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The Economy Transmission and Auto Repair Guide to Vehicle Diagnosis

Posted May 1, 2013 12:00 PM

Modern Bristol vehicles have several computers on board that control all kinds of things like engine functions, transmission shifts, traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control, emissions – and on some vehicles, even steering, braking and the throttle.

Think about that for a minute – things that used to be controlled by simple mechanical connections now have electronic controls that rely on computers, software and sensors. It's no wonder that when something goes wrong with their vehicle it can be pretty complicated for Bristol drivers to track down the source of the problem.

To help your service advisor at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair figure out what's wrong, your vehicle is equipped with on-board diagnostics. The Check Engine light comes on to tell you there's a problem and the engine management computer stores a trouble code. Your friendly and knowledgeable Economy Transmission and Auto Repair technician connects a scan tool to your vehicle's diagnostic port and retrieves the trouble codes as well as other important data.

Trouble codes are like clues for the technician to follow as he diagnoses what's wrong with your vehicle. In a way, it's like going to your Bristol doctor with a problem. She'll run some additional tests and gather the information she needs to make a diagnosis and form a treatment plan. How much a vehicle diagnosis costs at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair in Bristol depends on how much time it takes to sort out the symptoms and find the underlying problem.

Give us a call.

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



The Right Automotive Fluids for Bristol Drivers

Posted April 26, 2013 12:00 PM

All those automotive fluids can be confusing for Bristol drivers. Recent years have brought new grades of engine oil, types of transmission fluid, coolant and brake fluid. The right fluid protects your vehicle and helps it perform at its best. The wrong fluid won't work as well and could even cause damage.

In addition to new grades of engine oil, many vehicles now leave the factory with synthetic oil. People in Bristol should always use the grade recommended by their manufacturer.

All coolant, also called antifreeze, used to be green. Now there are several other colors of coolant sold at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair in Bristol. Each type is designed to protect the cooling system components that are particular to your vehicle. The wrong stuff can void your vehicle cooling system warranty and could even cause engine damage.

Most passenger vehicles on Bristol roads today use either DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5 brake fluid. Your vehicle power brake system is specifically designed to use ONE of these types – you need the right one. Higher numbers do not necessarily mean a higher, upgraded fluid.

Now, the thing is knowing that your vehicle requires specific grades and types of fluids; using the right fluid is good and using the wrong ones is bad. Once you've got that down, it's easy to remember to check with your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair or your vehicle owner's manual to find out which automotive fluids to use.

Give us a call.

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

 



Steer Right in Bristol

Posted April 16, 2013 12:00 PM

Virtually all vehicles come with power steering, so many Bristol drivers have never driven a car or truck without it. Power steering assists you when you turn your vehicle steering wheel. Without it, it would be very hard to steer.

Now this power assist comes in a couple of forms. In recent years, a lot of vehicles have an electric motor that reduces steering effort and helps improve performance and handling.

The other kind of power steering is hydraulic. This is the kind most older Connecticut vehicles — and a lot of newer ones — have. Power steering fluid is pressurized by a pump and is used to assist steering. Of course, vehicles need the right amount of fluid in the system. If it's too low, your steering is affected and you could damage your vehicle pump.

Also, power steering fluid can become corrosive over time and damage the pump, hoses and connectors, leading to leaks and repairs. Power steering service at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair in Bristol includes removing the contaminated fluid and replacing it with fresh fluid.

A word for Bristol drivers about power steering pumps: Some are powered by an electric motor. Others are driven by the serpentine belt. A worn serpentine belt stresses all of the vehicle components it drives, including the power steering pump, so replace the belt at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair as advised to avoid undue repairs.

Losing your power steering while driving in Bristol can be unsettling – just remember that you can still steer, it'll just be harder. Check with your service advisor at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair to see if it's time to service your vehicle's power steering system.

In addition to power steering service, at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair we offer comprehensive automotive services.

Give us a call.

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



Getting New Tires in Bristol?

Posted April 12, 2013 12:00 PM

There are so many tire choices in the Bristol area that selecting the right one can be a bit overwhelming for drivers. And even though it's kind of fun to have new tires on your vehicle, they're a significant investment for most Bristol area folks so you want do it right.

Tip: talk with your friendly and knowledgeable Economy Transmission and Auto Repair tire professional. He'll help you sort through the choices.

Here are some of the issues you'll talk about: One is size – you know, all those numbers on the side of the tire. The right size is . All new vehicles are required to have stability control which, along with other important safety systems, is calibrated to work with specific tire sizes. Your Bristol tire professional can help stay within manufacturer's specifications or program a different tire size into your vehicle's computer.

And you'll want to discuss how and where you drive to determine the type of tire you need: summer, winter,  all season tires or all-terrain. There are tires for every Bristol auto owner's needs.

Like we said, tires are a big investment, so you want to get a good value on tires. Now that doesn't always mean the cheapest tire. A top tier tire from Economy Transmission and Auto Repair will last a long time and give Bristol drivers good performance throughout its life. Tires sold in Bristol bargain tire shops may not live up to that promise. Again, your friendly and knowledgeable Economy Transmission and Auto Repair tire professional can give you options that offer the best long-term value within your immediate budget.

Last, with a 2-wheel drive vehicle, it's to always replace both tires on an axle. Modern sensors and computer safety systems for vehicle brakes, stability and traction control need both tires to have the same amount of wear to work properly. And always put the new tires on the rear so you don't fishtail in a turn. With all-wheel drive you should replace all four tires at the same time.

Schedule a tire inspection at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair to see how much life is left in your vehicle tires and seek the help of a professional when choosing new shoes for your vehicle.

Give us a call.

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



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