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Tech Question on Your Drive Shaft

I'm Doug. A few years ago I was driving my '85 powder blue Dodge Ramcharger with about 80,000 miles on it. I was going up a hill in MEMPHIS and heard a noise like a tin can rolling down the road. I looked back and saw my drive shaft bouncing down the hill. I put it in four wheel drive and drove to my MEMPHIS mechanic to get it fixed.

What could I have done to prevent that?

CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE Tech Answer:
Now that's quite a story. Doug was fortunate that his vehicle had a part-time four wheel drive system that would let him get home without a rear drive shaft.

This “case of the missing drive shaft” highlights the need for regular inspections. Now most drivers in MEMPHIS are familiar with recommendations for preventive maintenance services like oil changes and coolant replacement. What you may not know is that there are also recommendations for inspections at various intervals.

By the time a vehicle gets the number of miles on it like Doug had, the owner's manual would have called for of things like checking the suspension, brakes and the drive line. Chances are that such an inspection at CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE would have revealed early signs of a worn u-joint, and Doug could have had it fixed before his drive shaft went rattling down the road.

Ask your friendly and knowledgeable pros at CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE about the inspections your vehicle should have.

Stop by or give us a call.
(901) 725-4766
CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE LLC
2189 CENTRAL AVE
MEMPHIS, TN 38104
#driveshaft #ujoint #centralautomotive
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Todd Holliday’s Central Automotive- Keeping you informed. Hyundai is recalling nearly 88,000 cars in the U.S. because an electrical short in the antilock brake system. This short could cause an engine compartment fires.
The recall affects certain 2006 Sonatas and 2006 through 2011 Azeras.
Hyundai says that water can get into the antilock brake module, which can overheat and cause a fire. This can happen even when your Hyundai Sonata or Hyundai Azeras is turned off. It was not clear if the cars should be parked outside until repairs are made. Central Automotive recommends disconnecting the battery and contacting your dealer for detailed information on getting the no charge repair.
Dealers will install a relay in the main electrical box to shut down the antilock brake modules while the cars are turned off. But it was unclear if the fix would solve the problem of electrical shorts while the engines are on.
The recall should begin Feb. 23. Documents show one overheated module in South Korea and one fire in the U.S., but no injuries.
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Don’t fall for cheap auto repair and maintenance!
Choose one repair shop you trust and have ALL repairs and maintenance performed at that shop!
Communicate Properly. The better you are able to explain to a service advisor what’s wrong with your vehicle the easier it is for a technician to diagnose and fix the problem. It’s a good idea to write down ahead of time what ails your ride, noting specific sounds, sensations, leaks and smells, and when and how often they occur. What happened just before the car stopped running; how did it run and act the day before it didn’t start? Also note when the vehicle was last brought in for service, because today’s problem may be related to last month’s repair.
Here are a few terms that can help explain common auto symptoms that can also serve as a checklist for a vehicle that’s headed for the repair shop:
• Backfire. A gunshot-like sound that comes from the engine or tailpipe.
• Bottoming: Excessive noise or harshness that’s usually felt through the steering wheel or passenger compartment when going over bumps.
• Bucking: This is felt when the engine hesitates or the transmission slips as it changes gears and the vehicle lurches.
• Dieseling: What occurs when an engine continues to burn fuel and runs briefly after the car has been switched off.
• Hesitation: A brief loss of power upon acceleration.
• Knocking: Also known as “detonation,” this is a rapid rattling that’s heard upon acceleration.
• Misfire: Hesitation that occurs when fuel in one or more of an engine’s cylinders fails to ignite properly.
• Shimmy: A side-to-side motion that can be felt through the tires and/or steering wheel.
• Sluggish: How a car feels when it’s not accelerating smoothly or strongly enough.
• Surge: A sudden, usually upward, change in the engine’s speed.

Todd Holliday's Central Automotive, not cheap but fair prices, two year 24,000 mile parts and labor warranty. An Honest Repair Shop is always better than a Cheap repair shop.
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Need New Tires In MEMPHIS?

Buying tires in MEMPHIS is a big deal, so consult with a tire professional at CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE about proper size, type and grade for your local MEMPHIS, TN, driving needs.
We can help you balance load requirements, fuel economy, performance, durability and cost.
When buying new tires, it's best to replace both tires on the same axle in order to keep the rolling diameter as close as possible.
If you have a four-wheel-drive vehicle, you should replace all four tires at the same time because you can run into problems if the tires have different rolling diameters due to wear or different type of tire. Four-wheel-drive vehicles should have all tires very close to the same rolling diameter to avoid binding and wheel hop between the front and rear axles.
Also, tire manufacturers recommend that if you are buying just two new tires that they be installed on the rear for safer slippery road traction, regardless of which wheels drive the vehicle.
Give us a call before you make your next tire purchase; we're here to help.
CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE
Call: (901) 725-4766
2189 CENTRAL AVE MEMPHIS, TN 38104
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Trip Inspections at CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE in MEMPHIS
A lot of MEMPHIS drivers wonder about how to prepare their vehicle for a trip. That's a big deal. You could be driving through TN mountains and deserts in some pretty lonely areas so you may be anxious to know that the car is up to the task and won't leave you stranded.

