Q: I saw you had recommended seeking an ASE certified technician to fix a difficult problem. Can you explain what this is and how I'd know the repair shop I might choose has one?_Cynthia L.A: Good question! Some states require technician licensing for general repairs, or more typically, emissions testing. This means many auto techs nationwide are either unlicensed or choose to voluntarily become certified via the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (abbreviated to ASE).ASE has been around since 1972 and offers 50 certifications in car/light truck, collision repair, truck repair, school and transit bus, heavy truck, engine machining, service consulting, parts, among other specialties. ASE has certified more than 300,000 technicians, with each certificate being valid for five years. The car and light truck section consists of nine service areas plus general maintenance, advanced engine performance, hybrid autos and alternate fuels. Technicians may obtain certification in … [Read more...] about Under the Hood: How to know if your repair shop has certified techs
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Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Wind-whipped fire destroys 3-generation transmission shop in Phoenix Fire broke out near 15th Avenue and Broadway Road. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Register your digital access. Alejandro Barahona and Nathan J. Fish, The Republic | azcentral.com Published 5:55 p.m. MT April 12, 2018 | Updated 9:07 p.m. MT April 12, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE A wind-driven fire on Thursday afternoon destroyed a Phoenix transmission repair shop that had been run by three generations of a family. Harold's Transmission was started … [Read more...] about Wind-whipped fire destroys 3-generation transmission shop in Phoenix
Could low transmission fluid be a problem? Q. My Toyota Camry is having a problem with the transmission; it feels like it is dragging when I drive. I had a neighbor check under the hood, and he said he couldn’t see any transmission fluid. Could the low fluid be a problem? A. Low transmission fluid could certainly cause the transmission to act erratically. Unlike the engine — which burns some oil during normal combustion – if the transmission fluid is low, there is a leak that needs repairing. At this point, you should have the car towed to a trusted repair shop. Driving even a short distance without sufficient transmission fluid will certainly cause the transmission to fail. If you don’t have a shop you work with, AAA has approved repair shops that offer quick diagnosis and two-year warranties on repairs on their website. John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor. He has over 40 years of experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master … [Read more...] about What is the problem with my car’s transmission fluid?
Mid-America Transmission and Auto Center is your transmission specialist. Our shop has been in business since 1991, and we are known for our integrity. We mainly rebuild transmissions, but if you need something else done, just let us know. Transmission Repairs: • Auto Transmissions Minor Automotive Services: • Axles Testimonials "I'd had my 2002 Ford Taurus for over three years without having any major issues. During a routine "check-up," another local shop discovered my transmission was slipping and due to the nature of the problem, the other shop recommended a complete overhaul with a new transmission, which would have cost me over $1,800. I found Mid-America Transmission online, and called for a second opinion. Craig took a look at my car and figured out that we could correct the problem without replacing the whole thing. He gave me the estimate of what it would cost to repair it, and he saved me over 75% from what that other shop was going to charge me. Then he called … [Read more...] about Mid-America Transmission and Auto Center
(MoneyWatch) It is a scene we all dread: You take your car in for minor maintenance and the repair shop or dealership announces they have found more serious problems. Mechanics pushing people for unneeded or not-yet-timely repairs seems to be increasing, says Pam Oakes, owner of a repair shop in Fort Myers, FL and author of "Car Care for the Clueless." A customer recently came to her to double-check a long list of proposed repairs totaling $1,200 another shop had given her after she had gone to them for a low-cost oil change. "None of it was necessary," Oakes says. "The only thing she needed was new windshield wipers, and they missed that."Can these cars really get 40 MPG?5 used cars NOT to buyMade in USA: 5 of the best cars built here Aging baby-boomers may be especially vulnerable to such upselling, Oakes says. Cars have improved a lot in the past 15 years, and many people may not have kept up with those changes. For instance, coolant now rarely has to be changed. "People … [Read more...] about Don’t let mechanics sell you unneeded repairs
