Automotive Repair

  • Top Questions to Ask A Mechanic, When Routine Services Are Being Preformed

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    A good technician will give your car a quick inspection whenever you have maintenance performed. Fluid levels, tire condition, dashboard lights, and a variety of other items typically are briefly explored whenever you bring your vehicle in for maintenance. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, we're good at noticing things that need repair, but the fact of the matter is that only you know your car. You know when your car feels off when its been serviced last (or that it hasn't been serviced at all,) and have at least some vague idea of what’s going on with your vehicle day to day. Here are some questions you can ask us next time you come by the shop;

  • Transmission Parts Rely On Each Other

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    Once you have an idea of how the major components of your transmission operate, it’s time to bring them all together. In its most complex terms, a truck’s automatic transmission takes a lot to understand. However, at South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we like to keep things simple when we can. We want you to understand exactly what's going on with your car, truck or SUV. Here’s a rundown of how everything works together.

  • Used Engines and Transmissions - Are They Worth the Risk?

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    Nobody wants to put an engine or transmission in their car. However, when that time comes, it’s important to make an informed decision - here are some things to consider when installing a used engine or transmission, from South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD.

  • Warning - Your Transmission May Be Failing

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    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we know that transmissions are witchcraft to most people. More often than not, if major damage has occurred, it’s a lot more time and cost effective to just replace the entire unit and get a fresh start. Here’s what to look out for, from South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD.

  • What Do Mechanics Have To Do With Hydraulics?

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    A huge part of what the hydraulic system in your transmission does is tell the mechanical components what to do and when to do it. Even if you don't understand how that works, our technicians at South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD have trained with the best to make sure they understand all the ins and outs of your system. We want you to understand what we're talking about when we talk to you about your vehicle so we'll break down some aspects of your hydraulic system. 

  • What Does a Ball Joint Do?

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    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, we know you’re busy. We also know that while there are certain issues with your car, truck, or SUV you can ignore for a while, some of them shouldn’t wait. While serious issues are often obvious, sometimes they aren’t - ball joints are one such case.

  • What does the PCV System do & why is it important to you?

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    On modern vehicles, the PCV system (Positive Crankcase Ventilation System) is essential to ensuring your car or truck is ready to go when you are and remains a long-lasting, reliable vehicle. It’s much more than just emissions control - your PCV system serves multiple purposes and is quite interesting! How does it work, and what are those purposes?  Here at South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we have those answers for you!

  • What is a Carrier Bearing?

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    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, our goal is to keep your car, truck, or SUV shifting and riding as smoothly as it did the day it rolled off the lot. A big part of that is the mounting hardware that keeps the moving parts in your drivetrain running smooth.

  • What Is an ASE Certified Technician?

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    Whether you drive a Chevrolet, Dodge, or Ford diesel pickup, maintenance and repair performed the correct way is a huge part of keeping you on the road. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we use ASE certified technicians to make sure you get the best service in the industry.

  • What Makes Up a Transmission - Hydraulic Components

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    Hydraulic power has a lot to do with how your transmission operates. There are some basic hydraulic components that keep your transmission running smoothly.

  • What Parts Operate A Turbocharger?

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    Turbochargers are intricate and precise components, but not all that complicated or difficult to understand. By knowing the parts of your car’s turbocharger and its functions, you’ll have a much better idea of how one works. South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD has exactly what you’re looking for.

  • What To Do When Your Brakes Break

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    Your pickup truck is heavy and hard working, whether it’s a Chevy, Ford, or Dodge. If you add towing to the mix, it’s even heavier and has to work harder. Your brakes are one of the most wear and tear prone systems on your diesel pickup, but at South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we can help you keep yours in good shape.

  • What To Do When Your Exhaust System is Exhausted

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    Whether you drive a Duramax, Cummins, or Powerstroke diesel pickup, you have an exhaust system that is prone to failure. When you have a leak that needs attention, South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD can help.

  • What Your Vehicle's Towing Capacity Means

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    Unless you use your vehicle to tow every day for work, odds are you haven’t paid much attention to your truck, SUV, or crossover’s towing capacity. Maybe you’re looking to buy a boat for some summer fun or just need to rent a trailer to get your belongings from one dwelling to the next. Whatever the reason for pulling something behind your vehicle, it’s important to get a firm grasp on what exactly your towing capacity means. Understanding how each of the components in your vehicle contributes to your overall tow rating can keep you from putting undue stress on your rig and keep you and your family safe.

  • What's My Transmission Made Of?

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    Automatic transmissions aren’t well understood outside of specialists like our technicians here at South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD. While it would be impossible to teach you enough to make you a transmission expert in a quick article, what we can do is give you the fundamental knowledge you need to have a good idea of what your transmission is doing and how it works. Being able to understand how your transmission works will help you identify any problems that may arise to prevent further wear and tear on your vehicle. 

  • What’s a Turbocharger and How Does it Work?

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    Every year, more and more trucks come equipped with turbochargers. What was once a novelty or a performance option has become increasingly common as stock equipment. What are they for, and how do they work? South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD is here to help.

  • What’s The Noise? Diagnosing Manual Transmission Issues

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    Sometimes it can be hard to tell if a transmission is working the way it should or not. Is it supposed to make that noise? Is that problem a symptom of the transmission or something else? Fortunately, South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD has the answers.

  • When Do I Need A Heavy Duty Torque Converter?

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    If you drive a lightweight car, truck, or SUV, the torque converter you have installed is probably just fine. For those of you with more heavy-duty applications, like high horsepower setups or towing rigs, the stock converter may not be enough. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, we can help you determine if your torque converter is right for the job you need to be done. 

  • When Is It Time To Replace a Tire?

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    At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, we change many tires that should’ve been replaced long ago. Your tires can go for miles and miles, but there always comes a time to replace them. So how can you tell when the right time is?

  • When To Run Diagnostics On Your Vehicle

    Modern vehicles are becoming increasingly complex, and as a result, computer diagnostic systems are becoming a necessity rather than a convenience. At South Mountain Collision & Auto Center in Middletown, MD, our state of the art technology and trained technicians are ready to diagnose any transmission issue you may be experiencing with your car, truck, or SUV.

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