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  • 6 Signs You May Need a Transmission Repair

    Posted on 10, December, 2014
    Trust your transmission repair and Maintenance to Trojan Auto Care in Troy, OHIt's always a prudent idea to take care of your vehicle at the first sign of having a problem. This way, you'll avoid the hassle and expense of having your car break down. Preventive maintenance is especially important when it comes to your vehicle's transmission. Repairs on transmissions can be quite expensive. For this reason, you'll want to take notice of anything that seems unusual and have the transmission repair completed right away. Here are 6 signs you may need a transmission repair: 1. A Burning Smell or Fluid that is Black - Your transmission's fluid should be a bright red color and have a sweet odor to it. If it smells like it is burnt or is a dark red or black color, you'll want to have your transmission checked. The fluid is meant to lubricate the various components in your vehicle's transmission. In addition, it's supposed to keep your transmission from overheating. It's best to have the transmission fluid and filter changed every 30,000 miles. If you haven't done so and your vehicle is approaching 100,000 miles, check with us prior to changing the fluid and filter. 2. Noisy When in Neutral - Yes, your transmission can make a noise when it's in neutral. This could be a sign there is a problem with the transmission oil pump. The filter could also be clogged. Have your transmission checked if you hear any noise when your vehicle is in neutral. 3. Gears that Slip - A high RPM (over 3,500), a delay in acceleration, inability to shift into reverse, or difficulty shifting into gears are all signs your transmission is slipping. A slipping transmission doesn't necessarily mean it's bad, but you should have it looked at as soon as possible. A transmission that slips could result from something as simple as a low fluid level or fluid that needs to be changed. It could also be an indication of a more complicated repair issue like a solenoid or torque converter. When the transmission is functioning properly, the car stays in the gear the computer designates for a given RPM range. 4. A Red-Colored Fluid Leak Under Your Vehicle - If you see a leak of bright red fluid on the driveway or in your garage, schedule an appointment to have us locate and repair the leak. 5. Sounds - Grinding, shaking, clunking, and humming are indicators your transmission needs some attention. 6. Hesitating - A transmission is built to smoothly transition from one gear to another. When it hesitates or won't shift into the next gear, there's something wrong. It's always best to maintain your vehicle's transmission regularly. The ASE-certified technicians at Trojan Auto Care, in Troy, OH, will be happy to consult with you about the proper maintenance schedule for your vehicle. We can perform the periodic maintenance as well as handle any transmission repair. Don’t delay. If you believe you have a problem with your vehicle's transmission, click here to schedule an appointment.
  • Your Vehicle’s Anti-Lock Brakes and ABS Warning Light

    Posted on 12, November, 2014
    Is your ABS warning light on? Call Trojan Auto Care, Troy, OHMany of today’s vehicles are equipped with an anti-lock braking system. In taking care of your car or truck, it’s important to know how each component operates. By doing this, you’ll be able to easily recognize when something isn’t functioning properly and can schedule an appointment to have it fixed before it becomes a major repair. In this article, we’ll cover the anti-lock braking system (ABS). The ABS makes it possible to safely stop your motor vehicle in circumstances that are less than ideal, like when you’re driving on slippery roads or you must stop quickly to avoid an accident. As its name aptly implies, the ABS prevents the wheels on your car or truck from locking up so it doesn’t go into an uncontrollable skid.

    What makes the Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) work?

    The anti-lock braking system was created to keep the wheels from skidding when you decelerate quickly or abruptly. Once the ABS becomes engaged, you not only stop faster, you’re able to steer while you stop. So how does the ABS know when a wheel is about to lock up? There are 4 components your vehicle’s ABS - the speed sensors, valves, pump and controller. The controller is continuously tracking the speed sensors looking for unordinary or rapid decelerations, like when a wheel locks up. When this happens, the controller reduces the hydraulic pressure to the brakes. The hydraulic pressure will continue to be reduced until the controller notices an acceleration. This permits the tires to decelerate at the same rate as the car or truck. If you’ve ever felt a “pulsing” sensation when you applied your anti-lock brakes hard, you were experiencing the ABS at work.

