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Q: Do all vehicle transmission problems require rebuilding?

A: No, there are many different types of transmission problems that don’t require a rebuild. Sometimes it’s not the transmission that is even  causing the problem. To determine the vehicle service you need, Eagle Transmission of Mesquite ( Serving the Dallas Area) Will need to conduct a Free External Diagnostic of your vehicle to determine the problem.

Winter Car Care Tips

It may be easy to forget about giving your car the tender loving care it needs to stay healthy. But with the heavy snow, icy roads and cold weather that winter can bring, now is the time to make sure to care for your vehicle. Cold weather makes pliable material stiffer and more brittle and can make fluids thicker. If you live an area with severe winter weather, you know how dangerous the roads can get and the unique problems winter weather can create for your car.

So, take a look through this list of winter car care tips:

Tune upTake your car in for a tune-up.
If you haven’t taken your car to the shop for a while, now is the time to do so. A tune-up will help keep your car running longer and may save you money by detecting potential problems early.

penny-test-do-i-need-new-tiresCheck your tires.
On slippery or icy roads, your tires are extremely important to giving you stability and controlled handling. So, make sure to check your tires’ pressure and wear. You can place a penny on its edge in a tread groove to test a tire’s tread. If you can see the top of his hair or any of the tires background, it is time to replace your tires. Do this in several spots because tires don’t wear evenly. You should also take your tires in to get rotated and properly balanced. If you’re in an area with particularly severe winter weather, you should consider purchasing a set of snow tires, which are made specifically for snowy and icy surfaces.

Autobytel-istock-fluid1Check your fluids levels.
Make sure you check that the transmission, brake, power steering and windshield washer fluids and coolants are filled to proper levels. You should use de-icer windshield washer fluid which will help clear light ice and frost while preventing re-freezing.

winter_car_kitMake a winter emergency kit.
In addition to the emergency road kit you should already have in your car, it is a good idea to have a special winter car kit. This kit should include things like cat litter or sand for tire traction on snow and ice, an ice scraper and de-icing liquid.

bigstock-Dirty-Car-Air-Filter-438561Check your air filters.
During the summer and fall, contaminants can get caught in your air filters and will eventually get caught inside your vehicle and cause problems. If you see any debris caught on the filter, it’s a good idea to get the filter replaced.

Winter Driving Tips

24068477_SAWinter driving often poses hazardous conditions for drivers, unfamiliar with navigating slick, icy roads. Here are five basic winter driving tips to observe.

Regardless of what time of year it is, it’s always a good idea to check weather reports and construction updates to plan travel accordingly, deferring travel until there’s a reprieve in any winter weather advisories.

Winter Driving Tip #1: Proper tire management
Tires influence traction, braking and overall road performance on unruly pavement. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends checking tires at least once a month. Use a tire gauge to ensure proper inflation. Also, switch tires seasonally to accommodate driving conditions. (Winter tires have a 6/32 inch tread depth. New vehicle tires average 10/32-inch of tread)

Winter Driving Tip #2: Be prepared.
In addition to checking weather and road conditions prior to road travel, be prepared for unforeseen scenario. In the event of freezing temperatures and to avoid frozen gas line, maintain the gas tank at least 50 percent full. The National Safety Council recommends having a snow shovel, tire jack, jumper cables and chain emergency road kit.  It also would be wise to have a bag of sand or salt, flares, solar panel crank radio, and a bottle of water.

Winter Driving Tip #3: Adjust driving distance and speed, drastically.
Unlike the ability to stop, slow down or turn on a dry surface, vehicles don’t have the same control on icy or snow covered roads. Over-acceleration causes automobiles under 10,ooo pounds to lose traction on snowy, icy road conditions. As a result, leave a three to four car distance at speeds under 35 mph; and, five to six auto spaces at speeds over 40 mph.

Winter Driving Tip #4: No time for cruise control.
Any slippery or traction-less road is unsuitable for deploying the cruise control system. Whether it’s rain, ice or snow.

Winter Driving Tip #5: Steer-less on skids.
In the event of a skid, let up on the gas, without slamming on the brakes. Steer less to gain vehicular control.

Thanksgiving Driving Tips

thanksgiving_ticket4_112409kn1-300x225According to the Research and Innovative Technology Administration, the Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year’s holiday periods are among the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year. During the 6-day Thanksgiving travel period, the number of long-distance trips (to and from a ­destination 50 miles or more away) increases by 54 percent compared to the average number for the remainder of the year. Most long-distance holiday travel, about 91 percent, is by personal vehicle, such as by car.

