Most people know that there are two types of vehicles when it comes to transmission, manual and automatic. But, did you know that there is a different way to care for your vehicle based on the type of transmission you have? Know the Difference Between Manual and Automatic A manual transmission vehicle is easy to spot. The first thing to look for is that there are three pedals. The clutch is all the way to the left, and then you also have your brake and your gas pedals. An automatic vehicle only has the brake and the gas pedals. Another way to identify if a car is automatic or manual is the gear shifter. A manual has the inscription (pictured right), R, 1,2,3,4,5,6, whereas an automatic will say, PRNDL, for park, reverse, neutral, drive, and low gear. Fluid Change Maintenance: Automatic vs. Manual Transmission The main difference in maintenance between an automatic vehicle and a manual is how you keep up with transmission fluid. Automatic Transmission Fluid If you have an automatic,
This summer is one of the hottest we have experienced in Cleveland, Ohio. If your air conditioning isnt working, that doesnt mean its going to be an expensive repair! Our specialist at Weber Automotive can help you diagnose and repair youre a/c! What is Wrong with My Air Conditioner? There are several componentsin a vehicles air conditioning system that could cause it to not work. If just one of those components is not working, it could lead to your air coming out warm. The most common issue with a broken air conditioning system in a car is that there is a refrigerant leak. That could be a hose leaking, the condenser, the evaporator coil, or any one of the components in the system can leak. It is also important to keep up with the refrigerant levels in your compressor because low refrigerant can lead to compressor damage, which causes the system to fail. What are the Options of Repairing My Cars Air Conditioning? The most important part of a/c repair is proper and honest diagnosis.
Thinking about buying a used car? If you have found a car that you want to buy, go through our used car checklist to make sure you are getting a good deal. There are a few things you should do before you buy! WHAT YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE BUYING A USED CAR: Pre-Qualify Yourself Make sure you know what type of vehicle you are looking for. There are many different makes and models out there, and everyone has different wants and needs when it comes to their cars. Once you have found the kind of car you want, read up about it. Make sure you know the price range you can expect to pay, common issues with that car, the maintenance that goes into that specific car, and much more. Look at the Exterior and Interior of the Car Take a thorough look at the interior and exterior of the car. You can see signs of abuse, neglect, maybe a heavy damage repair. Take the Car for a Test Drive When test driving a car, look/listen for: Rattles, squeaks, knocks. Does it shift right? Does it seem to run smoothly? Does
Tires are one of the most important parts of your car. They are a wear item, and theyre not cheap, so you want to keep maintain them by keeping them inflated. However, when it does come time to replace them, Weber Automotive is here to help! Why is it Important to Keep Up on Your Tires? Tires are your contact between your vehicle and the road. Theyre essential forsafely stopping, turning, and accelerating. Traction is also hugely dependent on your tires, and if they are old and worn, it can cause some problems. How to Tell When it is Time for New Tires It is important to know when to replace your tires. All tires have a wear bar on them; it is a horizontal line that becomes visible as the tire wears down. Another trick to tell when it is time for new tires is with a penny! You take the penny and stick it into the tread on your tire, and if you can see the top of Lincolns head, your tires are worn out, and its time for some new ones. Many people dont know that the age of their
Cars are not a cheap commodity; theyre very expensive and they can be really expensive to repair. That is why it is essential to take care of it so that its value stays high and your auto expensesstay low. At Weber Automotive, we preach maintenance because it is the only way to keep your car lasting. That is why we offer four tips to keep increase the longevity of your car. If You Want Your Car to Last... Dont be in a Hurry When youre in a hurry all the time, driving fast, and stopping quickly, it really takes a toll on your car. If youre too rough on your car, you can wear the brakes, tires, and suspension out faster than if you take your time getting from destination to destination. In addition, driving like youre in a hurry wastes gas which costs you money. Not to mention youre more inclined to get a ticket if youre speeding all the time! Keep it Clean If you want to get the full life out of your vehicle, keep it clean. It is important to keep all parts of your car clean, the
