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Your Car’s A/C and You

Your vehicle’s A/C does more than just keep you comfortable on a hot day. You’ll still need to stay on top of your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. Call Us!

Summer is slowly winding down, but don’t get too excited just yet. Cooler days and pumpkin spice lattes are still far off, but even with a new season on the horizon, you’ll still need to stay on top of your vehicle’s maintenance schedule.

Each part of your car has an important task to do to keep it safe and reliable, and your vehicle’s air conditioning system certainly plays a vital role. Again, if your mind is wandering to fall and you’re considering putting off repairs to your cooling system for a few weeks, then you need to stop that train of thought in its tracks. First off, no one can predict when the first cooldown will happen and second, your vehicle’s A/C does more than just keep you and your passengers comfortable on a hot day.

·Reasons to Maintain Your Vehicle’s A/C – Did you know that your heater keeps the engine cool and the A/C defrosts your windshield? It’s true. Your engine produces a lot of heat while it’s running, and your air system helps to dissipate it, so your car doesn’t overheat. Conversely, on rainy days or during cooler weather, your A/C can help pull the humidity out of the air inside the car and help the windshield to defog. With regular maintenance, you’ll be able to keep your A/C in good condition so it can perform these important tasks as well as reduce the risk of compressor failure.

·Cabin Filter – Along with giving the cooling system much-needed maintenance, you’ll also have to stay on top of your cabin air filter to ensure that you and your passengers stay healthy. During the cooling system maintenance, your mechanic will check your cabin filter. Much like the filter in your home air conditioner, the cabin air filter helps to trap dust and pollutants from the road and prevent them from getting into your cabin. Some of the things your filter will collect over time are pollen, bacteria, dust, exhaust fumes, and mold spores. The older and dirtier your cabin filter gets, the less effective it becomes in keeping the bad stuff out.

·When to Service Your Car’s A/C – There are plenty of signs to look out for that tell you your vehicle’s cooling system needs attention. The first will be when the air just isn’t as cool as it should be, which is a sign that your refrigerant needs to be recharged. Another is a foul smell coming from the air vents that could be a sign that mold is growing in the system. Do you hear an unusual banging or rattling sound? That could be an indication that your condenser or fan belt have worn out or that there’s debris clogging the fan. Finally, if you see puddles or water stains on your car’s floorboards beneath the dashboard then you could have a clogged drain hose on your hands. Now that you have a better understanding of how important your vehicle’s air conditioner is for its overall performance and safety, we hope you’re ready for your next service. If you live in the Albuquerque area, your friends at Quic Transmission Automotive are always ready to give your vehicle the repairs and maintenance it needs. If you’ve been noticing any of the A/C issues we highlighted be sure to call (505) 271-8000 and make an appointment with us to have you’re A/C serviced. https://quictrans.com/

How Often You Need to Flush Your Radiator

Now that you have a better understanding of radiator care, you will be ready to recognize the signs that your coolant needs to be replaced. If you live in the Albuquerque area, you’ll be able to have the friendly team at Quic Transmission and Automotive Services help care for your vehicle. The next time you need a radiator flush, give us a call at (505) 271-8000 and schedule your service visit at our state-of-the-art facility.

At Quic Transmission and Automotive Services, we’re all about keeping cars healthy to keep drivers safe. We know from experience that the best way to make sure drivers have safe vehicles is to educate them on the different services that their cars will need. One particular service that every car owner should know about is how to care for your radiator.

The radiator is an important part of your vehicle’s overall health. Part of your car’s internal combustion cooling system, your radiator helps to move heat from the heated coolant mixture through your vehicle. This is accomplished by the radiator pushing the hot water out of the engine block and transferring the cooled liquid back in so it can absorb more heat.

Now that you know what the radiator does, we can breakdown how it benefits from a radiator flush.

