Archive for May 2023
Stuck! (Vehicle Door Issues)Posted May 28, 2023 9:48 AM
This may have happened to you. You drive somewhere and get out of your vehicle only to try closing the door and it just won't stay closed! What a helpless feeling. You can't lock it; you can't leave it like it is. Or, let's say you head down to your vehicle to head out to work in the morning and you can't open the door. What are you going to do now?
Vehicle doors take a lot of abuse. They are opened and closed hundreds of times and we expect them to just keep working perfectly all the time. They do require a bit of tender loving care. Let's take a look at two different scenarios of stuck doors.
First: the door that won't close. It's a security issue. It's also a safety issue. You can't really safely drive a vehicle with a door that won't close. What if you or a passenger is tossed out? Sure, some people try to tie a stuck-open door closed or bungee it, but that's dangerous. It's best to get that vehicle to the service repair facility as soon as you can, and having it towed is the safest way.
Second: the door that won't open. There are many reasons this can happen. Freezing weather is one, a misaligned door is another. There could be electrical issues. Corrosion could have broken a part inside the door. The possibilities, unfortunately, are numerous.
If you can't get into your vehicle's driver's door, with any luck another door might open and you can climb into the driver's seat and head on to the repair facility. A lot of people may be tempted to try to fix a stuck door themselves, but many wind up causing more damage to the door and have to have a trained technician step in to repair the mess.
One way to minimize the possibility of having a door stick open or closed is to make sure it gets regular maintenance. Door locks, hinges and latches should be lubricated at certain intervals. Locks should be kept clean. While many vehicles now have electronic locks, sometimes an electrical failure in the vehicle or key fob can inadvertently lock you out. Nearly every vehicle has a mechanical key in case that happens; if you don't know how that works, have your service advisor show you how.
Also, you technician can make sure your doors are properly aligned and aren't sagging. All of these things can help you keep your doors opening and closing the way they were designed to. Your next trip may "hinge" on your doors being in top condition.
Clean Air for Your Engine: Engine Air Filters In MemphisPosted May 21, 2023 7:16 AM
Every Memphis car owner who has taken their car in for an oil change has been told that their engine air filter's dirty.
So between your owner's manual and your Memphis technician's inspection there's really no guesswork involved for Memphis drivers.
Now, most air filters purchased in Memphis don't cost a lot to replace. It's just that TN people hate getting caught with an unexpected expense. On the plus side, though, changing a dirty air filter at Madison Automotive can often save enough on gas to pay for itself before your next oil change in Memphis.
Giving CV Joints the Boot! (CV Joint and Boot Replacement)Posted May 14, 2023 7:49 AM
Ever wonder how your vehicle’s transmission is connected to your wheels? After all, when you hit a pothole or some other uneven part of a road’s surface, there has to be something that can maintain the connection between the transmission and the wheel yet keep everything moving at the same speed.
That very cool device is called a CV joint, a kind of driveshaft running to each wheel. The CV stands for constant velocity because it keeps the drive wheels moving at a constant speed (velocity). They’re used mostly on front-wheel drive vehicles but also in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles.
The joints move up and down and adjust to bumpy surfaces. Plus, they are covered in a rubber boot which protects them from road debris and also holds lubrication in. There’s a CV joint and boot on the transmission side and one on the wheel side. Unfortunately, the spot that usually fails first is that rubber protective cover (the boot). After a lot of wear, tear, bumps, road hazards, heat, and you name it, the rubber rips and the lubrication leaks out. At that point, it must be replaced.
Here are signs to tell if your CV joint is bad.
Sometimes if a broken boot early is caught early, a technician can pack in new grease and replace just the boot. But if the lubrication has leaked out and the joint is already wearing badly, the CV and boot both have to be replaced. Give your vehicle the boot (as in a new boot) and CV joint, and you’ll be back on the road to your next destination.
What Memphis Customers like About Us at Madison AutomotivePosted May 7, 2023 10:42 AM
A big part of the service we provide at Madison Automotive for our Memphis customers is education. We want you to feel confident with your service decisions.
And we're always open to questions from our valued Memphis area customers. Even though we try to be proactive in our Madison Automotive automotive education, we sometimes get busy fixing vehicles and need a reminder. Please, just ask.
We've found our Memphis customers like the service reminders. They've grown to trust that our recommendations are based on the vehicle manufactures’ published maintenance schedules and that Madison Automotive is not just pulling them out of the air.
We know that people in Memphis live a busy life with a lot more to think about than wondering if it's time to replace the PCV valve on their vehicle. Part of our Madison Automotive service process is checking the vehicle manufacture's schedule to make sure we don't overlook service.
We hope TN drivers appreciate their courtesy inspection when they come into our Memphis facility for service. If we find something unexpected, it's good to know, and if we don't find anything wrong, you get a little peace of mind.
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Christy walke, 02/09/2023
Great shop. They got my 2017 Kia Niro in sooner than anywhere in town could. They had a diagnosis same day, they couldn't eliminate my problem, due to not having a specific tool kit that they unfortunately don't have at this time, but explained in detail that I had a small leak. They refilled it showed me how to check it and what fluid I needed to refill with and got me back on the road. My car is running fine and I have more knowledge about how it works.