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Why does my torque converter shudder?

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Why does my torque converter shudder?
The torque converter is what allows the engine to run in automatic vehicles while at a complete stop. It’s basically a hydraulic pump that ties together the engine and transmission. As automatic transmission cars don’t use a clutch to completely disengage, fluid coupling allows the engine to spin independently of the transmission. The torque converter is a sealed in a strong housing containing four major components; a pump, turbine, stator, and transmission fluid. So, what causes yours to ratt...
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Why is my U-joint squeaking?

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Why is my U-joint squeaking?
Universal joints (also known as U-joints) are a vital connection between your vehicle’s driveshaft and axles. U-joints, allow driveshafts to move up and down along with the suspension while the shaft is moving so you can transmit power. They’re a pivot point that allows two shafts to rotate at the same speed no matter the angle. This flexibility allows the shafts to elongate or shorten to compensate for potholes and speed bumps out on the road. Without the u-joint and the connecting yokes, the...
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Signs of a failing wheel bearing

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Signs of a failing wheel bearing
The wheel bearing is a crucial part that allows the hub, tire and wheel assembly to work together. It allows for friction free movement of the hub assembly providing smooth wheel and tire rotation. The wheel bearings’ comprised of a set of steel balls held together by a metal ring. It rides on a metal axle shaft and fits snugly inside of the hub. It can be tricky to immediately diagnose a failing bearing, but here are some things to look for. One of the first things that will alert you to a fa...
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Is the transmission filter really that important?

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Is the transmission filter really that important?
The transmission of your vehicle does a lot of the heavy lifting to keep your vehicle moving. Heat and pressure over time can cause bits of metal and contaminants to flake off and do damage. This is where the transmission filter saves the day! For the cars that use them, the transmission filter is a crucial part of the automatic transmission that sifts out metal and contaminants from wreaking havoc in your vehicle. The filter is a metal plate with slats where the transmission fluid passes. It’s...
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Direct vs. Indirect TPMS

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Direct vs. Indirect TPMS
The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) light came to be as a matter of safety. An underinflated tire is more likely to cause a blowout. The TREAD act passed by National Highway Safety Administration in 2007 was created to hold manufacturers accountable for recalls and designs of the TPMS. TPMS can be broken into major types. Direct and indirect, let us compare and contrast the two.   Direct TPMS: • Uses pressure monitoring sensors that measure specific pressure levels • Most provide te...
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When should I replace my timing belt?

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When should I replace my timing belt?
Your engine is a complex system filled with pulleys, belts, and much more. Of these parts, the timing belt may be the most important. The toothed timing belt ensures that the crankshaft and camshaft are rotating in harmony. The back and forth between the piston movement and valve opening inside your engine require extreme precision. Without the timing belt keeping these parts in sync, your engine would fail in a catastrophic manner. While most vehicles use a timing belt, newer models, or cars wi...
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Signs of a failing heater hose

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Signs of a failing heater hose
The heater hose is a key component of your engine's cooling system. The purpose of the hose is to move coolant from the engine to the heater core located in the dash of your vehicle. Made with rubber and built with resistance to heat and coolant chemicals, they’re pre-molded to fit each vehicle’s cooling system. There are a few signs that let you know its time for a heater hose replacement. First, if you see a visibly cracked or dry hose, it’s a good indicator it may be time for a replacemen...
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Why is my temperature gauge fluctuating?

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Why is my temperature gauge fluctuating?
The engine in your vehicle runs hot. Very hot. Once running, your engine can reach temperatures up to 220 degrees Fahrenheit! If you’re driving your car and the temperature gauge is stuck on high, low, or going crazy, the issue is most likely with your thermostat. The job of the thermostat is to regulate the movement of coolant in your vehicle and maintain the best temperature for engine operation. As you would expect, the thermostat is heat sensitive and is situated between the engine and radi...
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Why is my wheel cylinder leaking?

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Why is my wheel cylinder leaking?
The wheel cylinder is a part of the brake drum assembly. Its job is to press the brake shoes against the brake drum. This creates the friction needed to slow your vehicle. Every time you press your brake pedal, the master brake cylinder transfers hydraulic pressure to the wheel cylinder through the brake fluid in your brake lines. The housing of a wheel cylinder is made out of grey cast iron, lightweight aluminum is typically used for newer vehicles. Brake fluid has the ability to absorb water....
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Warning signs of a worn idler pulley

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Warning signs of a worn idler pulley
The idler pulley is a common part that’s found on the majority of the vehicles on the road. Its primary function is to provide tension and guide the engine drive belt. These belts wrap around the various parts of the engine such as the power steering pump, alternator, water pump etc... To keep it simple, idlers are complementary pulleys that make the entire system run smoothly. So, what are some signs of a worn idler pulley? First, let’s start with visual cues. Like many automotive parts, the...
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