At Weber Automotive, we take pride in our shop and our capability to provide honest and fair auto repairs and advice to our customers and our prospective customers! That is why we want to share the five questions you should ask of your auto repair shop. It is important to take your vehicle to a reputable and knowledgeable shop because your car is a big investment and you want to make sure that the people working on it are capable and doing right by you. Five Things You Should Do Before Taking Your Car to New Auto Repair Shop: What are your online reviews, and what is your online rating? This is an important first step when looking into a new auto repair shop because reviews are really the best indicator of what you should expect from that shop. It shows past customers experiences, good and bad. It shows if the technicians are competent, servicing customerswell, and if they have theappropriate tools and equipment. Take a look at some of our reviews! How many years have you been in
There are many preventable issues that people experience with their vehicles. People often dont know why the problem has occurred, and they dont know that there are steps they can take to prevent these issues. The Five Most Common and Preventable Auto Repairs: Engine Failure Engine failure is one of the most expensive repairs or replaces that we see with vehicles. However, many times, engine failure can be prevented with simple routine maintenance like oils changes. Change the oil in your vehicle every three to five thousand miles. In your vehicles manual, the manufacturer will give you a suggested timeline for oil changes, but we suggest you shorten that time by 20 to 30 percent. The manufacturer doesnt want your engine to last forever so they can sell you more, but we want to see your engine last as long as possible! Oil changes are cheap; engine repairs are not! Transmission Failure Transmission failure is often caused by neglect, as well. Some of the manufacturers nowadays are
Brake calipers are a part of the brake system in your vehicle. They can be expensive to replace, but with preventative maintenance at Weber Automotive, your brake system will last much longer! Brake calipers are a critical component of the brake system. They are what squeezes the brake pads out of the rotor and makes the vehicle slow down and stop. And the biggest enemy of brake calipers is corrosion. Around here, because were a salt state, the problem is amplified. Brake Caliper Service at Weber Automotive So, when we talk about brake servicing or caliper servicing, we are talking brakes, pads, rotors, which are standard brake maintenance services. But at Weber, we service the calipers at the same time. We spend a little bit extra time clean the rust and corrosion off. Lubricating Your Vehicles Brake Calipers Then we lubricate with the proper grease lubricants for the caliper slides allowing them to move freely. We also highly recommend replacing the fluid because brake fluid
The auto industry is rapidly growing, and theres a lot of technology involved. Every single year, vehicles get more and more advanced. In order to keep up with the ever-advancing technologies, Weber Automotive likes to take a proactive rather than a reactive approach. These days, cars are like computers on wheels. There are 10 to 12 computers, sometimes more, to communicate with each other all the time operating your vehicle. So, we not only have to understand how an engine, brakes work, exhaust systems, an all other parts of the vehicle work but you also have to know battery systems, multiple voltages, hybrid systems, etc. There are so many computers data systems throughout your car that you can even connect your phones to your car. How Weber Stays on Top of Technology The Best Equipment It takes a lot of equipment to be able to diagnose these problems when they come up because vehicles are so complex. Every year, we spend a vast amount of our money and time keeping up with new