What is a Radiator Flush? – Over time the coolant in your vehicle’s system can accumulate dirt and build-up that can potentially cause your engine to overheat. With a radiator flush, the old coolant is drained from within the radiator and replaced with either new coolant or an anti-freeze and water mixture. This allows the new coolant or mixture to circulate through your vehicle’s cooling system and dissolve or remove any build-up and therefore keeping your engine from overheating.

Signs That Your Radiator is Clogged – You’ll be able to tell that your radiator is clogged when your engine frequently overheats. This is one of the major tell-tale signs that it’s time to have your radiator flushed. Other signs that your radiator is due for maintenance are the scent of anti-freeze coming from your car or seeing discoloration and visual dirt or debris in your coolant. You can always have a professional mechanic check on your coolant, but if you want to do it at home, it can be done by placing a clean container underneath your vehicle’s drain valve, opening the valve, and allowing a small of coolant to drain into the waiting container. If the coolant is brown instead of green or orange, then it’s time for a flush.

How Often Should You Flush Your Radiator? – There isn’t a definite answer for how frequently your radiator should be flushed. Most car manufacturers will recommend having a radiator flush every 40,000 – 60,000 miles, but it’s important to keep in mind that the weather in your area can impact how quickly your vehicle will need care. Fortunately, there’s no harm in having your coolant flushed early, so never hesitate to check with your local service technicians to see if they can get it done for you.

Now that you have a better understanding of radiator care, you will be ready to recognize the signs that your coolant needs to be replaced. If you live in the Albuquerque area, you’ll be able to have the friendly team at Quic Transmission and Automotive Services help care for your vehicle. The next time you need a radiator flush, give us a call at (505) 271-8000 and schedule your service visit at our state-of-the-art facility.

Seasonal AC Maintenance

The start of summer is just around the corner, but the temperatures are already starting to rise. With warmer weather in our future, the last thing any driver wants is to face getting in their car only to be treated to a blast of hot air every day. Call Quic Transmission & Automotive Services at (505) 271-8000

The start of summer is just around the corner, but the temperatures are already starting to rise. With warmer weather in our future, the last thing any driver wants is to face getting in their car only to be treated to a blast of hot air every day. The best way to avoid facing this dilemma is to keep on top of your cooling system’s maintenance schedule and in this blog, we aim to highlight some of the steps in a cooling system checkup.

Your car’s AC system does more than keep your cabin comfortable. A well-maintained cooling system can help to keep a driver cool in the summer and prevent driver fatigue which could potentially lead to a crash. Furthermore, your cooling system helps to cool, purify, and circulate the air throughout your car’s cabin and engine. This cycle of air helps to keep your vehicle from overheating, especially on days when it’s particularly warm.

As any New Mexico resident will attest, the summer heat is certainly nothing to fool around with, so staying on top of your service schedule will help avoid a potential emergency. Now the question becomes, how often should your vehicle’s cooling system be serviced? On average, it’s recommended that your car’s AC be serviced every two years, but depending on the age of your vehicle, driving patterns, and living environment, you may have to get checked more often.

During your service appointment, your whole system will be checked and replenished. Over the course of a year, your vehicle will lose approximately 10% of the air conditioning gases in the system. As a result, your refrigerant (the substance that helps cool the cabin) and oils will be checked and replenished to the manufacturer’s recommended levels. The service visit will also look for and correct any issues. This includes checking for leaks, ensuring the temperature output is correct, cleaning the air conditioner to eliminate odors, and expelling air and moisture from the system.

Having these services completed will help to ensure a bigger problem does not develop in the future. As previously mentioned, an efficient cooling system goes beyond keeping the cabin cool, although that is an important function. Keeping your refrigerant at the recommended level can prevent the compressor from being damaged which is a very serious and costly issue. Furthermore, if the air in your cabin is starting to smell stale, it could be a sign of a bigger issue (such as a clog or build up) that may result in a system failure.

If you live in the Albuquerque area and feel your cooling system is due for maintenance, be sure to book your next service visit with the experienced team at Quic Transmission and Automotive Services. Give us a call at (505) 271-8000 and make an appointment with us today.

