Car Won’t Go Forward But Will Reverse

Car Won't Go Forward But Will Reverse

Not unlike having a small child, a car requires careful handling, immediate action when there is ana issue and regular check up’s. But sometimes issues arise without prior warning. A good example is why will the car will not move in drive but will in reverse.


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Transmission Issues

Especially in automatic transmission cars, the automatic transmission usually only gos in reverse when a component has been damged or failed. There may also be an issue with the speed sensor. Transmission is most likely to be the culprit for the car wont move in drive but will in reverse issue. When the vehicle does not function in one or more gears, you should check the gear shifter. The gear cable could be stretched further than the normal length and will need adjustment. When the car will reverse but not go forward because of worn out solenoids, clutches, or gears. Some issues are simple and you can fix them in your garage. But, professional attention is required when the problem lies with some inner parts.

Transmission Fluid

Low fluid levels is a possible reason for making the car moving to reverse only. Check the level when the engine is hot and when the can vehicle run in neutral. Use the transmission dipstick to see if the fluid is running low. The transmission cannot operate properly when it does not get enough supply of fluid.

Cracked Fluid Tube

A broken fluid tube may also be an issue. When the forward tube at the pipe joint cracks or breaks, the car cannot move forward except for going reverse. The repair is easy as you just need to replace the damaged parts.

Speed Sensor

Even a simple component like a speed sensor can mess up with the car’s transmission system. The sensor provides the ECU information about the vehicle’s speed that ultimately affects the shifting of the gears. If the information is erratic, the transmission may face the problem of working in reverse only.

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How Much Does Transmission Repair Cost?

How Much Does Transmission Repair Cost?

On average, a transmission repair costs about $3,250 in the US in 2020, transmission repair costs can range from $1,500 to $5,000 according to My Transmission Experts.


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The cost to fix a transmission differs greatly by whether it’s just a leak from a cracked transmission fluid line, replacement of a bad solenoid, installation of a new replacement, or you choose for a more budget-friendly transmission rebuild. Major transmission repairs can cost $1000 to $2000 in just the labor and can take as long as a couple of days or up to a month to finish if the repair shop is waiting on parts.

Below, we have listed some of the most common transmission and transaxle problems that happen to vehicles and outlines what causes them, the symptoms you may recognize them by, and the average cost of their repair. When you know exactly what’s wrong with your vehicle, you can determine whether it’s a problem that requires a repair shop to do the work, or you might find an easier and cheaper fix when you do it yourself. You are also less like to get charged a higher price or overcharged by a repair shop when you know what the issues are and how much you should expect to pay.

PROBLEM: TRANSMISSION FLUID RUNNING LOW

This normally happens if your transmission fluid leaks for some reason, and can be recognized by a slipping, overheating or failed transmission, a delay in engaging the gear, and hard or irregular shifts or none at all.

The easiest repair is to refill transmission fluid, if no other damage has been done. A repair-shop will do it for $20-$30, while DIY will cost you $5-$10 per Quart ATF.

If the lack of transmission fluid has caused permanent problems to other mechanisms within the vehicle, this will involve further repair costs for the affected systems. It is also important to note that transmission fluid is not consumed or burned by the vehicle, so low transmission fluid indicates a leak which will need to be fixed.

PROBLEM: BURNT, DIRTY OR OLD FLUID

This will happen because of lack of servicing, blocked filters, or overheating, and can be identified by a slipping transmission, overheating, delays in engaging the gear, malfunctioning or no shifts, or if transmission fails.

The best repair is to have fluid and fluid filter changes or do a fluid flush. Having the fluid and filter replaced at a repair-shop will cost you around $120-$225, and doing it yourself will cost you $45-$55. For a fluid flush, a repair-shop is likely to charge you $140-$320, while you can DIY for around $65-$90.

It should be noted that burnt fluid may sometimes cause internal damage if not identified at the right time. This can be determined by checking if there is clutch or metal debris in the fluid pan, and damaged parts will have to replaced.

PROBLEM: LEAKED TRANSMISSION FLUID

There may be various causes for this, most of them often external damages, which can be repaired easily for a reasonable cost. A fluid leak, as mentioned above, can be identified by a low fluid level.

The easiest fix is to get the leak fixed and refill the fluid. A repair-shop will charge you $50-$500 for this, if the leak is external, and DIY will cost you $25-$100.

If the cause of the leak is internal, however, it will have to be repaired at the shop as the transmission needs to be taken out of the vehicle. This repair may cost you over $500.

PROBLEM: TRANSMISSION SLIPPING

This will be caused due to the fluid running low, a failure in the Solenoids, worn out clutches, or if the fluid is burnt, dirty or old. It can be identified by the engine’s high RPM but a slower speed regardless, an overheating transmission, or if slipping is experienced in between shifts.

The first thing that need to be done if this is experienced is to diagnose the problem and identify its source, which could be any of the problems outlined above. Having this done at the repair-shop will cost you $75-$125, while diagnosing the problem yourself will cost you nothing but a little bit of time. For a detailed diagnostic report, a transmission scan can be undertaken at the repair-shop.

PROBLEM: MALFUNCTIONING OR ABNORMAL SHIFTS, WRONG GEAR SHIFTS

If the transmission fluid is old, dirty, burnt or running low, or if an electrical circuit is open, or the solenoids fail, this can lead to a number of shift problems, like abnormal shifts or the vehicle shifting into the wrong gear.

