Virtually all vehicles come with power steering so many Pewaukee motorists have never driven a car or truck without it. Power steering assists you when you turn your Sedan steering wheel. Without it, it would be very hard to steer.
Now this power assist comes in a couple of forms. In recent years, a lot of Brookfield vehicles have an electric motor that reduces steering effort and helps improve fuel efficiency.
The other kind of power steering is hydraulic. This is the kind most older WI vehicles, and a lot of newer ones, have. Power steering fluid is pressurized by a pump and is used to assist steering. Of course, Brookfield motorists need the right amount of fluid in the system. If it’s too low your steering is affected and you could damage your Sedan pump.
Also, power steering fluid can become corrosive over time and damage the pump, hoses and connectors; leading to leaks and repairs. Power steering service at Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee in Pewaukee includes removing the contaminated fluid and replacing it with fresh fluid.
A word about power steering pumps: Some are powered by an electric motor. Others are driven by the serpentine belt. A worn serpentine belt stresses all of the Sedan components it drives, including the power steering pump, so replace the belt at Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee as advised to avoid undue repairs.
Losing your power steering while driving in Pewaukee can be unsettling – just remember that you can still steer, it’ll just be harder. Check with your Friendly and professional Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee tech to see if it’s time to service your Sedan power steering system.
In addition to power steering service, at Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee we offer comprehensive automotive services including Timing Belts, Brakes and Aqua-Pell Windshield Treatment.
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All those automotive fluids can be confusing for Brookfield auto owners. Recent years have brought new grades of engine oil, types of transmission fluid, coolant, and brake fluid. The right fluid protects your vehicle and helps it perform at its best. The wrong fluid won’t work as well for Pewaukee auto owners and could even cause damage.
In addition to new grades of engine oil, many Sedans now leave the factory with synthetic oil. Brookfield auto owners should always use the recommended grade and type of oil in their engine.
All coolant, also called antifreeze, used to be green. Now there are several other colors of coolant sold at Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee in Pewaukee. Each type is designed to protect the cooling system components that are particular to your vehicle. The wrong stuff can void your Sedan cooling system warranty and could even cause engine damage.
Most passenger vehicles on Pewaukee roads today use either DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5 brake fluid. Your Sedan power brake system is specifically designed to use ONE of these types – you need the right one. Higher numbers do not necessarily mean a higher, upgraded fluid.
Now, the important thing is knowing that your vehicle requires specific grades and types of fluids and that using the right fluids is good and using the wrong ones is bad. Once you’ve got that down, it’s easy to remember to check with your Friendly and professional Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee service professional or Sedan owner’s manual to find out which automotive fluids to use.
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Every Sedan on WI interstates has a differential, and it is important to the proper operation of the vehicle, but most Pewaukee car owners don’t have a clue what it is.
The differential compensates for differing wheel speeds. For example, when you turn, the inside tire on the turn travels a much shorter distance than the outside wheel. So the inside wheel of the Sedan must move at a slower speed than the outside wheel. Without a differential, the wheels would hop and scrape while turning.
Have you ever seen the large bugle-shaped object in the middle of the rear axle of a truck? That’s the differential. In a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the differential is located on the back axle. Four-wheel drive vehicles and SUV’s have differentials on both the front and the rear axle.
You might expect that the differential is located on the front axle of a front-wheel drive vehicle. You’d be right. But the differential is called a transaxle on a front-wheel drive vehicle because its location allows it to be combined with the transmission.
In an all-wheel drive vehicle, an additional differential or transfer case is located between the front and rear axles. Differentials are strong: They have to be because of the important job they do. But those tough parts need proper lubrication. You don’t want your differential to seize up. That results in pricey damage to your Sedan.
So you need to have your Sedan differential serviced regularly. It’s not a complicated job. At Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee in Pewaukee we’ve been servicing differentials for 2 years. The used lubricating fluid is simply drained and then replaced. Some vehicles require specific additives in the differential fluid; your Pewaukee service center will ensure you are getting what your Sedan needs.
The intervals in time or mileage for servicing your differential vary greatly from vehicle to vehicle. Check with your owner’s manual or Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee to find out how often your Sedan differential needs to be serviced.