Your Spring Car Care Checklist

Spring may not have the tricky road conditions associated with winter or the intense heat of the summer, but the start of every season should be taken as an opportunity to make sure your car is well-maintained. Call or stop by Quic Transmission & Automotive Services

Spring has arrived and is now in full swing. Even if you don’t have any grand spring break plans in mind, now is the right time to start making plans for your vehicle. Spring may not have the tricky road conditions associated with winter or the intense heat of the summer, but the start of every season should be taken as an opportunity to make sure your car is well-maintained.

As drivers in the Albuquerque area may already know, Quic Transmission is all about helping your car stay healthy and run smoothly. In this month’s blog, we hope to give you some guidance on what needs to be done to get your vehicle spring ready.

1. Refill Your Fluids. After a long winter, chances are your car is due for an oil change, but don’t stop there! Make sure all of your vehicle’s fluids are where they need to be. Take a look at your coolant, power steering, transmission, and brake fluids during your next service visit.
2. Replace Your Wiper Blades. Never underestimate the importance of a clear windshield. Spring is the season of rain, but even if you won’t be seeing much wet weather, it’s important to have quality blades and freshly topped off wiper fluid to clear away any dust and debris that might find its way on to your windshield.
3. Give Your Car a Full Cleaning. We all know that spring is the season to clean, so why not include your car on your spring cleaning list? Make sure to give your car a good, thorough cleaning from the inside out. De-clutter that glove compartment, empty out extra items in your trunk, and trash anything that may be hanging around your backseat. Once you’ve gotten rid of those extra items, take the time to wash and wax your car, because after a long winter your vehicle’s paint will be in desperate need of a nice coat of wax.
4. Replace Your Cabin Filter. While we’re still focusing on your vehicle’s interior, remember that spring is also allergy season, so you might want to consider changing that cabin filter and cleaning off dusty air vents. A quality filter can help eliminate dust and keep allergens from making their way into your vehicle, so if you’re due for a change, make sure to get it done!
5. Take Care of Your Wheels. Winter roads can be rough on your car, especially if you did a lot of traveling during the holidays. Give your tires the attention they need to ensure they’re ready for the coming months. Pull out your spare change and give your tires the penny test to ensure the treading on your wheels aren’t too low. And if your ride has been pulling to one side during your daily commute, set an appointment to get them properly aligned. Finally, don’t forget to check the tire pressure on all five wheels. Yes, we said five, because your spare tire needs to be properly inflated as well.
6. Check Your Headlights. The days may be longer during this time of year, but you still need to test out your headlights. All of that driving on dark roads have likely made an impact on your headlights, so test them out to make sure they’re shining their brightest.

Now that you know what jobs to tackle this spring, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. If you live in Albuquerque, make sure to call 505-271-8000 and schedule your next service visit with the Quic Transmission team. We’ll help you cross off a few items on your checklist and give you suggestions on how to get your car ready to face the miles ahead. And check out the rest of our blog for additional money-saving tips & tricks! https://quictrans.com/

When to Schedule Routine Car Maintenance

Just like your body, your car needs regular care in order to keep it running. Staying on top of your routine maintenance schedule is necessary for making sure your car is safe and reliable, especially if you do a lot of driving. Team up with Quic Transmission for all your maintenance needs.

Just like your body, your car needs regular care in order to keep it running. Staying on top of your routine maintenance schedule is necessary for making sure your car is safe and reliable, especially if you do a lot of driving. By now you probably know about the importance of a regular oil change schedule, but proper car maintenance requires a little more than that. In this article, we will break down what services should be performed at certain intervals.

3,000 – 7,000 Miles – Every 3,000 miles is the recommended amount of times between oil and filter changes, but your vehicle’s owners manual might say something different. Check your owner’s manual about replacing your engine oil and schedule an appointment to have an inspection of your transmission fluid, coolant, power steering, washer fluid, and wiper blades. You should also take a look at your tires and exterior lights.

