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What Is a Transmission Flush & Why Do I Need One?

What Is a Transmission Flush & Why Do I Need One?

A transmission flush is a method of removing sludge, contaminated, and aged transmission fluid from a vehicle's transmission system and displacing it with fresh and cleaner fluid. The process requires a specialized flush machine and replaces nearly 100% of the old fluid with fresh fluid. We offer this service at FloState Auto Diesel, and we will keep your transmission cool and lubricated.    Your transmission is designed to transfer power to the wheels of your vehicle from the engine. By keeping the system in excellent condition, you'll protect your car against hazards and damage.   Why Should I Get a Transmission Flush? It will prevent damage. The most valuable benefit of a transmission flush it's preventative capabilities. Your fluid can collect dirt and other contaminated particles that hinder it from performing at optimal levels. Due to the dirty solution, the transmission will overheat, interfering with accelerating and shifting functions. Additiona ... read more

Debunking Common Fuel Economy Myths

Debunking Common Fuel Economy Myths

Every driver has their own methods and beliefs on how to maximize gas mileage. It isn't easy to know between fact or myth when it comes down to fuel efficiency. So let's take a look and clear up some fuel-saving tips that don't really work.   Myth #1: It is more efficient to roll down the windows instead of using A/C. This ideology does vary depending on speed, but air conditioning compressors have become more efficient over time. They don't seem to affect how easily the engine can push the vehicle forward as much as it used to. The consensus is it is better to keep the A/C on when driving at highway speeds and windows down when cruising through the city.    Myth #2: A higher level of octane will yield higher mileage. Most vehicles will take gasoline with octane levels between 86 to 91. The higher the octane level, the more steady your fuel is. Many people believe the myth of higher octane gas yielding better mileage, but that is not the case. Contrar ... read more

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

That pump, hiding under the hood, keeps your car running efficiently, guaranteeing you a safe, comfortable ride. Your vehicle's engine comprises various components that are constantly moving, thereby generating an incredible amount of friction and heat. The water pump moves water (coolant) from the radiator and supplies it through the engine system keeping everything at optimum temperature. When your water pump is failing, your engine will overheat, causing damage to the cylinder heads, gaskets, and pistons. Much too often, this results in irreversible engine damage and failure. Fortunately, your vehicle's water pump will alert you when it is failing through various telltales Here are some of the signs to look out for: A Leaking Coolant Your car's water pump is made of numerous seals and gadgets to facilitate a smooth, consistent flow of the coolant from the radiator to the engine block, via the thermostat, and back to the radiator. With time, these sea ... read more

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

How Often Should I Have My Brake Pads Replaced?

This is one of those questions that crosses the minds of drivers now and then until it gets to the point where the answer is a loud "NOW!" from their car's brakes. Don't let that happen to you by asking yourself just a few questions about your vehicle and what it goes through. Always know who is driving. Not only who, but HOW do they drive? Is it the loving grandma taking her time to enjoy the breeze? Maybe it's the next rally car driver who thinks every turn and curve are an opportunity to test the tire treads. This is one of the biggest impacts that degrade brake pads long before they should be. Thankfully grandma won't need to worry for some time. Slower speeds mean less work from your brakes to bring the car to a halt, whereas speed racer hugging the corners will be slamming on the brakes to maintain speed until the last moment, ultimately grinding the pads down in record time. Think about your location and adjust. Answering this actually requires two ... read more

What Can Cause Your Car to Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

What Can Cause Your Car to Smell Like Rotten Eggs?

Your car smells like sulfur, that awful rotten egg smell. This is a sure sign of serious mechanical problems. There is a tiny amount of sulfur in the form of hydrogen sulfide within the gas in your fuel tank. Normally, driving will convert it into sulfur dioxide. Result? No smell. So, what goes wrong when conversion doesn't happen? Incomplete combustion. Something is wrong with your emissions system. A brief scent of sulfur after revving up your engine is no problem. But a lingering smell is. Time to investigate. First, check your catalytic converter. Normally, it would convert hydrogen sulfide to sulfur dioxide. The converter may be jammed or broken. If so, replace it. If you don't, higher temperatures in your engine could lead to a car fire. If your converter is fine, your next step is to check the fuel pressure sensor. This sensor regulates your car's use of fuel. If it fails, it'll allow oil to clog up the catalytic converter which will prevent the converter from ... read more

What are Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

What are Signs of Low Brake Fluid?