There are a few signs to look for when it comes to your vehicle and when it needs to be looked at by a specialist. The first sign is pretty obvious, the check engine light. But sometimes there are other ways of knowing something is wrong with your car. Sometimes you hear a creek or another weird noise coming from your vehicle that shouldnt be happening. Either way, if you suspect something is wrong with your vehicle or there is a clear sign, like the check engine light, we recommend taking it into our shop to be looked at by our experienced technicians. Diagnosing car troubles requires a lot of knowledge of how the system works and sometimes some tenacity and creativity to actually narrow down and pinpoint where the problem is. Electronic Issues We use Pico brand scopes as theyarethe best brand of electrical lab scopes in the industry. We use this scope to help us diagnose why the check engine light comes on. In many cases, an engine malfunction is far beyond what a check engine
Many car owners believe that they can take their cars into any shop when their check engine light comes on and the shop will scan the vehicle and immediately identify the issue. However, the scan does not tell you what the problem is; it only tells you that there is an issue. What Happens When the Check Engine Light Comes On? When the check engine light comes on it means the computer that operates the power train sees something out of its programmed parameters, and that generally indicates theres a problem with the vehicle. At Weber Automotive, we offer a free code scan in order to provide our customers with more value. If your check engine light comes on, we will run our code scanner which gives us direction to tell you where the problem is. From there we can tell you what tests have to be done beyond that scan to determine exactly whats causing that light to come on. The code is not a diagnosis as it does not tell you what needs to be done to solve that problem. Car Doctors It
A full inspection is an important part of preventative maintenance for your vehicle, and you cant get it done everywhere! If you take your car to one of those quick lube businesses, they will inspect your vehicle, but youre only going to get basic checks. Our Policy Unlike many other shops, we have a policy that every time a vehicle comes in a shop for an oil change or whatever it may be that we do a full inspection including a digital inspection. We record whats wrong with any part. We check every light bulb, exterior, and interior, on the vehicle. We look under the hood as seen in the picture below. We check your belts, hoses, fluids, air filter, for oil leaks, and much more. Why We Always Do Inspections The reasons we always do inspections is to serve our customers better. Its better to know about any malfunctions or leaks ahead of time rather than when it causes a major problem. This approach saves you money as repairs, when caught early, cost much less than a full-on replacement.
Theres a lot more than just an oil change when it comes to maintenance on your vehicle. Everyone knows that youve got to keep up with your engine oil or your engine will go bad. However, the same is true for many other parts of your car. There is transmission fluid, differential fluid, brake fluid, air filters, cabin air filter, spark plugs, and more! Theres a lot of different areas of maintenance that are required to keep your car running well and for a long time. Keeping up on regular maintenance allows you to have the most extended life in your car and ensures that it runs correctly. Therefore, routine maintenance will help you avoid expensive repairs or replacements. How These Maintenance Services Will Help You: Engine oil changes- If you want your engine to run longer and better Cabin air filters- if you want to have good airflow with clean air coming in the vehicle when using the heat or the air conditioning then replace the cabin air filter occasionally Engineer filters-
When it comes to transmission care, our certified technicians at Weber Automotive are the best around! Most of the time, you dont hear about transmission repairs because more often than not, most automotive shops do not know how to open up a transmission. However, Weber Automotive can, and we can usually repair your transmission at a fraction of the cost of replacing it with the other guys. What is a Transmission? The transmission is the part of your car which converts power from the engine, allowing gears to change, moving the wheels, making the car drive forward. Below you can see an image of an animated dissected transmission. Transmission Fluid Each manufacturer has their own recommendation for how often to change your transmission fluid. However, most manufacturers are now claiming that transmission fluid will be good for the life of the transmission. This is true, but pieces of clutch plates accumulate in the fluid, which causes it to wear seals, gaskets, and hoses over time.