15,000 – 30,000 Miles – Your vehicle’s air filter should be replaced every 15,000 miles to ensure your cabin air stays breathable and the air flows properly to your engine. By 20,000 miles you should inspect the battery and coolant and then replace your fuel filter at 25,000 miles. When you’ve reached 30,000 miles the HVAC system, radiator hoses, brake pads, and suspension systems should all be inspected.

35,000 – 50,000 Miles – By 35,000 miles your car battery has been through and done a lot, so make sure to either have it inspected or replaced. Soon after servicing your car battery, you’ll be replacing the spark plugs and spark plug wires and having an inspection for the ignition and suspension systems when you reach 40,000 miles. When your vehicle hits 45,000 and 50,000 miles it’ll be time to have all these inspections completed once again.

60,000 Miles – If you’ve reached 60,000 miles on your vehicle, you have either owned your car for a long time or you have done a lot of driving. Either way, congratulations! Now it’s time to replace your brake pads and brake fluid, radiator hoses, coolant, power steering, and timing belt. Also schedule an inspection for the HVAC system, suspension components, and your tires.

The information listed above is general ideas regarding when you should have these services completed, but your specific car may have slightly different requirements. Make sure to sit down with your owner’s manual and read through your manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule.
For those living in the Albuquerque area, make sure to schedule all your service appointments with the expert team at Quic Transmission & Automotive Services. Just give us a call at (505) 271-8000 and schedule your next maintenance visit with the experienced QuicTrans staff. Visit the QuicTrans website for more information: https://quictrans.com/

Maintenance Tips for Older Vehicles

For many, having a car is more than just a luxury, it’s a necessity. Cars do more than just help people get from point A to point B. Your car helps you to get to work, run errands, stay in touch with friends, and even take the occasional vacation. While modern life requires having a car, not everyone is able to upgrade their ride as often they would like.

Whatever the reason you may have for driving an older vehicle, keeping on top of the maintenance schedule is even more important to ensure its safety on the road. Fortunately, there is a wealth of resources available now to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape and in this blog we’ll highlight some of those important maintenance tasks.

Recent studies have shown that Americans are now holding on to their cars longer than before. Prior to the Recession, the average age for a car still on the road was around 9 years, but most vehicles now are a little over 11 years old. Whatever the reason you may have for driving an older vehicle, keeping on top of the maintenance schedule is even more important to ensure its safety on the road. Fortunately, there is a wealth of resources available now to keep your vehicle in tip-top shape and in this blog we’ll highlight some of those important maintenance tasks.

  1. Change your oil and filter regularly – Whether you’re driving an old or newer model vehicle, you’re probably familiar with the importance of regular oil changes. Regular oil changes are one of the best things you can do to help extend the life of your engine. Once every three months or 3,000 miles is the recommended amount of time between appointments, but if your car still has its original owner’s manual take a look at what it recommends. Additionally, when you take your car in to have the oil changed, make sure the filter is replaced, too.
  2. Check your transmission – The transmission is a vital component for your car. The transmission is what makes sure that the right amount of power delivered to your vehicle’s wheels. While drivers in the New Mexico area have Quic Transmission available to help with their transmission concerns, drivers in other parts of the country will need to connect with specialists in their own area to stay on top of key transmission maintenance tasks to ensure their older vehicle will run properly.
  3. Maintain your brakes – We rely on a vehicle’s brakes to help avoid major and minor accidents, and if you’re driving in an older vehicle, you may have fewer safety features than a car that was made within the last five years. While your vehicle’s specific owner’s manual will tell you exactly how often your brake pads need to be changed, on average every 50,000 miles brake pads will need to be replaced. Stay on top of your vehicle’s brake service schedule and look out for signs (such as vibrations or squealing noises) that your brake system needs to be checked.
  4. Watch your cooling system – Your car’s cooling system dissipates engine heat. As discussed in one of our previous blogs, your cooling system keeps the air flowing under the hood as well, preventing your car from overheating. If your coolant levels have run low or you suspect that there’s been a leak, then be sure to take care of the issue right away or you may risk getting stuck with very costly repairs.

