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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/

DIY Disaster: The Dangers of At Home Transmission Rebuilds

Those who know about the complex nature of cars will probably be familiar with how important your transmission is for your vehicle to function. The transmission is a vital component of any vehicle. When your transmission no longer performs properly it can cause your car to no longer function correctly and even leave you stranded. Because of its importance, any service done on your transmission can be costly, but even with that in mind, it’s incredibly risky to take those repairs into your own hands in an effort to save money.

Those who know about the complex nature of cars will probably be familiar with how important your transmission is for your vehicle to function. The transmission is a vital component of any vehicle. When your transmission no longer performs properly it can cause your car to no longer function correctly and even leave you stranded. Because of its importance, any service done on your transmission can be costly, but even with that in mind, it’s incredibly risky to take those repairs into your own hands in an effort to save money.

Before we discuss the risks of an at home transmission rebuild, it’s important to discuss the signs that might indicate your transmission is deteriorating. As your transmission ages, it’s important to watch out for signs of its failure such as frequent overheating, expensive repair bills, and transmission fluid that is brownish instead of red. If your car has been presenting these problems, then it’s certainly time to consider some solutions. However, one solution that you should avoid is taking this issue into your own hands.

While amateur mechanics might get a thrill out of any repair related challenge, it’s important to remember that if your rebuild does not work out, you would not only have wasted time and money but potentially compromised your vehicle’s safety.

A transmission rebuild is a very meticulous task. A car’s transmission is filled with a variety of parts that look very similar. If a novice mechanic were to remove the transmission without paying close attention, then it’s possible to become confused and mix up these parts. Bear in mind, that removing a transmission is more than a one-two process, as you’ll also need to remove the entire engine block before you even remove the transmission, remove the torque converter, and then the transmission oil pan. Once the transmission’s parts are removed, it’s time to have them cleaned and, if broken, replaced.  By this point, an experienced mechanic should be able to find the root of the transmission’s problem, but an inexperienced DIY-er might miss this entirely.

Most important in the rebuilding process is the final step: reassembly. If your parts were not properly labeled or carefully laid out when your transmission was initially removed, then you might find yourself struggling with a very complicated puzzle to solve. If not put together correctly, even the newly purchased parts won’t work correctly.

Even if you had purchased a transmission rebuild kit before starting your process, you still might find yourself overwhelmed. However, if you did try and fail to rebuild your vehicle’s transmission properly, you can always take comfort knowing that the professionals will still be there to assist you. Quic Transmission & Automotive Services has a team of experienced technicians on staff that handle transmission rebuilds or remanufactures for both manual and automatic systems. Whether you want us to help from the start or find yourself stuck in the middle of a home project gone wrong, you can set an appointment at our shop. Just call (505) 271 – 8000 or visit us at our website to schedule an online appointment: https://quictrans.com/

Transmission Trouble: 5 Ways to Destroy your Transmission

When it comes to maintaining your car, it’s important to remember that the transmission is a vital part of what keeps your ride running. Your transmission makes sure that the right amount of power goes to your wheels as you drive and adjusts when you increase or decrease your speed. While the average automatic transmission isn’t exactly delicate, it can still be damaged by persistent bad habits.
When it comes to maintaining your car, it’s important to remember that the transmission is a vital part of what keeps your ride running. Your transmission makes sure that the right amount of power goes to your wheels as you drive and adjusts when you increase or decrease your speed. While the average automatic transmission isn’t exactly delicate, it can still be damaged by persistent bad habits. Some of these habits are:

 

  1. Frequently Overheating Your Car – With summer in full swing, this one is key for everyone to keep in mind. Similar to how our bodies don’t function well when we’re overheated when your transmission goes over its maximum temperature of 200 degrees, its performance begins to suffer. Transmissions typically overheat as a result of issues with the transmission fluid, but can also be caused by heavy towing, frequent stop and go driving, or very hot climates.

 

  1. Ignoring Your Fluid – Just like getting frequent oil changes is important to your engine’s health, keeping an eye on your transmission’s fluid is central to its well-being. Your transmission’s fluid can become dirty over time and needs to be changed, if fluid levels get low the internal components cannot cool or lubricate properly and using the wrong type of fluid can pretty much kill your transmission.

 

  1. Sudden Stops & Starts – Stop and go driving doesn’t feel great for passengers and is terrible for your transmission. Worse than constant stopping and going are sudden braking and fast starts. Harsh stopping can damage your engine components and transmission mounts while taking off like a race car can cause the torque converter to produce a lot of heat and could potentially lead to overheating.