Generally, however, front-wheel drive vehicles need their differential serviced more often than rear-wheel drive vehicles. Also, if you spend a lot of time off-road or on Brookfield area dirt or gravel roads, or if you drive through water, you will need to service your differential more often than the standard recommendation – check with your Friendly and professional Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee technician.
Preventive maintenance for your differential is good car care that can spare you pricey repair bills. Knowing what your differential is and how it operates is important and will help you understand why this is good auto advice. Remember, take care of your Sedan, and it will take care of you.
Everyone in the Brookfield area wants our tires to last as long as possible. Two ways to maximize tire life are wheel balancing and tire rotation.
When wheels are out of balance, they wobble a bit. That makes the tires wear in a cupping pattern. And they vibrate. To fix this, your service technician at Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee puts weights on your wheels to balance them out. If a front wheel is out of balance you’ll feel it in the steering wheel. If it’s a rear wheel you’ll feel it through your seat.
That brings us to tire rotation. The front tires on a car wear out more quickly than the rear tires. As they push through turns from Pewaukee to Waukesha, the shoulders of the front tires wear down. So rotating front and rear tires allows them to all wear at about the same rate over the life of the tire.
Proper tire inflation will also help your tires last longer. Under-inflated tires wear excessively on the shoulder and may even overheat. This could cause tire damage or a blow out. Over-inflated tires wear to fast in the middle.
Four wheel drive trucks and SUV’s tend to wear their tires more unevenly so rotation is even more important with them. Give us a call to get our recommendation on your Sedan.
See your owner’s manual or ask your service technician at Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee for your recommended tire rotation schedule. It’s usually every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.
Tires cost a lot and they are one of the most critical safety components on your vehicle. Take care of them and they’ll take care of you.
Most folks around Pewaukee have had a flat tire. You know it’s inconvenient and a pain. Our tires are important. Keeping them in good working order isn’t just a big safety issue – it also has a financial impact. With high gas prices, we’ve all heard about the importance of keeping proper tire pressure to save on gas. In addition, proper inflation promotes even tread wear so your tires last longer.
There’s another danger to under-inflated tires. Low tire pressure puts added stress on the structure of the tire itself, causing it to break down prematurely. Also, under-inflated tires generate more heat which also reduces tire life. So get those slow leaks fixed quickly – don’t just keep airing them up every few days. You want to avoid serious tire damage.
Tires can also be damaged by road hazards in and around Pewaukee. Punctures, cuts and impacts on curbs or potholes can also cause damage that could lead to tire failure. Sometimes, it’s something that a visual inspection would reveal. Take the opportunity to check your tires when you’re gassing up. Look for slashes, missing chunks, nails or screws in the tread or just uneven wear. Of course check the air pressure too.
Now tire damage can be on the inside where you can’t see it until it’s removed from the wheel. Such damage could come from a severe impact, driving on a flat or even just low pressure. Some punctures can cause internal damage that are too severe to be repaired. You may see our Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee professionals take the time to remove your flat from the rim and inspect the inside before repairing it, which means we’re just following good procedure.
Now some tires just can’t be repaired. A puncture may be too large to plug. Also, the puncture could be in a location that’s not safe to repair like in the sidewall or outer portion of the tread. So called run-flat tires should not be repaired because their design is such that internal damage can’t be detected by a visual inspection.
It is also important that repairs should only be done by a qualified tire specialist like the ones we have at Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee. You can buy self repair kits – save those for emergencies, like when you’re off-roading and need a quick fix so you can hobble back to civilization and get professional help. If you need to use a repair-in-a-can product, remember it’s a temporary measure only and your tire needs to be properly repaired as soon as possible.
Here are some other considerations: Repairing a flat may void your tire manufacturer’s warranty – just something to keep in mind. Also, if you repair a speed rated tire, you should not use it in any motorsports or operate it above legal speed limits. Your tire professional will repair your tire whenever it’s safe to do so and he’ll advise you when it’s better to replace it. So watch those curbs and keep the air – on the inside.
This Hyundai has what we call a cracked exciter ring. The ABS sensor shown at the lower right of the picture reads the square peaks and valleys of the exciter ring as the front drive axle turns and this is how the car determines how fast that particular wheel is traveling. The crack in the ring, shown by the red arrow causes that gap to be wider than the others tricking the ABS computer to think that wheel has suddenly changed speeds so it thinks it need to activate the ABS brakes. Having this happen on dry pavement will cause the car to not stop fast enough and could cause a collision.
