Yearly Archives: 2019

Symptoms Of A Bad Or Failing Transmission Speed Sensor

Transmission speed sensors are used to calculate the actual gear ratio of the transmission while in use. There are generally two speed sensors that work in conjunction to provide accurate transmission data to the vehicle's powertrain control module. The first is known as the input shaft speed (ISS) sensor. As described, this sensor is used to monitor the speed of the transmission's input shaft. The other sensor is the output shaft speed (OSS) sensor. If either of these two sensors falls out of alignment or experience electrical issues, it impacts the operation of the entire transmission. After registering data, the two transmission speed sensors, also commonly referred to as vehicle speed sensors (VSS), send data to the powertrain control module (PCM), which compares these two inputs and calculates which gear the transmission should engage for efficient driving. The actual gear ratio is then compared to the desired gear ratio. If the desired gear and the actual gear do not mat ... read more

13 Things You Should Never Do To Your Car

Never Overfill the Tires to 'Get Better Gas Mileage' The Internet is filled with testimonials from people who claim they upped their mileage simply by inflating their tires to the maximum pressure listed on the sidewall. What they don't tell you about is the rougher ride, premature tire wear, longer stopping distances and increased repair costs due to worn-out suspension components. The recommended tire pressure for your car is listed on a placard inside the driver's door frame and it's based on vehicle weight along with the best possible handling. Inflating your tires to the maximum pressure listed on the tire is okay if you're hauling a very heavy load. But you must reduce the tire pressure to the recommended pressure once you remove the load. Driving a normal load on over-inflated tires reduces rolling resistance and that can increase your mileage slightly. That means you have less rubber in contact with the road, which reduces traction. Ove ... read more

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10 Traffic Rules Everyone Forgets

1. Speeding- No matter how long you have been driving, there's a good chance you tend to speed every once in a while. If you are 5-miles-per-hour over the speed limit, you are breaking the law.  2. Not Stopping- Stop means stop- as in a full complete stop. It is tempting to slow down at a stop sign or red light when there is no other traffic around, but police can still pull you over and issue a ticket for not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign or red light.  3. Four-Way Stops- How many times have you pulled up at a four-way stop with three other cars, all at the same time, and nobody knows who should go first? The general rule is that the first vehicle to arrive at the stop sign has the right of way. However if two or more cars arrive at the same exact time, the car to the right has owns the tie breaker and goes first.  4. Wearing Seat Belts- When your destination is just around the corner ... read more

Always Replace Headlight Bulbs in Pairs

Motorists will only replace a headlight bulb that has burned out or is failing. However, replacing just one failed bulb can result in an unbalanced or unpredictable headlight beam, which presents a potential safety risk. From the driver’s perspective, the road ahead will not be properly lit, and the driver will not get the full benefit of the vehicle’s headlights as the car maker originally intended. From the oncoming driver’s perspective, an uneven headlamp beam can create an equally risky safety issue. The oncoming car will be harder to see and difficult to position on the road. It could also be confused with a single headlight vehicle such as a motorcycle. Replacing important auto parts in pairs is a common sense idea. Professional automotive technicians and driving safety advocates alike consistently recommend that tires, brakes, shocks, and wiper blades should be replaced in pairs to make sure the vehicle is properly balanced and functioning safely. Lighting is ... read more

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