Auto Repair Speak mechanic For Quality Auto Repairs!

Now that “old man winter’ is gone, and summer is at our door, many of us are making exciting plans for summer road trips. It’s important that you don’t neglect taking care of any necessary maintenance or auto repairs before you hit the road! To make sure that going to an auto repair shop is not a fearful experience, make sure that you and your mechanic are speaking the same language in terms of labor, warranty, parts, and repairs.

To reduce surprises with regard to the cost and time required for an auto repair, here are four tips to help you communicate effectively with your mechanic. By knowing the correct terminology about auto repairs, you will better understand the details of your expected auto repair.

1. Don’t be afraid! Ask your mechanic to explain the auto repair simply, or in layman’s terms. Your mechanic should also ask you questions about what you expect.
2. Don’t be in a hurry! Take your time at the auto repair shop so that you are sure to get a correct diagnosis. This will help prevent many misunderstandings as to knowing exactly what needs to be done. Often, an on-the-spot, off the cuff, diagnosis may be incorrect and waste both yours and the mechanic’s valuable time.
3. Don’t forget to leave a contact number and be available! Make sure that your mechanic knows you want to be called and informed of the problem, course of action, and cost, before any actual work begins. Ask the mechanic to call you if there are any new discoveries or change in plans during the repair process.
4. Ask questions! Make sure you have an understanding of the auto repair shop policies in terms of labor rates, guarantees, warranties, and acceptable methods of payment. The more questions you ask, the more satisfied you will be with the service performed on your vehicle.

Getting ready for that long awaited for summer road trip can be exciting, especially knowing that your vehicle is ready to get your destination quickly and safely!

Need quality auto repairs? Contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Clausen Automotive by calling (608) 221-8321 or go on-line at for more information about auto repair services. Since 1975, our family-owned auto shop has proudly served vehicle owners in Madison, WI, and the surrounding communities.

Headed For Transmission Repair Read The Signs!

Transmissions are complex machines buried deep in the chassis of our vehicles. Regular transmission service will help post-pone or eliminate some problems, but when a transmission begins to malfunction, there are specific signs that the average vehicle owner can recognize.

Know the three common signs of transmission problems:

*Fluid leaks under the car — If there is a persistent red leak under your vehicle, is it coming from the transmission or from the power steering system? It is difficult to determine, as most power steering systems also use transmission fluid. Thus, leaks can appear on the ground in roughly the same areas as transmission leaks. If the leak is fairly small, you may be able to postpone a transmission repair as long as the fluid level is checked regularly. However, when the fluid level falls below the minimum required level, a transmission repair is inevitable.
*Color and odor of fluid Check the fluid level when the vehicle is running and on level ground. The fluid should be red and transparent. If it is cloudy or muddy looking, or if it smells burnt, take your vehicle to a transmission repair technician. They may recommend a transmission service to drain and refill the fluid, as well as replace the filter. Some transmissions may require a computer program updating.
*Noises, vibrations and irregular shifting — Modern transmissions typically shift smoothly and quietly under light acceleration. Heavier acceleration should produce firmer shifts at higher speeds. If shifting points are erratic, if there are strange noises when shifting, or whining noises that come from underneath the car, are causes for concern.

Note: Look and Listen to your transmission. If problems are taken care of early, they can often be resolved without a costly major transmission repair.

** Did You Know? — With gas prices down to less than $2.00 a gallon around the country, a growing number of motorists have been flocking back to showrooms for pickups, SUVs and muscle cars. Yet, despite that sudden surge, the days of the classic V-8 and V-6 may be coming to an end. A new study suggests that less than half of the vehicles that will be sold around the world by 2017 will be powered by conventional gasoline engines. Alternative fuels (such as diesel, ethanol, and hydrogen), hybrid-electrified vehicles and more advanced internal combustion systems will make up the majority of the global mix, according to a new report from Navigant Research. Hybrids, plug-ins and pure battery-electric vehicles still account for less than 5% of the U.S. market, but demand is expected to grow exponentially. That said, a summary of the new Navigant report notes that, “gasoline is anticipated to remain the leading fuel in the coming years, albeit in unconventional vehicles that employ a range of fuel-efficiency technologies, such as smaller engines and turbo-charging.” A growing number of vehicle manufacturers will opt for either alternative fuels or advanced technologies designed to squeeze far more mileage out of every drop of gas.**

For expert advice on transmission repair, contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Clausen Automotive by calling (608) 221-8321 or go on-line at for more information about our transmission service. Since 1975, our family-owned auto shop has proudly served vehicle owners in Madison, WI, and the surrounding communities.

Brake Repair Dont Let It Break The Bank!

As an experienced driver, you know that your vehicle’s brakes are an essential safety system. With complex hydraulic mechanisms and parts that need replacing on a regular basis, it’s tempting to put off brake service as long as possible to save a few pennies. Failing to keep up with routine brake repair and maintenance will be more costly in the long-run. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t try to reduce the cost of this necessity.
Check out these great ways to save money on your vehicle’s braking system.
Brake Service: Keep Up With Maintenance

Take care of routine brake service issues on schedule. Otherwise, it can cause damage to expensive parts. For example, if you overlook replacing your vehicle’s brake fluid for a long time, you could cause damage to the lines, calipers and the proportioning valve. Replacing all of those parts could be quite expensive, whereas bleeding your braking system would cost very little relatively. Check with your local auto technician for a quote.
Brake Repair: Use Quality Parts

It may be tempting to go for the cheapest parts possible in a brake repair, but mediocre replacement parts fail quicker than their name-brand counterparts. Imported rotors may cost very little, whereas a quality OEM rotor may be double that, but if you have to replace the cheaper rotor three times as often, you’ve lost any money you gained in the first place. Do yourself a favor and pick up OEM or mechanic-recommended equipment. Again, ask for a quote from your brake repair technician.
Change Your Driving Habits!

The most significant thing you can do to save money on brake repair costs is to change how you drive. Slowing down earlier, not coming to abrupt stops and not riding the brakes will go a long way toward making your car’s equipment last longer than it otherwise would.

Need a professional brake repair? Contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Clausen Automotive by calling (608) 221-8321 or go on-line at for more information about our brake service. Since 1975, our family-owned auto shop has proudly served vehicle owners in Madison, WI, and the surrounding communities.