Tangent and Albany Auto Repair

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My car started to make a funny noise

Anytime that your vehicle makes a noise that isn't what it typically sounds like that means that it should be checked out. Your vehicle depends on you to keep it in good condition and in proper running order. This also keeps you safe on the road. A noise can be anything from a worn or loose belt, pulleys, internal engine components, steering or suspension and/or your brakes. To keep you safe on the road give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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When turning my car making a noise

If your vehicle has a power steering pump then it could be due to low fluid. When your fluid gets low the power steering pump will suck air and this will cause a noise. This will happen due to a leak in your steering system and that could be from a hose, the power steering pump or your rack in pinion or steering gear. In all of the cases your vehicle would need to be looked at and properly diagnosed.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Why does my a/c blow hot on one side?

Your air conditioner may be blowing hot on one side due to your blend door actuator sticking. Your blend door controls how much hot and cold comes through your vents. If your blend door is sticking then it will cause it to only blow hot or cold. To fix this the blend door would need to be replaced.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Air Conditioner

My brakes are making a grinding noise

Your brakes could be making a grinding noise due to a caliper that is sticking and causing premature wear to your brake pads. This when left undiagnosed can cause your brake pads to damage your rotor if your pads get to thin. Having a caliper dragging will cause poor fuel mileage, pulling when driving or braking and if left for to long it can be a safety hazard.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Brakes

My brake light indicator is on

Your brake light could be on due to low brake fluid. Low brake fluid can be an indication that your brake pads need to be replaced. This can also be an indication that you have a leak in your brake system. When your brake light indicator comes on then you need to have your system checked to make sure you're safe on the road. We do free brake inspections - give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Brakes

My engine is making a popping noise

Your engine could be making a popping noise due to a broken spark plug. On certain engine's it was a common breakdown. When the spark plug breaks it will shoot up out of the spark plug hole, when it does this is will damage the ignition coil and possible other components. To fix this we have to repair the spark plug hole that is damaged. We will also recommend a complete tune up with all spark plugs, ignition coil boots unless it has been done recently.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Engine

My transmission won't go into reverse

Your transmission may not be going into gear due to an internal failure or possibly a module that has failed. The only way to know exactly what has happened is to have it properly diagnosed. Our highly trained and skilled technicians will help you get back on the road as soon as possible. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Transmission

Why does my fuel gauge bounce up and down?

Your fuel gauge may be bouncing around due to a faulty fuel level sending unit. When your fuel level sending unit starts to go out it will cause your fuel gauge to read improperly. This can cause you to run out of fuel while driving if it's not reading correctly and leave you stranded on the side of the road. Some of these sensors are integrated into your fuel pump and other times they are separate.  Give us a call and let us take care of you. 541-791-2886 Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Fuel

My clutch smells

If you're new to driving a manual then it could be that you're holding in the clutch too long or pressing on the accelerator a little too hard when taking off from a stop. If this happens for an extended period of time it can damage your clutch and flywheel if this happens they will need to be replaced. It's also possible that if you purchased your vehicle second hand then the clutch is worn out and it's due for replacement. Your clutch does have a life span and that depends on how you drive and the material that your clutch is made out of. If you're concerned about your clutch you're welcome to stop by and we will check it for you.  Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures,  Heather

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Clutch

My car starting shaking violently

This can be due to a misfire on your engine. When your engine starts to misfire it can shake the entire vehicle and cause it to run very poorly. This can be due to worn out or even damaged spark plugs or other ignition components. If you drive your vehicle to to long with a misfire then it can damage the engine or the catalytic converters. We can service all your vehicles needs. Give us a call and let us take care of you.  Happy Adventures, Heather

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