Your car seems to stop just fine, but you’ve been noticing a squeal or a metal on metal grinding noise. Should you be worried? Or should you say, “I’ll wait a little longer and see if it gets worse”? You should ask the experts at WowWoodys.com, because inspecting and replacing your brake pads may save you money by preventing a “metal-on-metal” condition that accelerates the need to replace expensive rotors and/or drums.
Properly working brakes are essential to vehicle safety and reliability. When you press your brake pedal and stop your tires from spinning, you need to have the confidence that your vehicle will come to a complete and precise stop- every time. Brake pads, shoes, drums, and rotors are made of materials that wear down from heat and friction, even under normal driving conditions, and over time, these same wear issues can also affect the brake’s hydraulic components including calipers, wheel cylinders, and brake hoses. Failure of these brake components can lead to costly repairs and loss of braking.
It’s important to have your brakes checked at least once a year to keep them responsive and to help avoid costly replacements. However, you should have your brakes checked immediately if you experience any of the following:
- Brakes are continuously squeaking, squealing, or grinding
- Your brake or anti-lock braking system (ABS) warning light comes on
- Your car jerks or pulls to one side when braking
- You need to pump your brakes for them to work properly
- Your brake pedal feels unusually soft and spongy or hard
- You notice brake fluid leaks around the wheels or engine compartment
So if your vehicle comes to a noisy stop, or just takes a little extra time to stop, contact Deryck or Mike through WowWoodys.com’s Service Department or give them a call at 888-869-0963 x24
“Chrysler Group LLC said Monday its U.S. sales chief Reid Bigland will head Alfa Romeo in North America, a move that comes as parent Fiat F.MI +0.95% SpA seeks to cement the luxury brand’s return to the U.S. after nearly two-decade hiatus.”
“Alfa’s return to the U.S. begins this year with the arrival of a new two-seater sports car, called the 4C. Fiat has a number of other Alfa models planned for the U.S., but the bulk of them won’t start arriving until 2016. Right now, Chrysler is in the process of trying to sign up dealers to sell its Alfa Romeo models.”
If you’re the type who has to be the first on your block — or a real fan, an “Alfisti” — Alfa already announced that a 4C “Launch Edition” will go on sale this summer starting at $69,695, including a hefty $1,295 destination fee. Both versions of the mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive 4C are powered by an all-aluminum 237-horsepower, turbocharged 1.75-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Alfa pegs the 4C’s zero-to-60-mph time in the mid-4-second range and says the coupe has a top speed of 160 mph.
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Cooling system problems are a major source of automotive breakdowns. The coolant in your engine is a fluid that absorbs the heat from the engine and transports it to the outside world through your radiator. Servicing your cooling system involves draining and flushing the vehicles cooling system, and then refilling with new coolant.
It’s a good idea to do this because it removes dirt and rust particles that can build up and clog the cooling system, causing problems in both summer and winter. Because the coolant operates in a very hot & hostile environment, it will break down over time. This breakdown can include the rust inhibitors which will leave the small cooling passages in your engine vulnerable to corrosion. If these tiny passages become clogged, you engine will overhead.
Make sure you check your coolant levels periodically. When the engine is cold, the coolant level should be at or above the “minimum” or “fill” line on the plastic coolant recovery tank under the hood. When the engine is hot, the level should be at or just below the “max” line. If the coolant level is low, it may be caused by a leak (either internal or external). Leaks should be addressed ASAP, as no coolant could lead to a catastrophic engine failure. To have your vehicle professionally serviced, make an appointment with Deryck or Mike at the Woody’s Service Department! http://www.wowwoodys.com/service-center or 888-895-6545
Just when you were getting used to what those Ford Explorer police cruisers look like in your rearview mirror, there’ll soon be a new face in town.
Dodge has unveiled the 2015 Charger Pursuit, featuring the model’s updated look. C-shaped LED running lights and the Charger’s signature crosshair grille make it easy for you to pick out of traffic, while new projector-beam headlamps should help do the opposite for the officers inside.
Powered by either a 292 hp 3.6-liter V6 or 370 hp 5.7-liter Hemi V8, it’s available with all-wheel-drive and is one of the quickest cop cars around. It’s also got cop shocks, cop brakes…you know the drill. One engine not (yet?) available is Dodge’s new 707 hp Hellcat V8, which is rumored to be coming to the Charger lineup. Suffice it to say, the crooks wouldn’t stand a chance against that one.