 

  1. Ignoring Problems – Like with your own health, ignoring problems in your car won’t make them disappear. If you hear strange noises when changing gears, find dark red fluid stains in your driveway, or experience shaking, grinding, slipping, or even stalling then it’s time to have your transmission checked out by a professional.

 

  1. Skipping Service Appointments – If your vehicle has any or all of the above issues, then it’s especially vital to stay on top of your appointments. Don’t skip over service appointments even when you have fairly good driving habits. Maintaining a regular maintenance schedule can help prevent issues from developing.

 

Avoiding or correcting any of these bad habits can go a long way to save your transmission. Make sure to be mindful of overheating, take care of those fluids, try not to stop or start rapidly, and treat any transmission problems seriously. And of course, when you do need help under the hood, call Quic Transmission & Automotive Services to schedule an appointment with our trained team of technicians. Call us at 505-271-8000 today.

The Importance of Brake Maintenance

When it comes to vehicle safety, the quality of your car’s braking system plays a crucial part. Your car’s braking system is one of its most important safety features and well-maintained brakes can be the difference between avoiding an accident and a potential tragedy. Because of the importance of maintaining your brakes, the last thing you should do is skip over repairs or let them deteriorate.

Your car’s braking system is one of its most important safety features and well-maintained brakes can be the difference between avoiding an accident and a potential tragedy. Because of the importance of maintaining your brakes, the last thing you should do is skip over repairs or let them deteriorate.

While most assume that brakes are responsible for stopping your car, the answer is a bit more complex. The friction of your tires against the road is what slows down and stops your car. The brakes are what’s responsible for stopping the wheels from spinning. It’s the job of the brake pads and brake discs to create the resistance needed to cause this action and each time your vehicle brakes the discs begin to wear.

In order to maintain your braking system, there are two important things every car owner should do: check your brake fluid regularly and have the brake pads and brake discs inspected when necessary.

Brake fluid, or hydraulic fluid, is another important part of what makes your brakes work. This fluid operates under high pressure and high temperature to help the various components in your brake system run smoothly. It’s important to ensure your vehicle’s brake fluid is good in condition to maintain its primary function. Over time, brake fluid will begin to degrade and will not work properly. Leaving contaminated hydraulic fluid in your system will slowly destroy brakes. Having your brake fluid periodically drained and replaced can help to ensure that the system continues working properly.

Do you hear a noise when you brake? Does your car vibrate when you come to even a gradual stop? Those are signs of the brake pads and disc wearing down. It’s recommended that drivers check their brakes every 10,000 to 13,000 miles, but if you’re already noticing signs of deterioration then a check-up should be performed immediately. Bring your vehicle into a trusted repair shop and let them know the nature of your visit. If the brake pads are showing wear to the extent that much of the pad can’t be seen, then your mechanic will recommend having them replaced.

Now that you’re familiar with how your brakes work, we recommend not taking any chances with their care. If you’ve noticed signs that your braking system is due for maintenance, schedule an appointment with Quic Transmission & Automotive Services. Just give us a call (505) 271-8000 or go online and submit an appointment request: https://quictrans.com/#schedule

Synthetic vs Conventional Motor Oil: The Better Option for Your Vehicle

Chances are you’ve heard about the importance of getting regular oil changes for your car, but when it comes to whether you should choose conventional versus synthetic motor oils during those trips to the mechanic, you might have more questions than answers. With this blog, we aim to shed a bit of light on the differences between these two products and determine which is the better options.

Synthetic fuels are nothing new and date back to the early 20th century. Synthetic motor oil is more refined than conventional crude oil, being broken down and purified into its basic molecules in order to remove impurities and enabling it to be tailor-made to fit the demands of modern engines.

As a result of this added bit of effort in creating synthetic motor oil, it also provides higher levels of performance and protection. With fewer impurities, synthetic oils help to keep your engine running cleaner and prevents build up in the system. Conventional motor oil does not have this advantage and over time the build-up of dirt and grime in the engines can wear away at its components.

Additionally, synthetic oil works better in extreme conditions. In the colder months of winter, synthetic oil will flow better while during the warmer days of summer you’ll get more protection against high temperatures.

Best of all, those oil changes will be a chore to tackle less often as smoother running synthetic oil requires changing every 10,000 miles versus the 3,000 of conventional motor oil. This will not only save you time but also money in the long-term.

