Fix Your Car Heater Before the Cool Weather

Fix Your Car Heater Before the Cool WeatherAt Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City, we know it won’t be long before coats come out, and you come in to let us fix your car heater before the cool weather arrives. No one wants to drive in that morning traffic in a cold car. For fall and winter auto maintenance and repair, we’re here to help. Stop by before you find yourself wearing full outdoor gear inside your car.

Besides creating a miserable drive, a broken car heater causes other problems, too. If your windshield is icy or foggy, without your heater working it can’t blow warm air on the windshield to clear it and that is a serious hazard when you are driving. In addition, if your car should break down, not having a heater that works could be dangerous if you are stranded.

Very simply, a heating system works when the vehicle gets heat from the car engine’s coolant system. So, when the engine reaches its operating temperature which is controlled by the thermostat, it heats up the coolant and water mixture. This mixture goes through hoses and valves and into the heating core, which is sort of like a radiator. Then a blower fan pushes the warm air from the heating core into the filter and then into your car.

If you bring your vehicle to Ponder Auto Repair we’ll help you maintain your heating system by checking hoses, belts and keeping the coolant clean and filled. If you are experiencing heating problems, we will find out what’s wrong and fix your car heater before the cool weather arrives.

Now, your heating system is actually more complicated than you might think. Here are several reasons your heater may not be working.

Coolant

Rust particles or other coolant contaminants may be blocking the heating core. This stops the air from circulating in the cabin. In addition, either a decrease in the coolant level or a leak in the coolant system can cause the heater not to work because of the low antifreeze and water levels in the radiator. This tends to be a very common problem. Coolant doesn’t evaporate on its own, so when it’s low you know you have a problem. You could just add some coolant but it won’t fix the bigger problem, and chronically low or empty coolant will damage your engine.

A leak may mean there is a loose hose clamp, or it may indicate a more serious problem like a leaking engine cylinder head gasket. Either way, come on in and get it checked out.

Other Component Issues

  • The heater may not work because the blower fan isn’t working.
  • A bad thermostat can prevent the engine from warming up.
  • The heater core that moves warm air into your car could be malfunctioning.

As you can see, there are several parts that make up the heating system and that means there are many different things that can go wrong. If your heater is giving you troubles, we will find the problem and fix your car heater before the cool weather gets here. But even if it’s working, it is best to periodically have our mechanics at Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City check out the heater to make sure everything looks okay. By properly maintaining your vehicle’s heating and cooling system, you can help prevent a heater failure.

Is it the Battery, Starter or Alternator?

Is it the Battery, Starter or AlternatorOkay, so your car won’t start but what’s wrong? Is it the battery, starter or alternator? Our technicians at Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City can figure it out and fix it. The reliability of your vehicle is so crucial to everything you do. When you bring it to us, you’ll know the work we do is always done right the first time.

The battery, starter and charging systems, including the alternator, work together in your car so sometimes it’s not easy to tell right away which one may be malfunctioning. So, let’s take a look how the battery, alternator, and starter function and how to tell which one is causing the problem with your car.

The Starter

Your car’s starter does exactly that, it starts the engine. The battery sends the starter a jolt of electricity. Your car’s starter component takes the electricity and uses it to turn the engine over. Now the engine is started.

What happens when the starter doesn’t work?

  • You will hear a clicking sound when you turn the key
  • The engine won’t turn over, but the dash lights will still be lit
  • Trying to jump start your vehicle won’t get the engine to turn on

The Battery

You should replace your car battery about every four to five years. It just can’t hold a charge for much longer than that. When you drive, the battery is being recharged by the car’s alternator. But the battery’s internal metal parts begin to corrode, which reduces its ability to hold a charge. A good battery is important because it provides the power to the starter and your vehicle’s electrical system.

What happens when the battery doesn’t work?

  • When you try to start the car, you will hear a low whining sound
  • Sometimes a jump start will get the engine going but as soon as you turn off the engine again, it won’t start back up. This means the alternator is doing what it is supposed to, keep the battery going once it has started, but the battery isn’t able to hold a charge.

The Alternator

If everything is working except the alternator, the battery will still lose its charge because the alternator can’t keep it charged.

What happens when the alternator doesn’t work?

