How to Jumpstart A Dead Battery

Did you forget to turn off the interior lights in your car last night? Maybe you parked the car in the garage and forgot the headlights were on. Or maybe you didn’t switch the lights all the way off and left the low-beams on. Either way, your battery probably ran out overnight and now the car isn’t starting.

What are you to do now? The simplest thing to do that most people first do is to jump the vehicle. However, many don’t know how to do that and are turning to this website to get some help. Don’t worry! We are indeed here to help!

Make Sure You Have Jumper Cables

The first thing you need to do is check to make sure you have jumper cables and another energy source, in this case, another vehicle with a charged battery. Once you have those and before you connect the wires to the battery, make sure the vehicle being jumped is in neutral and that the ignition in both of the vehicles is turned off.

Next comes the complicated part that you may want to bookmark this page for: the proper locations of the clips on the battery. First, take one end of the red clips and attach it to the positive terminal of the battery in your car. You then attach the other end of the wire with another red clip to the positive terminal of the other car. Then take the wire with the black clips and place one on the negative terminal of the other car’s battery, ending by attaching the final black clip to any metal surface on your vehicle that it can attach to. This final step should be remembered as too much energy can cause major problems to your vehicle’s electrical system.

Let the Engine Run

The final two steps begin with the vehicle whose battery is working fine and turn it on. Let the engine run for a few minutes to allow that other vehicle’s battery to charge up. After a few moments, try starting your car. If the vehicle doesn’t start, recheck the wires—with it turned off—and make sure they are connected correctly.

Before you go anywhere, you should allow the vehicle to run for a few minutes and drive it around. Recharge the battery by getting the vehicle moving. If you have followed all of these steps and it doesn’t work, you need to call a tow and get a new battery.

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Three Signs of Transmission Repair

Do you think that your transmission may be wearing out? There are specific signs that you can keep an eye out for when you think that your transmission is wearing out.

  1. The first sign is a problem with shifting gears. This can manifest in many different ways, but all of them occur when the vehicle is changing gears. One way that this can manifest is an engine that is “jumpy” when you shift gears, with the car feeling like it is skidding across the road while accelerating rather than smoothly gaining speed. Another way it can manifest, particularly if you drive a manual transmission, is a grinding feeling when shifting gears.

    2. The second sign that the transmission is on the fritz are strange noises. Though new sounds coming from the car can mean any number of things, there are specific noises that can alert you that something is awry with the transmission. The most common is a whining noise when driving or shifting gears, but it can also sound like a buzz or, in rarer cases, a clunking noise. At the same time, if the vehicle’s normal engines sound louder than normal while the car isn’t moving, the transmission could be going bad as well. Though these noises may not be a problem with the transmission, noises with the car should be checked out regardless.

    3. The third major sign can be found by checking the transmission fluid. Normal transmission fluid is bright red and smells sweet. However, when checking the transmission fluid, if it seems dark, cloudy, or smoky—and smells burnt as well—there is something wrong with the transmission. There needs to be a quick note here: really check the color of the fluid. If it is a bit darker than usual, but still red, this just means that the transmission fluid is getting old and needs to be replaced. If it is dark and dirty, and smells “burnt” there is something wrong with the transmission. It turns this color because the transmission essentially burnt the fluid.

While these are a few of the common signs that the transmission of a vehicle has gone bad, there are other signs that occur that can also mean a bad transmission. If you suspect that something is wrong with the transmission, you should take it into a mechanic. At the same time, it is always a good idea to take the vehicle in for regular check-ups that can spot these problems early and take care of the problem.

The Benefits of Regular Tire Rotation

One of the most common options offered to vehicle owners when taking the car in for a check-up is to get the tires rotated. This means that the wheel positions will be switched from front to back or side to side. This process can lead to numerous benefits for your vehicle that can maintain its integrity and your safety.

So what are these benefits, and why is it important to get your tires rotated regularly?

Benefits of Regular Tire Rotation

The first benefit is that getting your tires rotated on a regular basis will help preserve and promote handling and traction. Switching the sides that the tires are on will place the tread that is less worn on the opposite side, which maintains traction. In areas with rapidly changing weather conditions—particularly those areas that often have wet or icy roads—this will help maintain your safety.

The second benefit is that it helps to maintain even wearing on the tires. Each wheel experiences specific types of wear in regards to their positioning on a car. For example, the front wheels will necessary wear differently than those on the back because each is responsible for moving the car in different directions. Evening out the wear can help preserve the tire for a longer period of time.

A third benefit is that rotating tires regularly allows for better vehicle performance. Keeping that tread wear even keeps the vehicle moving in the direction it is supposed to. More importantly is that, with regular tire rotation, the car won’t drift to one side or another.

Finally, a fourth benefit of getting your tires rotated on a regular basis is that it increases the gas mileage of your vehicle. The better traction your vehicle has, the less work the engine has to do to move the vehicle forward or backwards. On top of this, even wear of tread prevent the vehicle from pulling to one side or another, which prevents you from having to correct it, which in turn makes the vehicle have better gas mileage.

The benefits from getting your tires rotated ultimately help you preserve your vehicle, your safety, and your money. Another important consideration to take is that many tires manufacturers provide warranties that, in turn, provide free tire rotations with your regular check-up. Therefore, in the end, you may be able to get the tires rotated for free, saving you money up front and in the long run the rotated tires will save you money in gas and necessary repairs.

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Tips on How to Have a Cleaner Car!

Cars can get messy, inside and out. Washing the outside of your car has many options to go with, but what about keeping the inside of your car clutter free? As cars continue to modernize, and more options become available to buy online, keeping the inside of your car has gotten easier and easier.