Old or new, there are a lot of important things that need to be done in order to ensure a car stays reliable, but hopefully, this list has shed a little light on what matters most for older car owners. If you live in the Albuquerque area, be sure to connect with Quic Transmission & Automotive Services whenever your vehicle is due for regular maintenance. We’ll be sure to help keep your car running. Call Quic Trans at (505) 271-8000, Visit our website https://quictrans.com/ or use our convenient Contact form.

Why a Well-Maintained Air System is Important for Your Car

Why a Well-Maintained Air System is Important for Your Car. Maintaining your vehicle’s cooling & heating system may not seem like a big deal but you need to keep the air running for more than just your own comfort. Quic Transmission & Automotive Service is here to help your cool.

Winter has arrived in full swing which means chilly temperatures will be the norm for most of the country. While most people around the nation are prioritizing keeping their car’s heater in good shape, there are some who would rather bundle up in bulky layers than seek out repairs. Maintaining your vehicle’s cooling and heating system may not seem like a big deal (after all your AC isn’t your engine or transmission, right?) but the truth is you need to keep the cool and hot air running for more than just your own comfort.

Still feeling skeptical? Here are a few reasons to keep up with your AC maintenance schedule:

  1. Regular AC Maintenance Can Maintain Vehicle Performance – You may not mind the extreme chill of winter or the intense heat in summertime, but for your car, temperature changes make a big difference in the way it runs. Extreme heat or cold can severely impact the performance of your vehicle and keeping your air system working impacts not only your cabin and windshield but also components under the hood. In fact, running your heater can help cool your engine. If you find that your car is about to overheat, turning on your heater can help the coolant circulate and cool your engine.
  2. Regular AC Maintenance Reduces the Risk of Compressor Failure – Is there warm air flowing from those vents when you set the AC to cool? Is there build up in the coils? Ignoring signs that your AC needs service can lead to compressor failure, an expensive problem that could lead to an entire unit replacement. Typically compressor failure is the result of problems in other parts of the AC system, so staying on top of regular maintenance can help keep you from having to empty your pockets later on. So when you start to notice your air isn’t as cool as it used to be, it’s time to deal with the issue before it  gets out of hand.
  3. AC Maintenance Keeps You Healthy – Chances are, those with breathing issues are more conscious of this fact but maintaining your AC system can improve your health. The quality of the air your breath in can impact your overall health, which is why you regularly change the air filter in your home air conditioning system. The same can be said for your vehicle’s AC system. Your AC not only keeps your cabin at a comfortable temperature, but it also filters out the dirt and grime in the air, keeping you from being exposed to contaminants that can make you sick. In short, keep up with your AC maintenance and you can keep your lungs (and the rest of your body) happy.

After reading through this blog, we hope you understand the importance of maintaining your vehicle’s air system. If you live in the Albuquerque area and have been noticing signs that your air condition is due for cleaning then you’re in luck. The helpful team at Quic Transmission is just a phone call away. Give us a call at (505) 271-8000 and set an appointment with us to help keep your unit running smoothly. https://quictrans.com/

Seasonal Driving Tips for Albuquerque

If you’re new to Albuquerque or planning on coming for a visit it, you may be surprised to learn our high desert city does, in fact, receive snow during the winter. Read over these Seasonal Driving Tips for Albuquerque from Quic Transmission & Automotive Services Inc.

It’s that time of year again. The Holiday Season has arrived and in no time winter will make its appearance. As a result, Albuquerque residents are gearing up and getting ready for the snow. That’s right, snow. If you’re new to Albuquerque or planning on coming for a visit it, you may be surprised to learn our high desert city does, in fact, receive snow during the winter. We may not receive a heavy downpour like some parts of the country, but even a little snow on the road can make a real impact on driving conditions.

