Drivetrain Maintenance Tasks for High Mileage Vehicles
What Exactly Is A Drivetrain?
Your drivetrain is tied with your brakes for the most important system in your vehicle in regards to function - it’s what makes it go.
The drivetrain on a vehicle consists of the engine, which produces power using fuel, air, spark every time you rev the engine. From here a series of timed shafts called the crankshaft, and camshaft(s) are connected via the timing belt (or chain).
These shafts work in synchronization to perform a few tasks. They open and close the engine’s valves, convert the energy from a vertical explosion (from the cylinders) to circular energy, and efficiently send power to the transmission.
From here, the energy is sent to the differential in the drive axle. In the case of AWD or 4WD, it will pass through a transfer case, which splits the power between both axles. The drive shafts connect to the differentials in the axles. Your differential is what allows your wheels to spin at different speeds as they need to when turning. The axles spin the wheels and off you go.
That is your drive train and every single component of it is important, so you may want to consider taking good care of it. Paying attention to your drivetrain will help you prevent small problems from becoming big issues and extend the life of your vehicle.
When Should the Transfer Case Oil Be Changed?
One of the most important components of a drivetrain on a 4x4 or all-wheel drive (AWD) vehicle is the transfer case. Its function is critical to the vehicle going anywhere and like all parts of the drivetrain it requires fluid to reduce friction and work smoothly.
Let’s start with the basics.
Everyone always talks about the importance of not letting your transmission overheat in the summer. However, the cold can also wreak havoc on a transmission. Along with the cold winter air comes a multitude of unique problems for your car’s transmission. The colder the temperatures and the longer you drive, the worse the impact is on your vehicle. We’ll further discuss how the cold temperatures impact your car’s transmission and how to properly care for it in the winter. Although you can’t control the weather, you can take steps to lessen the damage it does to your car.
If your vehicle is giving off an unpleasant or unusual aroma, follow your nose to the source. Bad smells from the vehicle can indicate major problems under the hood. However, it’s not just the foul smells you have to watch out for - even a sweet or unusual smell can mean there’s something going on.
In some cases, the smells can be hazardous to your health. It’s always a good idea to get your car checked out by a certified mechanic if you notice any smell that wasn’t there previously.
Here are some of the most common car smells and what the problem could be:
Start Your Car Off Right this New Year’s with These Resolutions
New Years is a time for reflection and resolution… a good time to make positive change and improve your life. But New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be just about yourself. It’s a great opportunity to make some resolutions for your car and setting up a proper maintenance schedule.
The resolutions below are beyond the normal routine maintenance, such as changing the oil, checking your tires, and cleaning the air filter. Whether you have a manual transmission or an automatic transmission, the suggested services below by the experts at Best Western Transmission can go a long way to keep your car running safely and in top form.
Overheated Car? Here's What to Do
No doubt you’ve seen this before. A car pulled over to the side of the road, the hood lifted up, possibly a bit of steam pouring out, and somebody standing nearby looking very frustrated.
Cars usually overheat because the coolant (aka antifreeze) level is too low. Proper coolant levels must be maintained to keep the engine and radiator operating properly. But what if you’ve been keeping up with your car’s maintenance schedule and getting your fluid levels, hoses and various components checked regularly? Unfortunately, an engine can still overheat when you least expect it.
The certified mechanics at Best Western Transmission have put together a list of what to do if this happens to you.
Winter Travel Through Colorado
Want to explore Colorado? That's great. The time between June and October is ideal for all sorts of travels with families, friends, and even for solo travelers.
But what if you don't want a mild summertime detour? Your other option is to take on Colorado's fierce winters and take a tour of the region through snowfalls, thunderstorms, rains, and chilling weather.
How to Drive in the Snow
Must embark on a journey in the snow? Staying safe should be a top priority. Roughly 17% of all vehicle crashes happen in the middle of winter conditions. And around 70% of roads in the U.S. are in snowy regions.
If you need help to figure out how to drive in these difficult circumstances, you are in the right place. Our team at Best Western Transmission has compiled the most practical driving tips that can help you plan accordingly before you set off.
How Do I Jump-Start My Car?
No matter how much you prepare, one day you will find yourself with a dead battery. It’s one of the certainties of life. The question is: when that happens, are you going to know what to do?
Well, there’s nothing to fear because everything you need to know to jump-start the battery back to life is right here for you!
5 Engine Noises To Watch Out For
Every car owner will eventually encounter some unusual sound that strikes fear into their heart. Something that doesn’t quite fit the normal cadence of a day-to-day car routine. Often though it is something minor, maybe even something that goes away on its own.
Sometimes, however, it’s something that needs an immediate response because it is signaling a serious malfunction that will cause serious damage to your car or personal well-being if left unchecked.
Here are five engine noises that if you hear them, need to be evaluated by an auto repair mechanic as soon as possible!