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Stay Headed in the Right Direction, Oshkosh

Posted December 18, 2017 8:20 AM

Power steering is standard on nearly every vehicle in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, these days. Now there are some exotic, new types of power steering systems, but for the most part, the general setup is a pump that's driven by a belt powered by the engine.

Contact the automotive professionals at Auto Authority LLC in Oshkosh for questions about your power steering.

The pump generates power that assists drivers as they steer their vehicle around Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Power steering systems use hoses to move pressurized fluid back and forth. These hoses can develop leaks so it's a good idea to have Auto Authority LLC inspect them at every oil change.

A check of the power steering fluid level is on the list for every full service oil change at Auto Authority LLC because low fluid can damage the power steering pump. And the fluid needs to be compatible with the hoses and seals, so it's important to use the correct type – just ask your service advisor at Auto Authority LLC.

In addition to providing a boost, the fluid cleans, cools and lubricates the power steering system. Over time, the lubricants and detergents diminish so Oshkosh drivers need to replace their old fluid with clean, fresh fluid periodically.

Excess moisture can collect in the power steering fluid as well. That can lead to rust and corrosion as well as reduce the effectiveness of the fluid. Many outline power steering service intervals in the owner's manual. Unfortunately, this service is sometimes left off the maintenance schedule. For Oshkosh drivers who are not sure, every two years is a good rule of thumb. 

At Auto Authority LLC, we use a detergent to clean the system, flush out the old fluid and replace it with new fluid.

Now, if you are experiencing high steering effort, erratic power assist or loud whining coming from the pump, you may have a power steering problem. Another sign is having to frequently top off the fluid.

Holding the steering wheel to the far right or left for more than a few seconds at a time can wear your pump out quickly. We want you to be sure to service your power steering system regularly at your service center, or Auto Authority LLC in Oshkosh, to keep you headed in the right direction.

Auto Authority LLC
804 Witzel Ave
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54902
920-231-1016
http://www.autoauthorityoshkosh.com



Does Your Car Have A Recall Item?

Posted December 10, 2017 7:12 AM

Recalls are pretty serious for Oshkosh residents and don't happen all that often. But sometimes cars have less serious problems that Oshkosh residents still might want to know about. For these less serious cases, the vehicle manufacturer issues what is known as a Technical Service Bulletin – or TSB. These bulletins tell Oshkosh service centers (including Auto Authority LLC) how to repair a problem that occurs frequently or is especially difficult.

Your Oshkosh service center receives updated information through subscription plans, which are sometimes available in consumer versions too.

Whatever your source, pay attention to Oshkosh vehicle recalls to keep you and your passengers safe.

No matter how well they're made, vehicles are bound to have problems with their design or manufacturing. Think of all the moving parts. When the government thinks a problem is really serious, they require the vehicle manufacturer to issue recall notices to Oshkosh residents and to fix the affected vehicles free of charge. The they try to contact all Oshkosh residents who own that type of car so they can have it taken care of at their Oshkosh service center.

To find out if your car has any recall issues, give us a call:

Auto Authority LLC
804 Witzel Ave
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54902
920-231-1016
http://www.autoauthorityoshkosh.com



Commitment to Make Your vehicle Last at Auto Authority LLC

Posted December 3, 2017 3:26 AM

These days many people in the Oshkosh area are really committed to making their cars last a long time. First thing: you've got to start with what you've got. It'd be ideal if people started with a brand new car, never missed a scheduled service item, paid attention to the severe service maintenance schedule and had regular inspections. But if you've had the vehicle for a while or bought it used, its maintenance history is what it is; and that's where you start.

Go through the maintenance schedule for your vehicle and see what's been done and when. Have your Oshkosh service advisor at Auto Authority LLC do an inspection and come up with a list of stuff that needs to be done. Review the list and prioritize the work, talk about budget and make a plan to get caught up.

Making a plan is so important. Suppose you go in for an oil change and learn you need your cooling system serviced, a transmission service and are coming up on a timing belt replacement in the next 5,000 miles/8,000 kilometers. You might be pretty overwhelmed.

To make it even more stressful, these are all very important systems that are expensive to repair if there's a failure. In a consultation with your Auto Authority LLC service advisor, you might decide to take care of the transmission on this visit, set an appointment for the cooling system service next month and get an estimate for the timing belt replacement so you'll be prepared for it in a few months.

Having a plan for taking care of these important services will set your mind at ease.

For advice on how to make your vehicle last longer, visit us at Auto Authority LLC.


Auto Authority LLC
804 Witzel Ave
Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54902
920-231-1016
http://www.autoauthorityoshkosh.com



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