Archive for November 2015

Automotive Tips from Economy Transmission and Auto Repair: Making a Battery Last Longer

Posted December 1, 2015 12:00 PM

One thing all Bristol drivers can do to extend the life of their battery is to keep it clean. A greasy, dirty battery holds in damaging heat. Same goes for removing corrosion from the terminals. Economy Transmission and Auto Repair can help maintain your battery.

Allowing your battery to be deeply depleted – like from using your headlights when the engine is off – is very harmful to your battery. Most automotive batteries can only take that about 10 times before they are ruined.

Also, making sure you have a full charge every month or so extends battery life. Either an extended drive at freeway speeds around the Bristol are or using a battery charger will preserve your battery’s ability to hold a full charge.

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: Serpentine Belt Overview

Posted November 25, 2015 12:00 PM

The technicians at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars in Bristol have two serpentine belts.


The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler pulleys are together known as the accessory drive system.

Now your serpentine belt and the belt tensioner will just wear out over time – that’s why your vehicle manufacturer has a scheduled belt replacement interval. The team at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair in Bristol can inspect your serpentine belt for wear and get it replaced if it’s time.

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: Air Conditioning ? Common Problem

Posted November 13, 2015 12:00 PM

Your auto air conditioning system cools and conditions the air in your passenger compartment when you are driving around Bristol. It also removes moisture from the air to keep your windows from fogging up.

A common A/C problem for Bristol drivers that visit Economy Transmission and Auto Repair is contaminated refrigerant (the gas that cools the air). The inside of the A/C hoses deteriorates over time and tiny fragments of rubber clog passages. This makes the system less efficient and overworks various components.

Leaks can develop at seals and gaskets and may reduce the amount of refrigerant, causing the system to work too hard to compensate. Dirty components can have the same consequences.

Ask your Economy Transmission and Auto Repair service advisor for an air conditioning system inspection to make sure everything is up to spec.

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

 



Automotive Tips from Economy Transmission and Auto Repair: Timing Belt Overview

Posted November 6, 2015 12:00 PM

In your engine, valves over each combustion chamber open to allow fresh air in, close during the combustion event, and then other valves open to let out the exhaust. All of this happens over and over thousands of times a minute when you are driving around Bristol. The timing belt’s important job is to make sure that all of this happens as it should – at precisely the right time. If the timing is off, your engine won’t run efficiently or maybe not at all – so a good timing belt is important. If it should break, you could end up at Economy Transmission and Auto Repair with expensive engine damage.

Ask your friendly and professional Economy Transmission and Auto Repair service advisor when your timing belt is scheduled for replacement.

Give us a call.

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



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