  databases are specific to each vehicle and engine combination.

Some diagnoses are quick and easy. Others are more involved, time-consuming and difficult. Of course Economy Transmission and Auto Repair wants to figure out what's wrong with your vehicle and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

Economy Transmission and Auto Repair
201 Terryville Road
Bristol, Connecticut 06010
(860) 589-1255



What Is a Differential and Do You Have One?

Posted October 18, 2011 12:00 PM

With front-wheel drive being so common these days in Bristol, Connecticut, the differential is just taken care of during a transmission service, so most Bristol drivers don't even have to think about it. And rear-wheel drive differentials don't need to be serviced for years, so it's understandable that it's not something on the top of Bristol customers' minds. It's not uncommon for drivers to not know they have a differential let alone know that it needs service.

Call Economy Transmission and Auto Repair in Bristol at (860) 589-1255 for information about differential service, or stop by our Bristol, Connecticut, auto center at 201 Terryville Road, 06010.

To better understand what a differential does, think about our local Bristol high school track. There are lanes marked off on the track. For the longer distance races, the starting lines are staggered. The starting lines for the outside lanes are ahead of the starting lines for the inside lanes. That's to compensate for the longer length of the outside lanes. Staggering the starting lines means that each runner has the same distance to run.

The differential compensates for the difference in speeds between the inside wheel and the outside wheel in a turn, because they have to travel together through slightly different distances.

It's a very important function. When you think of it, all the power to get a vehicle moving goes through the differential. Most cars in the Bristol, Connecticut area weigh between 3,000 and 6,000 pounds (1,400 and 2,800 kg) – trucks even more. The power from the engine goes through the transmission and then through the differential to the drive wheels.

That's a lot of work and requires very heavy duty parts. And those parts need protection. The differential fluid lubricates the gears in the differential and keeps them cool.

The fluid eventually gets dirty and worn down. Some kinds of differentials require special additives that break down over time. So vehicle manufacturers recommend intervals for replacing your differential fluid.

The professionals at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair will drain the used fluid and check it out for metal bits, which could be a sign of excessive wear on the gears. Then they’ll replace the fluid and install the additives if necessary.

Your Economy Transmission and Auto Repair service advisor can look up the vehicle manufacture's recommended service interval or you can check your owner's manual. Give us a call at (860) 589-1255 for more information about your differential service.

Economy Transmission and Auto Repair
201 Terryville Road
Bristol, Connecticut 06010
(860) 589-1255



Tire Replacement: What Bristol Drivers Need to Know

Posted October 14, 2011 12:00 PM

Looking at getting some new tires? Maybe the real reason for wanting those off-highway tires is that they look cool. Well there's nothing wrong with that. If you make sure that you've got your functional needs covered with your selection, then you can have some fun with where you go from there.

Let's suppose you zip around Bristol in a sporty car. You may like to run a high-performance summer tire when the weather's good. When Connecticut weather turns cold, you can put on high-performance winter tires. For the kind of driving you like to do, you want full-on performance tires. All-season tires are naturally a compromise that works well for most Bristol drivers, but since you have a choice, go for dedicated summer and winter tires.

When it's time for new tires, visit with a knowledgeable Economy Transmission and Auto Repair tire professional. Describe your needs and wants. He'll come up with some selections for you to discuss. And once you settle on a type of tire, there are options for special needs: like pulling a trailer or carrying heavy loads.

Tires are one of the biggest purchases for Bristol drivers. With so many choices, you'll be able to get what's best for you. Take your time. And don't worry about what's in stock. If you want something that isn't here at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair, we can order it. Chances are you'll be rolling on your new tires in a couple of days.

Let us know if you have any other questions!

 Economy Transmission and Auto Repair
201 Terryville Road
Bristol, Connecticut 06010
(860) 589-1255

 



What to Do in Case of an Accident in Bristol

Posted October 5, 2011 12:00 PM

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in Bristol, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.

Let's review what Bristol drivers should do in case of an accident:

When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Bristol is considered a crime - even if it's not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your Connecticut driver's license or even jail time.

Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Bristol emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.

You should always file a police report. It's tempting to skip this if everything seems to be ok. But without a police report, the other guy can say whatever he wants about the accident later, and you won't have an objective report to help defend yourself. Discuss the accident only with the police. Emotions are strong after an accident and we naturally want to talk about it – don't. Never admit fault or guilt to anyone including the Bristol police officer. Sometimes we may feel at fault, but in the eyes of the law, the other guy may be responsible.

Truthfully give the officer the facts: such as, "I was going 30 miles an hour," or, "I was going 55 kilometers per hour," not, "I wasn't speeding." Remember, anything you say to the officer or anyone else can be used against you. Also get the officer's name and ID number and ask where you can get a copy of the accident report.

Get the facts on the driver and owner of the other vehicle:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Driver's license number and expiration
  • Insurance information

Also take down a description of the other vehicle, license plate and vehicle identification number (VIN). Most Connecticut auto insurance companies don't record license plate numbers, so the VIN is the best way to track a vehicle in Connecticut.

Ask witnesses, including passengers, to wait for the police. If they can't wait, ask for contact information and request that they write a brief description of what they saw. If someone refuses to leave their name, write down their license plate number so the police can track them down later if necessary. Always call your insurance agent or your insurance company. Call or see a physician if you think you may have been injured. For vehicle repairs, call Economy Transmission and Auto Repair at (860) 589-1255.

Contact Economy Transmission and Auto Repair to learn more about what to do in case of an auto accident.
You can find us at:

201 Terryville Road
Bristol, Connecticut 06010
(860) 589-1255



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