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Adjusting to the winter months takes some effort, and some of that effort should go in to winter automotive maintenance. No matter where you live, the changing seasons present a challenge to your vehicle, and probably more than you realize. A lot goes in to keeping your ride riding smoothly, and any car maintenance issues that you ignored in the summer could create an additional hazard in the winter.

Winter automotive maintenance includes anything that prepares your car for winter, from protecting sensitive components to assuring proper visibility. Auto repair shops approach the process in two ways; preparing the car for the worse possible weather conditions and making important repairs that insure the long-term functionality of your car.

You might have to grit your teeth and personally gird yourself for a long harsh winter, but winter automotive maintenance is much easier than most people think. Most importantly, any efforts you put in now can increase safety while decreasing the probability of costly repairs.

Battery Test or Replacement

Cold temperatures can reduce battery power up to 50% and shorten the batter life. When temperatures drop, have your auto repair shop test your battery for performance. If it is near expiration, it’s better to replace it than risk driving with a dying battery.

Heating System

Have an auto technician go through the heating and auto-defrost system and make sure it is in top condition. On the road is not the place to find out that a water pump has a crack or there is a short in the electrical circuit.

Brakes

Worn brakes can cause a problem at any time of year but pose even greater hazard in wet weather. Brakes are no places to cut corners, so have your auto repair shop inspect your brakes for any problems.

Antifreeze

Having proper antifreeze levels is essential to your winter automotive maintenance checklist. Make sure the level is full and the mixture is as close to 50/50 as possible.

Tires

Your tires are the point of connection to the road, so you’ll want to make sure that they are in good condition. Look for ware, cracking, cupping, or bulging. If they are in poor shape, replace them If you are in an area that receives snow, use snow tires during the winter months.

Lights, Bulbs, Wipers, Windows

Maintaining visibility is high on the list of winter care priorities. Inspect all bulbs and lenses. Replace any that are burned out and clean or replace any dirty or damaged lenses. Wiper blades only last a year, so replacing for the winter months is a great idea. Use a detail polish on your windshield to help rain or snow sheet off.

There are many important elements in preparing your vehicle for the long winter slog, and auto repair shops make sure that winterizing your car takes the chill out of future repair

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Transmission problems can cause a serious halt to your routine driving if you ignore your transmission problems for too long. The longevity of your vehicle could extensively suffer too. It is therefore very crucial to schedule transmission repair at the earliest sign of transmission problems. Look for a professional transmission shop in your area for repair and maintenance of any transmission issues that might be affecting the peak driving condition of your vehicle. In West Springfield, the transmission experts are at Top Truck Services Corp.

Purposes of Transmission in Your Vehicle

The transmission is a power train that converts the force of a vehicle's engine into a controlled source of power. In other words, it turns your vehicle's engine speed into power, and shift the drive mechanism into forward and reverse. Without the transmission, your vehicle won't move, and you may find yourself stranded on the side of the road or lose fuel economy. So, for your vehicle to have the longest life possible, transmission repair and maintenance are very important.

Common Transmission Repair and Maintenance for Your Vehicle

Damaged torque converter

  • The torque converter is responsible for releasing gears in an automatic transmission. If it is broken or damaged, your transmission may have problems on the road, especially slipping transmission.

Low transmission fluid

  • Similar to your engine or brakes, your vehicle's transmission requires fluids to remain lubricated and powered. Sometimes, you're the fluid may leak, leading to burnt order and slipping gears. Let the professionals at Top Truck Services Corp check your transmission fluid regularly.

Electronic solenoid issues

  • Electronic solenoids control the flow of transmission fluid when your vehicle is in motion. Because they are electronically controlled, any electronic failure can create issues with your transmission, especially low fluid levels.

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So you’ve found out that your brake pads are wearing out, and it’s time for a replacement. But did you know that there are multiple types of brake pads, made from different materials and suited to the different needs of cars and driving styles? Our team at Top Truck Services Corp in West Springfield, MA can help get the brake pads that best fit your car. Here’s a quick guide to help you select the right brake pads for you.