Like before, the key is diagnosis, which can be performed at the repair shop for $75-$125 (price range includes cost for a transmission scan) or at home for no cost at all.

PROBLEM: FAILED AUTOMATIC GEAR SHIFTING WHEN MANUAL SHIFTING WORKS FINE

This could be caused if there’s an open electrical circuit, if the PCM or TCM fail, or if the speed or other sensors stop working, and can be recognized rather obviously if the automatic gear shifting mechanism has stopped working but the gear can still be shifted manually.

Initial diagnosis can be carried out at home for no cost but if that does not reveal anything, the car will have to be taken to the repair-shop so that a diagnosis of electrical problems or computer and sensor issues can be undertaken. This will cost around $75-$125.

PROBLEM: OTHER IRREGULAR SHIFT PROBLEMS 

If you notice that the transmission is downshifting randomly and then going back to normal as well, this could be cause by an electrical malfunction, or if the speed, transmission range, or throttle position sensors stop working.

Initial assessment can be carried out at home and the vehicle can be taken to the repair-shop for a full scan of electrical and computer systems, and all sensors. A custom diagnosis will cost between $75-$125.

PROBLEM: TRANSMISSION SLIPPING OUT FROM GEAR WHEN CAR IS WARM 

If you notice that the transmission is slipping out of gear every time the vehicle gets warmed up, this is probably due to fluid passing through a leakage in the internal seals not allowing pressure build up.

In such a situation, the best course of action is rebuilding or replacing the transmission. The repair-shop will normally charge you $1,600 to over $3,500 for rebuilding, and $1,900 to over $3,800 for rebuilding the transmission. You can do this at home, in which case rebuilding the transmission will cost you between $400-$700 and replacing it will cost you $1,200 to over $3,000.

The prices mentioned above are true if you purchase a remanufactured transmission. Cost of a used transmission will be must less.

PROBLEM: OVERHEATING 

SYMPTOM(S): If you notice smoke or a burning smell, most likely caused by burning coolant, oil or transmission fluid, or if the transmission fails, the vehicle has most likely overheated. This can be caused if the transmission fluid is running low, or if it is dirty or burnt, if the filter is blocked, or if the vehicle has been driving under immense load. Other causes may include cooling lines or oil cooler malfunction, overheated engine, slipping, and failure of the transmission fluid pump.

It is important that overheating is identified and diagnoses immediately, as it can cause permanent damage to the vehicle. If you are able to diagnose the source of the overheating at home, you’ll save on diagnosis fees, which will normally be around $75-$125 at the repair shop.

PROBLEM: FORWARD GEAR FAILURE

Internal problem stopping a pressure build up or a problem in the valve may cause the transmission’s forward gears to stop working, while the reverse gear may still be functioning.

The first step is a proper diagnosis of the problem, for which the repair-shop will charge you $75-$125. When the diagnosis has revealed the source of the problem, you can have the valve replaced at the repair shop for $375 to above $1,000, or you can purchase and install it yourself, which will cost you $250 to above $1,000.
If it’s the transmission that needs rebuilding, the repair-shop will charge you $1,600 to above $3,500 for the task, or you can rebuild it yourself for $400-$700.

It must be noted that if it’s a problem in the valve body, it will normally show up only under a transmission scan which the repair facility will have carry out.

PROBLEM: REVERSE GEAR FAILURE

Opposite to a similar problem mentioned earlier, if the reverse gear transmission has stopped working while the forward gears may still be working, this could be caused by a leakage in the valve body that is not allowing the required pressure to build up.

Having the problem diagnosed at the repair-shop will be around $75-$150, and valve repair costs will be the same as those mentioned above.

PROBLEM: TORQUE CONVERTER MALFUNCTION 

If you have been using your vehicle for towing heavy objects or driving it under other harsh conditions, or if the torque converter is worn out or hasn’t been installed properly, this may cause the torque converter to malfunction. You can identify this if you experience shuddering in the vehicle, if the shifts are malfunctioning, if there is delay in engaging the gear leading up to no engagement at all, if you hear a strange whining sound when firing up the vehicle, or if the engine revs up more than the vehicle accelerates at start-up but gets better later.

Diagnosis at a repair shop, as mentioned above, will cost around $75-$125, and you will be charged $600 to above $1000 for having the torque converter replaced. If you purchase and replace it yourself, it will cost you around $145-$250.

It is important to note that the torque converter may, on some occasion, disintegrate upon failure. This can be identified by clacking or grinding noises from the transmission area. When this is heard, turn off the engine immediately or serious damage may be caused to the transmission.

Furthermore, even if the torque converter has started failing, your vehicle will still continue to work for quite some time before the converter fails completely. But driving the vehicle in this condition is dangerous as it may cause it to internally disintegrate when it fails, resulting in the debris getting mixed with the transmission fluid and causing serious damage to the transmission.

PROBLEM: SHIFTER LEVER LOCKING ITSELF PARK POSITION 

If your shifter level locks itself in the park position on occasion, this may be due to a fault in the brake-pedal position or shift interlock switches, or if a fuse has blown.

This will have to diagnosed and repaired, for which the repair-shop may charge you $35-$65 and $50-$250 respectively. Diagnostic charges may be waived if the repair-shop carries out the repairs as well. The repair cost will be determined by the system that needs to be repaired. If it’s a simple brake-light switch replacement, it won’t cost you as much as having the shift interlock switch replaced.

