Your transmission is one of the most important parts of your vehicle. It transfers the power from your engine to your wheels and keeps you moving. If it’s not working, then you are not moving! So you want to catch and repair transmission issues early. Are you having trouble switching gears?

Is there a noise coming from the engine while it’s in neutral? Is the clutch slipping or does it keep popping out of gear? Although there are many more, these are the most common warning signs that something is going wrong with your transmission. Transmissions come in two types: manual and automatic.

We can fix both. Over the ten years we’ve been serving the Kenai Peninsula, we’ve just about seen it all when it comes to transmissions. We also understand that having a transmission go bad can be an expensive fix, which is why we fix it correctly the first time!

The disc brakes on a vehicle are comprised of a smooth steel rotor, which your wheels are bolted to, and a caliper that encloses the front part of the rotor. The caliper holds the brake pads that are typically made of semi-metallic or ceramic material. When you step on the brakes, hydraulic pressure from the master cylinder forces the brake pads onto the rotor, slowing the vehicle through friction in much the same way as bicycle handbrakes.

You depend upon your brakes all the time and since it is typically between 40,000 and 60,000 miles before they need replaced, you tend to forget about them until they start squealing and making that awful grinding noise. That grinding noise is the metal backing plate of the brake pad contacting directly against the metal rotor. Anytime metal meets metal in moving parts its never a good thing!

As soon as you hear that noise, call us immediately or this could become more expensive as you may need to replace the rotors as well. Other signs of worn brake pads that you may experience are: your vehicle pulls to one side when you’re braking, feeling a vibration or pulsation through the brake pedal, the brake pedal goes almost to the floor before the vehicle starts to stop, and it takes you longer to stop than it used to.

What exactly is a differential you ask? It is the part of your vehicle that transfers the power from the engine to your wheels and allows them to rotate at different speeds. For example, if you are making a turn, the drive wheels on the side in the direction you are turning don’t have to travel as far as the drive wheels on the other side.

The differential allows the outer drive wheel to rotate faster than the inner drive wheel during the turn. This is necessary when the vehicle turns, making the wheel that is traveling around the outside of the turning curve roll farther and faster than the other. An increase in the speed of one wheel is balanced by a decrease in the speed of the other.

The main symptom of a bad differential is noise. The differential may make noises, such as whining, howling, clunking and bearing noises. Vibration and oil leaking from the rear differential seal may also be signs of a failing differential. If you are experiencing any of these issues, please give us a call right away!

When talking about alignment in vehicles, this is referring an adjustment of a vehicle’s suspension. This is the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. This is not an adjustment of the tires or wheels themselves. The adjustment is in the angles of the tires. These affect how the tires make contact with the road.

When your car was manufactured, there was a specific tire alignment that it was set to. In keeping this alignment, your vehicle is traveling in the way it was meant to.  This is key in helping your tires last longer which, in turn, helps your vehicle driver smoother. And, in being in alignment, your vehicle will require less energy which could potentially be fuel-saving for you.

How can I tell if my vehicle is out of alignment? Common signs are uneven wear on your tires, your vehicle may be pulling to one side, or your steering wheel is crooked even though you are driving straight.  We can fix all of these alignment problems and more. The sooner we can catch a vehicle alignment starting to go off, the faster and easier we can fix it for you. Call us today!