Automotive Repair

  • Properly Maintaining Your Battery

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    Your car’s radio and headlights, plus a slew of other important functions, are powered by an electrical current generated by your vehicle’s engine. A vital part of generating electricity is having a place to store it while it’s not being used. This is where your car battery comes into play. The battery of your vehicle holds electrical energy while the car is off in order to help the engine turn over and create a spark to start internal combustion. Without a working battery, your car will not be able to start. If you allow our team here at Birch's Automotive & Muffler to perform proper maintenance, an average car battery can start your car reliably for roughly four years.

  • Pumping Brakes are a Thing of the Past

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    At Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN, we see our fair share of warning lights and dashboard notifications. If your ABS light is illuminated, here’s what you need to know.

  • Putting My Manual Transmission Together

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    Once you know what's in your transmission, and what’s connected to it, it’s much easier to understand how it works. Let's take a look at how it all comes together. At Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN, we want to make sure you know how your car works so you can keep it in great condition.

  • Quality Work, Why It's Important!

    Some of you may have experienced poor quality work done to your vehicle, which may have ended damaging your car worse or left you feeling uneasy. At Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN, we understand the importance of high-quality service and repairs which is why we strive to be the best. Here are examples of why it makes a difference, no matter what type of car, truck, or SUV you drive.

  • Routine Maintenance for Your Suspension

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    The steering and suspension systems are key safety-related systems that largely determine your car’s ride and handling. Have these systems checked regularly, at least once a year, and usually with a wheel alignment.

  • Service that Goes the Extra Mile

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    At Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, we are fully dedicated to providing excellent customer service. Our technicians work hard to ensure timely, friendly, and efficient maintenance and repairs that you can rely on.

  • The ABS Light - why is it on, and what should you do?

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    Have you ever noticed your dashboard ABS icon lit up? If you have it means there is an issue that needs to be diagnosed, ABS issues don’t need to be ignored long. The anti-lock braking system, or ABS, is an important feature on every modern car, truck, or SUV. It has been legally mandated since 2013 in the US but was standard on almost every vehicle even prior to that. Here’s what you need to know to make sure your ABS system doesn’t fail, from Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN.

  • The Electrical Side of Your Vehicle

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    Charging and electrical systems, particularly on luxury and performance cars, are the most intricate and complex systems on your vehicle. It takes highly trained technicians armed with the right equipment to properly diagnose and repair electrical issues on high-end vehicles such as Porsche, Audi, BMW, MINI, VW, and Subaru. At Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington we have the technicians and the tools you need to get the job done right.

  • The Ins & Outs of Your Turbochargers

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    Now that you know why your turbo is necessary, you’ll want to know what the turbocharger is made of. Turbos are intricate and precise components, but not actually all that complicated or difficult to understand. Here’s a rundown on the parts of a turbocharger, from Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN.

  • Tips for Better Gas Mileage

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    Your gas mileage mostly depends on what kind of car you drive; engine displacement and vehicle weight are the largest determining factors on gas mileage, and there’s not much you can do to change either of those. That doesn’t mean attempting to improve your fuel economy is a completely hopeless endeavor, however. With these tips from Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN, you might be surprised how much your fuel mileage can be improved.

  • Used Engines and Transmissions - Are They Worth the Risk?

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    Nobody wants to put an engine or transmission in their car. However, when that time comes, it’s important to make an informed decision - here are some things to consider when installing a used engine or transmission, from Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN.

  • What Does a Ball Joint Do?

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    At Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, we know you’re busy. We also know that while there are certain issues with your car, truck, or SUV you can ignore for a while, some of them shouldn’t wait. While serious issues are often obvious, sometimes they aren’t - ball joints are one such case.

  • What is a Carrier Bearing?

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    At Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, our goal is to keep your car, truck, or SUV shifting and riding as smoothly as it did the day it rolled off the lot. A big part of that is the mounting hardware that keeps the moving parts in your drivetrain running smooth.

  • What's My Transmission Made Of?

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    Automatic transmissions aren’t well understood outside of specialists like our technicians here at Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN. While it would be impossible to teach you enough to make you a transmission expert in a quick article, what we can do is give you the fundamental knowledge you need to have a good idea of what your transmission is doing and how it works. Being able to understand how your transmission works will help you identify any problems that may arise to prevent further wear and tear on your vehicle. 

  • What’s The Noise? Diagnosing Manual Transmission Issues

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    Sometimes it can be hard to tell if a transmission is working the way it should or not. Is it supposed to make that noise? Is that problem a symptom of the transmission or something else? Fortunately, Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN has the answers.

  • When Is It Time To Replace a Tire?

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    At Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, we change many tires that should’ve been replaced long ago. Your tires can go for miles and miles, but there always comes a time to replace them. So how can you tell when the right time is?

  • When To Run Diagnostics On Your Vehicle

    Modern vehicles are becoming increasingly complex, and as a result, computer diagnostic systems are becoming a necessity rather than a convenience. At Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN, our state of the art technology and trained technicians are ready to diagnose any transmission issue you may be experiencing with your car, truck, or SUV.

  • Why a Professional Shop is a Big Deal for Your Fleet

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    Fleet vehicles see a lot of wear and tear and need to be well taken care of if you expect them to last. For the best care, you need to choose technicians that are quick, efficient, know how to read the diagnostics and treat the issues. Our team at Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN has the experience and training necessary to diagnose and repair any issues that your fleet might be facing. 

  • Why do I Need a Heavy Duty Torque Converter?

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    If you drive a lightweight car, truck, or SUV, the torque converter you have installed is probably just fine. For those of you with more heavy-duty applications, like high horsepower setups or towing rigs, the stock converter may not be enough. At Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN, we can help with that.

  • Why Is My ABS Light On?

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    At Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN, we’ve got every answer to your transmission questions and needs, and answers to a lot of things that fall outside of that realm as well. Today, we’re talking about the ABS light - an issue that plagues many modern drivers at some point or another.

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