  • Right before your alternator fails, you might hear a growling sound
  • As your alternator overheats, you may notice a smell of burning rubber or hot wires
  • Sometimes your headlights or your dash lights flicker or get extra dim or bright
  • Your gauges may act weird
  • When you jump start your car and it starts, but the engine quickly dies then it is probably the alternator that is not working

When your car won’t start, you try to figure out is it the battery, starter or alternator can be an easy call once you know how everything works. You can also bring it into our ASE-certified technicians at Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City. We will figure out which component is causing the trouble and repair it. That way, you can be confident that your car will start and not leave you stranded.

Do Your Brakes Need to Be Replaced?

Do Your Brakes Need to Be ReplacedIt’s important to know the signs of your brakes wearing out, so you will know, do your brakes need to be replaced? At Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City, our technicians can also check them out for you and get them quickly replaced if needed. Good brakes are important for your safety and knowing the signs of bad brakes can prevent potential damage and injury.

Eventually, your vehicle’s brake pads will wear out and you will need to replace them. If you wait, the metal parts of the brakes will grind against the rotor and carve grooves in the surface. If it gets to that point, we will try to smooth it out on a lathe. But sometimes the grooves are just too deep or rotor gets warped or cracked. At that point, you’ll need to have them replaced.

Our technicians at Ponder Auto Repair will examine the mechanical sliding and mounting portions of your brake system. If the brake pistons are sticking, you might need to get them replaced. It might be cheaper to replace the entire caliper than to rebuild the piston.

How often brakes should be replaced depends on the brake material, as well as your driving habits, environment, brake pad hardness, and the materials that make up the brake rotor and brake pads.

Keep Track of Your Mileage

Most brake pads will need to be replaced after around 50,000 miles, but others should be replaced after 25,000, and still others 70,000 miles. Your owner’s manual will tell you your car’s specific needs.

Get Your Brakes Checked

A regular brake check is on your car’s maintenance schedule. To stay safe, you should have your brakes checked regularly. We are happy to do it. Have our technicians check your brake pads whenever you get your tires rotated or your oil changed. Our ASE-certified technicians can diagnose any problems there might be and repair them. Replacing your brake pads on time can keep you safe and prevent more damage from happening.

Warning Signs

As a driver, you need to know the warning signs that your brakes need replacement. There are certain things you should pay attention to, including:

  • The brake pads will make a squealing or scraping noise when they are getting thin.
  • The brake pedal feels spongy or slow to respond.
  • It takes longer to stop.
  • The dashboard brake light is orange, showing that there is a problem with your anti-lock brakes (ABS).
  • The dashboard brake light is red, meaning there is a system imbalance.
  • If it is jittery when you brake, the rotors might be warped.

Do your brakes need to be replaced? If you know the warning signs, you can work with our service experts at Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City to inspect and replace your brakes when it’s necessary. Our team of skilled and personable ASE-Certified Auto Mechanics provide brake system repairs, including service for your pads and drums. We care about your safety and will take great care of your car – and you!

How to Maximize the Life of Your Car, Part 2

How to Maximize the Life of Your Car, Part 2To keep your car running strong for longer, Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City presents How to Maximize the Life of Your Car, Part 2.

Like we mentioned in our previous article, many of us are driving our cars longer and racking up big miles. So how do you get more from your vehicle? According to a Kiplinger article, there are a number of maintenance items that should be taken care of like changing the transmission fluid or getting oil changes on time using synthetic oil. Let’s take a closer look.

Fewer Short Trips

Your car will last longer if you can avoid driving it short distances because the engine doesn’t have a chance to reach operating temperature. We are talking about trips of less than five miles in normal temperatures or less than ten miles in freezing temperatures.

Because water is a byproduct of engine combustion, it can get into your car’s oil and exhaust system every time the engine runs. When the car first starts, there is more fuel mixed in to get it running. When you take a longer trip the engine gets hot and boils the unburned fuel out of the oil, your engine, and your exhaust. That doesn’t happen on a short trip but instead, the oil, water, and fuel in the crankcase eventually turn into a noxious sludge.

Synthetic Oil

Synthetic oil changes cost more but it is much better for your engine and may prevent costly repair bills down the road. More car manufacturers are recommending synthetic oil, particularly in performance models. To handle the higher thermal stress in turbocharged or supercharged engines, you may want to consider using synthetic oil.

