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Audi Q7 Transmission Won’t Shift

Vehicle: 2014 Audi Q7 Quattro (4LB), V6-3.0L DSL Turbo (CNRB), automatic transmission Mileage: 49,665 Problem: The transmission would not upshift from low gear. Details: When the technician connected a scan tool, he found 20 communication DTCs listed in various modules because they could not communicate with the Transmission Control Module (TCM). Using his scan tool, he verified there […]

8 DIY Car Maintenance Tips You Can Handle #6 – Radiator Flush

6. Radiator Flush Tools You Need: Phillips-head screwdriver or wrench, rags, radiator flush solution, coolant, funnel, used coolant receptacle Time to Complete: 30 minutes Estimated Cost: $25 Your car’s radiator and cooling system need to be clean to work efficiently and effectively. With normal wear and tear, your car’s radiator builds up deposits that can disrupt […]

Car Battery Maintenance

Unlike many toys, your vehicle actually comes with a battery. But your car battery won’t keep working without some diligence on your part. Before we get into the maintenance tips, there are a few things worth knowing about automotive batteries, which will help you understand exactly what they do.

Do I really need to change my transmission fluid?

This is a questions we are often asked at A Team and the answer is Yes, though how often this service should be performed varies by manufacturer and vehicle, and it’s open to debate.

The manufacturer’s maintenance schedule for many automatic transmissions doesn’t call for fresh fluid until 100,000 miles or, with some Ford transmissions, even 150,000 miles. A lot of mechanics say…

5 of 5 Check Engine Light

Replace Spark Plugs and Wires   The spark plug seals the combustion chamber and provides a gab for a spark to jump across and initiates combustion in your engine. When the plugs are failing, the spark plugs misfire. You’ll feel a little jolt in your car’s acceleration when this happens. What causes it: Most spark […]

4 of 5 Check Engine Light

The Mass Airflow Sensor   The mass airflow sensor tells the car’s computer to add the proper amount of fuel based on the air coming through to the engine. A faulty one can increase emissions, cause the car to stall, and decrease gas mileage. What causes it: Most mass airflow sensors fail because of a […]

3 of 5 Check Engine Light

The catalytic convertor works to reduce exhaust gases. It converts carbon monoxide and other harmful materials into harmless compounds. If your catalytic convertor is failing, you’ll notice a decrease in gas mileage or your car won’t go any faster when you push the gas. What causes it: Catalytic convertors shouldn’t fail if you’re keeping up […]

2 of 5 Check Engine Light

Loose or Faulty Gas Cap You wouldn’t think a gas cap would be that important, but it is. When it’s loose or cracked, fuel vapors leak out and can throw the whole fuel system off. This causes a reduction in gas mileage and increases emissions. What causes it: If you get an error pointing to […]

1 of 5 Check Engine Light

Replace Oxygen Sensor:   An oxygen sensor is a part that monitors the unburned oxygen from the exhaust. It helps monitor how much fuel is burned. A faulty sensor means it’s not providing the right data to the computer and causes a decrease in gas mileage. Most cars have between two and four oxygen sensors […]

Time for a rebuild?

When your transmission gets tired enough, you’ll have to have it rebuilt. It’s true. For some makes and models of car, it’s true a little too often, but that’s neither here nor there. The important thing is checking any other possible causes to your problem before you take the transmission apart, which is very expensive. […]

How To Inspect Your Spark Plug Wires

Spark plug wires are pretty durable. They aren’t a moving part so they don’t wear out too often. A careful inspection of your plug wires can avoid any problems. If you are having problems that you think could be related to your plug wires, it’s easy to troubleshoot. The only thing that can really go […]