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A&E Auto Repair Shop Talk

9/23/2014

Shop Talk: Tire Service

Shop Talk: Tires

For most drivers buying tires in Port Charlotte is a big deal, so consult with your thoughtful A&E Auto Repair tire professional about proper size, type and grade for your driving needs. He can help you balance load requirements, MPG, performance, durability and cost.

When buying new tires in Port Charlotte, it’s best to replace both tires on the same axle in order to keep the rolling diameter as close as possible.

Port Charlotte car owners with four-wheel-drive vehicles shouldreplace all four tires at the same time because you can run into problems if the tires have different rolling diameters due to wear or different type of tire. Four wheel drive vehicles should have all tires very close to the same rolling diameter to avoid binding and wheel hop between the front and rear axles.

Also, FL tire manufacturers recommend that if you are buying just two new tires that they be installed on the rear for safer slippery road traction – regardless of which wheels drive the vehicle. A&E Auto Repair in Port Charlotte has you covered for all of your tire needs including tire repair, tire mounting, wheel balancing, and wheel alignment. We also provide trip inspection, brake service, shocks and struts, and emissions testing.

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A&E Auto Repair
941.627.3111
1464 Market Circle
Port Charlotte, FL 33953

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Smooth Shifting In Port Charlotte

Shop Talk: Transmission Service

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve noticed that FL vehicles are getting more and more powerful and at the same time are getting better and better fuel efficiency. Much of that’s because of better transmissions. To get a understanding of why that is, let’s turn to gear experts – Port Charlotte bicyclists.

A cyclist’s cadence is the number of times per minute he or she pedals. Their ideal pedal speed is the zone where they can most efficiently generate power over a sustained period of time. The experienced cyclist uses his gears to keep his pedal speed in the ideal zone whether he’s climbing a steep El Jobean hill, cruising on a flat stretch or killing a downhill.

Look at how it works: if you have a 1-speed bike, you really have to pump hard to get up to speed. And your top speed is limited by how fast as you can pedal. And if you’ve got a hill to climb – forget about it.

Now let’s add a couple of gears: one lower and another one higher. With the lower first gear, you can get up to your ideal pedal speed quicker. When you shift to second, your pedal speed drops below ideal for a while as you work to get back to peak efficiency. Same thing happens when you shift to third, but now you can go much faster than you could with a 1-speed bike using the same effort.

Add more gears and you can see that it’s much easier to maintain ideal pedal speed. The result, quicker starts, better hill climbing, higher top speed and, most of all, a lot less fatigue for the rider.

Like a cyclist, every minivan engine has an ideal engine speed called its power band. When an engine is running in that zone, it can make power very efficiently. It’s the transmission’s job to keep the engine in the power band over a wide range of operating conditions. Today 5 or 6 speed automatic transmissions are pretty much the minimum in FL, and 7 and 8 speeds are fairly common.

Obviously these sophisticated minivan transmissions are very costly. In fact, next to your engine, your transmission is the most expensive component in your vehicle, so it pays to take good care of it. Modern transmissions can adversely affect minivan engine performance when they aren’t working right.

All manufacturers have a recommended service interval for changing your old, contaminated transmission fluid. Getting transmission service on schedule at A&E Auto Repair in Port Charlotte keeps it operating at its best and can prevent expensive damage. Ask your thoughtful A&E Auto Repair service professional if it’s time for an automotive analysis of your transmission.

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A&E Auto Repair
941.627.3111
1464 Market Circle
Port Charlotte, FL 33953

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