Winter, summer, spring, or fall being cautious on the road is an important thing for all drivers. In addition to staying alert, staying prepared for every bad twist and turn can help keep you and your fellow drivers safe this winter season.

  1. Be Prepared – As we discussed in our previous blog, now is the time to prepare your car for the winter season. There won’t be giant snow piles to deal with, but your car still needs to be ready to take on the road when it turns slick with ice. Albuquerque drivers may not need tire chains or even snow tires, but making sure your vehicle’s wheels are properly treaded is important during this season along with checking your battery and changing your fluids. Additionally, assembling an emergency kit (with road flares and reflectors, jumper cables, a first aid kit, food rations, and a heavy blanket) can help keep you and your passengers safe in case you’re stranded in the cold waiting for a tow truck.
  2. Maintain Your Visibility – Daylight’s saving has come and gone and chances are you began to notice the days getting shorter and darker long before then. Studies have shown that nighttime is a dangerous time on the road as the majority of accidents happen during the evening hours thanks to low visibility. Help maintain your visibility by getting your dim headlights, taillights, and brake lights replaced. Not planning on doing much driving at night? You’ll still want to invest in an ice scraper to keep your windshield clear. If you’re hitting the road after it’s snowed in your area, be sure to clear your front and rear windshield, side mirrors, head and tail lights, and license plate so that you’re completely visible.
  3. Pace Yourself! – Winter isn’t a season for hurrying, especially when it comes to driving. Extreme weather conditions have become common across the country and New Mexico is certainly no exception. It doesn’t matter if the roads are slick with freshly melted snow or warmed by the sun, it’s important to remember to pace yourself. Drive slow and carefully especially if the roads are slick and icy thanks to recent snowfall Additionally, it’s vital to avoid sudden braking or acceleration when the road is icy. Even with sturdy, well-treaded tires, the sudden change in momentum can cause your vehicle to lose control, endangering yourself and others. And while the two-second rule may be fine for the warmer season, you might want to keep a wider distance between your car and other vehicles to ensure you’ll be able to stop in time.

Even during the warm months, many of these tips can be put to good use. Keeping up with regular service schedules year round will keep your vehicle reliable and having an emergency kit is great for those who spend a good deal of time traveling. Just be sure to protect yourself and your passengers by calling Quic Transmission at (505) 271-8000 and to make an appointment with our team. Or use our convenient Contact form. And, of course, view the rest of our online home at https://quictrans.com/

Top 5 Tips to Winterize Your Ride

With these tips in mind, we hope that you’ll be better prepared to brave the weather. Let's get New Mexico drivers prepared before they travel this winter.The end of the year has arrived and in no time at all winter will be upon us. Before you start daydreaming about wandering in a winter wonderland, start planning how to prepare your ride for the new season. Between the holidays and last minute vacations, winter is a major time for travel, but also a dangerous time to be on the road. If you live in an area with snow or have plans that will take you over the river and into the snowy woods, make sure to gear up your ride now by following these simple steps:

 

 

  1. Swap out your wiper blades – It’s important to maintain your visibility during the winter season and one key to keeping your view from being obstructed is to invest in a new set of windshield wipers. Winter wiper blades are bigger, sturdier, and better equipped to keep your windshield clear during winter weather. Make sure to equip a set of wipers that will keep your view clear in freezing rain, sleet, or snow.
  2. Check your battery – Extreme temperatures can really put a toll on your vehicle and just like the high summer heat, the deep chill of winter can really push your battery to its limit. If you haven’t checked your battery lately make an appointment to have your vehicle inspected by a professional and make sure your electrical system will be able to handle whatever Old Man Winter throws your way.
  3. Change your oil – Inside and out, your car needs to be ready for the cold. During your next oil change, make sure to have cold weather appropriate oil in your engine. 5W-30 oil is recommended as it flows quicker in the cold than 20W-50.
  4. Trick out your tires – Driving in snow dulls the tread on your tires. Invest in a quality set of snow tires or chains to protect you from tire slippage while traveling over icy roads. Even if you won’t be driving in the snow this winter, pay extra attention to your wheels. Cold weather naturally decreases the air pressure in your tires (and driving on low tires makes your engine work harder and eats up more gas). So, make sure to check for the correct tire pressure setting every two to four weeks.
  5. Stock up on winter gear – Whether or not you plan to travel this winter, getting your vehicle ready to brave the cold means assembling an emergency kit in case the worst happens. Your first instinct may be to put your kit in the trunk, but you’re better off having it in the back passenger seat (if no one is riding back there) for easier access or in case your trunk gets frozen shut. When assembling your kit, include emergency flares and reflectors, a first aid kit, kitty litter (for traction on slick roads), water bottles, blankets, and jumper cables to name a few items.