Ultimately, while both synthetic and conventional oil both begin life the same way, being harvested from the ground, their similarities end there with synthetic oil boasting several benefits to your car and your wallet.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, call Quick transmission & Automotive Services, Inc. at (505) 271-8000 or stop by our shop conveniently located at 10300 Menaul Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112. We’ll take good care of you and your vehicle.

Ultimately, while both synthetic and conventional oil both begin life the same way, being harvested from the ground, their similarities end there with synthetic oil boasting several benefits to your car and your wallet.

An Ounce of Prevention is Truly Worth a Pound of Cure!

Transmission Maintenance Advice from YOUR Transmission Specialist in Albuquerque, NM

What’s easy to maintain but costly to replace? Why, your transmission, of course! At Quic Transmission & Automotive Services, we have several tips to help ensure your transmission stays in good shape. #1 – HAVE YOUR TRANSMISSION FLUID ROUTINELY CHECKED. #2 - TREAT YOUR BABY TO SOME TLC. #3 - ASSESS YOUR DRIVING SKILLS. #4 - BE AWARE OF CLUES. #5 - TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR VEHICLE.

What’s easy to maintain but costly to replace? Why, your transmission, of course! At Quic Transmission & Automotive Services, we have several tips to help ensure your transmission stays in good shape.

#1 – HAVE YOUR TRANSMISSION FLUID ROUTINELY CHECKED. It really is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your transmission in good shape. Simply have us check the integrity of the fluid to determine if it’s still useful or needs to be replaced. If the fluid is low or depleted, we will inspect your transmission for leaks and make repairs if needed. It will save you the cost of more extensive transmission work down the road.

#2 – TREAT YOUR BABY TO SOME TLC. By helping to reduce friction, high-quality transmission additives can help extend the life of your transmission and improve its performance. Think of it as a “smoothie” for your car; and ask us to recommend transmission additives that are right for your car, truck or SUV. As your transmission specialist in Albuquerque, New Mexico, we are at your service.

#3 – ASSESS YOUR DRIVING SKILLS. If you drive a vehicle with an automatic transmission, be sure your vehicle is always in the recommended “drive” mode for the terrain and road conditions. If you are prone to riding your brakes, this could seriously impact your transmission. Make a conscious effort to ease up on the accelerator rather than using your brakes to reduce speed. If you drive a stick, keep an eye on the tachometer to stay in the appropriate gear. Downshift to reduce speed rather than riding the brakes, and always stop before you shift into or out of reverse. Also, make sure any person who drives your car is used to a manual transmission. We’ve seen our fair share of transmission damage done by unskilled shifters.

#4 – BE AWARE OF CLUES. If you see a wet spot or puddle on your garage floor, driveway or parking space, it could be the result of a transmission leak. Swing on by so we can determine if the leak, is indeed, coming from the transmission. If you detect a strange odor, experience grinding while shifting gears or hear odd noises, these could also be signs your transmission has an issue. Make plans to come to see us ASAP. At Quic Transmission & Automotive Services, we are your transmission specialist in New Mexico.

If you see a wet spot or puddle on your garage floor, driveway or parking space, it could be the result of a transmission leak. Swing on by so we can determine if the leak, is indeed, coming from the transmission. If you detect a strange odor, experience grinding while shifting gears or hear odd noises, these could also be signs your transmission has an issue.

#5 – TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR VEHICLE. By having your vehicle routinely serviced and/or tuned up, you can help avoid engine problems which could impact your transmission’s performance. Also, be aware of your vehicle’s limits when deciding to tow or haul vehicles or other heavy loads. The added weight could cause wear and other issues for your transmission. If you do have heavy-duty plans for your vehicle, speak to us about the benefit of adding a fan or auxiliary cooling system to keep your transmission cooler. At Quic Transmission & Automotive Services, we are your transmission specialist in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The Dangers of Delaying Brake Repairs

We implore you to please not delay brake service & maintenance because the sooner you have it taken care of the less it will likely cost.

For one reason or the other, brake service is something most drivers tend to ignore. In our years of experience providing Albuquerque, New Mexico with comprehensive automotive services, we at Quic Transmission & Automotive Services strongly advise drivers against this practice. Dragging your feet on brake repairs not only puts your life in jeopardy, but it also jeopardizes the lives of those you share the roadways with.

In fact, if you’re fortunate enough to avoid an accident, ignoring the signs and delaying brake repairs will only cost down the line. In short, you can’t ignore anything forever. So, you might be wondering: how does avoiding the problem hurt your pocketbook? That answer is simple: By ignoring the signs you can cause extensive damage to your vehicle’s rotors, and once your rotors are damaged, they must be replaced!  That alone, can increase the cost of repairs by hundreds of dollars or more depending on the model of car.