Tips for a Cleaner Car:

The first option to keeping your car clean on the inside is to simply utilize the abundance of in-car cubby holes that come with the car. Glove compartments, overhead sunglass holders, and the spaces in your doors can come in handy for storing excess items. The pockets behind your seats can be used as well to store excess papers, and your center console can be used to put your cellphone, GPS, or other devices in to.

Another option is to purchase extra cubby spaces that fit in between your seat and the door, or purchase netting that can go over the seats. Both of these are cost-efficient measures to keep your car clutter free, giving you more spaces to store things that are needed. These organizational tools can be found in most major convenience stores, auto-body shops, and through online retailers like Amazon.

It is important as well to keep your car organized at all times. Plastic and collapsible bins can be used to keep the items in your car from falling all over the place and creating clutter. Some of these bins even have Velcro tape on the bottoms that can be attached to your trunk bottom and stay in place.

Finally, a simple fix to keeping the smaller items from cluttering your car is use ziplock bags to store these smaller items in. The ziplock bags can then be placed in the glove compartment, center console, or door slots to keep those objects from going everywhere. Coins, smaller pieces of paper, makeup, lip gloss, lip stick, and chap stick can all go in there in a place out of the way and easily remembered.

Some actions that haven’t been mentioned yet because they are so obvious are still in order. First: clean your car! Simply removing items that do not need to be in there, trash that has accumulated, and items that should be there but aren’t can be taken care of simply by cleaning the car. Another action that can be taken to ensure that the car doesn’t get cluttered is to buy items that can fit in between the seat and the center console and door to make sure that anything that falls out your pocket doesn’t find its way to the deepest, darkest recesses of your car.

All About Dead Alternators and Alternator Repair

All of us who have to drive know the feeling: you wake up in the morning prior to heading into work, go to your vehicle, climb inside, turn the key and…nothing. Just clicks. The first thought most of us have when hearing this click is to check the battery or get a jump. But what happens when you jump the battery and the car still won’t start, it just continues clicking ad nauseam? It could be your alternator.

What, though, does an alternator do? Before you start your car, your battery already has an electrical charge. Yet this electrical charge doesn’t just show up out of the blue: that is the alternator’s job. By taking the energy created by your car, it resets the charge on the battery and helps maintain a charge throughout the engine. Once this goes out, the entire electrical system can malfunction, causing the car start up to fail.

So how do you fix a malfunctioning alternator? Don’t worry! There are ways to fix this problem, but first let’s go over methods to test whether your alternator is working correctly or not.

One way to test the alternator is through what has come to be called the “headlight test.” For this, simply turn your key in the ignition, turn your headlights on, and press the accelerator. Have someone look at the lights and tell you what they see. If the lights get brighter or dim—or even flicker—your alternator is bad.

If you have no one there to check the lights, you can also do a quick battery test. Simply start your car, open the hood, and remove the negative cable from the battery. If the car dies, your alternator is on its way out (or already gone!), but as can readily be pointed out, if the car starts fine with a jump, but you can’t get the ignition to work regardless, its common sense to know it is the alternator.

Luckily, repairing or replacing an alternator is one of the easiest repairs you can do on your own. First, disconnect the battery: this is extremely important to make sure you don’t ruin electrical wires in the process. Next, disconnect the alternator wires and remove the belt and bolts that connect the alternator. Take your replacement and simply reverse the steps!

Some mechanics will suggest a special set of tools to help you with the job—particularly the belt removal. When buying the alternator, you can inquire about such tools, but normal ones will do with a little more elbow grease! If you think a DIY alternator repair is out of league then come on and visit our expert techs at Marc’s Transmission! We specialize in auto repairs and will have you back on the road in no time! Click Here to contact us today!

 

Keys to Repairing Your Water Pump

Keys To Repairing Your Water Pump

The water pump is an important part of your car’s engine. It helps move the coolant, water mixture through your engine to keep it cool. If you notice that your car is overheating you may have a problem with your water pump. Going to a mechanic to have it fixed will easily set you back hundreds of dollars. Thankfully replacing a water pump is a fairly easy thing to do in most vehicles. So if you’re fairly handy and want to save some money you can avoid going to one of Toms River, New Jersey’s mechanics. Here are some key things to do when repairing your water pump.

First make sure you consult your owner’s manual and speak with someone at your local auto parts store to make sure you get the right water pump, and coolant for your vehicle. The last thing you want to do is install the wrong parts on your vehicle and make the problem worse. Once you confirm you have the right parts it’s time to get to work.

Before you start any work on the engine make sure that the engine is completely cooled down. If you don’t wait you may burn yourself. Detach the negative battery line to ensure that you don’t electrocute yourself while working on the water pump repair. Make sure you have an oil pan or some other type of container for the coolant that’s going to come out when you disconnect the water pump.

Consult your owner’s manual on the best way to remove the belt drive components. After removing that you’re going to remove the hoses that are connected to the water pump. This is when the coolant will come out. Take out the bolts connected to the water pump and then get rid of any remaining sealant from the engine. Check out the other parts of the cooling system to make sure they’re ok. Then install the new pump by following the instructions that come with it. Never force anything, and only apply sealants if they’re recommended by the vehicle’s manufacturer. Wipe off any excess coolant and then reattach the bolts and hoses. Use the coolant to refill the engine, and manually rotate the water pump to make sure it’s working properly. Then reattach the belt drive components, and the negative battery line. Do one visual inspection to make sure everything is attached properly and you’re good to go.

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