Semi Metallic Brake Pads

Semi Metallic pads can be made from anywhere from 30% to 65% metal, from copper, wire, steel wool and other metal materials. Semi Metallic pads wear out the least quickly of all brake pads, but they also tend to wear out the brake rotors faster.

Low-Metallic

These pads are made from a special formula using about 10% to 30% copper or steel. Low-metallic brake pads are optimal for high heat and friction braking, and ideal for high speed braking. These types of pads are less clean than others, though. Low metallic pads produce a lot of dust and can be pretty noisy.

Non-Asbestos, Organic/NAO

Non-Asbestos, Organic brake pads are made from materials like fiber, glass and even rubber. They’re a lot softer than other types of pads, so they don’t make as much noise. However, NAO brake pads wear out faster and produce more dust than other types of pads.

Ceramic

Ceramic brake pads are some of the most expensive types of brake pads on the market today. Not without reason though. Ceramic pads are generally a superior product. Here are some of the pros of getting ceramic brake pads:

  • Produce a lot less noise than other types of pads

  • Less wear on brake rotors

  • Cleaner than other pads

  • Smooth, efficient braking

There you have it! These are the most common types of brake pads on the market today, and all are suitable for use in commercial passenger vehicles. For more advice on the brake pad requirements of your particular vehicle and driving style, visit Top Truck Services Corp in West Springfield

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Brakes are your first line of defense against any accidents or collisions on and off the road. So it’s important that you get them checked out before they begin to fail or make noises. If you’re like most drivers in West Springfield, you only get your brakes checked once you notice that something’s wrong. It’s important to get your brakes checked regularly.

Note, an easy way to remember is to get them checked each time you go in for an oil or filter change at Top Truck Services Corp Not maintaining functioning brakes is a safety hazard to both you and other drivers on the road.

Most common signs you need a brake check: Grinding or Screeching noises when you brake

Cause: This usually indicates that the brake pads are worn down and need to be replaced immediately. Remember, the grinding and screeching is not a “friendly reminder” to change your brake pads, it is a sign of a mechanical problem. Not replacing your brake pads at this point will result in serious problems and more expensive repair costs.

Your ABS light on the dashboard is on

Cause: Have one of our auto technicians do a routine brake check, if there are no discernible problems and the light is still coming on, check the wiring and electric plugs. They can suffer from over-all wear and tear too!

Pulsating or shaky braking

Cause: Consistent use of your auto brakes means heat and wear caused by friction. Over time, this can warp the rotors by thinning them out, which leads to the shaky feeling.

Difficulty braking

Cause: This is difficult to say without a full inspection of the brakes by a mechanic, but any of the above are likely potential causes.

Visit Top Truck Services Corp and get your brakes checked today!

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If you own a service fleet of trucks, trailers or vans, you know how difficult it can be to find a reliable repair service that will perform good maintenance and take great care of your fleet vehicles. It's important to find a shop and technicians that know your business and know the unique needs of fleet vehicles.

Why is regular maintenance for fleet vehicles so important?

You may not think of your fleet vehicles as needing regular maintenance, but fleet vehicles often acquire mileage faster than most person vehicles if they spend the majority of the day driving, instead of just commuting like personal cars. Scheduled, routine maintenance helps your fleet vehicles stay in great shape and in peak performance - which makes for easier driving, better gas mileage and minimal repair costs down the line.

In addition to the repair costs of major part failure, when your fleet vehicle is out of commission, you know that you not only incur costs from the repair, but the detrimental costs to your business when you lose time arranging alternate means of transportation and dealing with repairs.

What are some of our standard fleet services and repairs?

  • Truck and trailer repair

  • Engine repair - diesel and gasoline

  • Brake repair

  • Van repair

  • Pre-purchase inspections

  • Door repair

  • On-site repair and maintenance

  • And more!

With NAPA certified parts and shops, you don't have to worry about warranty. With over 50 Metro Atlanta Area locations, rest assured your fleet will be covered no matter what store you need to take your service vehicle. Contact us today to see how we can help keep your fleet in great shape!

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