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

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