Last Updated May 25, 2010 12:43 PM EDT Sooner or later, all car buyers face the big question: Should I go to the dealer or an independent repair shop to get work done? By avoiding dealerships in favor of independents when you have work not covered by the warranty, you can save an average of $300 a year, according to a new study by AutoMD.com. AutoMD, which covers all car-repair topics, collected its data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, the Federal Highway Administration and the Aftermarket Industry Association (the trade group for parts makers and repair shops). Car owners who go to dealers for repairs spend an average of $1,209 a year vs. $903 for those who use independent shops, the study concluded. (For the cost difference on brake jobs, transmission repairs and three other common repairs, see below.) The biggest cost differentials are often on both the simplest and most complicated jobs. "Routine maintenance, like oil changes, will be much cheaper at independents or … [Read more...] about Auto Repair: Save $300 by Avoiding Dealers
Despite its continuing recall woes, Toyota has taken the top spot in a ranking of cars by repair cost.The report, released Monday, shows which companies' cars have both the fewest and the least expensive repairs. Hyundai, whose U.S. sales have surged this year, finished second in the rankings, published by auto diagnostic and repair website CarMD, which collects repair data from its network of 3,000 U.S. mechanics. Rounding out the top 5 were Honda, Ford and General Motors -- followed by Mitsubishi, Nissan, Kia, Volkswagen and Chrysler. The report covers a wide range of model years, from 2001 to 2011, but focuses on repairs made only in the most recent year ending Oct. 1. While ranking individual car models, the CarMD Vehicle Health Index also grades manufacturers on a combination of all their brands. For example, the Toyota ranking includes Lexus and Scion cars, while General Motors includes Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC. Based on data from mechanics, the CarMD report … [Read more...] about Report: Which cars cost least to repair?
(MoneyWatch) With drivers keeping their cars longer, more people are considering do-it-yourself auto repairs and maintenance to save money. A survey by the web site AutoMD, which gives auto repair advice, showed that 77% of respondents who normally never do repairs themselves are considering it now to save money. Cars on U.S. roads now average 10.8 years. And keeping your old car running does indeed require staying current with necessary maintenance and repairs. But some jobs make sense for do-it-yourself projects, while other complex repairs risk damaging your car unless you have had some training as a mechanic and have a full array of tools. AutoMD helpfully has come up with a list of the easiest DIY jobs and those best left to the pros. Let's have a closer look at their top five easiest tasks which nonetheless would run up a bill at a repair shop because of labor costs for the technician's time. Made in USA: 5 great American carsUsed cars: 5 to avoid (and 5 better alternatives) … [Read more...] about Which auto repair jobs should you do yourself?
Could you pay for an unexpected car repair without running up your credit card bill? If you couldn't, you would have plenty of fellow travelers. A new survey from AAA found that one-third of American drivers would need to go into debt to pay for that repair. That translates to 64 million drivers who can't readily pay to get their car fixed, which typically costs about $500 to $600. You don't want to be one of those vulnerable to having your monthly budget upset. How should you guard against this? AAA counsels putting $50 a month aside in savings for a car care fund. "To avoid a surprise down the road, drivers should budget for monthly payments, insurance premiums, fuel costs and the inevitable expenses of routine maintenance and repair," said John Nielsen, AAA managing director of automotive maintenance and repair. Of course, beyond the typical $500 to $600 bill, repairs can run to much more with major jobs involving the engine or transmission. To avoid such a crisis, AAA makes the … [Read more...] about Why you need to save $50 a month for car repairs
Prairie Ridge High School's advanced auto shop students are fixing cars to help families in need through a partnership with a local charity. Students in the Autos 2 class at the Crystal Lake school spent four weeks repairing a 2002 Jeep Cherokee that was recently donated to the school by a community member. related advertisement video Prairie Ridge High auto shop They rotated and balanced the tires, checked the brakes, turned the rotors, and flushed and changed all the fluids, which fixed an earlier transmission problem. "That's not something high school students do every day," said Matt Hardt, auto teacher. The Jeep was donated this week to South Barrington-based Willow Creek Community Church's C.A.R.S. Ministry, which provides reliable transportation to families in need. "This is the first of hopefully many cars that get sent to the C.A.R.S. Ministry," said Kevin Koeppen, Prairie Ridge industry and career division leader. "It's a fun, interesting way to show kids … [Read more...] about Prairie Ridge High auto shop students fix cars for charity