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DRIVEABILITY AND ELECTRONICS CONCERNS
Do you have this feeling that something’s just not right with your car, especially with the way it is running? It may be a good time for driveability diagnostics. Driveability refers to anything having do with how your vehicle is performing or running while on the road. With the proper diagnostics, the problems are zeroed in on and solved before they become a major issue. One of the main areas this type of testing looks at is the powertrain Control Module (PCM) and other computer modules of the vehicle. These control modules communicate with one and other through a BUS network system, and control nearly every system on newer vehicles. The engine, transmission, brake and traction control system, steering, even power windows, locks, and accessories.
Your car’s electrical system is complex and is made up of many different car components. The car battery is the center of the electrical system. A car’s electrical system is powered solely by the car battery and alternator. It is made up of a web of connected wires, fuses and relay systems. The wiring carries the current supplied by the car battery and directs it to various components. The car’s alternator is responsible for keeping the car’s battery at a full charge to power to accessories – radio, lights, horn, etc. The car battery supplies the initial charge that allows the car to be started and then the alternator takes over the job of supplying a constant electrical feed to the battery to keep you heading down the road.
CHECK ENGINE LIGHTS
Call it the most misunderstood indicator on your dashboard, the "check engine" light can mean many different things, from a loose gas cap, a defective sensor, to a seriously misfiring engine.
"It doesn't mean you have to pull the car over to the side of the road and call a tow truck. It does mean you should get the car checked out as soon as possible. Ignore the warning, and you could end up damaging expensive components. It also can be a sign that your car is getting poor fuel economy and emitting higher levels of pollutants.
Your car’s transmission is a complex electronic, hydraulic, and mechanical system that controls the application of power from the engine to the drive wheels. It experiences wear and tear over time due to the heat and friction produced by their many moving and interacting components. Preventative maintenance such as fluid and filter changes, complete system flushes can dramatically decrease internal temperatures, and increase the service life of your transmission. We do it all from routine services, electrical diagnostics, to full rebuilding of the transmission.
Brakes are the most important safety feature on your car. When they work properly your car stops smoothly, quietly, and most importantly quickly! If you're experiencing any issues such as squeaking, grinding, brake pedal pulsation, steering wheel shaking when stopping, pulling to one side, a soft or spongy brake pedal, or fluid leaks. It is a very good indicator you have a problem with your brake system which needs to be addressed promptly. Many of these issues can increase the stopping distance and decrease the safety of your vehicle.