There can be several or 100 Technical Service Bulletins on a vehicle.  These are issued by the manufacturer for several reasons.  Perhaps they found a problem with something simple like a defective material in a seal which then causes a leak.  That doesn’t sound very ominous.  However, if that seal was part of your engine or transmission, it could be very important.   If enough fluid leaked out, it could do expensive damage.  Or, perhaps it was a result of a faulty ignition switch like GM customers have been experiencing.  We now know that there should have been a recall on the Cobalt switch.  Ultimately a “recall” on this switch was issued in 2010.  However, the Cobalt came out in 2005.  Continue reading

Cars You May Have Never Seen Before

One of the coolest things about being AAMCO is getting a chance to see some of the awesome cars our clients love so much. While we haven’t gotten a chance to get under THESE hoods yet, we thought we’d share some pretty unique cars that are definitely on our “Hope Chest”!   Do you have a dream machine you would like to see highlighted here? Send them to us at !

The Willy’s Jeep

We had this sent to us by a friend recently and were absolutely blown away. We thought WE were fast, but WOW! About 8 soldiers pull up on a main street in  Halifax,  NovaScotia, on holiday. They’re in a standard issue WWII type Willys Jeep. In the span of about 5 minutes they completely disassemble the vehicle, reassemble it and  drive off in it fully operable! The idea being to show the genius that went into the making of the jeep and its basic simplicity.

Common Auto Repairs to Prevent

Many of the most common repairs can easily be avoided if you pay attention to the preventive maintenance requirements.  If you have an owner’s manual, it will give you a maintenance schedule.  Almost any National auto repair center will print out a maintenance schedule for you, if you ask them. The general perception of “Auto Maintenance” is a way to get more money from the car owner and it is really not necessary.  The only response I can think of is a dentist tells you to have your teeth cleaned every six months.  Most everyone will procrastinate with this as well.  However, checkups prevent major problems and may avoid a cavity, root canal, or at worst gum surgery. So, back Continue reading

Should I Authorize a Used, Rebuilt or Remanufactured Transmission & Why?

There is an enormous difference between a used and Remanufactured transmission. A “remanufactured” transmission generally is from a manufacturing facility and carries a three-year warranty along with a mileage warranty between 50,000 and 100,000 miles.  They will take a “bad” transmission, disassemble it and replace electronics, necessary soft & hard parts followed by a dyno test.  This test ensures that the new transmission at that moment in time is operating without fault. The “rebuilt” transmission depending on the shop will carry a 12 month/12,000 mile to a 24 month/24,000 mile warranty.  Often you will be offered a longer warranty for an additional charge.  A rebuilt transmission should be totally disassembled on a bench, inspected, cleaned and reassembled.  The parts that Continue reading

Break Problems and Why You Should Fix Them

Stopping is so much more important than going! Brake noises such as squealing while stopping, crunching, metal to metal or even a low brake pedal should be fixed as soon as possible. Of course, when your brakes make a continual annoying squeaking or whistling noise, that is likely the “built-in” warning strip that the manufacturer included in the pad. After the pad material has been completely exhausted, the next step would be a relatively loud metal to metal noise. If your brake pedal seems to be going closer to the floor than it did before, it is probably because it IS closer to the floor. That could mean there is a leak somewhere in the system. If your pedal goes Continue reading

What Happens When Your Radiator/Coolant Leaks?

The short answer is, get to a mechanic to determine the cause.  The real problem is you have a potential for overheating which could ultimately lead to warped cylinder heads if left unrepaired.   Often a radiator or coolant leak is caught earlier enough to prevent this type of major repair from being necessary.  However, any leak on your car should be addressed.  I can guarantee you that it won’t go away by itself and it will not heal itself.  Fixing a small leak is far less expensive than fixing a leak that has been ignored. It is important to fix any leak associated with coolant because it keeps your “car” cool.  You can have a leak because of a poorly Continue reading

Is My Transmission Slipping or is it Something Else?

Everyone knows how their car feels and when it should shift.  But, if it doesn’t shift when you think it should, the cause may be the transmission slipping. It could also be due to a partially plugged catalytic (not Cadillac) converter. Or possibly it can also be something electronic causing it to feel like a transmission slipping.  If your transmission fluid is too low, that can also create this condition. Slipping is nothing more than the vehicle not shifting when it should. Typically if the transmission is really the culprit, then the RPM’s would rev and often you would see the service engine light.  If this is the case, it would likely be something internal causing the transmission to malfunction.  Continue reading

Five Things To Do Before Choosing An Auto Repair Center

1. You should always be given the option to choose a written, an oral, or no estimate at all BEFORE repairs or services are performed. The State of Ohio strictly regulates automotive repair shops. Refer to The Ohio Administration Consumer Protection #109:4-3-13 regarding Motor vehicle repairs or services. This Code requires a repair center to offer a customer, (at face to face contact at the repair center), the right to an Estimate before work is performed. This should happen before they “check out” your car. A shop should give you a form to sign asking you to sign how you want your estimate along with your contact information. If they do not have one or are unfamiliar with the form, think Continue reading