Transmission Fluid

Don’t forget to change the transmission fluid and filter. Check with our technicians about your specific car but generally, you should replace the transmission fluid at least by 100,000 miles. If you still have your owner’s manual, you can usually find your manufacturer’s recommended mileage for this type of service.

Clean Your Car

It’s important to keep your car clean, inside and particularly out. If you regularly wash the road salts and other environmental substances off the car’s exterior and undercarriage it will prevent corrosion and keep the paint looking good. While you’re washing it, look for any problems, like cracked lenses in your headlights.

Bearings, Bushings, and Belts

We can help you replace the tires, brake pads, timing and accessory belts, and shock absorbers. In addition, you should replace the suspension bearings and bushings that isolate your suspension from the rest of the car and dampen noise in order to protect the tires and the alignment. If you are replacing your shocks and struts, go ahead and have all the bushings done at the same time. It’s also important to replace timing belts and the water pump.

Because people are driving their cars longer, it’s important to follow our tips covered here in How to Maximize the Life of Your Car, Part 2. This includes avoiding short trips, using synthetic oil, changing the transmission fluid, keeping your car clean, and replacing the bearing, bushings, and belts. And our technicians at Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City can help you with the entire checklist. Our philosophy is customer care, customer awareness, and customer education.

How to Maximize the Life of Your Car, Part 1

How to Maximize the Life of Your Car, Part 1Since many of our customers at  Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City are keeping their cars longer, here’s How to Maximize the Life of Your Car, Part 1. It’s more common now for cars to be reaching the 100,000-mile mark and beyond. Our experts are dedicated to keeping these vehicles running well for their owners. According to a Kiplinger article, there are some things you can do to help get the most out of your car, including regular maintenance and paying attention to any strange sights, sounds or smells.

Regular Maintenance

If you make sure your car receives regular maintenance it will last longer and keep running great even past 100,000 miles. Look at the car manufacturer’s maintenance schedule in the owner’s manual for a list of services you should be doing. Our technicians can help you build a schedule of appropriate car maintenance because there may be some considerations that are not addressed in the owner’s manual dealing with a car that has over 150,000 miles.

Strange Odors

A smell coming from your car can tell you a lot. For example, if you check your oil and smell something burned, it could be a sign that your engine is running too lean, which means it is not using enough fuel. If you tell us, we can fix the problem early and possibly save you from a costly expense of rebuilding your engine. If your automatic transmission fluid has a bad, burned smell, please let us know because you may have a problem that needs repair.

Visual Inspection

You should always do a visual inspection, from the wear on your car tires to the look of things under the hood. Looking the car over for things that need to be fixed can save you time, money, and avoid bigger problems, even dangerous situations in the future. Even if you don’t know anything about cars, one key way to inspect it for issues is to always check for fluid leaks. Some people park on cardboard to see if there are any drips. If so, you should bring the car into the shop for and have any issues takes care of right away.

Listen for Sounds

If you hear sounds you’ve never heard before, like if something is clunking, bumping or squeaking, it is probably a sign that there is a problem. The louder, the more urgent, especially when paired with any drivability issues. Listen to any sounds that are out of the ordinary or indicate something is wrong. Bring it into Ponder Auto Repair and describe the sound. It will give a great clue to our technicians about what might be the problem. We can check it out before you need a tow or the problem becomes more expensive.

At Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City, we’re an honest garage with the experience and expertise necessary to take care of your vehicle. We hope this quick guide, How to Maximize the Life of Your Car, Part 1, was helpful. If you want to get the most out of your car, staying up-to-date with regular maintenance can help, so let us create a maintenance schedule that’s specific to your car’s needs. Of course, if anything looks, smells or sounds weird, bring your car in right away so we can take care of any issues and get you back on the road.

What Does the Timing Belt Do and How Do I Know There’s a Problem?

What Does the Timing Belt Do and How Do I Know There’s a ProblemWe hear it all the time at Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City: what does the timing belt do and how do I know there’s a problem? At some point, the rubber timing belt in your vehicle will deteriorate and snap in two or sometimes the belt’s teeth break off. If this happens, your engine won’t work. This can be an expensive tow and repair. We can check your timing belt and replace it before it breaks.

What does the timing belt do?

The timing belt rotates the engine’s cam and crankshaft so that each cylinder fires at the right time. It is located in the front of the engine and your engine needs the timing belt to run.

