5 Transmission Problems You Can’t Ignore

As drivers, we often take our cars for guaranteed…that is, until they are no longer working. Suddenly we are left stranded with no way to get to work, take the kids to school or make a simple trip to the grocery store. Fortunately if you familiarize yourself with the warning signs, you can take a proactive approach to car maintenance. Many times costly repairs can be avoided by noticing the smaller symptoms or signs that something potentially larger is taking place. If you drive an automatic transmission, you may notice that your car isn’t performing and shifting the way it once did.

Here are the top 5 transmission issues that you should have checked right away.

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How Much Your Car Really Costs You After Your Warranty Ends

Buying a new car is one of the most exciting parts about adult life. As teens, we anxiously awaited our 16th birthdays so that we could finally get our learner’s permit and the day we got to drive our parent’s car was monumental! If you were like most kids however, you likely didn’t get to experience the thrill of walking on to the lot and buying the car of your dreams until you were much older.

Maybe you are just about to experience that now!

When you are in the market to buy a new car, there are many things to consider: your personal preference, your needs, your budget…but what many people tend to forget is that once your warranty expires, you need to budget for routine maintenance and repair…or do you?

If you are bringing your car to C&R Tire, did you know that your car qualifies for the Fixed Forever Warranty? This warranty stays in effect when routine repairs are performed at C&R Tire. This means that nearly all services (including parts and labor) are covered under warranty. If at any point a covered part fails, C&R covers the labor and replaces the part with no cost as long as you own the vehicle. Warranty good only at C&R Tire. Excludes commercial, fleet and national account vehicles. See store for details.

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When Should I Replace my Shocks or Struts?

While most of us understand the importance of keeping up with routine oil changes and tire rotations, we rarely think of the other parts within our vehicles that require upkeep as well. For instance, do you know when (or if) you should replace your shocks or struts? If you don’t, you aren’t alone. 

There are several factors which will determine your answer. First off, does your vehicle have shocks and struts or just shocks? While they are often mentioned together in one breath, shocks and struts are two different parts. Shocks (in addition to struts if you have them) perform two main tasks – to dampen the spring oscillation and also help overall ride control. Essentially shocks are used to absorb bumps and shocks to the vehicle and exist as part of the overall suspension. Struts, on the other hand, are a total suspension assembly.

Now that you understand the basics, here are a few factors that will help you decide when to replace your shocks or struts.

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The Ultimate Travel Checklist for Your Vehicle

C AND R TireIt’s summertime and that means lots of fun in the sun and travel galore. Time to kick back, relax and enjoy those leisurely days, leaving the heavy lifting behind. Well, unless you look at the summer months from a vehicle’s perspective. You expect a lot from your car, especially when there is so much to do and see. If you are planning a road trip (or are simply expecting to put on more miles this season), you need to make sure your vehicle is running at its best. Nothing can put a damper on your summer fun faster than breaking down on the side of the road while the kids anxiously jump and down yelling, “are we there yet?!”

In order to keep your summer relaxing, here is the ultimate travel checklist for your vehicle.

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How to Extend the Life of Your Tires

Unexpected tire blowouts can put a massive damper on your day. No one wants to be stranded roadside forced to break out the donut and carjack. While road hazards may be unavoidable, extending the lifetime of your tires with proper care and maintenance is something that you can take control of.

Let’s face it, driving is an expensive necessity. When you add up basic maintenance, gas and tires, your budget can be frequently depleted each month. Just like anything else that you own, the better you take care of it, the longer it will last you.

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7 Essential Tire Safety Tips

You might not fully realize how important your tires are until you end up with a roadside blowout or flat. While road hazards like nails and other debris are often unavoidable, there are several ways you can reduce your risk of tire trouble, or ideally, recognize any issues before they occur.

With summer on the horizon, and trips to the beach, pool, picnics and camping already on the calendar, now is the best to make sure your tires are ready for all of your travels.

Don’t worry; you don’t have to be a car expert to follow these seven essential tire safety tips!

