If you have been driving your current vehicle for at least a year, you likely have a great feel for how it normally handles. When something changes, even if its subtle, you should pay attention to those differences as it might indicate a problem. Here are four signs your car’s transmission needs service. If you do need service, schedule an appointment at Jupiter Chevrolet today.
Sweet burning smell. If you notice a sweet or tart smell coming from your vehicle, this could be a sign of burning transmission fluid. If the fluid is burning, it could be overheating, or there could be a leak that is dripping onto other hot engine components.
Leaking fluid. Transmission fluid is usually a clear, red fluid. If you notice a red, sweet-smelling puddle beneath your vehicle, you likely have a transmission fluid leak.
Check engine light. There are many reasons why your check engine light can turn on and one of those is transmission problems. There are sensors throughout the engine that are designed to detect any irregularities and trigger that light. If the check engine light comes on, your best bet is to have your vehicle inspected.
Shaking during gear shifts. Most modern vehicles are equipped with an automatic transmission. The gear shifts tend to be smooth and almost imperceptible. If you feel shaking while your car is shifting into gear, this could be a transmission problem.
Brakes are one of the most important safety features of any vehicle. Among the many components that make up a brake system, brake pads are susceptible to the most wear and tear and need to be replaced at regular intervals. The following are some of the signs that your ride may need new brake pads.
The car squeals when you brake
Brake pads are intentionally designed to squeal after they have been almost completely worn down. If you hear a squealing noise when you brake, that means it’s time to come in for maintenance. If you wait too long, that squealing will turn into grinding.
The brake pedal vibrates when pressed
In driving conditions that lead brakes to overheat, it’s possible for brake pads to become warped, also known as “glazing.” Consequently, you may feel a vibration or pulsation when using the brake pedal.
The car pulls to one side when you brake
Brake pads don’t necessarily wear down at the same rate. If one pad gets thinner faster than the pad on the other side, the car may pull in one direction when you use the brakes. Get that checked before it puts unnecessary stress on the steering mechanism.
There are other ways to tell that your brakes may need maintenance, like hearing a clicking noise, or simply being able to tell that the brakes don’t work as well as they used to. If you notice any of these symptoms or just suspect you have a braking issue, schedule a service appointment at Jupiter Chevrolet in Garland, Texas. We’ll get your Chevy sorted out.
If you plan on doing a lot of driving this summer, you’re going to want to be sure that your Chevy is up for the task. Having healthy tires is essential for safe driving, so you’ll want to heed these signs that might suggest your Chevy is due for a new set.
Failing the penny test
When your tires don’t have the proper amount of tread, you won’t get the kind of consistent performance your Chevy should deliver. What’s more, it can actually be dangerous to drive on tires with insufficient tread. To make sure you’re getting what you need from your tires, try the penny test. Put a penny in the treads of your tires with Abraham Lincoln’s head pointing downward. If you can see the top of his head, you need new tires.
Bulging and cracking
You should be inspecting your tires regularly to be sure they’re properly inflated and in good health. If you see bulging or bubbling on a tire’s sidewall or a significant amount of cracking in the rubber, you have a tire that’s at a higher risk of going flat or blowing out. Avoid driving on tires with these symptoms at all costs.
Not sure if your tires are in the shape they should be? Leave it to the certified service experts at Jupiter Chevrolet in Garland, Texas. We’ll help you keep your current tires healthy with regular rotations and balancing, and we can quickly and easily replace your old set when it’s time.