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6 Signs You May Need a Transmission Repair

6 Signs You May Need a Transmission Repair

It'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 transmi ... read more

Your Vehicle’s Anti-Lock Brakes and ABS Warning Light

Your Vehicle’s Anti-Lock Brakes and ABS Warning Light

Many 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 ... read more

5 Car Care Tips to Be Ready for Fall Driving

5 Car Care Tips to Be Ready for Fall 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 addit ... read more

Joey Laughman and Scott Chaney rejoin Trojan Auto Care’s team of auto repair specialists

Joey Laughman and Scott Chaney rejoin Trojan Auto Care’s 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 environ ... read more

Back-to-School Car Care for Parents

Back-to-School Car Care for Parents

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: 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. Replace ... read more

Summer Vacation Driving Tips – Traveling with Kids Can be Fun!

Summer Vacation Driving Tips – Traveling with Kids Can be Fun!

You can hardly wait until your summer get-away, yet you're somewhat apprehensive about driving all those miles with everyone crammed in the car. Amidst all the fun, there will presumably be a few battles and griping going on. With a little pre-planning, you can reduce the tension. We've got some sunny season get-away tips to help you begin your vacation. One of the keys to keeping everyone happy is to keep them occupied during the drive. That's a much simpler process these days with Game Boys, iPods and iPads. Then there are the old stand-bys like "I Spy" and "The Alphabet Game." These games have certainly kept many families entertained on long vacation excursions. A sing-along may also be a way for everyone to have a ton of fun. Here a couple of more summer vacation driving tips: Before you go, inspect your vehicle. Look for excessive tread wear on the tires, check ... read more

Items to Consider When Buying a Used Car

Items to Consider When Buying a Used Car

Knowledge is power. This statement is especially true when it comes to buying a used car. When you get to the point of deciding on a vehicle, it's important to have a reputable mechanic, like those at Trojan Auto Care, perform an inspection before negotiating the price and making the purchase. But what do you do up to that point? How to do you go through the process of checking out automobiles? We've got a checklist on our website that will be helpful. Here are some other items to consider when buying a used car: Start by knowing what you're interested in buying before going out to look at vehicles. Do your homework. Check out on-line sources to determine the fair market value for the year, make and model you're considering. Sites like Kelley Blue Book and Edmunds are great sources o ... read more

Caring for Your Car During the Hot Summer Months

Caring for Your Car During the Hot Summer Months

We're barely out of the cold winter months and into Spring. Before you know it, summer will be here and with it, the hot weather. Any type of extreme temperatures, cold or hot, can be rough on vehicles. The components most stressed are car batteries, the cooling system and tires. Here are some tips on caring for your car during the hot summer months: Your Car Battery - The life cycle of a car battery is between 3 and 5 years. When you approach this time, it's a good idea to have the battery checked. It's also a adviseable to inspect your battery and clean away any grease, dirt and oxidation that can weaken the charge. The Cooling System - Your vehicle's cooling system is designed to keep the engine running at an optimal temperature. The antifreeze/coolant is mixed with distilled water at a 50:50 ratio and keeps the fluid from freezing in the winter and o ... read more

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7 Ways to "Go Green" with Your Automobile and Save on Gas Mileage

7 Ways to "Go Green" with Your Automobile and Save on Gas Mileage

We're green in our homes - we recycle, turn off lights, minimize water usage. We're also environmentally-conscious when it comes to our yards and the foods we eat by minimizing the use of toxic chemicals. Did you know there are ways you can "Go Green" with your automobile? The best part of implementing some environmentally-friendly car care practices is the savings you'll see at the pump and in emergency repairs. Here are some steps you can take to "Go Green" and save on gas mileage: Keep Your Vehicle Properly Tuned - Optimal engine performance relies on regular tune-ups and maintenance. For example, when you change engine air filters, not only do you pollute less, you use less gasoline. By simply changing your car's air filter, you can realize an average of 4% improved gas mileage. Changing spark plugs can also have a tremendous impact on how much fuel you use. Watch the Way You Drive ... read more

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