Five Easy Ways to Save Money on Car Maintenance

Car maintenance can get expensive if you're not careful. Luckily, it's easy to save money while keeping your car running smoothly. All it takes is a little time and patience. Taking care of small maintenance issues in a timely manner can save you a fortune down the road. Read Your Owner's Manual Dig through your glove box, pull out your owner's manual and read it. This is the simplest and quickest way to save on car maintenance. Reading it will teach you what your car needs and when it needs … [Read more...]

How To Care For A Diesel-Powered Vehicle

General maintenance and care for a diesel vehicle isn't too different from that of a car that uses regular gasoline, but there are a few key things you'll need to know that the owner's manual might not cover. Oil Changes Diesel vehicles require more frequent oil changes.  The actual interval will vary with the vehicle type and the type of oil used, but older vehicles or those that regularly carry a heavy load should be changed every 2,500 miles or so. Due to the gunkiness of the fuel, oil … [Read more...]

GM Transmission Maintenance Tips

Whether automatic or a standard stick shift transmission, a GM product is designed to go hundred thousand miles before transmission maintenance. When the occasion does arise, however, that a transmission develops problems, the need to remove the transmission case is necessary. Except for adding fluid it is not possible to work on the transmission gears and linkages without removing the transmission from the bottom of the vehicle. Whether front wheel, rear wheel or four-wheel drive makes no … [Read more...]

Common Problems with the Ford 5.4L Engine – What Every Owner Needs to Know

  The engine is the heart of every vehicle, and it’s the most expensive component to repair or overhaul. It does not matter what kind of vehicle you own or how you use it - the quality of the engine will play a major role in your overall satisfaction and your total repair costs. The Ford 5.4-liter engine has been one of the most popular powertrains for more than a decade now, and over the years it has proven to be both reliable and fuel efficient. Even so, this engine’s owners have … [Read more...]

Chevy 4.3 Liter Crate Engines

As an auto mechanic, you know a vehicle is only as good as the engine under its hood. So you want to make sure the remanufactured Chevrolet 4.3 Liter engines you put in your clients’ vehicles are in impeccable condition. At PowertrainDirect.com, we can assure you of that level of quality. PowertrainDirect.com Advantage The right engine for the right vehicle – the first time! Do you know VVT from VCT? SOHC from OHV? Split Port from VTech?----- WE DO! We actually want to help you not just … [Read more...]

4 Smart Ways to Make Your Current Car Last Longer

  One of the best things you can do for your wallet is make your current car last longer. Squeezing more miles and additional years out of the vehicle you already own means more time without a car payment, which in turn means more money in your pocket. It was not so long ago that many vehicles were at the end of their useful life by the time their odometers clicked over to six digits. These days, however, it is not at all unusual for a well-maintained vehicle to go not only 100,000, … [Read more...]

Top Ten Tech Tips For Engine & Transmission Replacement

Auto repair professionals have turned to Powertrain Direct thousands of times for advice on vehicles they are repairing. "Heavy line" repairs - replacing engines, transmissions and transfer cases - can be challenging. Below are the top ten tech tips for the last year or so based on Powertrain Direct viewership - all gathered in one convenient place. 1.  What Causes High Oil Pressure? Typically, high oil pressure is caused by a couple things starting with a bad sending unit. Read more here. 2. … [Read more...]

Transmission Fluid Leaking At The Axle: Troubleshooting Causes

Transmission leaks are normally found around the pan gasket, but they can also be located in other places. If you’re noticing transmission fluid leaking at the axle, you’ll need to figure out what’s going on in order to save the transmission before something bad happens. Even a small leak can translate to serious damage over time. Here are some steps to take if you notice transmission fluid leaking at the axle.   Check the Transmission Fluid Level Before you do anything else, check the … [Read more...]

Remanufactured Engines vs. Used Engines – What to You Must Know

If you have a customer with a blown engine come into your shop, you need to know the right options to get them back on the road. While there are several different choices you can recommend, that recommendation should hinge on a few different factors. Obviously, if there’s a warranty company involved, then you’ll have to communicate with them and find out what they’ll authorize and what they won’t. If there’s no warranty company, then you’ll need to base your recommendations on the customer’s … [Read more...]

Remanufactured Transmissions vs Transmission Repair: Helping Your Customer Choose the Best Option

Transmission problems can strike at any time, for a variety of reasons. Perhaps your customer just got a dud, or maybe they’ve been racing their car (which is more common than you might actually think). Whether the transmission failed because it’s just old and worn out or there’s something else at work, choosing replacement or repair is now necessary. Transmission replacement isn’t as expensive as total engine replacement, but it’s definitely a very real expense. Helping your customer understand … [Read more...]