The Best Car Repairs to DIY

April 28th, 2016

Let’s be honest: car repairs are always a headache. They never come at a good time and they always seem to cost every penny that you’ve been saving up for a new TV or smartphone. While many car repairs must be left to the professionals, there are a few fixes that you can do yourself to save a little bit of money. Read on to learn more!

car repairs to DIY

While many car repairs must be left to the professionals, there are a few fixes that you can do yourself to save a little bit of money. Read on to learn more!


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Why Distracted Driving Is Such a Big Problem

April 21st, 2016

We’ve all been there: You’re driving down the highway and your phone starts buzzing. You look down into your console and see a notification. Maybe it’s a text message or someone has commented on a Facebook status, but either way you’re burning with curiosity to know what it says. You’ve got a good handle on the road so it couldn’t hurt to pick up your phone for a second to look at it, right?

WRONG.

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Distracted driving is a serious problem with serious consequences.

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April Is National Car Care Month! Here’s What You Need to Know

April 12th, 2016

Your car gets a whole lot of wear and tear. Everyday driving can take a serious toll and that’s if you’re lucky enough to avoid potholes and accidents, simply driving to and from work every day is enough to create problems that need to be kept up with. This is why routine maintenance is so important. In today’s blog, we’ll go over everything you need to know to keep your car in its best shape. Learn more, below!

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April Is National Car Care Month, which makes it a great time to ensure that you’re covering all of your car maintenance basics.

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Is Premium Gas Really That Much Better Than Unleaded?

April 7th, 2016

If you’re like most Americans, you probably drive around to more than one gas stations to find the best price before filling up. Even the difference of a few cents can feel like it adds up, and who doesn’t like getting the best deal? So you may wonder whether the price difference between premium gas and unleaded is really worth it. Find out in today’s blog!

winter gas

Does it really matter if you fill your car with premium gas instead of unleaded? Find out in today’s blog.

Premium gas vs. regular unleaded: the age-old debate

If your car is designed to run on regular gas, you may wonder whether splurging on premium every once in awhile will make it run better or increase its performance. The answer? Nope! If your owner’s manual outlines the fact that your car will run on regular then you won’t see any performance or other benefits from treating it to premium gas. The only reason you would need premium gas is if your engine requires it and does not run on regular.

So who does need to use premium gas?

If your owner’s manual claims that your car’s engine is designed to run off of premium gas then you should probably stick with that. However, even in that case you can probably get away with using regular gas about half the time. Premium gas will provide your engine with a little bit of extra power, but you can still save yourself money by occasionally purchasing regular unleaded rather than pricey premium gas every single time you stop to fill up your tank. If your manual says that you must use premium gas in order to prevent piping or knocking then it’s best to follow their instructions by sticking with only premium gas.

 

Get In Touch With Autostop Limited Inc. Today

If you have any questions about clutch replacements, please contact Auto Stop by calling 410-467-7600! You can also follow Auto Stop on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Our mechanics are highly trained and use state-of-the-art Automotive diagnostic equipment to pinpoint your particular issues, repair it, and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. We promise to diagnose your auto repair problems in an honest and professional manner and all of our work is 100% guaranteed!

Auto Stop is your local auto repair shop, serving the Baltimore metro area. We are A+ accredited by the Better Business Bureau. We are also an ARI Fleet repair center for all Fleet Repairs.

What You Need to Know About Car Recalls

March 30th, 2016

There have been many car recalls in the news lately, with many major manufacturers affected. If you have recently received a piece of mail from your car manufacturer that claimed to be about an important safety recall, don’t throw it away! Though the letter may look like junk, it actually contains important information that could help protect you from an accident due to a faulty part or mechanism in your car.

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Car recalls are scary, but they don’t have to be a headache.

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Is it Time For a Clutch Replacement? Watch Out For These Red Flags

March 25th, 2016

You should always refer to the knowledge and skills of a trained mechanic when there is an issue with your car.

If you know more about how your car works, however, you will be able to detect early warning signs much faster than the average person. If you think you may need a clutch replacement, these are the biggest red flags to watch out for.