MEMPHIS drivers really do need to plan ahead for a major road trip – there are a lot of things to get ready. Where should you start? You could start with the tires. Look them over for tread wear and check to see that they are properly inflated. Take a quick test drive to see if you can feel any vibrations. Are the wheels in balance? Is the car tracking straight? Is the alignment ok?

The next thing is a full service oil change at CENTRAL AUTOMOTIV in MEMPHIS to make sure all of your fluids are topped off and you have fresh oil for the trip. And if your vehicle is older, you may consider putting in the high-mileage formulation to clean harmful sludge deposits in the engine. You may also need a new PCV valve and an engine air filter.

How about your transmission and brakes? Have you had your transmission and brakes inspected in the last six months? How are your wiper blades? There's nothing like not being able to get rid of the bug juice on a long road trip. Check your owner's manual for any other recommended service, and have your friendly and knowledgeable pros at CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE do the multi-point inspection they do so well before you head out.

Consider also having the coolant system serviced at CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE in MEMPHIS – you want to stay within the recommendations. MEMPHIS drivers who are towing a trailer will want to keep in mind that they'll be going a long way under severe conditions.

A lot of MEMPHIS drivers overlook severe conditions like towing, TN summer heat or driving on dirt roads. Plan ahead for your next road trip – at CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE, we want you to get there and back.

Give us a call.

CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE LLC
2189 CENTRAL AVE
MEMPHIS, TN 38104
(901) 725-4766
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Disc Brake Maintenance At CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE In MEMPHIS

Hello MEMPHIS residents. Today, we're talking about disc brakes. Your vehicle weighs several thousand pounds and it takes a lot of force to bring it and your passengers to a safe stop, so everything needs to be in good working order.

The wheel hub keeps your wheel attached to the vehicle. The brake disc – or rotor – is attached to the hub and spins with the wheel as you drive. Your brake pads clamp onto the rotor to slow the wheel. The brake caliper straddles the rotor and squeezes the rotor to slow it down. The calipers contain brake pads which rub on the rotor when you step on the brakes. The brake piston causes the calipers to squeeze and release as you use your brakes.

Your vehicle brake pads start to wear the first time you step on the brakes. Eventually the pads are worn out and need to be replaced. If you don't replace brake pads when they're worn out, the metal parts of the brake will grind against the rotor and carve grooves into the surface.

If a scored rotor isn't too bad, your friendly and knowledgeable MEMPHIS technician can put the rotor on a lathe and smooth it out. If the grooves are too deep or if the rotor is warped or cracked, you need to replace it. At CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE, we have been servicing disc brakes for MEMPHIS drivers for many years.

Servicing disc brakes at CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE requires special attention to the mechanical sliding and mounting portions of the system. Your CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE technicians know your special needs. Sometimes brake pistons can stick and must be replaced. Typically it's cheaper to replace the entire caliper at MEMPHIS auto service centers than to rebuild the caliper.

So there you have it – a brief CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE guide to how your disc brakes work. MEMPHIS residents who replace their brake pads on time will not only keep their vehicle stopping safely but could save money on unnecessary brake repair down the road.

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CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE
(901) 725-4766
2189 CENTRAL AVE
MEMPHIS, TN 38104
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Tech Question on Your Battery

I'm David in MEMPHIS, TN. For the last year and a half I've had some battery problems. I had trouble starting my car so I bought a new battery at a parts store in MEMPHIS. At first everything was fine, then about six months later I had problems starting my car again, so I got a new battery. Again, everything was fine for another five or six months then I had trouble starting my car again. I went to get another battery and the parts guy said why do you need another battery, weren't you in a few months ago? So he tested my battery and it was OK. Apparently I've been replacing good batteries. What's wrong with my vehicle?
Todd Holliday’s CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE Answer:
Look, we can't fault David for not knowing what's wrong with his vehicle – he just didn't have enough information. And frankly, neither do I.
Let's talk about where our friend went wrong and what he could have done. First, he was right to suspect his battery. But if he had asked to have his vehicle battery tested when he first went to the auto parts store, he would have found out that his battery was still good and would have known he needed to take his car into Todd Holliday’s CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE for further diagnosis.