PROBLEM: VEHICLE MOVES EVEN WITH SHIFTER IN PARK POSITION

If this happens, it is probably caused by a worn out or damaged parking pawl, or a bad rear U-joint.

Diagnostic at the repair-shop will cost around $50-$65, with parking pawl and U-joint replacement charges coming up to about $500-$1,000 and $75-$115 respectively. Diagnostic charges may be waived if the repair-shop carries out the repairs as well. If you decide to replace the parking pawl yourself, it will cost you $45-$90, and replacing the U-joint yourself will be $10-$25 on average.

PROBLEM: LINKAGE PROBLEM IN THE SHIFTER

This will be signified by the vehicle rolling forward even with the shifter in neutral position, and can happen if the shifter linkage is loose, if the shift indicator is directed towards a wrong gear, or if the shifter cable has been damaged.

The solution is pretty simple. You can diagnose the cause of the problem yourself or have it taken to the repair-shop for diagnoses, which will cost you $40-$50 in diagnostic fees. If the cause turns out to be a loose shifter linkage, you can tighten it yourself at no cost, or have the repair-shop do it for $50-75. If the condition is being caused by a damaged shifter cable, the repair-shop will charge you $125-$250 for replacement, or you can purchase and replace it yourself for around $35-$80.

Knowing what ails your vehicle and being able to identify a problem and diagnose its cause will give you confidence when dealing with a repair-shop and save you considerable amount of money on repairs.

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Winterizing Your Car

Winterizing Your Car

Winterizing your car should be something every car owner needs to consider. It has to be said it is not as intense as it was with cars made in the 1960’s and 1970’s but there are still things you can do to make sure your car is fully prepared for the winter months. Read on to learn more.

  • Make sure the hoses and belts that keep your enging running are in good condition. Look for wear and tear and if they need replaced, replace them without delay.
  • Change your oil and use an oil that is less thick than you use in the summer months as the thicker oil in cold conditions will not get through your engine as well. Check out your car handbook for further advice.
  • Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle.
  • Look at the anti-freeze mixture. Usually it should be a 50: 50 mix to make sure the coolant in the radiator will not freeze. you can find an antifreeze a tester at almost any auto parts store.
  • If your vehicle has four-wheel drive, have it checked before the bead weather sets in. This will make sure the transmission runs smoothly.
  • Check out your tire pressure. Remember your tire pressure will drop around 1 psi for every ten degrees the temperature drops.
  • Snow tires may be a good idea. Made from softer rubber allowing greater flexibility even in the worst cold weather of winter as well as adding traction to your vehicle.
  • Ensure your wiper fluid is full and change out your wiper blades. Some blades are especially designed for the winter weather and may be a very worthwhile investment. Make sure as well your wiper fluid resevoir with a brand of wiper fluid that possesses a lower freeze point.

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Best Cold Weather Car Batteries

Best Cold Weather Car Batteries

Cold weather puts your car under more stress than is normal and starting your vehcile in cold conditions can be a challenge. However, a suitable battery is always important and never more so than on those chilly winter mornings. Read on to learn what car batteries are best in cold weather and look out for the information abut cold cranking amps (CCA), the warranty on the battery and the reserve capacity (RC) – the higher the number – the better it should perform when the mercury is not rising very high!

Optima Batteries YellowTop

  • Suitable for high load vehicles.
  • Durable.
  • Great for cold weather.
  • Long-lasting reserve.
  • Increased efficency with coil design.
  • CCA 650.
  • Reserve capacity 98 minutes.

ACDelco Professional AGM

  • Hi-tech design for maximum performance.
  • Battery is maintenance free.
  • Warranty is long lasting.
  • Additional reserve power.
  • Absorbed glass mat technology features.
  • CCA 800.
  • Reserve Capacity 140 minutes.

Optima Batteries RedTop

  • Strong start power.
  • Design is spill proof.
  • Six coils.
  • Increased resistance to vibration.
  • Made for high-performance vehicles.
  • CCA 800 minutes.
  • Reserve Capacity 100 minutes.

Exide Edge FP-AGM

  • Durable construction.
  • High-performance design characteristics.
  • Corrosion and leak resistant.
  • Easy carry handle.
  • CCA 710.
  • Reserve Capacity: 120 minutes at 25 amps.

NorthStar Ultra High-Performance AGM

  • High-performance design characteristics.
  • Construction is durable
  • Battery is marine grade.
  • Absorbed glass mat technology features.
  • CCA 900.
  • Reserve Capacity 220.

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Power Steering Pump Replacement Cost

Power Steering Pump Replacement Cost

The average power steering pump replacement cost is $602 with prices ranging from $487 to $716 for the US in 2019 according to Repairpal.

With labor costs averaging $189 going from $167 on the low end to $212 on the high end and the part itself costing $412 with costs going from $320 to $504 – please note, these costs do not take into account taxes and fees that may be applicable. Normally, this job is done as part of a greater service and more costly repair to the automobile. So this may not be representative of your total cost.

What Is A Power Steering Pump?

The role of the pump is to circulate power steering fluid having first pressurized it through the hydraulic system of your power steering mechanism. Obviously, this allows the steeting wheel to be operated with greater ease and less fatigue for the driver.

How Does it Work?

