Is your transmission performing efficiently for your vehicle?”
Your transmission is the 2nd most vital part of your cars power train and needs to be serviced and inspected regularly. Proper Maintenance is key to keeping your transmission operating correctly.
At Shrums we use systematic and comprehensive external evaluation of the overall performance and condition of your transmission.
- A trained technician will check the level and condition of your transmission fluid.
- A low fluid level may indicate a leak.
- Contaminated fluid has water or particles in the fluid.
- Burnt fluid indicates damage from overheating.
- Varnished fluid has been overheated repeatedly.
- Normal fluid is reddish-brown and translucent, depending on transmission type, with no particular odor.
- The technician will also check the level and condition of transfer case and differential fluid, where applicable.
- The technician takes your car on a road test, to experience first-hand any problems you have noticed, and to evaluate your car’s performance.
- Your vehicle will be placed on a lift to inspect the controls under the vehicle for any possible cause of the problem external to the transmission.
- Finally, the technician will scan the computer for trouble codes*.
With today’s more complex, computer-controlled transmissions, it takes a real expert to be able to diagnose a transmission problem correctly. Getting that diagnosis right can save you a lot of money and most importantly time!
At Shrum’s, we stand behind the products we put in your car so we provide limited warranties on all the transmissions we rebuild. 18 months 18,000 miles comes standard on all rebuilt transmissions. Air conditioning comes with a 12 month 12,000 mile guarantee.
All About Your Vehicle’s Air Conditioning System
The primary function of your car’s Air Conditioning system is to keep you cool. When it stops performing properly, then it is time to visit Shrum’s & Polar Bear Automotive. We have state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and expertly trained technicians ready to pinpoint why your vehicle’s A/C system is not working – regardless of the manufacturer. Our technicians will repair and return your vehicle to its cooling ways quickly and correctly.diagnostic equipment.
The ABCs of A/C
Basically, your vehicle’s Air Conditioning system consists of two major sides – high and low. Beginning at the high side, the compressor acts as a pump, moving the refrigerant (freon) through the system. The low side consists of an expansion valve that restricts the flow of refrigerant, creating pressure the system needs to ensure the expansion and decrease in temperature and boiling point.
Your car’s A/C system is comprised of four components:
- The compressor, mounted on the engine, is a pump that air conditioner compressor circulates the refrigerant through the system. This is the most important and expensive component of the A/C system.
- The condenser transfers heat removed from the passenger compartment to the outside air. It is located in front of the radiator, just behind the front grille of the vehicle.
- The evaporator, located near the dash or firewall, transfers the passenger compartment heat to the refrigerant, which transfers it to the condenser.
- The dryer absorbs any excess moisture from the refrigerant.
- Other areas that should be inspected include the flexible hoses that connect each of the major components together, their metal connectors and rubber seals.
Each of these components are a potential source for leaks and need to be inspected regularly.
Brakes are an essential part of your vehicle. Good maintenance is key to making sure that your brakes do what they were designed to do – keep you safe by stopping your vehicle.
We use only reliable replacement parts from trusted manufacturers that meet or exceed your vehicle manufacturer’s specification.
Resurface or Replace Rotors or Drums
To ensure your brake rotors or drums have a clean, even surface — necessary for proper braking, we will resurface or “turn” them, keeping the rotor/drum within your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended specifications for minimum thickness. If they need to be replaced, then we will tell you up front and provide a written estimate too.a brake diagram
Bleed and fill hydraulic system
Sometimes braking can become unsteady due to air bubbles in your vehicle’s hydraulic brake line. By ‘bleeding’ your brakes, we will remove troublesome air bubbles and refill your hydraulic brake fluid to the manufacturer’s recommended level with hydraulic fluid that meets or exceeds your vehicle manufacturer’s specifications.
Routine Maintenance & Service
Regular Maintenance at 30,000-60,000-90,000 mile intervals is essential to comply with the vehicle’s warranty, but also essential routine maintenance to get a long life out of your vehicle.
Did you know?
- Manufacturers require scheduled maintenance to maintain your warranty?
- Your scheduled maintenance does not need to be performed by a dealer?
- Our technicians are qualified to perform your scheduled maintenance needs?
- All automotive makes and models have individual needs which are specified in your owner’s manual?
- At the touch of a button our technicians can print out your car’s scheduled maintenance needs?
We will replace your engine oil with our trusted oil or an oil of choice and an Oil Filter at the optimal 3000-mile interval. At the same time, we will lube your vehicle’s chassis according to your vehicle’s specifications.
Radiator and/or Transmission Flush and Fill
We will flush and refill your vehicle’s cooling system according to your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. We offer automatic and manual transmission fluid flush and refill using high quality transmission fluid.
If you are experiencing difficulty starting your vehicle, allow one of our technicians to perform a computerized battery starting/charging test. The results of this test will show how well your battery is performing. If you need a new battery, we’ll replace it.
Our certified technicians will inspect your belts to make sure they are up to spec and will replace them if necessary.
Fuel System Cleaner
What We Do:
- Clean the entire fuel system (including the fuel injector, intake valve and combustion chamber)
- Clean the entire air intake system
What It Does For Your Car:
- Reduces emissions caused by deposits
- Unclog fuel injectors
- Increase your engine’s power and performance
- Improves acceleration
- Effectively cleans throttle plates on today’s fuel injected engines
- Helps eliminate hesitation, rough idle and knocking
- Removes gum, varnish, sludge and carbon deposits instantly
- Cleans fuel system components that most fuel injector cleaners fail to reach
- Reduces emissions caused by deposits This service will help enhance the life of your engine.
Spark plugs, spark plug wires, distributor caps, rotors, points and condensers – if your vehicle has them, then they will eventually need replacement. Regardless of the year, make or model of your vehicle, we will use only high grade components that meet or exceed your vehicle’s manufacturers specs.
Taking the bumps and jolts, your vehicle’s suspension is designed to give you a comfortable ride on the rough Colorado roads & highways. When they are performing less than expected, we have the right parts to smooth out the bumpiest of rides.
The shock absorber’s job is to provide a controlled amount of resistance every time the wheels bounce up and down or the chassis leans as it goes around a corner. The constant motion and the heat created by all the internal friction can wear out an original equipment shock in 15,000 to 25,000 miles.automotive shocks
Struts control spring and suspension movement to keep tires in contact with the road. As a result, struts do wear out and should be checked every 12,000 miles just to be safe.
Steering & Alignments
Unsure about your alignment? Put it to the test!
- Does your car steer to the side when the steering wheel is released?
- Have you replaced tires more than every 2-3 years?
- Has your car been in a recent accident with front-end damage?
- Does your steering wheel appear crooked?
- Have you replaced springs, shocks or ball joints without realigning your car?
- Have you hit a pothole or curb and it seems to have affected your car’s handling?
Front and Rear Wheel Alignments
Wheel alignments help prolong the life of your tires and other major components of your vehicle’s suspension by making sure the vehicle is headed in a straight line. We will check the toe, cast and camber of each wheel to make sure it is set to the manufacturer’s specifications.