Truck Repair

  • Diesel Fuel Systems - Parts and Components

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    Your fuel system is comprised of a variety of parts, each tasked with keeping your engine running strong - Chevy, Ford, and Ram all have small differences, and diesel systems have changed over the years with innovation in the field; however, the fundamentals haven’t changed. At Birch's Automotive & Muffler, our technicians are familiar with the differences between models and generations, but for the intents and purposes here they aren’t necessary to know. Here’s an overview of the major components you’ll find in most diesel fuel systems.

  • Do You Smell One Of These Smells? It's Time To Bring Your Car In.

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    If you’ve owned a vehicle long, particularly one with a few miles on it, you have probably encountered a peculiar smell that grabbed your attention. Scents that you encounter while driving (emanating from your vehicle, not the horse farm down the road) are indicators of your vehicle's health and often the first warning that something may be wrong. Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington has assembled this list to prepare for you for the next time you smell something odd, so you’ll know what’s going on next time you notice a funny smell.

  • Exhaust Options for Fleet Trucks

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    The exhaust on your truck is an important series of components, that work together to insure smooth, reliable operation. At Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN, we also know that exhaust systems are especially susceptible to damage and rust; pipes, mufflers, and other parts are exposed to hazards on the road, and to the environment. This situation, combined with caustic emissions and extreme heat, create a perfect opportunity for problems to arise.

  • External Components - Making Your Manual Transmission Work

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    There are many parts and systems outside of the car’s transmission that is equally as important as the parts and systems inside the transmission. Without them, the transmission won’t do much. There’s no way to transfer power from the engine to the shafts, disengage it to shift the gears, or power the differential without them. Just in case you need us, at Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN, we can help keep your transmission in top shape, but here’s what you need to know.

  • Hints Your Transmission Is Failing

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    At Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN, we know that transmissions are witchcraft to most people. More often than not, if major damage has occurred, it’s a lot more time and cost-effective to just replace the entire unit and get a fresh start. Our trained technicians at Birch's Automotive & Muffler want to keep you informed so you are aware of what to look out for.

  • How Do I Choose A New Transmission?

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    At Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN, a big part of our job is helping you make decisions that are right for you, your car, truck or SUV. When it comes to replacing a transmission there are a lot of options out there, and we’re here to help you make the right choice. Our technicians can help you decide based on your budget, vehicle and lifestyle. We're here to get your car going again and earn your business in the future.

  • How Do I Know Whether To Replace My Engine?

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    If your car, truck or SUV is experiencing major engine issues, the technicians at Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN have you covered. You hear the engine knocking when it decides to start? Is there smoke pouring from your truck’s exhaust pipe? Whether you’re burning oil, your engine is on it’s last leg or has simply given up altogether, we can help. And if you’re not sure what you need, we can help with that too.

  • How Does Your Turbo Work?

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    Your turbocharger will work in essentially the same way, whether you drive a Powerstroke, Cummins, or Duramax diesel pickup. While there are differences in designs and applications, turbos haven’t changed all that much over the past century. Now that you know what one is made of, we’ll look at how it works.

  • Hydraulic Basics To Keep You Running

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    The operation of your transmission depends on your hydraulics. Even if that sounds like a foreign language to you, at Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN, we speak the automotive language. We want you to understand what we're talking about, so here are the basics of the hydraulic functions behind your transmission.

  • Identifying driveway spots: how to determine what is leaking under your car

    If you drive a vehicle with more than a few miles on it, there’s a good chance you’ve noticed an occasional drip underneath it that leaves spots wherever you park. Identifying what is leaking from your car will help you determine whether or not it’s a cause for concern, and what to do about it.

    There are seven liquids a car can possibly drip: oil, gas, brake fluid, transmission fluid, gear oil, water, and coolant. How do you tell the difference? This article aims to help your know-how.

  • If you see steam, pull over!

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    Something will go wrong with your car, truck, or SUV eventually. The important thing is knowing what to do, and how to deal with it. Just knowing what to do in a situation often means the difference between a quick repair and thousands of dollars worth of work. If you see steam coming from under the hood, it’s important to deal with it appropriately and quickly. Here’s what’s going on, and what to do, from Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN.

  • Keeping Up With Oil Changes

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    Trucks aren’t like cars...your average personal vehicle usually holds about 5 quarts of oil, and you are supposed to change it every 3-5k miles. However, the same logic doesn’t apply to large trucks. At Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN, we know how important proper oil changes and diagnostics are to keep your truck on the road, for hundreds of thousands of miles. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Potholes Can Cause Holes in Your Vehicle!

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    Don’t you hate it when potholes sneak up on you? There is a lot of money being spent on vehicle damage due to potholes. Do you know what parts of your car could receive the most damage? Birch's Automotive & Muffler is the leader in Arlington, TN for the service and repair of automotive tires. We know the kind of damage that can be done, so if you suspect something is wrong with your car or truck, it’s always a good idea to stop by so we can take a quick look.

     

  • 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.

  • Steering and Suspension for Your Truck

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    Whether your diesel pickup is a Dodge, Chevrolet, or Ford, it’s undoubtedly a well-made, heavy-duty machine. However, when an issue does arise, trust Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington to keep you on the road.

  • 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.

  • Transmission Problems are Slippery Business

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    Transmission slippage can be caused by a variety of factors that are sometimes difficult to pin down. From Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN, here’s a rundown of the more common issues that may cause a transmission to slip. Our highly trained technicians are ready to get you going with a top transmission.

  • 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.

  • Vacuum Leaks - What Are They, and How Do You Fix One?

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    Vacuum pressure plays a critical role in keeping your engine running smooth, and performing it’s best. From Birch's Automotive & Muffler in Arlington, TN, here’s some info on vacuum pressure, why you need it, and how to tell if you’ve got a vacuum leak.

  • 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. 

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