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Q: My car pulls to one side when braking. What does that mean?
A: When you car pulls to one side when braking it may be the result of uneven tire pressure, alignment problems or brake problems. This can be a very dangerous problem and should be checked immediately.
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Q: My brake pedal seems to require more pressure when braking? Is that natural wear?
A: When your brake pedal needs more pressure to stop, this could indicate air in the brake line, a problem with pads, an issue with the master cylinder or more. Have your vehicle serviced immediately.
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Q: I hear a slight squeaking when I brake. How much time do I have before my car needs serviced?
A: Brake pads have wear indicators that squeak or "chirp" when they are worn. Depending on how you drive, your pads may wear out quickly. However, other parts of the braking system may cause squeaks or noises as well. To ensure your safety and prevent wear to other parts of the braking system, you should have your vehicle serviced immediately.
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Q: How can I tell if my tires need rotated?
A: If you wait until your tires are visibly worn, you may greatly shorten the life of your tires! Follow the tire manufacturer recommendations for tire rotation.
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Q: My car pulls to one side while driving. Does this require immediate attention?
A: Yes! When a car pulls to one side, it could be something as simple as inconsistent tire pressure, BUT it could be much more serious. Pulling or drifting to one side may be the result of wear to suspension components, and these should be checked immediately.
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Q: My vehicle feels "bouncy" over bumps and pot holes. What causes this?
A: Excessive bouncing or dipping could be the result of worn shocks or struts. Remember, your car can lose control when the tires are not firmly on the road. These should be checked immediately.
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Q: My car does not accelerate smoothly from stop lights or when merging on to the highway. What's causing the problem?
A: Inconsistent acceleration may be an indication that there is a problem with the fuel system, transmission or more. These problems can be difficult to identify. To ensure that you get the right service, come to Klaben. Our computer diagnostic systems help us identify the problems quickly and correctly.
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Q: My car's engine seems to rev very high before it shifts. What causes this?
A: This may be a transmission problem. Low levels of transmission fluid, poor transmission fluid pressure and other problems may cause this. Transmission repairs can be costly. To avoid further damage have your vehicle serviced immediately.
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Q: I notice a strange sweet smell under the hood. What causes that?
A: Your car's cooling systems is a closed system that uses antifreeze to cool the engine and other key components. When antifreeze starts to leak, it can create an odd sweet smell. Your cooling system is essential to the proper operation of the vehicle. If you notice a sweet smell, have your vehicle serviced immediately.
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Q: My car's Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) light occasionally flashes when I'm driving. Is this normal?
A: In some vehicles, system lights blink once when you start the vehicle to indicate "ready" or "active." Your ABS light may also come on during heavy braking to indicate that the system has engaged. Intermittent flashing during regular driving may indicate that service is needed.
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Q: I hear a clunking sound when I make sharp turns and when I go over bumps.
A: This is most likely a problem with your vehicle's suspension system. Over time, components wear and do not fit tightly. As the vehicle moves, the suspension components can shift. This can lead to a clunking sound. Have your vehicle serviced immediately.
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Q: My car idles very roughly when it starts. Sometimes this lasts up to a minute. Is this a normal part of "warming up?"
A: No, this is not normal. This could point to a problem with your vehicle's fuel, computer, or electronics systems. Schedule a service appointment at Klaben and allow our factory-certified technicians to diagnose the problem correctly the first time.
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Q: I ran over a piece of metal and it cut a small hole in the side of the tire. Is there any way to patch the tire?
A: While a small puncture in the tire tread may sometimes be repaired, cuts to the sidewall cannot be fixed. Klaben offers a complete selection of name-brand tires - including Goodyear, Continental, Michelin & more - specifically designed for your vehicle.
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Q: How do I know if my transmission fluid needs changed?
A: You cannot tell just by looking. Schedule an appointment with Klaben for a transmission system service. Typical service intervals vary. See your vehicle owner's manual for details.
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Q: Does transmission fluid really need to be changed?
A: Yes! Transmission fluid creates hydraulic pressure, lubricates parts and cools internal parts. All of these are vital. Transmission repairs can be expensive so schedule regular vehicle maintenance at Klaben.
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Q: I like my car, but would like to get higher gas mileage. What can I do?
A: While it may be difficult to dramatically improve your MPG, proper vehicle maintenance can make a difference.
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Q: My steering wheel vibrates, but only at a particular speed. What's the problem?
A: One of your tires may not be balanced correctly. When a front tire is out of balance, you typically feel it in the steering wheel. When a back tire is out of balance you may feel the vibration through your seat. Klaben offers tire balancing and tire rotation. Proper tire maintenance will help your tires last longer and improve the overall performance of your vehicle. Klaben offers a complete selection of name-brand tires - including Goodyear, Continental, Michelin & more - specifically designed for your vehicle.
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Q: When I drive straight down the road, my steering wheel is not centered.
A: This may be a wheel alignment problem or one of your steering components may be worn or damaged.
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Q: My turn signal indicator on the dashboard flashes on one side but not the other. What's wrong?
A: This indicates that a bulb or socket is bad. Turn on your hazard lights or systematically turn on your signals and check all four corners of the car.
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Q: My car has a loss of power. It does not respond on the highway. What has happened?
A: Loss of power can result from many problems. Your air filter may need replaced, you may need to have your fuel system serviced, or your car may be suffering from other problems. Our factory-certified technicians can diagnose the problem correctly the first time.
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Q: My vehicle does not start easily. The problem happens all the time - not just in cold weather. What's the problem? Will it get worse?
A: Rough starting can be caused by the battery, starter, fuel system or more. It is possible that at some point, the vehicle will no longer start at all.
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Q: My car does not accelerate as quickly as before. What's going on?
A: Loss of acceleration can be the result of numerous problems. Your air filter may need replaced, you may need to have your fuel system serviced, or your car may be suffering from other problems. Our factory-certified technicians can diagnose the problem correctly the first time.
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Q: I notice a burning smell when I drive. What causes that?
A: A burning plastic smell can be an indication of a braking, transmission or electrical problem. Schedule a service appointment at Klaben and allow our factory-certified technicians to diagnose the problem correctly the first time. We'll get you back on the road quickly.
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Q: Occasionally, I notice a smell when I come to a stop. What is the problem?
A: The smell is probably happening consistently, but you are noticing it more when the vehicle stops. If you were to let the vehicle run in your driveway and smell around the car, the smell would most likely be there. Fuel odors, sulfur odors and oil odors are all indications that something is not right. Schedule an appointment at Klaben and allow our factory-certified technicians to diagnose the problem.
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