Tag: driving

Where is my Transmission Dip Stick?

    Last week we discussed how to check transmission fluid level. So what did you see/smell?  The fluid should be  red and clean. It may have a very slight burn smell, this is normal. When the fluid is either very clear, smells burnt, looks burnt, ( very dark red/ brown ), a trip to… Read more »

What Can I Do? My Transmission is Slow Going Into Gear.

Your automatic transmission / trans-axle,  ( trans. ) has many moving parts, as the cut-away shows below. The fluid is the life blood of the trans., with low or worn out fluid, the transmission will self destruct. So how do you check the fluid and if it is low, what fluid do I use? Both… Read more »

Save Money – Understand PA Inspection Information on your Billing

The information contained in this article is for guideline purposes only.  When looking over your PA Inspection invoice, you may have noticed the following under/beside the PA Inspection heading – TIRES: LF (4) RF (5) LR (2) RR (5) BRAKES LF (8B) RF (8B) LR (2R) RR (5R) The information is not difficult to understand… Read more »

Fuel Additives ~ More is better, Right?

As being human, we tend to think ” if some is good, More has to be better”. Actually, when adding fuel additives, we need to be careful. The more advanced electronic engine management and fuel control, (read as newer model cars approximately 2010 and up) the more problems we can unknowingly cause.   For example, adding… Read more »

So why are my car tires so wide? It’s not a sports car.

  Some of the complaints I’ve heard; Wider tires are usually more expensive, don’t always ride as nice and seem to wear out faster. The answer I found was not what I expected. It is true that wider tires commonly have better traction. The main reason why this is  does not relate to contact patch,… Read more »

Tire Pressure Amber Light On, Tire Pressure Is OK? Really?

Your peacefully on your vacation at last. Your cruising and notice a little amber tire looking light comes on (Tire Pressure Monitor Sensor  Light – TPMS ). Nuts! You had inflated the tires according to the decal on the door. What gives? Obviously, you should pull over to the side of the road and re-check… Read more »


If you have opened your owners manual for maintenance, the words “severe and normal driving” were listed. Which is your driving type? Severe driving is likely the type most of us would fall under. I’ll list some of the conditions in no particular order. 1. short trips – 5 miles or less. 2. many start… Read more »

Red charge light on – Now What??

The battery ( charge malfunction light ) should come on and go out fairly quickly as your engine revs at startup. The process is a bulb check to be sure the malfunctioning light operates. What does it mean when the light does come on and stays on. Rarely does it come on, and NOT mean… Read more »

The Dreaded “check engine light” does not go out.

Last week we briefly covered a few causes for a flashing  “check engine or service engine soon light”. Next up, what about the check engine light that stays on after engine start up. What makes this light so difficult to generalize, is the many reasons for it to illuminate. Depending on the year, make, and… Read more »

Welcome to our new blog

We will be sharing, our valuable 40 plus years of ” Hard Knock” experience and current changes, to the ever evolving automobile world.  Read on: We have many questions about the confusing array of service lights on the dash of your transportation. Most of the lights come on when you start your car and go… Read more »