Let’s take the time to discuss 5 signs that your vehicle is due for brake replacement or repair.

  1. Your brakes squeal when applied – That signals that the brake pads are wearing thin and that the time for repairs is drawing near. It is often a driver’s first sign and should be heeded to avoid even more costly repairs.
  2. You start to feel a shake, rattle or roll. If you experience vibration or shaking when the brake pedal is engaged; or you start experiencing a rocky motion when you apply your brakes that could mean you have warped rotors. What exactly are rotors and what do they do? Rotors are the part of the wheel that the brake pad grips to slow your vehicle down. Warped rotors prevent your entire braking system from functioning the way it is designed to function.
  3. Your brakes cry out for help. If you hear a combination or howling and grinding noises – take this as a “cry of desperation” from your brakes that means they have little to no brake pads left. It’s the sound of metal grinding against metal, and when you hear this sound, you will likely have to replace your vehicle’s rotors, drums. brake pads, or all of the above for lack of a better term.
  4. Your brake pedal feels soft – and lack the tightness or stiffness of brakes that function properly. This could not only signal that your brake pads are thin, but it could also be a problem within the brake system itself – such as air in the brake lines or low brake fluid.
  5. Your car veers to one side when braking – if you step on the brakes and your car swerves to one side, a couple of things could be an issue. Number one: your vehicle may have suffered a collapsed brake hose. Number two:  your brake pads could have worn unevenly. Number three:  there might be impurities in your brake fluid.  A trip to your trusted mechanic is advised to determine the cause!

We implore you to please not delay brake service and maintenance because the sooner you have it taken care of the less it will likely cost.  The highly trained staff at Quic Transmission & Automotive Services is here with the experience to assist with all your automotive needs. Call (505) 271-8000 or visit https://quictrans.com/ for more information.

The Automotive Cabin Control System

The components of the automotive cabin control system make up one of the more innovative aspects of your vehicle. This is the combination of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.

The components of the automotive cabin control system make up one of the more innovative aspects of your vehicle. This is the combination of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system. Over the years, the functionality and technology of this combined system have changed to meet environmental standards, consumer expectations, and industry needs. The automotive cabin control system has evolved into something more than just passenger comfort. The technology must be both eco-friendly and fuel efficient.

What does this system consist of?

The automotive cabin control system or automotive climate control system consists of five components. They are the evaporator, compressor, condenser, receiver, and expansion device.

To understand the synchronized operation of this system, we will do a brief overview, so you understand how this system operates and why its function is important to the overall care of your car.

Evaporator:

Many would consider the evaporator to be the most important component in the function of your car’s air conditioning system. Liquid refrigerant goes into the evaporator and warm air inside your car passes through the evaporator via the blower fan. The refrigerant absorbs heat from this warm air. Simultaneously, humidity in the air condenses on the evaporator’s surface. Note the water dripping beneath your car whenever your air conditioner is on. Once the refrigerant is processed through the evaporator, it then moves onto the compressor.

Compressor:

The air compressor inside your car is activated by pressing the A/C button. This sends the refrigerant through the condenser where hot gases are removed from the humid air. After pressure is stripped from the refrigerant it processes through an expansion valve. Cool air is a result of the motor’s blower fan sending air through the dash via the evaporator.

Condenser:

A condenser can be found in all modern vehicles and is key to a properly functioning air conditioning system. If cool air from your car decreases significantly whenever you turn on your air conditioning, most likely there are leaks from the A/C system and the condenser needs to be replaced. Since the refrigerant goes through the condenser, any issues will cause the entire unit to fail. You can identify a bad condenser by looking for leaks, the air from the air conditioning isn’t as cool, or produces no cool air at all.

Receiver:

There are three important functions of the receiver or drier. First, it stores oil and refrigerant that the A/C system doesn’t need. Second, it is a filter that prevents debris from entering the A/C system. Third, it contains a material called desiccant, used to absorb moisture.

Quic Transmission & Automotive Services has taken time to carefully go through this process because we are dedicated to offering the highest quality of automotive services in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We steadfastly believe that an informed consumer makes better decisions, and we want lasting relationships with our community and customers.

If you are experiencing issues with your automotive cabin control system or you’re not sure, contact us. Our highly trained and licensed technicians come with the experience to fix all of your automotive needs. (505) 271-8000 or visit https://quictrans.com/ for more information.