Low brake fluid is a very important issue that needs to be addressed, as if it goes unnoticed, your car may have issues braking which will lead to serious risk of your car, as well as life-threatening events. The absence of brake oil or low brake fluid will put your car at serious risk and lower the compatibility of the brake functions. The braking fluid in your car supplies pressure to your vehicle rotors to come to a stop. In order to avoid your brakes malfunctioning as a result of low brake fluid, here are some signs that you need to check our brake oil. Leakage If there is a leakage coming out of your car that takes the appearance of a residue, it is possibly a result of low brake fluid. The way this works is that the components in your engine being to wear off as a result of tears that impact the brake oil. As a result of these tears and malfunctioning components. You can also check for leakages by checking the fluid reservoir under the hood of your car. Worn out Brake Pads I ... read more

How Often Do I Need a Timing Belt Replacement?

How Often Do I Need a Timing Belt Replacement?

As a proud car owner, you'll know that repairs and replacements of broken parts can be expensive and it's usually better to replace parts before they break. Most components in your car will let you know when they're wearing out and need replacing — when the water pump is wearing out, for example, you may notice leaks and noises which warn you to have a mechanic carry out an inspection. The timing belt, however, doesn't always cause any noticeable symptoms until it actually breaks. It's important to have your timing belt replaced regularly to avoid the risk of it breaking while on the road. What Is a Timing Belt? The timing belt is one of the most important belts in your vehicle. If the name hasn't given it away, it's responsible for making sure that the timings of the movements of engine components are synchronized. You could think of it as a conductor, keeping the orchestra of engine parts in time and together. It has teeth like a bike chain that i ... read more

Ways You Can Unintentionally Hurt Your Vehicle

Ways You Can Unintentionally Hurt Your Vehicle

Your vehicle is an investment, and it is important to protect that investment in order to save yourself money over time. Many of us don’t realize it, but there are some habits that some drivers practice every day that are actually hurting their vehicles unintentionally. Here are some things that may be damaging your vehicle that can be avoided:    Don’t forget to use your vehicle parking brake. When you put your car in park, you engage the parking pawl, which is a small metal pin that disengages the transmission’s output. The job of the parking brake is to immobilize the wheels, easing the weight that is put on this small metal pin.    Make sure your tire pressure is always correct. The Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) in your vehicle will let you know when your tires are low on air, however it is always a good idea to check them yourself because the TPMS could be faulty. Low tire pressure actually lowers your fuel efficiency and can put yo ... read more

Car & Medium-Truck Alignment in St. Cloud, FL

Car & Medium-Truck Alignment in St. Cloud, FL

Bumper dents and flat tires are easy to spot if you recently hit a curb, but the real damage may not be easy to spot. Your vehicle depends on proper wheel alignment for smooth handling and stability. Here at Flo State Auto Diesel, we are the alignment and front-end specialists in St. Cloud, FL. Our mechanics are ASE Master technicians and have specialized training and expertise with all front-end alignment issues you may be experiencing. We have been providing top-notch alignment services to the Osceola county community for over ten years.  We specialize in all vehicle makes and models, and all makes of medium-duty trucks as well. Medium-duty truck alignments require special machinery and our facility features only state-of-the-art tools and equipment. Flo State Auto Diesel has one of Osceola county's largest alignment machines that can restore medium-duty trucks to optimal performance.  Driving your vehicle with poor wheel alignment and can cost you. Misaligned alignme ... read more

What Causes Warped Brake Rotors?

What Causes Warped Brake Rotors?

Brake rotors are important because they spin with and stop the wheels when the brake pads clamp down on them. The brake rotors withstand a lot of heat during the process of braking, and need to dissipate this heat quickly so that the brake pads will be able to be pressed down again. Because of this mass amount of heat, the surface of the brake rotors can become uneven over time, which is often referred to as warping. This can cause your vehicle's brakes to become jittery and less effective.  Brake rotor warping isn't as severe as it sounds. Warping actually just refers to an uneven surface, mainly caused by heat. The brake rotors can be warped in the following ways:  The brake rotors can become glazed with material from the brake pads. This happens when the brake pads get very hot which causes the pad material to rub off onto the brake rotors. This causes the brake rotor surface to become uneven and decrease the overall efficiency of the brakes.&nb ... read more

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