Your car’s manufacturer offers a recommendation on when you should replace the timing belt. We can also take a look at it for you, but let us know if you see any of the warning signs of a worn out or broken timing belt.

How to Identify when the timing belt has a problem?

A Your Mechanic article explains the common signs include a ticking noise in the engine, the engine won’t start, a misfiring engine, or oil leaking in the front of the motor.

Ticking noise in the engine

The timing belt pulley system goes to the engine’s crank and cam shaft. The crankshaft powers the engine’s connecting rods which attach to pistons inside the combustion chamber. The camshaft controls the cylinder head valves and rocker arm assembly, which puts fuel into the combustion chamber and expels the burnt gasses out of the exhaust manifold. If your timing belt is starting to wear out, it can make a ticking noise inside the motor.

Engine won’t turn over

If you have a broken timing belt, your engine won’t start. When you try to start the engine, the motor will engage but it won’t turn over. If your timing belt breaks, there may be internal engine damage as well as damage to the cylinder head hardware (pushrods, rocker arms, and valves), damage to crank bearings or the oil pump inside the oil pan.

The misfiring of the engine

Even a worn out timing belt can affect the engine’s firing. An engine misfiring can be caused when the belt slips on the camshaft drive and causes one cylinder to open or close earlier than it’s supposed to.

Oil leaking in front of the motor

Often the engine leaks oil from the timing belt cover which is secured by nuts and bolts that can come loose over time. Also, oil will leak when the gasket between the engine block and timing cover wears out, is cracked or wasn’t installed right and is pinched. Oil leaking from the timing belt cover causes the engine to overheat and wear out the timing belt.

You should not ignore a scheduled timing belt replacement. If your timing belt breaks, your engine will likely need to be replaced. So bring your car, truck, or SUV to Ponder Auto Care to get your timing belt checked or replaced.

We know a proper car maintenance schedule requires belt replacement before they break. If your car or truck needs other maintenance, we can check the timing belt at the same time. If you don’t know when the scheduled maintenance on your timing belt is due, we can tell you. So if you wonder what does the timing belt do and how do I know there’s a problem, schedule an appointment with Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City and our experienced ASE-certified technicians can check and replace your timing belt so you don’t have to worry.

Spring Cleaning Should Include Car and Truck Repair

Spring Cleaning Should Include Car and Truck RepairIf you live in Johnson City, part of your spring cleaning should include car and truck repair at Ponder Auto Repair. We’ve worked on all makes and models of cars, trucks, and SUVs. We have been committed to our customers and our community since 1982. So, as the weather warms up and spring gets you out of the house and doing home repairs, don’t forget to take care of your vehicles.

Car maintenance and repairs should be done after the cold, winter driving. Doing the needed work now can save you more expensive and time-consuming repairs later on. You don’t want to be going to a graduation or summer vacation and have car problems.

Our experienced and friendly technicians are ready to help you tackle your auto maintenance and repair chores. Here are some things you may want to put on your spring cleaning list. Some of these you can do yourself like cleaning the exterior and interior of your car, but the others you should have a professional take care of.

Clean the Outside.

It’s time to clean of winter’s grime by washing the outside of your car. It’s best to use a cleaner made for cars and a coat of wax will help protect the finish. A paste wax is usually the best. Don’t forget to wash your car’s undercarriage and wheel wells to wash away any dirt, chemicals and salt residue.

Clean the Inside.

Don’t forget to clean and wipe down the inside of your car. Go ahead and vacuum the carpet and seats, and scrub any stains. Clean out the trash in the back seat and under the seats. Why not take a remove anything in the truck that you really don’t need?

Inspect the Brakes.

One of the most important things to check is your brakes. Our technicians will make sure your brakes are working correctly. You do not want to take chances on your brakes. If there is a problem we can fix your brakes and get you back on the road safely.

Check Hoses and Belts.

Our technicians can take a look at your vehicle’s hoses and belts, checking for cracks, fraying, soft spots, and connections. If you need, we can replace a hose or belt.

Take Care of Fluids.

We always look at your fluids, like window washer fluid, brake fluid, and automatic transmission fluid. If they need, we top them off.

Swap Out Wiper Blades.

All that winter snow, rain, and slush, your windshield wipers have probably taken a brutal beating. They are not that expensive and very important for your driving vision. We can replace them for you. It’s easy and quick. Take a look at your rear-window blade, too.

Get a Radiator Flush.