The power steering pumps purpose is to create pressure of a hydraulic nature and a hose is utilized transferring the generated pressure to the steering gear. From there it can be used as as assistant to turning the wheels as easily as possible. A secondary hose then returns the used fluid to once again be pressurized and this process continually repeats itself whenever the engine is operating.

How To Tell if You Have a Bad Power Steering Pump

A giveaway sign is a pool of power steering fluid under your car. When the fluid is at a low level, you will notice when traveling at lower speeds that the car becomes tougher to steer. There may also be a screeching noise eminating from the power steering pump as you attempt to make a turn using the steering wheel.

Is My Car Driveable Like This?

The vehicle can be driven but you have to make sure there is ample fluid for the system to function properly. If the fluid is leaking fast, the car needs to be towed immediately to a repair shop to ensure minimal damage to the power steering system.

Diagnosis Of Power Steering Pump Issues

As most issues generate the same symptoms, diagnosis can be tough unless an examination is performed of the entire system. Once symptoms have emerged, the power steering fluid level is topped off once it has been inspected and a note is made regarding the tension and condition of the power steering pump belt.

Power Steering Pump Replacement Costs

As we said earlier: The average power steering pump replacement cost is $602 with prices ranging from $487 to $716 for the US in 2019

Here are some average costs associated with popular car models:

  • Honda Accord: The average power steering pump replacement cost is $638 with prices ranging from $423 to $853 for the US in 2019
  • Toyota Camry: The average power steering pump replacement cost is $508 with prices ranging from $371 to $644 for the US in 2019
  • Chevrolet Silverado 1500: The average power steering pump replacement cost is $446 with prices ranging from $264 to $628 for the US in 2019
  • Honda Civic: The average power steering pump replacement cost is $700 with prices ranging from $650 to $751 for the US in 2019
  • Toyota Corolla: The average power steering pump replacement cost is $514 with prices ranging from $374 to $644 for the US in 2019
  • Nissan Altima: The average power steering pump replacement cost is $922 with prices ranging from $723 to $1,120 for the US in 2019
  • Ford Explorer: The average power steering pump replacement cost is $365 with prices ranging from $297 to $434 for the US in 2019
  • Honda CR-V: The average power steering pump replacement cost is $643 with prices ranging from $438 to $847 for the US in 2019

How A Power Steering Pump Is Replaced?

Firstly, the power steering fluid will have to be drained before the pump is replaced. The power steering belt will have to be removed as will the hoses and the pump will then have to be unbolted from the block of the engine. Then a new pump will be positioned, the lines reattached, the belt is then reinstalled and of course it is refilled with fluid. Finally, the system will be bled of air making sure the repair is complete.

Recommendtions For Issues With Power Steering Pumps

When a pump is being replaced, ensure the hoses as well as any other components are also thoroughly examined. Hose repalcement may be needed if debris generated from the pump is working its way into the steering system of the automobile. This would mean the gearbox or steering rack needs to be flushed out. It is also a good idea to get a new plastic fluid resevoir. Obviously, the components of power steering are subjected to great heat, speeds and an enormous amount of high pressure. If parts are used that do not meet or exceed what the OEM states is the miminal standard, the longevity of the system may be compromised.

POWER STEERING & SUSPENSION SYSTEM REPAIR QUOTES IN SCOTTSDALE

Our automotive mechanics can diagnose your power steering or suspension issue and offer repair or replacement services to fix it for you. Our diagnostic process will also help identify any other issues that might be contributing to the signs you let us know about during the consultation.

No matter what the problem is we will find it, offer affordable rates for repair, and get you back on the road quickly!  Give us a call today at (480) 948-4781, Get a quote using our contact form or stop by our auto repair shop located at  7171 E Lincoln Dr. Scottsdale, Arizona 85253.

Bad Alternator Vs. Bad Battery

Bad Alternator Vs Bad Battery

When your vehicle refuses to start it is usually caused by one or more of the following issues:

  • Dying or dead battery
  • Loose or corroded connection cables
  • Issue with the starters
  • Bad alternator

Read on to learn how you can determine if you are dealing with an alternator issue or a battery problem.

Bad Battery Symptoms

If your engine barely cranks, and your vehicle is harder to start on cold mornings, it starts inconsistently, or there’s no interior lights or sound when you try to start, you may have a failing battery, a corroded or connection or electrical draw. A low battery with visible corrosion on the terminal(s)

If jumpstarting works, then you know you’ve got a battery problem. But you also need to figure out whether it’s simply at the end of its life or there are underlying issues. A dead or low battery can be caused by a failing alternator. It can also result from additional draw from sound systems, alarms, auxiliary lights, fuses, and such.

Bad Alternator Symptoms

Some of the symptoms are:

  • No-starting and trouble starting
  • Dimming lights
  • Problems with stereo system output
  • If your car starts but stalls when you’re underway
  • A squealing sound coming from the engine that gets louder when power drains like the sound system or heater are on may be your alternator bearings

If your vehicle then will not crank or start but the headlight still come on, it may be other engine problems.

The Role Of The Battery And Alternator

A battery supplies a big electric charge that travels through the starter .. Once the car has started, the alternator sends current back to recharge the battery as you drive. It supplies power for your car’s electrics when you’re underway and makes sure the right amount of charge heads back to the battery.