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A Driver’s Guide to 11 Common Car Noises

A Driver’s Guide to 11 Common Car Noises

Those of us who identify as less-than-car-savvy-individuals have had that moment when we walk in to the garage and make a variety of squeaks and squeals in an attempt to explain the problems our car is having. To our amazement, the seasoned mechanic nods in understanding and translates our gibberish, making statements like “oh, sounds like your brake pads are shot,” or “yup, your drive belt is giving out.” Magic? It sure seems like it but once you know what to listen for the mystery surrounding car noises begins to vanish.

Car noises belong to a different language and while you don’t need to speak car fluently in order to operate one, it does help to understand the basics. Not only will this allow you to ‘talk the talk’ with your mechanic, but it will also enables you to become more aware of your car’s need for maintenance.

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Hernias Happen To Tires, Too!

Its late spring and things are starting to heat up here in Phoenix. With the heat the strain on old tires becomes even greater. Every year almost like clockwork, when the temperature hits 100 degrees we see to trucks bringing in blown out tires and separated tires. Sometimes it is due to a nail that has caused the tire to be low on pressure and caused it to blow. But many times tire separations and resulting blow outs are due to the age of the tire causing the tread to separate (tire hernias). Read the rest of this entry »

Give Your Engine Clean Fuel With A New Fuel Filter From C&R Tire

Your Sedan requires plenty of clean fuel to run. If your fuel contains contaminants, your fuel injectors will eventually become clogged up. When this happens, your Sedan engine may not get the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure to run at peak performance. This hurts fuel efficiency and performance as you drive around Phoenix. It can also lead to the buildup of harmful deposits on valves and in the combustion chamber. Read the rest of this entry »

Are Modern Vehicles Maintenance Free?

In our auto video today we'll be talking with Alan Peterson about myths surrounding automotive maintenance. You can lump these myths into the statement that "modern cars are so reliable, they are virtually maintenance free". Any good myth has some elements of truth. No offense to Phoenix Bigfoot fans, but this maintenance-free myth has more evidence than most. If we look at some isolated areas of auto maintenance, we could conclude that maintenance isn't so important. But other areas would just as easily lead you to believe that maintenance is more important than ever. Here are some examples for our friends in Phoenix. Some cars in Phoenix no longer require chassis lubrication. They're made with self-lubricating materials and have sealed joints. There's literally is no way to grease those joints. -Chalk one up for the myth. On the other side, some vehicles come with sophisticated variable valve timing. A lot of complicated parts up in the valve train that didn't even exist not that many years ago. These parts are very vulnerable to oil sludge. So, skipping an oil change here and there could lead to very expensive damage. -A point to maintenance. Electronic ignition has eliminated replacing points. -Myth gets a point. Fuel injectors on direct injection engines are very expensive to replace so one must be sure to get a fuel system cleaning on schedule. -Point for maintenance. I think you get the picture. As automotive technology advances, it eliminates or reduces some maintenance requirements. And maintenance becomes more critical for some items. Most others remain very similar to what they've always been. So the maintenance mindset is still important for car owners in Phoenix if we want our vehicles to last a long time. The checklist may change over time, but there'll always be a check list. Let me mention a couple of items on modern vehicles that folks need to be aware of. One of the most of the most important is timing belt replacement. Used to be that all engines had timing chains – you know, metal chains. They rarely broke. It's cheaper to make engines with timing belts rather than chains, so replacing the timing belt is on most engines' maintenance list. The money the manufacturer saves by using a belt is more than off-set by what the vehicle owner has to pay to replace the belt. And it's a drop in the bucket compared to the cost of repairing the damage if the timing belt breaks. So make sure you know when your timing belt needs to be replaced. You don't want to miss that. If you have 60,000 miles or more, break out your owner's manual or ask your Phoenix service advisor at C & R Tire to check on the recommendation right away. Another is sealed wheel bearing assemblies on some vehicles. As you might have guessed, it's cheaper to make a sealed unit than one that has access to inspect or service the wheel bearings. The problem is that when the bearings fail, you have to replace the entire unit, not just the bearings. That'll cost 5 or 6 times as much. For our friends in Phoenix, we hope this has underscored the importance of knowing and following your maintenance schedule. Come in and see us at C & R Tire. You'll find us at 17225 N Tatum Blvd in Phoenix, Arizona 85032. Just give us a call at 602-457-2136. Read the rest of this entry »

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