 

With these tips in mind, we hope that you’ll be better prepared to brave the weather. If you do need an extra bit of help, be sure to contact Quic Transmission & Automotive Services to schedule an appointment at our shop. Call (505) 271-8000 today! We’ll help get New Mexico drivers prepared before they travel somewhere cold this winter.

3 Warning Signs of Bad or Failing Wheel Bearings

Your wheel bearings are part of what helps keep your wheels attached to your car and spinning freely without building up too much heat. Over time your wheel bearings can wear out. Typically, wheel bearings fail due to poor installation or damage from an accident, but whatever the reason, once they wear down they will need to be replaced. If left unreplaced or uncared for, they will eventually break and result in one or multiple wheels coming off completely during your drive.
The average car is made up of 30,000 parts, each one of them playing an important role in keeping you safe. Like many other key components in your car, the wheel bearings are small and easy to overlook or forget about, but vital to your vehicle’s safety. Your wheel bearings are part of what helps keep your wheels attached to your car and spinning freely without building up too much heat. Over time your wheel bearings can wear out. Typically, wheel bearings fail due to poor installation or damage from an accident, but whatever the reason, once they wear down they will need to be replaced. If left unreplaced or uncared for, they will eventually break and result in one or multiple wheels coming off completely during your drive.

Unfortunately, a failing wheel bearing can happen quickly and is often difficult to detect. However, there are a few ways to tell that your bearings have begun to fail and need to be replaced. During your drive, be sure to keep alert for the following warning signs:

  1. Unusual Noises – The most common indication of a bad wheel bearing are the noises they create. When your wheel bearings begin to wear down, excess heat can build up as lubricity is lost. This will often result in unusual noises coming from the tire area of your car. Keep your ear open for something that sounds like a knocking or grinding noise (which is likely the sound of metal-to-metal friction). It’s easy to mistake these sounds for engine noise, but do your best to listen carefully and make note of which side of the car the sound has originated from before speaking to a mechanic.
  2. Strange Movement or Vibrations – Another indication of issues with your wheel bearing will be vibrations in the steering wheel. Your steering and suspension system are tied close together and when your bearings become worn, a vibration will become noticeable in your steering wheel. It will be apparent at slower speeds before becoming progressively worse as your vehicle accelerates.
  3. Uneven Tire Wear – Issues with your wheel bearings can impact your tires as well. A broken wheel bearing can often result in uneven tire wear and let you know which tire has the issue. However, if there is a problem with one tire, you will need to replace the wheel bearing on the opposite side of the vehicle as well.

While some of this information may seem a bit overwhelming, it’s important to keep in mind if you suspect any issues with your wheel bearings. When you notice any of the abovementioned signs, do not delay and immediately have your vehicle checked by a trusted mechanic. Not only can wheel bearing problems compromise the smooth ride and drive of your car, but they can also put you and your passengers in danger. As such, at the first signs of trouble, be sure to contact Quic Transmission & Automotive Services to get professional assistance with your automotive concerns. Call us at 505-271-8000 or visit our website to schedule an appointment with our team: https://quictrans.com/