We can flush your radiator and add water and coolant.

Check Battery Connections.

Your battery affects many parts of your car. So, we will make sure it works. We will inspect the battery posts and connections to ensure they are clean. If not, we will clean them.

Inspect Tires.

You know how important tires are for your vehicle. Our technicians will check your tires’ air pressure, look for wear or damage, and if you need, check the alignment. Don’t forget to check the air pressure in your spare tire as well.

Get a Tire Rotation.

While we’re on the subject of tires, you should have them rotated every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. Tires are expensive and you want to get the best performance and the longest use from them that you can. Rotations ensure even wear and performance.

Yes, the sun is starting to peek out and spring is finally arriving. Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City reminds you that your spring cleaning should include car and truck repair. We are ready to make sure your vehicle is roadworthy for the spring and summer. Contact us for an appointment or swing by the shop and talk to one of our trained technicians.

Taking Care of Your Car’s Engine

Taking Care of Your Car’s EngineYou depend on your car. So, taking care of your car’s engine is important. Did you know cleaning your engine helps remove build-up residue and protects the engine? It can lengthen your car’s life, make it run cooler, and resist grime. Bring your car to our technicians at Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City and we will make sure your engine is clean and in good condition.

If you have a high-mileage car like so many people do, you need to pay attention to your engine by using an engine degreaser to clean it at least twice a year. This will keep your vehicle running better and longer and will protect against wear and tear, and things like salt, tar, snow, and road grit and grime. According to a Cars Direct article, leaving grease in the engine can decrease a car’s ability to accelerate rapidly and can lower the maximum speed of the car.

Here is how to clean your engine with degreasers

The engine needs to be turned off and cooled. The air intake must be covered as well as any cracked or frayed electrical wires and all other electronically sensitive areas of the engine. Then the engine degreaser will be applied. Which degreaser will be used depends on your vehicle.

If you have a newer engine (up to 75,000 miles on it), the foamy engine cleaner is usually recommended. The foamy engine cleaner is made to get rid of the dirt and salt by expanding into all of the corners of the engine. You can use the foamy cleaner instead of having to use a brush. This degreaser cleans up hoses and belts, and it doesn’t damage plastic parts.

If your car has 75,000 to 150,000 miles on it, you should use original engine degreaser. The self-emulsifying formulation degreases all types of blocks, manifolds, valve covers, and parts, which will make them easier to work on.

If the engine is really dirty, it might need a heavy-duty gel engine degreaser made for high heat, hardworking engines that have 150,000 miles or more. So, if you have a car with an older engine and a lot of buildup on the engine from harsh environments, the heavy-duty gel degreaser may be the best to use.

After the degreaser is applied, it needs to sit on the engine for ten minutes. Then, to finish up, rinse the engine with water to wash off all the engine degreaser. Let the engine dry. Now the engine is ready for diagnostics or repair.

If the engine is cool, an engine protector can be sprayed on the engine. Let it sit for a little while. Use a rag or shop towel to wipe it, leaving a protective layer that resists dirt and grime and allowing the engine to be cleaned faster and easier. The engine protector gives it a shiny finish.

You change your car oil and you rotate the tires on a regular basis. Now add engine cleaning to the list of periodic essential care for your vehicle. It will ensure your engine runs well and lasts long. Taking care of your car’s engine can also be left to our technicians at Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City. We’ll make sure your engine is clean and working great.

Alternator Problems and Repair

Alternator Problems and RepairYour car’s alternator is the charging system that powers your battery and helps control all things electrical. So, for alternator problems and repair, come to Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City. Our technicians are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), and we’re the only shop in Johnson City to have earned the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence.

Your vehicle uses a lot of electrical power. You’ve got lights, radio, CD players, and windshield wipers just to start. If the car’s battery was the only source of power, it would be depleted pretty quickly. That’s why your car has an alternator. Its job is to keep the car’s battery fully charged.

A recent My Auto Repair Advice article explains how the alternator maintains the battery. The engine drive belt, called the serpentine belt, sends engine power to the alternator. Now the alternator uses this power to generate electricity and send it to the battery. This keeps it fully charged and your car running. So, if your alternator isn’t working, neither is your battery. If you have alternator problems, our technicians will inspect the drive belt as part of our diagnostics.