There could be any number of reasons his car wouldn't start. Unfortunately, he had a year and a half of unnecessary expense and inconvenience and still doesn't know what's wrong. When you find yourself in a situation like David, do yourself a favor and talk to a professional at Todd Holliday’s CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE in MEMPHIS. Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor can get you on the right track.

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2189 CENTRAL AVE
MEMPHIS, TN 38104
(901) 725-4766
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Keeping Up with Proper Vehicle Maintenance is Easier Than You Think!
You can protect your family’s safety by having your vehicle’s maintenance and repair needs performed by a reputable repair facility. Putting off simple preventative maintenance and repairs can make your vehicles unsafe and undependable. On time maintenance and repair is not as expensive as break down repairs. Todd Holliday’s Winchester Tire & Alignment and Todd Holliday’s Central Automotive take the responsibility of keeping our client’s informed very seriously, and perform a digital courtesy check as well as looking up vehicles manufacture recommended maintenance schedule when you come in for service.

Consumer vehicle neglect has now reached $62 billion in annual unperformed vehicle maintenance in the United States (source: MEMA). Studies have shown that unperformed maintenance results in 5 percent of all vehicle accidents, leading to more than 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries and more than $2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses and property damage each year. In addition, poor vehicle maintenance has a direct impact on the environment, with 10 percent of the nation’s automobiles causing 50 percent of the automotive pollution.

“Your Safety Is Our Business”
#carbreakdowns #toddhollidays #yoursafetyisourbusiness
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Used Car Inspection at CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE LLC in MEMPHIS
Oct 17th, 2017


It's natural for MEMPHIS drivers to be a little anxious when they buy a used car in the MEMPHIS area; you worry that it has something wrong with it or that it hasn't been well maintained. If it's possible, bring the vehicle in for a used car inspection at CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE LLC. Your friendly and knowledgeable CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE LLC service advisor can tell you if there are current or emerging problems. The peace of mind is well worth the price of the inspection service.

It's also important for MEMPHIS drivers to get on track with the maintenance schedule and stay on track. If you don't have maintenance records for the vehicle, assume the worst and get started with an oil change at CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE LLC. The inspection by CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE LLC that comes with a full service oil change will reveal basic problems. Be sure to bring up any specific concerns with your service advisor. A more intense inspection can find hidden problems like body damage and sealer in A/C units which can be major expenses down the road.

Purchasing a Carfax report may let you know if the vehicle's been in a major accident and give you a title history. You can find out if that '71 Barracuda really was owned by a little old lady who only drove it to church on Sundays in MEMPHIS.

If you've bought well, there's no reason to believe that with proper maintenance your “new” used vehicle won't last a long time.

Give us a call.

CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE LLC
2189 CENTRAL AVE
MEMPHIS, TN 38104
(901) 725-4766


At CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE LLC we install quality NAPA replacement parts.

#oilchange #carinspection #centralautomotive
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Timing Belt


Let's address a maintenance item for everyone in MEMPHIS, TN – timing belt replacement. It's important because letting this one slide can lead to very expensive engine damage.

Your timing belt choreographs the timing of your combustion process. Your pistons travel up and down in the cylinder. Intake valves open at the right time to let in air and fuel; they close at the right time to allow the fuel to burn and then the exhaust valves open at the right time to let out the exhaust.

All this happens thousands of times a minute, and it's your timing belt that makes sure the valves are opening and closing at precisely the right time. If the timing is off, your vehicle engine won't run. And that's the best case.

The worst case for MEMPHIS drivers is that a valve is opening at the wrong time and collides with the piston. The result is bent valves and maybe even more damage to the cylinder head. Repairs can run several thousand dollars.

Now, timing belts just wear out naturally so you want to replace a worn belt before it slips or breaks. Check your owner's manual or with your friendly and knowledgeable pros at CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE in Midtown MEMPHIS, TN, to see when they recommend you replace the timing belt. If you've never replaced your timing belt and have had your vehicle for a while, talk with your service advisor at CENTRAL AUTOMOTIVE right away to see if you're due.

On some engines, the water pump is driven by the timing belt as opposed to the serpentine belt. If that's the case, it's a good idea to replace the water pump when you're replacing the timing belt and vice versa, since much of the same work has to be done for either. The same is true for the timing belt tensioner – it should be inspected and possibly replaced.

Now, replacing a timing belt is one of the more expensive routine maintenance items on service schedule. But not replacing your timing belt can lead to some of the most expensive repairs you're likely to ever have.

Trust Todd Holliday's Central Automotive 901-725-4766

#timingbelt #centralautomotive #timingbeltreplacement
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