When your vehicle is parked on a level surface, start the engine and let it warm up. Let the engine run throughout the process unless your vehicle’s owner’s manual says otherwise.
- Locate the automatic transmission fluid dipstick. It’s usually near the spot where the rear of the engine meets the tranmission or transaxle.
- Remove the dipstick and wipe any fluid from it with a clean rag. Be careful- the fluid on the dipstick might be hot.
- Re-insert and remove the dipstick again. Observe the markings on the end of the dipstick. It probably has two markings for full, one for cold and the other for warm. If the fluid level does not come up to the warm line, you’ll need to add some automatic transmission fluid. See your owners manual about the type of fluid that’s recommended for your vehicle.
- If you need to add fluid, use a long, narrow funnel to add the fluid to the same hole that the dipstick fits into. Add the fluid in small increments and keep rechecking the level until it reached the warm line. Be careful to avoid spilling the fluid onto the hot engine parts and don’t overfill the transmission.
When the fluid is at the proper level, just re-insert the dipstick and you’re done!
Your transmission should not lose any fluid during normal operation, so if the level is low, there’s a good chance that your vehicle has a leak somewhere. Consult a service professional at the Woody’s Automotive Group to avoid any possible damage to your transmission.
For all your service needs, Contact Deryck or Mike at 888-895-6545 and schedule an appointment | http://www.wowwoodys.com/service-center
A pair of Dodge’s full-size, four-door bruisers wearing front and rear camo, reported to be packing a version of the Challenger SRT’s Hellcat V-8. Caught testing in southeast Michigan, the partial cover-up on these Chargers can’t hide the presence of a large hood scoop, aggressive chin and trunk-lid spoilers, and larger exhaust tips.
As Chrysler’s standalone tuning division, SRT was responsible not only for the Viper, but also for injecting adrenaline into a number of Mopar products in the name of performance. So when the refreshed-for-2015 Charger debuted in New York earlier this year, we were a little befuddled that the manufacturer made no mention of what SRT might be cooking up for the four-door muscle car.
This car is all about the engine, in this case the Hellcat’s supercharged V-8. We expect the Hellcat V-8 to arrive packing the same 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque it makes in the Challenger, its might backed up to the same ZF eight-speed automatic transmission.
Summer temps are rising! Do you know what symptoms your car will show when the cooling system is sick? Cooling system failures are a leading cause of vehicle breakdowns, especially during those summer trips. If you notice the vehicle is overheating, leaks, has a sweet smell of antifreeze, or you find yourself constantly adding coolant, your car could be on the road to failure. Do you check your engine coolant regularly? If not, remind yourself that an engine cooling system that doesn’t receive regular maintenance will fail. The cooling system’s job is to take heat away from the engine components and move it to the air outside the car. Your antifreeze temperature can be well over 200 degrees, and if that heat remains inside the engine, things are going to start going wrong. Terribly wrong.
You coolant level should be checked at the reservoir and a 50/50 mix of the correct antifreeze and distilled water should be added if necessary. Just remember to never open it while it’s hot! A visual inspection of the hoses, belts, and radiator will help identify cooling system problems before they become to big to handle. Radiator leaks, bulging hoses, or frayed/cracked belts are clues that the cooling system is in need of a little TLC. Also if your car makes a strange hissing sound or smells like hot antifreeze, it’s probably time to have a mechanic take a look before you find yourself stranded on the side of a road somewhere.
Nothing ruins a summer vacation like a complete engine failure, so keep an eye out for cooling system problems. If your vehicle is in need of service, it’s easy to contact Deryck or Mike in the Service Department at Woody’s. Call us at 660-646-3455 x24 or check out the service page at www.wowwoodys.com | http://www.wowwoodys.com/service-center
Your Jeep Wrangler Unlimited is capable of so much! Maybe it’s the simple task of getting you to work and back for the day. It could be to pick your children up in the snow, because that 4X4 system is like no other! If you are like me, you love to surf and your Jeep Wrangler can handle that responsibility too! Just equip it with a roof rack able to hold your boards and get on your way!
The 4X4 system, Rock-Trac 4WD, helps deliver more control and more torque at the wheels to help you go virtually anywhere you point your vehicle. So, you will be able to get to the best surf spots with no hassle! Plus, the Alpine sound system will pump up your mood and get your body ready! Get off the couch, stop living a boring life and get out today! See ya in the water!