If you are having alternator problems, your car won’t start, the serpentine belt squeals, your battery dies, or the battery light goes on. But these warning signs can also be signs of other problems, so you need to bring it to Ponder Auto Repair because we have the right diagnostic tools to find out if it is an alternator problem or something else.

We will use a digital volt-ohmmeter or DVOM (aka voltmeter), to measure how much voltage your alternator is putting out. This will allow us to pinpoint if you are having an alternator problem.

Your engine will need to be turned off. Using the voltmeter (set to DC volts) we will put the red lead on the positive side of the battery and the black lead on the negative post of the battery. We want the voltmeter to read above 12.65 volts because that means you have a fully charged battery. If it doesn’t then we need to look at the battery or the alternator as the culprit for causing problems.

Next, we will remove the leads from the battery and try and start your car. We will put the leads back on, avoiding getting them caught in the serpentine belt. With the engine on we will look at the voltage. It should be around the 13.5-14.5-volt range. If it is in this range, then it’s probably not the alternator that’s causing the problem. Alternators can be tricky though and only work sometimes. But if we think it’s not the alternator, then it is probably the battery that is faulty and we will test it to make sure.

But not all vehicles work the same. We have the diagnostic and repair information that is specific to your vehicle. To fix your alternator our expert repair technicians will disconnect your battery, remove the serpentine belt, unbolt the alternator and remove the wiring connectors.

To keep your battery fully charged and your car’s electrical components working, you need your alternator to be functioning correctly. If you have alternator problems and repair needs, come to Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City. Our expert technicians will make sure everything is working so you don’t have to worry.

Ford F-150 Pickup Truck Common Problems

Ford F-150 Pickup Truck Common ProblemsDo you have a Ford F-150 pickup truck? It’s been a popular selling model. In fact, not too long ago Ford couldn’t even make F-150 trucks fast enough. But its popularity has declined recently, perhaps because a number of glitches have surfaced up again and again. Let’s take a look at some of the Ford F-150 pickup truck common problems, ones that our certified technicians at Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City can help you diagnose and repair.

According to a Forbes article, Ford F-150 trucks used to roll off the sales lot in 9-12 days. And positive reviews praised the truck for its all-aluminum body, as well as having the highest tow rating, biggest payload, and best gasoline fuel economy in the half-ton segment. However, Ford F-150 pickup truck common problems are hurting sales. Here’s a quick review.

Spark Plug Gap & Ignition Coil Failure

The ignition coil transforms the Ford F-150’s battery voltage into the higher voltage needed to ignite fuel by the spark plugs. The Ford F-150 seems to have issues with an excessive spark plug gap causing ignition coil failure. This can also make the engine sputter or misfire and may trigger your check engine light. Our experts can repair this problem by replacing spark plugs, failed ignition coils, and coil boots.

Head Gasket Oil Leak

Ponder Auto Repair technicians can also fix your truck’s oil leak on the passenger side head gasket, which seems to be a common problem for F-150 trucks. The first sign might be oil dripping on the starter and causing a burning smell. To fix it, we will attempt to repair the leak, but replacing the entire head gasket may be necessary.

Spark Plug Ejection From Cylinder Head

Another issue we’ve been seeing is that the V8 F-150’s spark plug can be ejected from the cylinder head. When this occurs, the spark plug hole threads can be damaged. Ford even issued a technical service bulletin about this problem, so if your truck is still under warranty, our Ponder Auto Repair technicians can replace the cylinder. And thread insert repair can also be authorized if you’re out of warranty.

Rough Engine Idling

Full-size truck engines are supposed to idle smoothly. But this is yet another of the Ford F-150 pickup truck common problems. It can be caused by an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) sensor malfunction that results in the EGR valve not closing right. Our Ponder auto technicians can fix this issue by replacing the EGR sensor and the valve.

Brake Pad and Rotor Wear

A loud squeaking or a grinding sensation while braking is never a good sign. It means you may need a brake pad replacement. Our Ponder auto technicians will check the rotors every time your truck’s pads are changed. We always suggest that after your brake pads are replaced to brake lightly so the pads can be worn in gradually.

You can still love your Ford F-150. If you run into one of the Ford F-150 pickup truck common problems we’ve mentioned, not to worry, our highly trained and experienced auto technicians at Ponder Auto Repair in Johnson City know how to fix them. Call or contact us today if you need any of these issues addressed or simply want our professionals to provide superior maintenance work.