Archive for October 2015

Automotive Tips from Economy Transmission and Auto Repair: Alignment Inspection

Posted October 28, 2015 12:00 PM

Uneven tire wear, the car pulling to one side or a steering wheel that is off-center are signs for Bristol drivers that their wheels may be out of alignment.

When doing an alignment inspection, the service advisor at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair will inspect your tires for uneven wear as well as suspension and steering parts for signs of wear or damage. He?ll also compare your current alignment with the vehicle manufacturer?s settings.

Your vehicle owner?s manual will have a recommendation for when to check alignment. Of course, this recommendation is based on normal driving. If you have been in a crash, hit a curb/pothole, frequently drive off-road around Bristol, or notice any symptoms of misalignment, have your Economy Transmission and Auto Repair service advisor perform an important alignment check.

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



Automotive Tips from Economy Transmission and Auto Repair: When to Replace a Damaged Tire

Posted October 22, 2015 12:00 PM

Repair or Replace? That’s a question Bristol drivers ask when they have tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch (6.4 mm) are considered too large to be safely repaired. Punctures in the sidewall or near the shoulders may not be able to be repaired. And sometimes there is internal damage revealed on inspection that indicates the tire should not be repaired.

Run flat tires should not be repaired. Repairing high performance tires may make them unsuitable for motorsports. Your friendly and professional Economy Transmission and Auto Repair service advisor can inspect your damaged tire and tell you if it can be safely repaired or if it should be replaced - and then help you get back on the roads around Bristol.

Give us a call.

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



Automotive Tips from Economy Transmission and Auto Repair: Making Your A/C System Last Longer

Posted October 16, 2015 12:00 PM

Bristol drivers know that if their air conditioning system isn’t making cool air like it used to, there is a problem. It may be as simple as adding more of the right kind of refrigerant.

Your A/C requires special compressor oil, which circulates through the system along with the refrigerant, to lubricate and protect expensive components and keep seals and gaskets from drying out. If refrigerant has leaked out – so has the compressor oil. This oil needs to be replenished whenever refrigerant is added.

An air conditioning inspection at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair will uncover any potential problems and identify any necessary repairs needed to get Bristol drivers on the road to cool air once again.

Give us a call.

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



Automotive Tips from Economy Transmission and Auto Repair: Signs of an Alignment Problem

Posted October 13, 2015 12:00 PM

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. Bristol drivers often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like an accident, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object.

While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday Bristol driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well.

In addition, your vehicle can lose alignment over time with just normal driving. When your wheels are out of alignment, Economy Transmission and Auto Repair in Bristol can return your wheels to the vehicle manufacturer’s factory settings. Most owner's manuals suggest an alignment check every year or two. 

Give us a call.

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

 



Automotive Tips from Economy Transmission and Auto Repair: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

Posted October 7, 2015 12:00 PM

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Bristol drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.

Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.

The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper belt tension. The tensioner should be replaced along with the timing belt and any idler pulleys at the vehicle manufacturer’s specified service interval. Your Economy Transmission and Auto Repair service advisor can help you with the timing belt.

Give us a call.

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



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