Functions and Maintenance of the Heating & Cooling System

Come to Quic Transmission & Automotive Services and we will put our expertise to work for you. We are located in Albuquerque, New Mexico & serve customers from the surrounding areas as well. Stop by Quic Transmission & Automotive Services today! We’ll be glad to answer your questions and we’re sure you’ll be pleased with our customer service.

Your vehicle’s ventilation is designed for constant air flow. This helps with climate control so the inside of your car stays warm when outside is cold or wet and keeps cool when it is hot. The heating and cooling systems are linked. Meaning, if something goes wrong within the heating system it could be a sign that the engine cooling system isn’t working properly. If this is indeed the case, it is important to have the issue checked out immediately. Engine overheat can cause permanent damage to the engine itself.

Function:

The heat inside the engine must be released. Most of it is directed through the exhaust system. The leftover heat stays in the engine and transfers to the coolant. At operating temperature, the thermostat kicks in by opening and allowing for the circulation of coolant from the cooling system in the heater core. This distributes heat in the vehicle. The blower fan is then controlled from within the car to adjust the amount of heat that comes in and at what rate the fan operates.

Heater Core:

The heater core is a small radiator that exchanges heat and is typically beneath the dashboard. Its inlet and outlet component lets coolant into the core where the blower motor sends air through the heater and occupants in the vehicle.

Automotive Maintenance:

For the heater to operate, it is important that the cooling system is in good condition. The appropriate mix of water and clean coolant assures the system is at proper protection level. A full coolant tank with no leaks is also key to the proper operation. The thermostat must open and close at the right temperature levels. The water pump must also be in working condition so coolant can move through the radiator, engine, and heater core. The same applies the both the heater core and engine; make sure they are not leaking or dirty so heat from the engine can be distributed properly.

The efficiency of your heating and cooling system depends on proper maintenance and identifying problem issues before they arise. Flush your engine coolant regularly; this is a perfect time to check for leaks within the cooling system. Use a clean mixture of water and coolant to refill your reserve tank.

Quic Transmission and Automotive Services, Inc. of Albuquerque, New Mexico, is raising the standard of auto repair and auto maintenance services. We believe an informed consumer makes better choices when it comes to the repairs and maintenance services they need.

Why take these steps to keep our customers informed?

Because we believe in the quality of services and the prices we offer. We are proud members of the Albuquerque community and service customers from all surrounding areas as well. Our goal through transparency is bringing our customers peace of mind. We offer easy-pay financing because we understand that car issues are never planned, they almost always pop up. Which is why you can call our licensed and trained staff at (505) 271-8000 to schedule regular and affordable maintenance services. Staying on top of your vehicle is the best way to save thousands in the long term. Rest easy knowing that we provide excellent warranties on all work performed. Visit https://quictrans.com/ for more information. At Quic Trans, we are doing more for you.

Transmission Care and Repair

A slipping transmission means a vehicle can very unsafe. To diagnose properly, you must first understand the transmission’s function.

Slipping Transmission:

A slipping transmission means a vehicle’s safety can be unpredictable. It can be fatal to the vehicle’s operator as well as drivers sharing the road with them. To diagnose a slipping transmission, you must first understand the transmission’s function.

To simply state, the transmission handles the vehicle’s movement. A driver would put a manual transmission into gear by shifting a gear selector. An automatic transmission, in contrast, changes gears on its own.

Detection:

The transmission’s function and diagnosis go hand in hand. This means monitoring how the vehicle starts up and drives. One key way of doing this is feeling for how smoothly the vehicle changes in gear. Any resistance going through gears or accelerating can be indicators of a slipping transmission. Other signs are a lag in acceleration and/or shaky start ups.

Causes:

Problems that cause a slipping transmission vary. They range from low fluid level to, a transmission fluid leak. This may cause the vehicle to go, or rather, slip into a different gear. Low fluid levels can be a sign of a bigger issue. Check wherever you park for an extended period for signs of a fluid leak.

There are many things that can cause leaks. For example, a loose drain plug, crack fluid line, or defective seals are lead causes. In automatic vehicles, a damaged torque converter can trigger issues. The torque converter is the pump responsible for pressure in the transmission.

Prevention:

To prevent property damage, injury to self and others, keep an eye out for leaks. At the first signs of a slipping transmission, contact a licensed mechanic. Be a responsible consumer, compare costs/estimates and repair the problem.

Servicing a leak is very important as it could do extensive damage to the transmission. Timely service is also the most cost effective option. Quic Transmission & Automotive Services are cost effective professionals in the Albuquerque, AZ, area. Visit their website or call them at (505)271-8000. Delaying repairs can lead to great internal damage and higher costs.