When Do I Replace My Transmission Parts?

As your transmission begins to fail there will be warning signs that you want to pay attention to. Because the transmission is the hardest working component of any vehicle, the likelihood of wear and tear is high due to the heat and friction caused by the moving parts during operation. Having your vehicle checked out at the first sign of trouble could save you a lot of money in the future. It will also make your vehicle much safer to be in. If you experience or are experiencing any of the following problems with your vehicle, it could be that the transmission is sending you signals to get your car looked at. For transmission service in Portsmouth, VA, schedule a service appointment at Cavalier Ford Lincoln Greenbrier.

The first sign that there may be something wrong with your transmission is an illuminated ‘check engine light’. However, the light does not automatically mean that the issue is within your transmission. If you are experiencing any of the following problems while the check engine light is on, you’ll want to visit your mechanic or service center for a diagnostic.

The biggest reason for transmission failure is a leak in the system. Without the necessary amount of fluid in the transmission, many issues will occur that will soon lead to a break down. If you notice anything out of the norm during your travels, place cardboard under your engine. Transmission fluid is red in color. If you notice any fluid on the cardboard, get to a mechanic immediately for repairs. For more information about transmission problems, read our blog When To Get Your Transmission Flushed.

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You may also sense a burning smell if your transmission is on the fritz. If you ever sense a burning smell in your vehicle, get into a shop right away. If the smell is coming from your transmission, it could be due to low levels of fluid.

When transmission troubles set in, many drivers will experience problems with shifting. For manual transmissions, drivers may deal with a grinding while changing gears, while automatic transmissions will cause the vehicle to wobble and shake when shifting gears.

Delayed engagement is another reason you may need new transmission parts. When shifting from park to drive (or reverse) your vehicle should respond immediately with movement. Transmission problems will cause a delay (usually 1.5 – 2 seconds) before your vehicle will start to move.

Another problem you may face with transmission troubles is gear shifting. This occurs when you are driving, and it feels as though the gears are changing. Because of a lack of pressure in the transmission, your vehicle is unable to hold the correct gear. At that time, your transmission will work to build the pressure back up, allowing your vehicle to then ‘slip’ back into the correct gear…until it loses pressure again.

You also want to take notice of any harsh sounds or ‘feels’ when shifting. Your vehicle is designed to shift smoothly and effortlessly. A bad transmission may be accompanied with a ‘thud’ or ‘clunk’ sound as you change gears. When experiencing transmission problems, some vehicles refuse to change gears altogether, which also results in difficulty getting up to speed.

If your vehicle is giving you any of these warning signs, see a mechanic as soon as possible. Your transmission is most likely on the decline and the longer you wait, the more problems will accrue and your wallet will pay the price in the end. Schedule a service appointment at Cavalier Ford Lincoln Greenbrier today.

How to Handle Thanksgiving Dinner for a Group of People

Whether you’re making Thanksgiving dinner for two or 20, including family from Virginia Beach and Norfolk, the process can be stressful. From calculating the perfect amount of food to cook to figuring out how to deal with the enormous amount of dishes to clean after dinner, it can be difficult to relax and fully enjoy the holiday.

Thanksgiving for a Group of People

To avoid that scenario this year, below are a few simple tips you can follow to make this year’s Thanksgiving a little bit less stressful.

Plan and prepare: Regardless of whether you’re cooking Thanksgiving dinner for just you and your spouse or for your entire family, it’s beneficial to have a game plan. Once you decide on what you’ll be cooking, and whether anyone will be making dishes at their houses and bringing them to the meal, hit the grocery store as early as possible to get the ingredients you need. Then make some sides throughout the week and refrigerate or freeze them until Thanksgiving. And on the big day, get started early on cooking the turkey so you can roast it to pure perfection without eating at 9 pm because you got a late start.

ndoubtedly, everyone will be willing to lend a hand, no matter how big or small.Ask for help: Trying to set up for and cook Thanksgiving dinner by yourself can be overwhelming, so don’t be afraid to ask family and friends for assistance before, during, and after the meal. You can ask each attendee to bring a side dish or dessert for the meal or come early to help set the table. When the meal is over, ask for help packing up the leftovers and clearing the table. U

Have a plan for leftovers: While Thanksgiving may be considered one of the biggest cheat days when it comes to food, ha

ving a large amount of leftovers can leave a sour taste in anyone’s mouth at the thought of seemingly endless turkey sandwiches and reheated mashed potatoes. To avoid being overwhelmed by your leftovers, make doggie bags for your guests as you clean up from Thanksgiving dinner so you can hand them out when they leave.

How to Handle Thanksgiving for a group

Take advantage of your dishwasher: No matter the size of your Thanksgiving get-together, there will be an enormous pile of dishes that need to be cleaned at the end of the night. But if you fill your dishwasher and run it as often as you need to, keeping on top of those dirty dishes will be a breeze.

Relax and have fun: Thanksgiving is the time for family and friends. Your family from places such as Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and all over the country will travel to see each other, so enjoy this time together and the memories you can make during this year’s dinner. Periodically take a break during the preparations to talk to your family and friends. It’s sure to lower your stress, make you relax, and even make you laugh while you’re cooking.

Thanksgiving is a great time each year for family and friends to come together and feast on delicious food. So if you’re cooking this year for your spouse or your entire family, use these tips listed to make this year’s Thanksgiving less stressful and more enjoyable.

Black Friday Shopping Tips

With the day fast approaching, people all over the area, including Virginia Beach and Norfolk, are thinking about Black Friday shopping. As the official start of the holiday shopping season, on Black Friday, there’s no doubt malls and shopping centers will be opening early and will be crowded. So it’s understandable that shopping on Black Friday can be extremely hectic.

If you’re thinking about stopping by the Lynnhaven Mall  for the Black Friday deals, be sure to take note of the tips listed below to lessen the stress of your Black Friday shopping experience.

Map out the stores: The mall will be filled with people scrambling to get the best deals on all of their Christmas gifts, so knowing the layout of the stores where you need to shop will help you get in and out quickly.

Make a list and stick to it: Just like mapping out the stores where you need to shop, creating a list of everything you need to purchase can help you get in and out of stores faster. Also, this can help you stick to buying only what you need and not making any impulse purchases, especially with so many Black Friday sales and specials.

Get some rest: Each year, malls and other stores open earlier and earlier to accommodate the Black Friday shopping crowds. While not every mall has a Black Friday schedule just yet, it’s safe to assume that stores may open as early as 6 pm on Thanksgiving. Regardless of when you plan to head out for the sales, make sure to get plenty of rest so you can stay sharp, focused and, most importantly, safe while you’re shopping.

Get to the stores early: Whatever time malls and stores plan to open around Thanksgiving and Black Friday, some kind of line is going to form outside ahead of time. If you want to get a prime parking spot and be one of the first people inside the stores, then get there as early as possible. Just remember, though, that the earlier you get there, the longer you’ll have to wait outside. Since the temperatures are generally chilly in late November, it would be wise to dress in layers so you can stay warm while you wait.

Be careful: This is the most important tip you should follow. Black Friday horror stories of stampedes, injuries, and even death are all too common. Avoid shoving, fighting, and running for an item you need. Chances are that stores have additional items in the back and will replenish their supplies on the floor throughout the night, so there’s no need to get physical or resort to violence to get what you want. 

Black Friday is almost here, and it’s sure to include not only great prices but tons of shoppers as well. If you’re looking to visit any of the malls and stores in Norfolk or Virginia Beach, be sure to take note and follow these tips for ensure you have a safe and stress-free Black Friday shopping experience.