Car Not Starting

If you’re not wanting to do your own diagnostics,  and take it in for a technician to check your electrical system. Both the starting and charging systems should be inspected.Battery checks on standard wet-cell batteries should include the posts for corrosion, inspection of the fluid levels and cables for no corrosion and snug connection.

An electronic battery test should be done, which gives more information than a standard load test. It measures the voltage and cold cranking amps (CCA). The shop should check the electrical currents and look to see if you need an alternator with a higher capacity.

Got a Bad Alternator?

It may have damaged your battery. Since the alternator regulates how much electric current gets fed back to the battery during recharging, the battery may have overheated due to overcharging. This shortens its expected life and can make it unreliable. Ask whether you need a replacement if you’re having alternator repairs done.If it’s your battery that’s bad, it won’t damage the alternator.

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10 Symptoms Of Worn Wheel Hub Bearings

Ten Symptoms Of Worn Wheel Hub Bearings

Worn wheel hub bearings need urgent attention but how can you tell if they are worn? In this post, we talk about the symptoms of worn wheel hub bearings. Some of these symptoms can cause other issues even before you realize what the main issue is. Problems can often be traced back to mechanical practices during the course of the installation or driving conditions. A well-known symptom is a noise. If you can hear a noise it may well be you have a bad wheel bearing or bad wheel hub bearing. Here are other ways you can detect if damage has occurred.

Ten Common Symptoms Of A Worn Hub Bearing

  1. Snapping, popping or clicking sounds. Sometimes as a result of poor clamping there may be an excess of beating end play but a more common issue may be a worn or damaged outer CV-Joint. In all of these scenarios, it is very likely you will hear these noises when cornering or making sharp turns.
  2. If you hear a grinding sound while the vehicle is in motion, it is very likely the wheel end system has already suffered some form of mechanical damage. Possibly, there may be roller damages or raceway indicating a lack of integrity with the bearings.
  3. When you can hear a knocking or clunking sound there may be a lot of play in the CV-Joints or U-Joints. WIth differential gears, it may even be the root of excessive backlash. This is not normally linked to the bearings and more often than not you will hear it when gear shifting and changing directions from drive to reverse or when you go from acceleration to coasting.
  4. If you can make out a humming growling or rumbling sound from your vehicle they are often associated with tires, electrical or drivetrain components. You may not only hear but also feel a vibration if it is somehow related to the bearings. You may notice it is worse when you turn the wheel a certain way – generally an indication the problem is on the other side than the side you are turning.
  5. Wheel vibrations and wobbles are often the symptoms of issues with the suspension, worn tires or other wheel components. There may also be a severe misalignment of the chassis of the car. As far as bearings go, it may be indicative of a lack of a clamp or a bearing that has suffered severe mechanical damage. It may also be caused by improperly tightened lug nuts. Additionally, it is worth making sure the car frame is not bent as this can be a further cause.
  6. When driving at constant speeds and you experience shimmering, shuddering or vibration it is not often a symptom of hub or bearing damage but can be caused by tires that are no longer round or balanced and it is also worth checking out the suspension for worn components.
  7. When you apply the brakes to your car and feel abnormal side pulling, it may be worn brakes or often a sign of a bad caliper or equalizer. This is often caused by a warped rotor not properly retracting from the caliper.
  8. If you have rotor wear or an uneven brake pad, it is most often a sign of a bad caliper or equalizer but it is not related to the bearing. As with abnormal side pulling, a frequent cause is a warped rotor from the caliper not retracting fully.
  9. If you notice abnormal or unusual tire wear, the most likely culprits are worn or damaged suspension components, misalignment, improper inflation or selection of tires. However, bearing where may be a cause of unusual tire wear if there is excessive looseness.
  10. The internal or external of the bearing assembly or hub may be a cause of ABS failure. In certain circumstances, the internal and external sensors can get damaged caused by a movement that is excessive because of excessive end-play. This would lead us to think the lack or loss of a bearing clamp may be an issue. This is often caused by break up or extreme damage of a mechanical nature. With auto designs where sensors are mounted on the external component, stones, corrosions and a myriad of other hazards may be the cause of the damage.

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How Much Does Water Pump Replacement Cost?

Water Pump Replacement Cost

The average water pump replacement cost is $525, with prices ranging from $300 to $750. But usually will depend on the type of vehicle you drive and the auto repair shop you take it to.

What Is A Water Pump?

A water pump is designed to distribute coolant through water-cooled engines. Not all water-cooled engines use water pumps, but these devices are at the heart of just about every modern water cooling systems. Water pumps are typically driven by the rotation of the crankshaft; however, this can be accomplished in various different ways. There are also a number of different styles of pumps that are typically used.

You Should Consider Replacing The Water Pump When:

If you have coolant leaks or overheating. The water pump rotor shaft is reinforced by a bearing. Over time, the bearing or seal can wear out and leak or damage the rotor. A lot of water pumps have weep holes close to the pump bearing. If there significant leakage from the weep hole, you should replace the pump.

Bearing roughness or noises. If the water pump shaft doesn’t turn smoothly or if the pump makes a lot of noise, the bearing is extremely worn. Pump replacement is necessary.

Timing belt replacement. Where the water pump is driven by the timing belt, it is wise to replace them both at the same time.