Weve all seen it before:youre driving home from work, and the dreaded check engine light comes on. At that moment you fear how this is going to affect your wallet. After all, the most expensive repairs in the automotive industry involve car engines. However, our people at Weber Automotive have unique talents that most auto repair shops do not possess. Bryan Weber has been tinkering with all type of engines since he was a child, which has rendered him well equipped to fix any engine problems you may have. For example, at our shop inNorth Olmsted, we recently had a 2013 x3 BMW with 79,000 miles when the check engine light came on. The owner was following the manufacturers maintenance schedule and recommendation to a T, and yet they still had an engine malfunction. The owner of the BMW then took their car into the manufactures shop, and they said the engine needed to be replaced, as they did not have the knowledge or experience to fix the issue. This would have cost the owner 10-15-thousand
When you think of car maintenance one of the first things that comes to mind is probably an oil change. Not only are oil changes the most common form of car maintenance but they are also the cheapest. Thats great news considering keeping up on your engines oil is the single most important thing you could do to keep your car running smooth. Moreover, the engine can be the most expensive part of the car to service or replace. So why not protect it? How Do Oil Changes Protect My Cars Engine? Most cars these days have a variable valve timing solenoid. This component makes cars more fuel efficient and gives them more power. However, these valves create a lot of small passageways for the oil to travel through which causes oil sludge build-up. The oil needs to run as quickly and freely as possible, otherwise, the engine runs on less oil which can cause it to deteriorate. Below is an animation showing the passageways in thevariable valve timing solenoid, and the oil that can get stuck in them... When
Will my truck fit into your auto shop? If youre a truck owner, it can be hard to find an automotive shop big enough to service your truck, especially when youre dealing with automotive issues that require your truck to be lifted. If you have a light truck, like most pickup trucks, a Ford F150 or Chevy Silverado, you probably dont have this concern. The fit may be a little tight, but you know they can service your truck no problem. If you have a bigger truck - a medium duty truck, F550 or even dump truck, where can you go to be serviced? Truck Capacity Here at Weber Automotive, our shop is large enough to handle things like box-trucks, medium duty trucks, F550s, dump trucks without a problem. Our facility has 8 bays with very tall ceilings and heavy lifts. We have an alignment lift with the longest capacity in the city. The length of our alignment lift allows us to service vehicles like quad cabs or long bed Ford, Chevy, or Chrysler pickup trucks without issue. What if my truck is
Does taking your automobile in for a repair make you uneasy? It shouldnt. Here at Weber Automotivewe understand that not everyone delivers honest and fair auto repair as we have always done. We believe in providing honest service to our customers which is why all of our technicians are certified in every aspect of a vehicle by ASE (The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence). You can trust our certified technicians atWeber Automotive in North Olmsted, OH with the care of your vehicle. why should I trust my vehicle to a certified technician? There are a lot of people in the auto business that have no problem taking advantage of you by saying something is wrong with your car when there isnt, and thats just not something we have ever done. Its very important to us that all of our technicians are certified in every area of a vehicle. Having certified technicians on staff allows us to diagnose problems quickly, which ends up being cheaper for our customers. Were not guessing
Weber Automotive has partnered with Virteom to engage our customers and website visitors in our services and the technology behind them. In our video series, Jacqui and Weber Automotive Owner, Bryan Weber, talk about auto repairs, services, and the process that power them.Watch or read the transcription below to learn about the importance of car alignments! Have you ever wondered what makes a car alignment important? We asked Bryan Weber of Weber Automotive this question to get down to the answers. Here are some of the important reasons to get a car alignment Pre-mature wear on your tires. Extending the life of your tires. Tires can range from $400.00 - $1000.00 to replace so a simple alignment can save you costs. Fuel consumption is another reason to get an alignment. Yes, you can actually save fuel with a properly aligned set of tires. Technical Reasoning Behind a Tire Alignment If your anything like us, your usually skeptical when it comes to unnecessary expenditures and a
Weber Automotive has partnered with Virteom to engageour customers and website visitors in our services and the technology behind them.In our video series, Jacqui and Weber Automotive Owner, Bryan Weber, talk about auto repairs, services, and the process that powerthem. In this video, we talk about heating and cooling systems in cars. Watch or read the transcription below! Automotive HVAC Systems The weather in Northeast Ohio is extreme. Its really cold in the winter and really hot and humid in the summer, especially in July. When it comes toheating and air conditioning your car, how does Weber Automotive help you feel comfortable no matter the temperature? (Learn More About AC and Heatinghere.) Automotive Air Conditioning Automotive air conditioning beginning to become really high-tech. It used to be, in the 70s, a regular car would have roughly 4 pounds of refrigerant. Now, most cars have less than a pound of refrigerant. Its a huge difference. The Charge is Critical to Systems