As a community resource, the Mid-State Transmission website offers important car repair advice, interesting information about car care, and other vehicular tips and tricks that may save you money or extend the life of your vehicle. Check back often for additional updates to our blog, and remember . . . whether you’re looking for a simple quote or more complex repairs, Mid-State Transmission & Auto Repair will help you and your car, truck, or van go the extra mile.
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What's Causing Periodic Engine Misfires?

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Engine misfires are a grave issue that must be treated immediately to prevent fire damage and expensive repairs. But what is it exactly? Misfiring occurs when an engine skips or omits one of the processes in its ignition cycle. This leads to engine failure, as the engine’s cylinders are not providing the vehicle with enough power. Engines need fuel, oxygen, and a spark to fire up the cylinder, and misfiring causes the car to jerk and run inefficiently. If your engine is misfiring, this is an immediate problem that needs to be addressed. But first, we must understand what creates this issue and its impacts on our vehicle before exploring solutions to care for our cars.   The Cause of Engine Misfire Engine misfiring can be caused by a variety of underlying problems that range in severity and cost. Three of the most common causes include: An Ignition System Defect...
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It’s 2017, But Picking the Right Motor Oil for Your Car Hasn’t Changed

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Regular oil changes are an essential aspect of routine vehicle maintenance, especially for vehicles that have seen a few miles on the road.  What we don’t realize is each car has its own unique set of requirements when it comes to what oil flows well under the hood. Consider the following if you want to keep your car in tip-top shape:   Getting Started The rule of thumb is to follow your vehicle’s owner manual, also known as your guide to decision-making for your car. Here you will find information explicitly chosen for your vehicle’s make, model, and age including recommended maintenance requirements, such as what oil works best with your car. Understanding Oil Labels Another key thing to consider when choosing motor oil is the viscosity rating, or how quickly the liquid flows. All oil containers should be marked with a code, like 5W-30, to indicate the oil’s level...
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Car Repair Mechanics in Bloomington IL Announce the Top 5 Phone Accessories for Your Car

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Give Your Phone An “Oil Change” With The Perfect Car Accessory Accessories for your smartphone during your ride are essential.  While both cars and smartphones are always evolving, the types of accessories are getting impressive too. Whether you’re searching for the best way to jam out to your favorite tunes, charge your phone in a hurry, or secure your phone on your dash, here are a few of the best tools to use on the go:   iOttie Easy One Touch 3 Car Mount Holder ($25) It can be difficult to get your phone in and out of conventional dashboard mounting devices but iOttie’s Easy One Touch 3 makes it straightforward and easy for drivers. You won’t need an auto body shop to install the interior decoration. This mount features a one-touch release mechanism and adjustable contracting arm that brings your phone as close to you as possible. Don’t reach,...
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America's Love Affair With the Car

America's Love Affair With the Car
Henry Ford did more than simply put Americans on the map as automakers. He turned the entire country into a collective lover of the automobile. While early versions of his Model-T were reserved only for the affluent and wealthy, it didn't take long for their use to expand to other segments of the population. The Age of Affluence After World War II, America was booming. The economy was thriving, thanks in large part to its ability to streamline production and manufacturing in factories. Owning a car became an important rite of passage. It denoted one's place as part of the burgeoning middle class. Teens viewed it as a way to cement their hard-fought independence from their parents. Buying an American-made car not only showed your patriotism but also ensured that you received a fine automobile for your investment. Another Pivotal Shift Today's car buyers tend to view their cars as more...
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Self-Driving Uber: Pros and Cons

Self-Driving Uber: Pros and Cons
So far, self-driving Uber has launched in places as diverse as Tempe, Arizona and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The company that revolutionized the taxi business by enabling nearly anyone with a driver's license and a vehicle with nearly instantaneous access to those who need a ride is hoping to put more of the money their drivers typically make into its own pockets with its self-driving versions. Self-Driving Uber Basics While riders will use the same basic concept to order a ride by placing a request through the Uber app or on its website, there's where the similarity ends. A self-driving Uber arrives at your doorstep without a human driver. Each vehicle is outfitted with an array of cameras and sensors, along with a human engineer who acts as a failsafe mechanism, if needed. The vehicle also includes a tablet for passengers, allowing them to see what the car itself senses so there's no...
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