Shifty Letters PRNDL (Transmission)

December 24, 2023

You probably figured out those shifty letters. They're what you see on your automatic transmission shifter and stand for Park, Reverse, Neutral, Drive and Low. Your automatic transmission is one of the great automotive inventions; here are some ways you can keep yours working well. Maintain you... More

Smooth Shifting in Royal Oak, Michigan: Transmission Service

July 30, 2023

So you have some exciting plans for the weekend. You're going to take some of your friends out on the boat for some water skiing. Of course, you've gotten the boat all ready. And you haven't forgotten about your tow vehicle. You've gassed it up and even vacuumed it out. However, there is somethi... More

Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for Royal Oak Drivers

July 12, 2022

Knowing how their engine works can help Royal Oak drivers make informed decisions about auto care and prevent repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts.An engine's power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down w... More

Automotive Tips from TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

February 27, 2022

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Royal Oak drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more exp... More

Fears and Gears (Signs of Automatic Transmission Problems)

December 5, 2021

Automatic transmissions rule. The old days of shifting your own gears are a thing of the past for most drivers. But automatic transmission trouble can be a big inconvenience for any driver if it comes at the wrong time in the wrong place. Here are some signs to look out for that may mean you ar... More

Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in Royal Oak

November 7, 2021

Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do with the c... More

Automotive Tips from TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires: A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt

July 25, 2021

The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your car when you drive around Royal Oak.An old timing belt can lose a tooth in the belt allowing it to slip. The engine could stop or misfire. Timing b... More

Ask TLC Custom Exhaust Brakes & Tires: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

October 20, 2019

The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which co... More

A Cool and Smooth Transmission in Royal Oak

July 21, 2019

When it comes to preventive maintenance on our vehicles, most of us Royal Oak drivers remember to get our oil changed. But services that occur at longer intervals like transmission service sometimes get overlooked. Yet transmission service is part of car care. A poorly maintained transmission ... More

Royal Oak Car Owners Ask: Why Do I Need to Change My Serpentine Belt?

January 20, 2019

Any Royal Oak driver who understands preventive maintenance knows that if it ain't broke, don't fix it is bad auto advice. Replacing a part before it breaks is much less costly for Royal Oak residents than repairing the engine damage that comes after a part breaks or fails. A good example of this... More