Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

Written by Kevin Schappell

Smart home mechanics use allrepparttar information available to diagnose problems with their vehicle. Below you will findrepparttar 102750 two most valuable sources of data available today. Most people know nothing about TSBs, but they should. Both of these excellent resources are available online from websites like Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs): TSBs are issued by vehicle manufacturers to help automotive technicians diagnose and repair problems reported by consumers and repair shops. It's amazing how many fixes are found in these bulletins that can't be found anywhere else. Car manufacturers issue thousands of bulletins every year. TSBs contain up-to-date factory fixes for difficult to diagnose problems such as rough idles, intermittent stalls, hard starts, and all kinds of "shakes", "rattles" and "clunks" that can sometimes drive you nuts. TSBs describe service procedures that may improve performance, reduce future breakdowns, or show a factory authorized modification for your vehicle.

Checking Fluids

Written by Kevin Schappell

Keeping your vehicle in tip-top shape requires constant monitoring of vital fluids. Read you owners manual and look for a diagram ofrepparttar engine. Most times there will be a diagram showing where to check allrepparttar 102749 major fluids. This should be your starting point. If your manual is lost inrepparttar 102750 glove box or you never had one, then ask your mechanic or a friend who knows cars to show you allrepparttar 102751 places to check. There are 4 major levels to check on most cars. ·Engine oil - Usually towardsrepparttar 102752 front ofrepparttar 102753 engine and marked "OIL" Always check your oil level withrepparttar 102754 engine OFF. Removerepparttar 102755 dipstick and wiperepparttar 102756 oil off withrepparttar 102757 rag or towel then putrepparttar 102758 dipstick back intorepparttar 102759 hole. Now pull out and get a reading. You might have to holdrepparttar 102760 dipstick torepparttar 102761 light to get a good reading as fresh oil can sometimes be hard to see. Onrepparttar 102762 dipstick there will be two marks indicating a maximum and minimum level forrepparttar 102763 oil. Make it a habit of checking your oil every two weeks. ·Transmission fluid - If you have an automatic transmission then you will have a dipstick to checkrepparttar 102764 fluid level. It is most commonly found towardsrepparttar 102765 back ofrepparttar 102766 engine compartment or towardsrepparttar 102767 passenger side. You should find out how to checkrepparttar 102768 fluid by looking atrepparttar 102769 owner’s manual or onrepparttar 102770 dipstick itself. Most cars have to be running withrepparttar 102771 transmission in park or neutral. Alsorepparttar 102772 transmission should be warmed up to give a true reading. Make surerepparttar 102773 car has been driven for a short distance to make sure everything is up to operating temperature. Checkingrepparttar 102774 level is just like checking your oil, wipe off dipstick, replace, pull out again and check level. If you have a manual transmission there is no dipstick and to checkrepparttar 102775 fluid level you must crawl underrepparttar 102776 car and remove a fill plug. I would have your mechanic check this for you once a year if you do not feel comfortable doing this.

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