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.
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!
Get More Out of Your Transmission
If you want anything in life to continue to perform the way it is supposed to, you need to take care of it. General wear and tear on machines will eventually cause problems with the different parts that will eventually lead to them breaking down. The same is true for the transmission of your car.
An average transmission can last between 150,000 to 200,000 miles, if you take proper precautions in the car and maintenance of it. Fortunately, giving your transmission some tender love and care can actually make it last a lot longer and even perform better than before!
Winterize Your Vehicle
Winter is not friendly to your car, especially in Colorado. Cold temperatures force an engine to work harder. Tires lose their grip on snowy frozen roads. Potholes damage your suspension, wheels, and tires. Gravel chips away at your car's paint, and salt moves into those chips to rust your car away. But you don't have to make it easy for winter to hurt your ride. Preventive auto maintenance can help keep winter at bay. Here are ten tips for making your vehicle ready for winter.