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Hi-Tech Repairs: Auto Servicing From The Frontlines

This is Joe and I am so excited that I have landed an auto mechanic apprenticeship. I've never wanted to do anything else. I grew up watching dad tinkering with his car on weekends and the desire to be around grease and oil has been in my veins ever since. Even though I've only been training for a year, I've learnt that car servicing and repairs are different from when I used to watch my dad. These days it is very hi-tech and involves researching online manuals when a less common car comes in. It has really made me aware that mechanics need to be well-qualified and dedicated to their job as carelessness can put you in serious danger. I want everyone to understand the complexities of auto servicing these days and this journal is the result. I wish the very best for you and your car. Take care.

Troubleshooting Tips for Your Heavy-Duty Truck

Because a heavy-duty truck weighs more than the average family sedan, its parts will often suffer more wear and tear overall. The engine needs to work harder to manage that extra weight, as does the transmission. That extra work usually means that the truck may be running at a higher heat, which also puts more demands on the radiator to keep the truck cooler. All of this can mean that you might face earlier truck repair than the repairs with a family sedan, so note a few troubleshooting tips when you do notice problems under the hood. This can tell you what to discuss with a mechanic if you cannot address these issues on your own.

1. The clutch wears out quicker than it should

Even in a heavy-duty truck, you should have a certain life expectancy of the clutch, according to the manufacturer's guidelines. Note first if you're abusing the clutch by downshifting instead of braking, or by overloading the truck and, in turn, overusing the clutch. 

If abuse is not the issue and the clutch does consistently wear out too quickly, note if you're having the wrong type of clutch installed for your truck, and if you're taking into account a standard load when you or your mechanic are choosing a new clutch. A lightweight clutch not meant to support the weight of your truck and any cargo you're carrying is going to wear out much more quickly than it should, so discuss your options with a mechanic for upgrading to a stronger clutch.

2. The truck is using too much coolant, but there are no visible leaks

If your truck needs a refill of coolant more quickly than it should, the most obvious solution is to look for leaks along the radiator hoses or the cap. However, if there are no visible leaks, check the dipstick for the engine oil and note if it seems thin or has a bluish or greenish tint. If so, coolant may be leaking into the engine. This can happen if the radiator is too full or there are leaks in the radiator hoses that allow coolant to drip into the engine. Because the coolant is being absorbed by the engine, you may not notice this leak so readily. Have a mechanic check all the lines and always note the proper level for filling the radiator with coolant so you don't overfill it and cause excess pressure on the pump.