To repair the problem, the front suspension is pulled apart, the axle shaft removed and the exciter ring replaced. To do the job properly, the complete shaft should be pulled apart, replace any worn parts, replace the CV joint boots and grease.
This problem is not isolated to just Hyundai and can happen on any make of car fitted with Anti Lock Brakes. At Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee LLC. we specialize on the diagnosis and repair of simple to complicated brake systems. Give us a call if you are having problems with your ABS brakes, we can help.
If you aren’t currently using synthetic motor oil in your Pewaukee vehicle, maybe now’s the time to consider it. Need more information? Well, synthetic motor oil is a substitute for petroleum based oil.
Synthetic oil doesn’t gel or gum-up like petroleum based oil and it doesn’t vaporize as easily. It protects better in severe driving conditions like stop and go driving around Pewaukee, as well as in very hot or very cold conditions. More and more new vehicles are being delivered with full synthetic motor oil; with the recommendation to use synthetic for the life of the vehicle.
Why is this? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why; we’d need a microscope, so we’ll have to settle for using our imaginations.
The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecules. Which is more slippery, a pile of pencils or a pile of marbles?
Synthetic motor oil lubricates better because there’s less friction. That means better wear protection, cooler operating temperatures, more power and better fuel economy. And synthetic oil doesn’t sludge up like conventional oil, so it prevents those small oil passages from clogging up.
Some manufacturers are extending oil change intervals. The added protection of synthetic oil covers you for these longer intervals. Talk with your service advisor about how you drive and see if he thinks you can benefit from synthetic oil. Also ask about the appropriate oil change interval for synthetic, because it may very well be longer than for conventional oil.
Most of us here in Pewaukee have a busy life and might occasionally miss an oil change; go ahead admit it. Since we’re not perfect, doesn’t it make sense to use a motor oil that’s got your back?
Now synthetic oil costs more. But it lasts longer, protects better and increases fuel economy. You’ll likely save money in the long run. If you’re serious about making your car last longer, start using synthetic motor oil right away.
Everyone in Pewaukee WI has blind spots – and no, I’m not talking about the fact that you really don’t sing like Jessica Simpson. I mean the areas of the road that you can’t see when you’re driving around Pewaukee.
First let’s talk about our own blinds spots, and then we can talk about others…
To begin, we can greatly reduce our blind spots by properly adjusting our mirrors to give the widest coverage possible. Make the adjustments in your Sedan before you start to drive.
First, adjust your rear view mirror to give the best possible view directly to the rear of your car. You don’t need it to get a better view of either side of the car, the kids in the back seat or your dazzling smile. The rear view mirror should look to the rear.
Next, lean your head until it almost touches the driver’s side window. Adjust your side mirror so that you can just barely see the side of your car.
Now, lean your head to the middle of the car and adjust the outside mirror so that you can barely see the right side of the car.
With your mirrors adjusted this way, you’ll have maximum coverage. Of course driving is a dynamic process – things change every second. So it’s wise to take a quick look to the side when passing to make sure that another vehicle hasn’t moved into an area you couldn’t see in your mirrors.
Depending on the kind of vehicle you drive (Sedan?), you may still have some blind spots. All vehicles have an area behind them that’s blind when backing up. The bigger the vehicle, the bigger the blind spot. A pick up or SUV can hide a small child – an RV, bus or tractor-trailer can hide an entire vehicle. So be careful around our Pewaukee streets!
As you drive around the Brookfield area, avoid staying in other diver’s blind spots. You can’t count on them to be watching their mirrors and looking out for you.
Let’s talk about safely sharing the road with heavy trucks and buses. In crashes involving a truck and car, the car causes about 40 percent of the accidents. But 78 percent of the fatalities are with the car. The laws of physics are against the smaller vehicle, so it pays to take extra precautions around trucks and buses.
Heavy vehicles have huge blind spots: to the rear, on both sides and up front. They also can’t maneuver like a car. They take twice as long to stop and need twice as much space as you do in your Sedan or other type of car. You need to keep wide margins when driving around one of these big rigs.