When Replacing Your Water Pump Think About:

  • Installing a new cooling system thermostat when you are replacing your water pump, particularly if the thermostat is worn out or original.
  • A complete flush of the cooling system is a wise when replacing the water pump. This can be done before or after the water pump replacement.
  • Inspecting the entire cooling system, hoses, belts, temperature sensor, etc.

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In addition to being a full-service gas station, we employee ASE Certified mechanics that work on imports and domestic vehicles alike.  When you need a water pump replaced our team is here to help!  Conveniently located in Scottsdale we can tend to nearly any vehicle repair or maintenance need.  Stop by Bridwell Auto Center located at 7171 E Lincoln Dr. Scottsdale, Arizona 85253 or by giving Bridwell Automotive Center a call today (480) 948-4781.

Car Maintenance Guide

Car Maintenance Guide

Car Maintenance Guide

All car, truck, and SUV owners want to get as many miles out of their vehicles as they can or best trade-in value.  This car maintenance guide will help you care for your vehicle to ensure you maintain as much value and keep it going as long as possible!

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Maintaining Your Car, Truck, or SUV

Like the saying, prevention is better than cure’ suggests, the simplest thing that can be done to prevent unnecessary failures and break downs is to regularly maintain your vehicle; regular maintenance will not only save you a lot of money on major repairs but also undue hassle at inopportune times. Every car owner should know preventive maintenance is necessary, but not everyone knows or agrees on what counts as preventive maintenance and how frequently it should be done. This is what we’re going to outline here, as well as share some handy tips to keep your vehicle happy and running smoothly.

If you’re a new car owner it’s understandable if you don’t appreciate the importance of preventive maintenance yet, but as any mechanic, seasoned car owner or someone unfortunate enough to have spent a fortune on repairs would tell you, ignore it at your own risk. Basic maintenance, like regular oil change, and tire pressure and other inspections don’t cost a lot of time and money but is as important as going to the doctor for a regular checkup; it allows auto mechanics to diagnose serious issues before they escalate and damage your vehicle. Replacing damaged parts costs significantly more than regular maintenance would.

Don’t Skip the Owner’s Manual

Owner’s Manuals are meant to be ignored, right? You buy something, and you’d rather mess around with it, open it up and figure it out yourself than spend valuable time sifting through a boring manual. This isn’t always a good idea, especially when the health of your vehicle may be as stake by you not knowing everything there is to know about it. Going through the owner’s manual is important as that’s where you’ll find your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. Reading what the manufacturer has to say about the car’s maintenance will also help you avoid common circulating myths like ‘cars need an oil change every 3000 miles’. If the owner’s manual says your car needs an oil change every 300 miles then it does need it, otherwise, the manual will suggest when exactly you should be changing it, based on your car’s make and model, and the filters being used inside it. The owner’s manual will also suggest what kind of gas you should be filling and what oil will be best suited for use with your car. If you’ve misplaced your car’s user manual, you might be able to find a soft-copy online.

It’s very very important to go through the manual and that stands true for any machinery or household appliance, especially those that could end up costing you a lot of money if not properly used. Car lovers know the importance of this, but a car’s manual isn’t only for those with an interest of knowing how their car works, but for everyone that’s using the car on a regular basis. For instance, if you use a different oil than what the manual suggests or fill in low-quality fuel in a car that demands high-quality fuel you may end up voiding your car’s warranty or cause major damage that may cost you more than what you saved using the cheaper fuel.

What Classifies as Preventive Maintenance

Preventive maintenance may feel like you’re spending money that you don’t need to on a regular basis when your car is perfectly fine, but experts and car lovers agree that it is worthwhile in the long-term and is the best way of saving a significant amount of money. Investing time and money to carry out these simple tasks will save you from spending a lot of money if the car is left unchecked:

Inspect the car yourself to see if anything seems wrong. If you’re a new car owner, this may seem like a daunting task, but your owner’s manual should be enough to walk you through it. This will include checking your car’s lights, both front and back, checking the air pressure in the tires at least once a month, listening for sounds that seem alarming or out of the ordinary, and making sure the tires have sufficient tread. Insufficient air pressure in tires will take away from your car’s mileage, costing you more in fuel, so it’s a good idea to purchase an air pressure gauge for tire air pressure. The tread can be tested by using a penny, or by looking out for wear indicators on tire treads. If your checks highlight any issues, even those that may seem small and insignificant right now, act on fixing them rather than putting them off for later.

Fluid Levels

Check the car’s fluids learn if you don’t know how as checking brake fluid, antifreeze, coolant, and wiper fluid levels is simple to do in most cars. Even replacing these fluids is simple and you shouldn’t have to pay someone to do it if you know how. Some fluid levels like that of the brake fluid and the coolant are easily visible from outside the container while others will have a dipstick you can lift up to check the quality and quantity of the fluid inside. Most cars will have these containers marked with their respective symbols and it isn’t difficult to figure out which is which even if your car’s user manual fails to point them out. There are also a number of video tutorials and step-by-step guides on how to check fluid levels and refill fluid containers when fluids are below the required level. Keep an eye out for unnecessary drips to ensure there are no leaks in any of the containers.

Timing Belt

Regularly examine or have the car’s timing belt and serpentine belt examined and have them replaced when required. Some auto mechanics will advise you to have the timing belt changed every 60,000 miles and have the serpentine belt changed every 40,000 miles; these are rough estimates that don’t work for every car, the user’s manual will guide you better as to when these belts should be replaced. Looking around online for your car-specific recommendation may also be a good idea in case the user manual is unavailable. Doing a quick check on the belts every now and then doesn’t cost anything, have them replaced if the check reveals they’re worn out as your car will break down if they break. Broken belts may also damage other components and increase the cost of repairs.

