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5 Common Driving Habits That Could Be Damaging Your Transmission

5 Common Driving Habits That Could Be Damaging Your Transmission

Do you know that your everyday driving habits might be slowly damaging your car's transmission? It's true! Many drivers unknowingly engage in behaviors that can shorten the lifespan of this vital component. Let's explore the five most common driving habits that are detrimental to your transmission and learn how to keep your car in top shape. 1. Shifting Gears While the Car is MovingWhy It's Harmful Shifting gears while your car is still moving can wreak havoc on your transmission. This habit especially damages automatic transmissions, as it forces the transmission to engage and disengage gears under stress. The result? Increased wear and tear on the transmission components. How to Avoid It Always come to a complete stop before shifting gears. Whether you're shifting from drive to reverse or vice versa, make sure your vehicle is stationary to prevent unnecessary strain on your transmission. 2. Ignoring t ... read more

What Are the Components of a Vehicle's Drivetrain?

What Are the Components of a Vehicle's Drivetrain?

Ever wondered what actually makes your car go? You might think it's just the engine, but there's a lot more to it. The drivetrain is a complex network of parts that transfer power from the engine to the wheels. Without it, even the most powerful engine would be useless. Curious to know more? Buckle up as we explore the fascinating components of a vehicle's drivetrain. The Engine While not technically part of the drivetrain, the engine is the powerhouse that initiates the process. It converts fuel into mechanical energy, setting everything into motion. Think of it as the beating heart that pumps life into your vehicle. Without the engine's energy, the rest of the drivetrain components would have nothing to work with. Transmission Next is the transmission, arguably one of the most crucial parts of the drivetrain. The transmission manages the engine's power and delivers it to the wheels in a controlled manner. It adjusts the gear r ... read more

5 Driving Habits That Kill Your Car

5 Driving Habits That Kill Your Car

Ever wonder why your car seems to age faster than others? It might be because of your driving habits. From slamming on the brakes to neglecting regular maintenance, certain behaviors can take a toll on your vehicle's longevity. 1. Ignoring Maintenance Milestones Your car relies on regular maintenance to stay in top condition, but how often do you actually follow the recommended service intervals? Ignoring routine tasks like oil changes, tire rotations, and fluid checks can accelerate wear and tear on vital components. Stay on top of your car's maintenance schedule to keep it running smoothly for years to come. 2. Rough Acceleration and Braking Do you have a heavy foot when it comes to accelerating and braking? Constantly flooring the gas pedal and slamming on the brakes can put undue stress on your car's engine, transmis ... read more

What Are Vehicle Diagnostics? When Is The Best Time To Consider Them

What Are Vehicle Diagnostics? When Is The Best Time To Consider Them

A strange, unfamiliar noise comes from the engine bay, or even worse - a dashboard light you have never seen before. Your heart skips a beat as you wonder: What could be wrong with my car? This scenario is all too familiar for many drivers, but don't worry – vehicle diagnostics are here to save the day. Understanding Vehicle Diagnostics Vehicle diagnostics refers to the process of using specialized tools and software to assess the health and performance of your car's various systems and components. These diagnostics can identify issues ranging from minor faults to potential mechanical failures, providing valuable insights into your vehicle's condition. How Vehicle Diagnostics Work Modern vehicles are equipped with onboard diagnostic systems (OBD), which continuously monitor the operation of key components such as the engine, transmission, b ... read more

Check Engine Light - When to Worry and What You Can Do

Check Engine Light - When to Worry and What You Can Do

Out of nowhere, your car's check engine light comes on. Is it a minor issue, or is your vehicle on the brink of a breakdown? Today, we unravel and answer the mystery behind the check engine light, helping you understand when to worry and what steps you can take to address it. The Check Engine Light Before diving into a state of panic, it's crucial to understand what the check engine light signifies.  Contrary to popular belief, it doesn't necessarily mean your engine is about to explode. Rather, it serves as a warning sign that something within your vehicle's intricate system requires attention. It could be anything from a loose gas cap to a more serious mechanical issue. Decoding the Signals - When to Worry Now, the big question: when should you worry about the check engine light? While it's tempting to ignore it and ... read more