Here are some tips for passing a heavy vehicle in the Brookfield area:
Avoid the blind spots. If you can’t see the driver’s face in one of his mirrors or in a window, he cannot see you!
Don’t follow too close. If you can’t see one of the truck’s mirrors, you’re too close.
Make sure there is plenty of room to pass. Trucks are long and take time to get around. If you’re on one of our local Pewaukee WI two way highways, wait for a passing zone.
Don’t linger when passing. Because the blind spots are so big on the sides, you want to get through them quickly. If you can’t pass quickly, drop back.
Pass on the left whenever possible. A trucks’ blind spot is much larger on the right.
Be attentive and wear your seat belts while driving anywhere around Pewaukee, even short drives.
Don’t be aggressive when driving around trucks. Because of their size, they appear to be going slower than they really are. Cutting it short around a truck could be disastrous.
Use your turn signals when starting to pass. Once you can see the full truck in your rear view mirror, it’s safe to signal and move over. Don’t cut it short or slow quickly when you pull in front of a truck.
Be careful passing a truck at an intersection. Trucks need to turn wide to maneuver through city streets. Squeezing between a truck and the curb could put your car in the Pewaukee body shop. Look for the truck’s turn signals.
We at Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee want you to watch those blind spots – but feel free to sing in the shower all you want.
The transmission in this GL, some ML’s and many other Mercedes vehicles have problems with one of the sensors failing intermittently and causing the transmission to not shift. This plate is located above the Valve Body inside the transmission and houses not just the main transmission speed sensors but also the shift solenoids and the transmission control module itself which is part of what makes this such a difficult repair.
First step is to get the vehicle to act up long enough to determine its an actual internal transmission electrical problem. The next step is to pull the lower part of the transmission out to get access to the old part, and replace it with the new one. Code the new module to match this vehicle and set up the anti-theft so that it will start when its done. Lastly relearning the new transmission module to know how to properly shift your older transmission.
The software side of this repair is the part that makes it so that most shops wont be able to do the work and will probably tell you that it will have to go to the dealer. Luckily our shop is set up to do these kind of tough repairs on most European vehicles including Mercedes, BMW, VW, Mini, Volvo and Saab just to name a few. We also can do programing on most Domestic and Asian vehicles as well.
Just as our bodies need clean air to function properly, your Sedan engine needs clean air to operate efficiently. Let’s go egghead for a minute. For every gallon of gas we burn driving on WI freeways, twenty pounds of carbon dioxide comes out the tailpipe. Question: how can a gallon of gas that weighs a little over six pounds produce twenty pounds of carbon dioxide?
The answer is that the carbon comes from the gasoline, but the oxygen comes from the air. You see, it takes about twelve thousand gallons of air to burn a gallon of gas in your engine. Clearly, your Sedan needs a lot of air to keep going in Pewaukee. A lot of clean air is best.
You’ve seen the pictures of people in Japan wearing face masks. They want some kind of filter to keep unwanted pollution and germs out of their lungs. Well, your Sedan also works better when its internals are clean. When your Sedan air filter’s dirty, it simply can’t trap any more dirt, so the pollutants just pass through into your air intake system. From there it can clog your fuel injectors and even get into the motor itself. Not surprisingly, burning dust and pollen in your Sedan engine does you no good.
So, we’re talking potential damage for Brookfield drivers. But another big thing is wasted fuel. Your Sedan engine management computer tries to mix the correct amount of air in with the fuel. If the filter’s clogged, there isn’t enough air for the optimal fuel to air mix and that really messes with fuel efficiency.
In fact, replacing a dirty air filter at Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee can improve your fuel economy by up to ten percent. At today’s Pewaukee fuel prices, you should be able to pay for a new air filter before your next oil change.
The verdict: When your Sedan engine air filter needs to be replaced; it needs to be replaced. How often depends entirely on the level of air pollution where you drive in WI. A simple visual inspection at Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee will tell you when you need a new engine air filter.
When you look at the air filter on your furnace at home and see it’s all clogged up with dust and dirt, you don’t hesitate to replace it. When your Nelsons Automotive of Pewaukee service advisor shows you your nasty engine air filter, you now know why you should go ahead and replace it.