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Are You Feeling Your Car's A/C?

Are You Feeling Your Car's A/C?

The temperatures in Las Vegas are quickly climbing as spring is finally here. With hot weather on the way, drivers in the area should start testing their car's air conditioning. And if your vehicle's air conditioning isn't working up to expectations, it can make your drive a drag. Fortunately, you have Don's D.I. Auto & Truck Service to handle all of your vehicle's HVAC system issues year-round. Let us make sure that you stay cool throughout the spring and summer.   After winter, you probably didn't run your A/C. This is where most of the problems stem. You may feel the air from your vents, but it isn't cold!   If your A/C seems to be operating normally, without any unusual noises or smell, but it is blowing hot or warm air, you most likely need an A/C recharge. In other words, your A/C system is low on refrigerant or freon.   If your vehicle's refrigerant is low, you may need to check for leaks. When you bring your car to our au ... read more

What Are the Signs of Low or Leaking Transmission Fluid?

What Are the Signs of Low or Leaking Transmission Fluid?

Your transmission fluid acts as a lubricant for the transmission system, which is in charge of transferring power from the engine to your wheels. Without a smooth, running transmission, you can count on not going very far.  Unlike gasoline, transmission fluid isn't a burnable liquid. It can only run low when there is a leak within its fluid lines. To avoid extensive transmission damages, you need to be mindful of your fluid levels and get routine inspections of the transmission components. If you don't know where to begin, feel free to bring your vehicle to the transmission experts at Don's D.I. Auto & Truck Service. 6 Signs That Indicate You May Have a Transmission Fluid Leak Slipping transmission - If your gear falls out of place or back into neutral, you are experiencing a slipping transmission. This symptom indicates you may have a fluid leak and risk transmission overheating. Overheated transmission/burning smell - If you notice a significant drop in power ... read more

Items to Pack in Your Car for Your Next Road Trip

Items to Pack in Your Car for Your Next Road Trip

When it comes to road travel, preparation is key for you and your travel companions' safety. It's harder to get what you need if you're on roads that you're not very familiar with, which is why you should pack some items to prepare yourself in case of emergencies. Before you hit the highway for your next journey, please make sure you pack the following items: Jumper cables  A spare tire and other tire-changing tools (ex. jack, gloves, etc.) A first aid kit  Water and non-perishable food items Phone chargers Batteries Blankets  Your license, registration, ID, and any other important paperwork Map or other backup directional documents  Road flares Multi-tool Flashlight  Fun, entertaining activities (games, books, music, etc.) Bottle of windshield washer fluid Winter/snow equipment, depending on areas of travel Motor oil, coolant, and gasoline for back-up Cash These are just several of our top recommendations of what to bring on yo ... read more

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

The water pump is an important part of your car's cooling system. The water pump draws coolant from the radiator and pumps the coolant through the engine. The coolant draws away the heat from the engine parts to keep them cool as it circulates through your car's engine. When the coolant returns to the radiator, the outside air and the radiator fan reduce the temperature of the coolant before the coolant moves through the engine again. Below are the signs that your water pump is failing: Coolant Leaks Coolant leakage from the water pump is a common and clear sign that it is time to replace the water pump. Since the coolant is stored in the water pump with multiple gaskets and seals, radiator fluid leakage will mean that the parts have worn out, loosened, or cracked. Coolant comes in various colors, such as red, green, and orange. Overheating A dead or dying water pump does not have the power to circulate coolant through the engine of your car. As a result, your engine will ... read more

Why Is My Engine Making Weird Noises?

Why Is My Engine Making Weird Noises?

Hearing a strange noise coming from your vehicle is almost never a good sign, mainly if it is happening under the hood of your car. You might be concerned, which is good, as long as you never brush it off. The problem can be as simple as a loose component, or it could hint at something much more severe. If the noise comes from the engine, it can mean different things. Here are some of the most common types of noises that your engine may make and what they imply:  Clicking Noise A clicking noise that emits when you rev the engine is usually a symptom of low oil pressure, excessive valve wear, or worn or damaged engine components. It's best to have your engine and oil checked out and pinpointed by an auto technician. Pings or Knocks When Accelerating A pinging or knocking sound that is heard during acceleration can be caused by various things, including ignition timing issues, eng ... read more

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