    What is the ABS Warning Light communicating?

    With so many of lights on the car dashboard, it can get a little confusing when one comes on. Listed here are answers to some common questions about the ABS warning light.
    1. What is the ABS warning light? When you turn the key in the ignition to start your automobile, the computer for the anti-lock braking system performs a self test. You’ll see the light illuminate briefly, and if the system is operating properly, it will go out. If the computer finds a problem (e.g. a hydraulic pump or valve isn’t responding), the warning light will stay on. If this happens, you should bring your vehicle in to have the anti-lock braking system evaluated.
    2. Exactly what does it mean when the ABS warning light turns on while I’m driving? If the ABS light illuminates while you’re driving, it signifies a problem with the anti-lock braking system - it’s not functioning. When this occurs, you are still able to utilize your brakes, but without the added benefit of the anti-lock feature. In many instances, the light will turn off the next time you start your car. If, after it cycles through its self test, the light remains on, it is best to schedule an appointment with Trojan Auto Care, in Troy, OH. We’ll check the computer and perform a diagnostic to find out what is causing the issue.
    3. Is it safe to operate my vehicle when the ABS warning light is illuminated? Yes, your automobile is safe to drive; however, you should have us look it over if the light stays on. It’s also important to note that if both the ABS and Brake System warning lights come on at the same time while you’re driving, you must stop your car or truck as quickly and safely as you can and call for a tow.

    Techniques for Driving with Anti-Lock Brakes

    The pulsing sensation from the anti-lock brakes can feel somewhat disturbing. Remember, it’s normal. Even so, we think it’s a good idea for you to know how to use your anti-lock brakes. The National Safety Council provides several tips for driving with ABS. You can click here to download and read their information sheet “Tips for Driving with ABS (Anti-Lock Brake Systems).” If you are worried about your vehicle’s braking system, have it checked without delay (see our page on Brake Repair to educate yourself on several of the signs you might need a brake job). The technicians at Trojan Auto Care in Troy, Ohio, can inspect your braking system for indications of rough spots or damage. We’ll also inform you of how much remains on your brake pads and will examine the brake lines for cracking and corrosion. Click here to schedule an appointment for a FREE brake inspection with Trojan Auto Care in Troy, OH.
  • 5 Car Care Tips to Be Ready for Fall Driving

    Posted on 08, October, 2014
    Fall driving poses hazards of its own. Trojan Auto Care can prepare your car for fall and winter driving.Autumn is upon us which means cooler temperatures, less daylight hours, and leaves on the roads. The weather can also be unpredictable now. Each one of these conditions requires extra vigilance when it comes to safe driving. Car care is equally important as we get ready to go into the harsher months of winter. It’s usually a good idea to be prepared. The best place to start your car care in Troy, Ohio, is with a quick and simple driveway inspection. You’ll want to make sure items like your tires are in good condition, fluids are topped up, signal lights and headlights are working, and windshield wipers are functional and provide excellent visibility. When you bring your vehicle in for service, we can also check your belts and hoses to make sure they don’t need to be replaced. It’s certainly no fun to have a belt or hose break during the winter, especially if it happens during a snow storm! In addition to making sure your vehicle is ready for the winter, you should be aware of the potential hazards you might find during these autumn months. Here’s our listing of “5 Ways to Be Ready for Fall Driving:”
    1. Visibility is essential, especially this time of the year. In the morning, be sure all windows are cleared of any frost before getting onto the roads to drive. If you haven’t done so in a while, replace your windshield wiper blades. You should also repair any cracks or dings in your windshield - changes in temperature can make them spread causing you to have to replace your windshield.
    2. Remember the roads on bridges freeze before the remainder of the road. You also want to be cautious about frost that may be on the roads. Be careful when driving down tree-lined streets or anywhere shadows cross dew-laden roadways. Being cautious also means checking your tires. Make sure they have enough tread, are wearing evenly and the tire pressure is accurate. If you notice any signs of excessive tire wear, check with us. We’ll let you know if you should replace those tires and/or if you need a wheel alignment.
    3. Black ice is also a concern this time of year. Because black ice is invisible be careful when driving on roads below overpasses, on bridges, in shaded areas and where water runs across the pavement. To that end, will your brakes be able to help you stop in time? Visit our Brake Repair page to read the signs you may need to have a brake job.
    4. Fog is usually a concern this time of year, particularly in low places or in areas surrounded by trees.
    5. As the leaves begin to fall and homeowners are cleaning their yards, many streets will be covered with leaves. They can be slippery, especially when wet, so hard acceleration, braking or sudden turns should be avoided when driving over leaves. Also be aware of children playing in the area of leaves. They may not be as visible.
    As well as taking more care when driving, this time of year is a good time to get your vehicle ready for winter driving. Handling some fundamental auto maintenance now goes a long way toward making sure an automobile is safe to use and dependable for when temperatures drop and severe winter weather strikes. For car care, Troy, Ohio residents turn to Trojan Auto Care. To schedule maintenance or repair service for your vehicle contact Trojan Auto Care at 335-CARS (2277) or click on the “Request Appointment” button.
  • Joey Laughman and Scott Chaney rejoin Trojan Auto Care’s team of auto repair specialists

