Monthly Archives: January 2020

How to Diagnose a Shaky Steering Wheel

At normal operation, your vehicle should drive smoothly and without issue. You shouldn't find yourself feeling too much of the road's imperfections or every single little bump in the road. However, if you start to feel that your vehicle's steering wheel vibrates excessively, there may be an issue with the suspension system, tires, or wheels. Since many different components can affect the steering wheel, diagnosing the problem can be a little bit tricky. The following are some ways that you can narrow down the issue and understand the cause of your shaking steering wheel.  The most common cause of a shaking steer wheel is the tires or wheels. Tire balance is vital to a steady vehicle and out of balance tires can cause shakiness, uneven tire wear, and more. Tire balance can be an issue if you notice that your steering wheel vibrates at high speeds or gets progressively worse the faster you drive.  The wheel bearings can also be a culprit when it comes to a shaky s ... read more

GDI: Gasoline Direct Injection Engines

GDI: Gasoline Direct Injection Engines

Gasoline Direct Injection = More Power, Better Efficiency!   While it’s true that direct injection engines (GDI) develop more power and produce lower emissions, it is also true that there are some maintenance challenges that have plagued the design for many years.   The evolution from carburetor to fuel injection (which was invented in the 1920’s) took until the 1980’s when virtually all new gasoline powered cars and light trucks were fuel injected.  The move to fuel injection increased fuel efficiency, lowered emissions, and enhanced reliability. Instead of the engine pulling the in the fuel, the system would deliver a precise amount of gasoline at the moment of the intake stroke.   Fuel injection systems can be prone to clogged injectors which led to better gasoline additives and maintenance services designed to “clean” the injectors and fuel intake system.  We recommend an Air Induction service as routine maint ... read more

Expert Fleet Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Expert Fleet Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

The versatile and robust Transit Van has found its way into the hearts of drivers and fleet managers in a wide array of transportation services. From the nimble little Transit Connect all the way to the F-350 Cargo Transit, this modern panel-van-style creation is responsible for delivering everything from flowers to construction supplies to passengers virtually anywhere.  They are also being outfitted as conversion vans, police vehicles, and ambulances.  Of course we’re talking about the Ford Transit line, which evolved from and replaced the Econoline Vans produced for decades, but other manufacturers have similar vehicles - the Ram ProMaster (pictured below) and Mercedes Sprinter vans among them.   For fleet operators, downtime can mean lost revenue, so the choice of a repair facility is especially important.  Who can do the preventive maintenance and any needed repairs in a timely manner?   Haglin Automotive, a full-service, independent aut ... read more

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