Change Car Oil

Regular oil changes are an essential part of preventive maintenance and is fairly easy to do. Most cars have dipstick that can be taken out to check the quality of the oil and the level. Some modern cars have an electronic gauge for this purpose which makes checking the oil level even easier. You will still need to manually assess the quality of oil, whether it’s clean, or murky. Determining when the oil is muddy enough to require a replacement will save you from having it changed when it could go on a bit longer. Checking the quality of oil will also highlight if there are any problems in the engine; if you just had the oil replaced and it looks terrible, for instance, there’s something wrong with the engine that requires the mechanic’s attention. The user manual will give your car-specific recommendations on what mileage to change the engine oil on.

Check The Battery

Check battery and clean battery contacts, if required. Modern car batteries don’t need much maintenance but it’s still important to know where they are and check them now and again for leaks and mineral buildups on contacts. Any buildups should be scraped off with a battery cleaning brush which shouldn’t cost you more than a few dollars to purchase at any auto parts store. It’s also a good idea to keep an inexpensive battery tester and jump starter kit handy in case the battery dies at the wrong time, leaving you stranded on the side of the road waiting on AAA to come and jumpstart your car.

Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers need replacing too, especially if they’re falling short of doing what they’re supposed to do. If you notice the wipers aren’t leaving the view clear for you, have them replaced, as they’re fairly inexpensive and shouldn’t be allowed to compensate your visibility. If the visibility isn’t optimal, clean the windshield inside and out, don’t wait for the visibility to deteriorate further before you pick up a cleaning wipe.

Cabin Air Filter

Regularly clean the cabin air filter, replace when required. A clean filter will ensure the airflow in your car is comfortable and free of dust particles, and accessing it is as simple as opening a box. Most cars have it under the dashboard on the passenger side. If you clean the air filter regularly it won’t need changing as often as it would if left uncleaned for a long period of time. An unclean air filter won’t affect the running of your car, but it may affect your health as you’re breathing in unclean air. Air filters can be easily purchased from any auto parts store and tutorials can be found online on how to easily access the air filter compartment in your car.

Engine Air Filter

Regularly clean the engine air filter, replaced when required. This will be under the hood and may be difficult to reach in some older vehicles if you don’t know where to look, but having it cleaned regularly and replaced when necessary is important. Like with other things, the car’s user manual is the place to check at what mileage you should replace the engine air filter. This will be an estimate as to how quickly or slowly the engine air filter gets dirty will depend on the driving conditions and the condition of the area where you drive most. For instance, on long drives or in dusty areas, the air filter will clog up quicker than normal.

Wheel Alignment & Balancing

Check tire alignment; rotate and balance as required. Balancing and rotating your car’s tires ensures that they wear evenly and give better mileage. Balancing and rotating the tires will also increase their lifespan, saving you money on frequent and costly tire replacements. Once again, refer to the user manual to see how often this needs to be done. Aligning the tires is equally important as aligned tires ensure it takes less effort to keep the car straight.

Spark Plugs & MPG

Replace worn out spark plugs or those caked with buildup as they hinder the engine’s efficiency, consuming more fuel and can also lead to breakdowns. It’s a fairly simple task to do in most vehicles while it may take more effort in some. Either way, checking the spark plugs and having them replaced if required is important. Refer to the user manual to see how often they need to be replaced.

These are the primary checks each preventive maintenance must involve and almost all of them can be carried out with little effort without the help of an auto mechanic. Video tutorials are available online in abundance demonstrating how these simple checks and replacements can be carried out, and your car’s user manual will be able to give you car-specific recommendations on replacement intervals, what to use, and what to avoid. It’s very important that you go through the user manual and refer to it as often as you can for the best possible maintenance guideline for your vehicle. User manuals for common makes and models of cars are easily available online, the manufacturer’s website is the best place to find the user manual for your car. In case it isn’t available on the manufacturer’s website, many manuals for a number of vehicle makes and models are available online.

Use Technology to Track Your Maintenance

We are nearing the end of the second decade of the 21st century, after all, and technology has come a long way in the past 18 years. It’s changing the way we love our lives and carry out simple tasks and giving us conveniences, we didn’t even think we needed before we had them. Keep receipts of the work you’ve had done on your vehicle, so you know when the next maintenance visit is due. Scan the receipts and save them on the cloud for easy access wherever you are; you no longer need to keep hard copies around and wrack your brains to remember where you kept them every time you need them.

There are also several smart monitors you can purchase that come with companion smartphone apps; these monitors can be plugged into vehicles (if your vehicle allows it) and give you real-time information on engine health, fluid levels, tire pressure, battery health, and other vital readings. These smart monitors may be on the pricey end right now but there are other standalone smartphone apps that make an easy task of tracking and maintenance. Some of these apps are:

AutoCare (iOS/Android): Paid app to track mileage, maintenance and repair history, maintenance expenses and other information to help efficiently maintain your vehicle. It also allows you to set reminders to get specific things done so you don’t forget. The iOS version costs $4 on the Apple App Store and the Android version costs $2 on Google Play and the Amazon App Store.