The Basics Behind a Clutch

Knowing these signs you need a clutch replacement will save you from further damage.

Watch for these signs to know if you need a clutch replacement.

The clutch is a vital component to ensure a smooth ride. A gearbox will have two rotating shafts. One rotating shaft drives the motor, and the other shaft powers a separate device. The clutch acts as the connector between both shafts, and it enables them to spin at the same time. In a vehicle, the clutch is used to regulate the power to the engine. It’s also used to control the transfer of power from the vehicle’s engine to the wheels and transmission.

Warning Signs for a Clutch Replacement: Burning Smells and Smoke

One of the easiest warning signs to spot for a clutch replacement is if you notice a burning smell or see excessive smoke. The burning smell will be reminiscent of rubber burning, and it can sometimes be accompanied by smoke coming from underneath your car. This generally means that there is damage to your clutch, which is caused by overheating. It also means that there is wear and tear on your clutch plate.

Warning Signs for a Clutch Replacement: Slipping Out of Gear

You may be in need of a car repair if your vehicle slips out of gear, seemingly for no reason. This means that gear slippage has occurred, and it is prone to happen under heavy loads. Your clutch may need to be replaced, or it could mean that you have an oil leak from the crankshaft to the clutch plate. No matter what the problem turns out to be, you still need to have your car repaired.

Warning Signs for a Clutch Replacement: Clutch Sticks

When your clutch sticks, it will be harder to press or disengage from your pedals. This mostly likely means hydraulic linkages have failed. This causes a lot of pressure, which is why the pedals are so difficult to use. This doesn’t necessarily indicate a failure of the clutch, but the leak will still need to be repaired.

Get In Touch With Autostop Limited Inc. Today

If you have any questions about clutch replacements, please contact Auto Stop by calling 410-467-7600! You can also follow Auto Stop on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Our mechanics are highly trained and use state-of-the-art Automotive diagnostic equipment to pinpoint your particular issues, repair it, and get you back on the road as quickly as possible. We promise to diagnose your auto repair problems in an honest and professional manner and all of our work is 100% guaranteed!

Auto Stop is your local auto repair shop, serving the Baltimore metro area. We are A+ accredited by the Better Business Bureau. We are also an ARI Fleet repair center for all Fleet Repairs.

Source: http://www.mrclutchnw.com/blog/how-to-know-when-your-clutch-needs-replacement/

 

 

How to Avoid Car Damage Due to Potholes

March 17th, 2016

As the weather warms up, more and more people become excited to spend their time enjoying outdoor activities and preparing for summer. Vehicles, on the other hand, can potentially suffer an inconvenient season of car damage due to potholes. The transition from winter to spring can make spring a dangerous time for roads. Here is everything you need to know to avoid potholes and car damage during what has come to be known as “pothole season.”

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Is your car prepared to handle pothole season?

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Spring Has Sprung! Is Your Car Ready for Warmer Weather?

March 10th, 2016

Spring is coming which means your car needs some new maintenance to get it in tip-top shape. Winter is notoriously difficult on your car and requires specific investments like winter tires and special fluids. Now that the mercury is starting to rise, it’s a good time to think about investing in some routine maintenance. Learn what you should do to get your car ready for spring in today’s blog, below.

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Is your car ready for spring?


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DIY Car Maintenance Basics

March 3rd, 2016

We all know that cars need routine maintenance to run well, but you may be surprised to realize how much of it i you can do yourself. While the more complex tasks must be completed by a trained professional, there are many jobs that will help keep your car in good working order for longer and help reduce the amount of times your car will need to visit the shop. Read on to learn more about the jobs you can (and should!) be doing yourself in this week’s blog.

diy car maintenance

Do you know the basics of diy car maintenance?


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The 2 Most Common Car Problems

February 25th, 2016

Nobody likes having to deal with car problems. They always seem to come up at the very worst time and leave you having to deal with an unwanted headache. While you can’t always prevent car problems, being aware of them and how to deal with them can go a long way in making them less stressful. Learn more in today’s blog, below.

car problems

These common car problems can strike at any time.


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