Monthly Archives: November 2018

Why is my car window stuck?

Why is my car window stuck?

Having a car window that won’t roll down (or worse, won’t roll up) can become a nightmare. Diagnosing the issue and understanding how your window operates is the key to fixing this issue. With windows, there are a few things that will help you figure out the root of the problem. Is it just the driver window? Is it only the rear windows? Do you hear a noise when you try to roll the windows up or down? Electrical and manual windows have enough differences that the approach will change for each type. Owning a manually operated window as opposed to an electric one comes with a different set of potential issues. Due to the simpler, straightforward nature of manual windows, they can be easier to solve. If you crank your window and experience no movement, a worn regulator could be the culprit. The regulator transfers the rotational movement of the crank handle or window motor. It then turns this motion into the vertical movement of your window. Crank gears are made of plastic ... read more

Why is my transmission fluid leaking?

Why is my transmission fluid leaking?

Transmission fluid acts as a lubricant and a coolant that transmits power from the engine to the transmission. Allowing contaminants to build up and failing to flush your existing fluid decrease the life of your transmission! So, what causes your transmission fluid wear and leak? Let’s take a look at some common factors. Car Accidents and Body Damage: Car accidents, especially ones near your axles or wheels can produce a transmission leak. Your transmission is connected to a CV joint or driveshaft that if hit hard enough can damage the seals in your assembly.   Neglect: Failing to change your fluid in a timely manner can result in a transmission leak. Tiny bits of metal build up in your fluid over time as the metal that comprises your transmission wears down. These tiny bits begin to wear down the seals and gaskets in your transmission.   Wear and Tear: Over time a variety of factors lead to the breaking down of your transmission fluid. Output shafts come into dir ... read more

Why is my water pump leaking?

The water pump plays a critical part in the function of your engine. It moves coolant flowing through the engine, radiator, and hoses to maintain the ideal operating temperature for your vehicle. Generally, the water pump’s 'powered by the serpentine belt and the crankshaft pulley. The water pump moves in a cycle. After leaving the engine it flows from the hoses to the radiator, cooled by the air movement from the radiator fins. Water then exits the radiator and enters the water pump once again completing the cycle. This entire process is put into action by centrifugal force and the impeller blade. The water pump contains several seals and gaskets that keep coolant enclosed and secure as it flows throughout the engine. As these seals and gaskets age, they will become worn, cracked, and dried out. Once this occurs, the coolant can leak from the water pump. You may notice a green or occasionally red color pooling in the front of your car. This is the key indicator that you hav ... read more

How often should I rotate my tires?

How often should I rotate my tires?

For many people, tires are an afterthought, that is until a problem occurs. There are many precautions you can take to extend the life of your tires, and that begins with a tire rotation. Not only does a tire rotation extend the life your tires, but it also improves performance. When you get a rotation, each tire moves to a different position to establish even wear. Depending if you have front or rear wheel drive, your tires move from the back to the front or vice versa. Not only do you move tires from back to front, with most alignments you change which side of the vehicle the tire is set. Typically, a tire rotation is needed every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Rotational patterns and frequency largely depend on the vehicle type, so it’s best to check your owner’s manual. Bring your vehicle to an ASE certified shop like Ferber’s Tire and Auto for a rotation today