If you plan on hitting the road this Thanksgiving to visit family or friends, consider these tips as seen in an article from Consumer Reports to help prepare you and your car for whatever challenges might be faced on the road.

Fuel up – Don’t head out on a long trip without a full tank of gas. In addition to topping off the tank, also check fluids and tire pressures before you leave.

Pack smart – Check your vehicle’s load capacity to make sure you aren’t putting too much weight in the car. On most new cars, the total weight you can carry is printed on a sticker inside the driver’s door jamb. This weight capacity includes cargo and passengers.

Don’t be distracted – Pay attention while driving. If you need to send a message or make a call, hand your phone to a passenger or pull over. It’s not worth risking your and your passenger’s life.

Be patient – During busy travel times, expect to hit traffic. A GPS device with traffic information can help you navigate around congested areas.

Buckle up – Always use your seat belt and make sure children are properly secured in a car seat and are seated in the rear seats if they are under 13.

Watch for weather – If you’re driving in wintry weather, make sure you clear the snow and ice off for better visibility. Also, allow for longer braking distances and reduce your speed while driving in inclement weather.

Differential & CV Axle Repair Service

10485237_975780212483313_7654324189922413405_nEagle Transmission of Mesquite provides drive line, axle, differential and front wheel drive “CV” axle services for all makes and models. If you are hearing peculiar noise from the rear end gears of your rear wheel drive vehicle axle or from the “CV” joints on your front wheel drive axle vehicle. Eagle Transmission is the one to call. Our expert technicians will quickly determine the source of the drive axle problem and conduct the needed repair or replacement at a fair price. Our differential & drive axle service consists of initial visual inspection for leaks or obvious failure and road test to determine drivability issues. On your front wheel drive vehicle, if we determine that the CV axles are worn and making any clacking noise, it may be necessary to replace the front drive axle shaft assemblies. On your rear wheel drive differential axle, if we determine that a rebuild or replacement is needed, we will either rebuild your existing axle assembly or install a rebuilt unit. This will be determined by the extent of damage. You can be assured that we will provide prompt service, a quality repair at a fair price. Proundly serving Mesquite, Sunnyvale, Dallas, Forney, Balch Springs, Terrell,  Rockwall and surrounding areas.

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Brake Service & Repair

Brake Pads

The most common type of brake repairs for your vehicle are brake pad replacements. A disc brake system the use of calipers that grips the brake rotors in order to stop the car or truck. Pads help provide a cushion for the process, which helps reduce wear and tear on your vehicles rotors. If 71xXTkPA-YL._SL1255_you notice any changes in the amount of pressure required stop, your brake pads are likely worn out. A slight vibration can also be noticeable. You may hear squeaking or a squealing noise when you apply your vehicle brakes. These are signs that your brake pads need to be replace, so you should make an appointment or drop by to have them check out.

Vehicle  Rotors

If you don’t maintain your cars brake pads, you will wear out your cars rotors more quickly. Worn out  rotors can significantly affect your ability to slow down or stop your vehicle when you need to. It will feel as if you are pumping your brakes when  you are trying to sp_rotor_plated_bgslow down your vehicle, due to air in your brake system as a result of the worn rotors. In addition, worn out rotors can affect your ability to maintain control of your car. The rotors have become warped because they do not wear evenly when the pads are worn, and this also affects your entire suspension system.

Your  vehicle’s steering wheel may vibrate so vigorously that you could lose your grip on the wheel, or the steering can be affected by the vibrations. Braking your vehicle when you are driving fast can also be affected by  the shaking and the shuddering of the suspension, which could put you at risk of having a car accident. Replacing the rotors is one of more expensive types of a vehicle brake repairs, and maintaining your cars brake pads will help prevent premature wear on rotors.

Fluid

Your vehicle brake fluid is part of a hydraulic system that causes compression of the brake fluid when you apply your car brakes, which allows the calipers, with the aid of the brake bfpads, grip the rotor to slow down your vehicle. A similar vehicles system is utilized in the case of drum brakes, in which the brake fluid compresses allows the brake shoe to press against the brake drum, slowing down your vehicle.

Moisture can get into your cars brake lines, and the water, unlike the brake fluid, water becomes steamy when heated. The water vapor does not work as well for compression as the brake fluid, which can affect your braking performance.