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What’s a “cabin filter”? How Often Should I Replace The Cabin Air Filter?

By | January 6th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Maintenance|

This is a device that many manufacturers began adding to their cars’ A/C and heating systems to filter the air coming into your car’s passenger compartment. It’s designed to remove the dust and soot, and provide you with fresh air to breathe. While a clogged cabin filter won’t affect the [...]

Why Is My Car Hard To Shift In Cold Weather?

By | January 6th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Powertrain|

Hard shifting in cold weather can often be corrected simply by replacing the transmission fluid with a lighter oil. In some cases you may have to use different oil in the summer and winter to provide adequate protection while enabling it the transmission shift properly. Transmission Services Your local Cottman [...]

Car Makes Noise While Engine Is Running

By | January 6th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Powertrain|

Maybe not; it could be something as simple as low power steering fluid. A few ounces of fluid and the noise may go away. On the other hand, where did the fluid go? There could be a leak in the power steering system. Or maybe it’s not being caused by [...]

Does My Car Need A New Clutch? – Signs Of A Bad Clutch

By | January 6th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Powertrain|

There are a few conditions that could indicate your car’s clutch is worn out: One is a clutch chatter when accelerating from a stop. Another is a slip when accelerating; you’ll hear the engine rev up but the car won’t be moving any faster. Transmission Problem Services Of course, these [...]

Why Does My Car Make Noise When I Turn?

By | January 6th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Powertrain|

While there are a few different possibilities for the noise you’re describing, the most likely cause is a worn front axle bearing. Turning the wheel loads the bearing, so that’s when it usually makes noise. Axle Repair Your local Cottman center can check your car and pinpoint the exact cause [...]

By | January 6th, 2015|Auto Repair Articles, Powertrain|

What you’re probably hearing with that clicking sound is a worn out Constant Velocity joint, or CV-joint. And, while it’s not serious right now, if ignored it could eventually fail entirely and leave you stranded. CV Joint Service Your local Cottman center will be happy to check your car’s CV-joints, [...]

Buy A New Car Or Fix The Old One?

By | January 5th, 2015|Transmission Articles|

There’s just no way to spin it: auto repair can be a costly endeavor. Repairs can easily work their way up well into four digits. And sometimes that takes the price of the repair above the car’s resale value. When that happens, it’s natural to consider whether you’d be smarter [...]

Transmission Rebuild Or Remanufactured: Which Is The Better Choice?

By | January 5th, 2015|Transmission Articles|

When your car needs a new automatic transmission, there are generally two different options to choose: You can have it custom rebuilt in a local transmission shop, or you can buy one from a factory-style remanufacturer and have it installed. These factory rebuilds are called remans. So which is better, [...]

Choosing A Transmission Shop

By | January 5th, 2015|Transmission Articles|

For most people, the first time they think about choosing a transmission repair shop is when they notice their car isn’t shifting right. That puts them behind the eight ball right from the start: They’re suddenly confronted with what could potentially be the biggest repair bill they’ve ever dealt with [...]

When To Get A Transmission Flush? – Will It Ruin The Transmission?

By | January 5th, 2015|Transmission Articles|

Whenever someone asks about having their car’s transmission serviced, some know-it-all always feels the need to put in his two cents: “You don’t want to service your transmission; that’ll ruin it!” Let’s get one thing out of the way up front: A transmission service, performed properly by a qualified transmission [...]