Road Trip (iOS): Road Trip is well liked and has plenty of good reviews on the App Store. You can use it to track fuel refills, mileage, maintenance receipts and expenses, as well as set reminders for repairs and replacements you need to get done. There’s also an option to track tire wear during different seasons and supports multiple vehicle profiles at the same time. There are two versions available on the App Store, a free Lite version with limited functionality and a paid version costing $5. App ownership doesn’t carry over to other platforms so make sure you buy it on the iPad if you’re going to use it on the iPad and on the iPhone if you’re going to use it on the phone.

Car Minder Plus (iOS): Offers maintenance logs to track the work you’ve had done on the vehicle, and options for air and oil filters, oil changes and belt replacement. The App costs $3 on the App Store.

Car Maintenance Reminder (Android): Two versions of this app are available on Android. The free version tracks mileage, maintenance costs and schedules and other information for one vehicle while the Pro version costing $3 tracks all this information for multiple vehicles. Both apps allow settings reminders for upcoming maintenance works and repairs.

aCar (Android): aCar is very popular among Android users and comes as a free or paid app. Both apps offer basic tracking, maintenance and reminders with the Pro app adding multiple languages, widgets for the home screen, and connectivity features to link the app to other apps and websites. The Pro versions costs $6.

Scottsdale Vehicle Maintenance Service

If you want to ensure your car maintenance is done on time and done right, Bridwell Automotive Center’s mechanic shop in Scottsdale location is convenient, affordable, and ASE Certified.  Although a lot of regular maintenance can be done on your own with help from the user manual and online tutorials, some maintenance needs to be carried out by the experts, and it’s this maintenance that you may often be tempted to put off. Don’t do that. Putting off preventive maintenance and failing to attend to small issues with inexpensive fixes can result in bigger issues that will cost you more time and money.

Call today to schedule car maintenance at (480) 948-4781

How Much Does Shock & Strut Replacement Cost?

hock Absorber or Strut Assembly Replacement Cost

The average cost for a shock absorber or strut assembly replacement is $366. Prices range from $316 to $416 for a shock absorber or strut assembly replacement for the US in 2019.

Additionally, labor costs average $128 with price ranging from $113 to $143 while the average price of replacement parts $238 with costs ranging from $203 to $273 according to Repairpal

This repair is often done as part of a larger repair and that may or may not be reflected in the total price you have to pay.

What Is A Strut Or Shock Absorber?

  • Struts are part of the overall suspension system and they support the weight of the vehicle. often the yare also part of the steering system pivoting when you turn the steering wheel.
  • Shocks provide dampening properties by controlling suspension and spring movement. They do not support the weight of the vehicle nor do they form a component of the steering system.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Bad Shock Absorber Or Strut?

Broken or failing struts and shocks causing a number of symptoms making for a less than totally comfortable ride. The symptoms include the following:

  • Hydraulic fluid link.
  • Body roll when turning.
  • Cupped and other abnormal tire wear.
  • While driving we may hear thumping, knocking or rattling noise when driving.
  • Tail or nose end dipping down during hard acceleration and braking.
  • A bumpy ride.

How Are Strut Or Shock Absorber Issues Diagnosed?

The struts are likely worn if you push on the vehicle and it bounces up and down. The yare also diagnoses when a technician is in the midst of replacing other components and can also be discovered during routine services like wheel alignment.

Can I Drive With A Strut Or Shock Absorber Problem?

You can drive a car with worn front struts but performance will be compromised as the handling will not be up to the normal standard because when you turn the car is dependent on its struts.

When the condition worsens, the loss of control can lead to a rollover crash. Is the front strut is broken, you should replace it before driving the vehicle.

How Is A Strut Or Shock Absorber Replaced?

A technician has to remove the wheels to replace a front strut, The brake rotor and caliper are removed then the sway bar is disconnected, The strut is then further disconnected from the strut tower and steering knuckle, thus removing it from the vehicle.

it is common to reuse the coil spring from the old assembly when the entire strut assembly is being replaced. In this case, the worn strut will have to be compressed and then disassembled. The new strut will then need to be assembled together before installation.

What To Look Out For With Strut And Shock Absorber Issues

When replacing a strut, the old strut may have to be compressed during the repair. To do this the coil spring has to be compressed, so the assembly of the strut can be dismantled. When this takes place the compressed coil spring can be extremely dangerous especially if the spring slips from the compressor supplying the tension.

Can I Replace The Strut Or Shock Absorber Myself?

Because of the extreme danger from serious injury should the spring slip from the compressor when assembling the strut combined with the fact that once assembled the full inspection of the suspension and steering as well as a professional standard wheel alignment should be performed, we strongly recommend you leave this to the professionals. Thankfully, the fully qualified and experienced mechanics and technicians at Bridwell Automotive have you covered with their great service, to get you back on the road again!

Bridwell Automotive Offers Strut and Shock Absorber Replacement In Scottsdale, Arizona 

Our dedicated team of ASE Master Technicians will help you by replacing your strut and shock absorber quickly and within your budget.  You can schedule your strut and shock absorber repair with Bridwell Automotive Center in Scottsdale by using our contact form. Stop by our Strut and Shock Replacement Shop In Scottsdale located at 7171 E Lincoln Dr. Scottsdale, Arizona 85253 or by giving Bridwell Automotive Center a call today (480) 948-4781.