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Transmission fluid keeps the parts in your automatic transmission moving smoothly together. Like other vital automotive fluids, it can deteriorate over time. Hard use -- such as frequent stop-and-go city driving, hauling heavy loads, trailer towing -- will accelerate that deterioration. That kind of driving raises the operating temperature of the transmission, and heat puts more strain on the transmission and the fluid, which helps facilitate gear shifts, cools the transmission and lubricates moving parts.

How do I know if my transmission fluid or filter has gone bad?
Automatic transmission fluid darkens as it ages; if it becomes brown or almost black that is an indication it needs to be changed. Dirt or debris in the fluid and a burned odor also are signs. Many transmissions have filters that should be replaced or cleaned periodically, and because that usually requires removing a fluid pan, it should be checked when the fluid is changed. A clogged filter can prevent enough fluid from being pumped to vital parts of the transmission and cause gear slippage, sluggish shifting or a high-pitched whine when accelerating.

How often should I replace my transmission fluid or fluid filter?
Check the maintenance schedule in your owner's manual because the recommended intervals from vehicle manufacturers are all over the board, from as early as 40,000 miles to as long as 150,000. Some even say it never has to be changed, though many mechanics advise that it should be done every 50,000 miles to be safe. As with engine oil, it doesn't hurt to change transmission fluid more often than is recommended, but you might be paying extra for little benefit. If your transmission has a fluid filter, it should be changed every time the fluid is changed (although some filters can be cleaned).

Why do I have to replace my transmission fluid and filter?
Transmission fluid deteriorates over time, especially from hard use. Over years and thousands of miles, the fluid loses its ability to facilitate gear shifts, cool the transmission and lubricate moving parts. In addition, it picks up dirt and debris that can damage internal parts. Many transmissions have filters to catch that debris, but the filters can clog and prevent enough fluid from being pumped to vital parts of the transmission, causing gear slippage, sluggish shifting or a high-pitched whine when accelerating.
Call Metro Auto & Truck Repair @ 804-231-1300 to Have you transmission Fluid Checked.
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Call Metro Auto & Truck Repair to set having your #radiator checked for leaks as well as any other coolant leaks. #autorepair

https://www.cars.com/articles/how-can-i-tell-if-my-radiator-is-leaking-1420684864902/
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"When should you i do a tune up on my vehicle?" We recommend following your manufacturer’s specifications on tune-ups. Unless you car develop develop the following issues
1. The car stalls a lot
2.The engine is running roughly when idling or when you accelerate.
3.The car gets harder to start.
The consequences of waiting for parts to fail can be For example, if the tune up parts, like the spark plugs get completely worn it can cause the vehicle to misfire and can also cause a hard starting issue. These conditions can cause damage to the exhaust system of the vehicle. Lead to more expensive repair bills. #tuneup #autorepair
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Call Metro Auto & Truck Repair to set up a appointment to see if a BG Fuel Services is right for you 804-231-1300
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A shock is a suspension component that controls the up-and-down motion of a vehicle's wheels. Though the devices provide some shock absorption, the job of absorbing shocks is actually handled mostly by the springs. More accurately referred to as dampers, shocks reduce excessive motion, keeping the vehicle's body from bouncing down the road.

A strut is a type of shock absorber that has a structural role in a vehicle's suspension; it is mounted inside coil springs on strut-type suspensions. The strut includes a shock absorber element, but it also serves to position the wheels, a task handled by control arms in a conventional suspension design that employs dedicated shock absorbers.

How do I know it's time to replace my struts/shock absorbers?
If your car bounces like it's on a pogo stick or bottoms out over railroad tracks, it's probably because of worn shock absorbers or struts. Worn shocks also can allow excessive body lean, and they can leak the fluid that helps reduce bouncing. They also can be damaged by hitting potholes or road debris. Mounting hardware and bushings also can wear, allowing excessive suspension movement, vibrations or noises.

How often should I replace my struts/shock absorbers?
Companies that make shock absorbers used to recommend they be replaced every 50,000 miles, but in most cases that's unnecessary. Shocks and struts often last the life of a vehicle. They should be replaced if they develop leaks, become physically damaged or allow excessive bouncing on wavy surfaces and over railroad tracks. A qualified mechanic should inspect the entire suspension system when those symptoms appear, as other components might be at least partially at fault. New shocks or struts won't cure all ride and handling issues.

Why do I need to change my struts/shock absorbers?
You might not need to: Shock absorbers and struts often last the life of a vehicle. See above for signs that you might need to get them replaced. If you have any doubts, have your mechanic investigate. Call today to set up a appointment.


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Serpentine or V- Belt Replacement
Belts enable your vehicle rotating components, such as the alternator, water pump, and AC compressor to keep turning. Some vehicles are equipped with V-belts, an individual belt for each component and others are equipped with a serpentine belt, one large, multi-groove belt that is routed around all of your vehicle’s rotating components.
Normal wear and exposure to extreme temperatures will degrade both V-Belts and serpentine belts over time. In this situation, a broken belt means a break down, so belts should be replaced before they snap. If you observe any cracks, fraying, or splitting it is time for a replacement. Our professional Mechanic can inspect your belts and determine if it’s time for a replacement.
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When do i need to replace my Brakes?
With so many variables, our general rule for changing brake pads is pretty broad: they should be changed every 20,000 – 60,000 miles. Keep in mind that front brakes do most of the heavy lifting, so those pads will need to be changed more often than the back ones.
There are a number of warning signs to watch (and listen) for as well. If you feel your brakes start to fade or pull to one side, then it’s time to get them checked. Hearing the brakes squeak or feeling them vibrate when applied are both signs of wear and tear. And, if you hear a grinding sound, get your vehicle into the shop right away before the rotors wear down and need to be replaced.
Here’s a good habit to get into: every 6 months when you get your tires rotated, have your mechanic check the condition of your brake pads. It’s always a good idea to get the benefit of an experienced eye when you’re dealing with issues of safety. #Brakes #Repairs #Metroautotruckrepair
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Did you Know?
Maintaining your vehicle's health is always in your best interest. Cars that are well taken care of outperform and outlast those that are not. When something feels “off” with your vehicle, don't hesitate to bring it to Metro Auto & Truck Repair. Our Mechanics will assess your car and provide anything it needs, from routine maintenance to major auto repair services.
#courtesycheck #Maintaince
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Do you know the signs of someone who is taking care of their car? They can tell you when their last oil change was... including the mileage! Do you know yours last oil change was? #oil #change #carcare
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How Often Should You Get a Coolant Flush?
Your car's radiator is a reservoir that holds water and antifreeze to help keep the engine cool, and will occasionally require a coolant flush. Your car's radiator not only helps cool the engine when it's running, it also helps keep the engine from freezing up during the winter when the car is parked.There is no set rule for how often you should get your coolant flushed. But most Owner Manuel success you have it done once a year. The frequency of coolant flushes will depend on several factors, such as your own driving habits and the quality of antifreeze you use. Occasionally flushing your car's coolant will help extend the useful life of your vehicle .It is a fairly inexpensive procedure and is something that everyone should consider having done. #coolantflush   #coolant #over #Maintenance
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