TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETINS (TSB’S) ARE IMPORTANT!

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 Cleve.AAMCO.webmaster@gmail.com !

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.

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