Tips & Tricks on How to Take Care of Your Vehicle’s Fuel System

Tips & Tricks on How to Take Care of Your Vehicle’s Fuel System

When it comes to maintaining your vehicle, the fuel system often gets overshadowed by more prominent components like the engine or brakes. However, proper fuel system care is just as important - who wouldn't want a more efficient car? Today, we will explain a few things about this system and highlight tips you might not know, so keep on reading if you want to know more! Why Should I Maintain The Fueling System Maintaining your fuel system is crucial for several reasons. It ensures efficient fuel consumption, prevents breakdowns, and extends the lifespan of your vehicle. A well-maintained fuel system keeps the engine running smoothly, reduces emissions, and saves you money on potential repairs and fuel costs. Using Quality Fuel High-quality fuel burns more efficiently, leading to better engine performance and lower emissions. Poor-quality fuel, often laden wit ... read more

Cruise Control Do’s and Don’ts

Cruise Control Do’s and Don’ts

Cruise control is a handy feature designed to enhance the driving experience, providing convenience and control during long journeys. However, like any technology, understanding the do's and don'ts of cruise control is essential for safe and effective use. At Golden Gear Automotive, we're here to guide you through the nuances of cruise control, helping you make the most of this feature while ensuring a smooth and secure ride. Cruise Control Do's:Use on Open Roads: Activate cruise control on open, straight roads with minimal traffic for optimal effectiveness. Maintain a Safe Following Distance: Always set cruise control at a speed that allows for a safe following distance behind the vehicle in front of you. Adapt to Road Conditions: Be mindful of the road conditions. Avoid using ... read more

When and Why Should You Consider Towing Services

When and Why Should You Consider Towing Services

You're cruising down the road, just like every other day, and suddenly... bam! Your car decides it's time for an unexpected siesta, leaving you stranded on the side of the road. In moments like these, the unsung hero emerges—the towing service. But when is the right time to dial that number, and why should you consider towing services? When to Consider Towing ServicesMechanical Mishaps Cars can often develop faults that require immediate attention. In such situations, towing services come to the rescue, ensuring both the safety of the vehicle and its occupants. Whether it's a flat tire, an overheated engine, or an unidentified noise, a tow truck provides a much-needed reprieve. Collision & Accidents In the unfortunate event of a fender bender, emotions run high, and so does the need for a tow. Towing services ensure y ... read more

5 Signs Of A Worn Out Or Bad Clutch

5 Signs Of A Worn Out Or Bad Clutch

Suddenly, as you attempt to shift gears, you encounter an unexpected resistance - a moment of panic sets in – is it the clutch? A crucial component of your manual transmission system, the clutch is responsible for the smooth gear shifts and seamless driving experience.  Just like any other component, things can get worn out and simply age. Let's take a look at five of the most common signs a clutch gives out when it is having trouble. 1. The Dreaded Slipping Sensation One of the first signs of a deteriorating clutch is the unnerving sensation of slipping gears. You might notice that the engine revs, but the vehicle doesn't respond as expected, especially when you accelerate. It's akin to the gears momentarily losing their grip, a telltale sign that your clutch might be in need of attention. 2. Burning Odor Have y ... read more

Brakes Squealing? Unmasking the Mystery Behind the Annoying Sound

Brakes Squealing? Unmasking the Mystery Behind the Annoying Sound

Have you every heard an annoying high-pitched squeal starts emanating from your brakes during stops before? We've all been there, and that screeching sound can be both irritating and worrisome. Fortunately, Golden Gear Automotive is going to uncover the reasons behind those squealing brakes and what you can do to hush them, ensuring you drive in peace while keeping your car safe. Brake Dust Buildup One common culprit for brake squealing is brake dust buildup. Over time, as you apply your brakes, tiny particles of brake pad material wear off and accumulate on the brake rotor. When the brakes are engaged, these particles can cause friction and produce that annoying squeal. Regularly cleaning your brakes can help reduce dust buildup. Worn Brake Pads As your brake pads wear down, they can reach a point where a wear indicator, often a small metal tab, comes into contact with the rotor. When this happens, it creates a high-pitched squeal to alert you that it's time ... read more

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