    Posted on 02, September, 2014
    Joey Laughman & Scott Chaney are part of the Trojan Auto Care team of auto repair specialists Joey Laughman and Scott Chaney had both worked at Trojan Auto Care many years ago. After learning that Vic Haddad was looking to hire a new Service Advisor and Automotive Technician they each applied and were happily welcomed back as members of the Trojan Auto Care team of auto repair specialists. “We’ve always thought of Joey and Scott as members of our family. Scott first worked at Trojan Auto Care back in 1976, when my father owned the shop,” states Haddad. “It’s nice to see how our customers remember Joey and Scott. Everyone is pleased to see them working with us again.” As one of Trojan Auto Care’s Service Advisors, Laughman works daily to exceed customer expectations by providing them with a pleasant repair experience. About Trojan Auto Care, Laughman states, “Trojan Auto Care has an excellent reputation in the auto repair industry. It’s great to be back and working in a positive environment where the customer is treated with respect.” Outside the shop, Laughman is busy coaching his sons’ little league football teams. Chaney works equally hard to make sure Trojan Auto Care’s customers are satisfied with the work being done on their automobiles. “It’s a great environment in which to work. Customers are treated as Number 1 from the time they enter the shop to after they pick up their vehicles.” Chaney holds ASE certifications in five fields and EVT certification in one field. In addition to his love of working on cars, Chaney enjoys spending time with his family, including six grandchildren.
  • Back-to-School Car Care for Parents

    Posted on 11, August, 2014
    Carpooling kids means you need a safe vehicle.As the summer continues to march on you may be taking time out for vacations or stay-cations. Before you know it, it will be time for the kids to go back to school. When that happens, carpooling to and from after-school activities will take up much of your time. While things are a little less hectic, you may want to consider having some maintenance performed on your vehicle. That way you'll avoid the extra hassle of having to deal with car repairs when your vehicle is used the most. Car care for parents just got easier. By following these simple tips you’ll feel more confident your car is up for the task:
    1. Schedule an appointment to have the oil and filter replaced. While it's in the shop, you may also want to consider replacing the fuel and air filters, adjusting the valves, having spark plugs inspected and replaced, rotating and balancing the tires, and topping off all the fluids.
    2. Replace any hoses and belts that are old or showing signs of excessive wear. These parts become dry and brittle over time. It's better to be proactive. If any one of these components fails while you are driving, they have the potential of causing serious engine damage.
    3. If you haven’t done so in the past year, have your cooling system flushed and the antifreeze replaced.
    4. Check the tread depth and wear on your tires. If they show signs of excessive wear, have them replaced.
    5. This time of year, visibility becomes more of a challenge. Change the wiper blades, check the lights and repair any cracks or dings in the windshield (or have it replaced).
    Trojan Auto Care in Troy, Ohio, can handle any auto repair or maintenance issue for you. To schedule an appointment for your vehicle, call us at 973-335-CARS (2277) or click here to schedule an appointment on-line.