5 Signs of Transmission Trouble | Wheel Repair Hampton Roads VA

Working in wheel repair in Hampton Roads, VA, Norfolk, VA, and Newport News, VA, we’re very passionate about car repair. Especially as hot as it is outside, it’s important to make sure your car is running smoothly and won’t break down at a moment’s notice. That’s why it’s a great idea not only to check your rims but your transmission as well. With that in mind, here are 5 signs you could have transmission trouble.

1. Gear Slipping

Does it feel like your car changes gears for no reason? Your gears could be slipping. This also may be accompanied by a change in sound from your engine.

2. Shifting Problems

If your gear shifts feel rough or your car doesn’t want to shift, you could have transmission trouble. This is also could be the case if you have trouble accelerating.

3. Leaks

If you have leaks constantly, your transmission could be in trouble. Your transmission system should never be leaking fluid. To test this, put cardboard under your parked car to see if the leaks are current.

4. The Check Engine Light is On

If it’s on, it can be a sign of many different issues. No matter what, if your check engine light is on, it should be looked into. This may indicate early signs of transmission trouble if you can’t tell yet.

5. Shaking and Grinding

If you have manual transmission, you may notice grinding when shifting, while if you have automatic transmissions it might shake or feel jarring when you’re changing gears. Either way, it’s important to get it checked out if you have shaking or grinding at all.

Need More Car Help?

While we don’t specialize in transmission repair, we offer a variety of services to make sure your car is running smoothly. Craft Repair Services is your one-stop-shop for complete machining, welding, fabricating, ​wheel & rim repairs, drive line service, hydraulic cylinder repair, and custom work in Hampton Roads, VA. If you need help with this, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Quick Guide: Car Maintenance|Wheel Repair Hampton Roads VA

Working with cars on wheel repair, drive shaft maintenance, and same day rim repair in Hampton Roads, VA, we get a lot of questions about car maintenance. Because of the work we’ve been doing for decades, we’re major advocates of continued maintenance. With that in mind, here is a handy guide to help you keep your car in great shape.

Every Month

Every month, make sure to check all of these to keep your car running well.

  • Oil Level- Add oil if is is low and make sure to check for leaks
  • Hoses- Replace if they are bulging, rotten, or brittle
  • Belts- Replace them if they’re worn, frayed or glazed
  • Tire Pressure- Add air if the pressure is too low
  • Coolant or Antifreeze- Add if it is low and don’t forget to check for leaks
  • Air Filter- Replace it if it is dirty
  • Inspect Tires- Evaluate them for damage, bulges, or uneven wear

Every 3 Months

Every three months, pencil it in on your calendar to check all of these levels.

  • Oil and Oil Filter- Change every 3,000 miles or as recommended by the manufacturer
  • Windshield Washer Fluid- Make sure to add fluid if low.
  • Power Steering Fluid- Make sure to add fluid if low.
  • Transmission Fluid- Make sure to add fluid if low.
  • Battery Terminals and Cables- Clean if corroded.
  • Lights- Ensure lights and turn signals work

Every 6 Months

Finally, every 6 months make sure all of these are checked so you can keep your car on the road.

  • Wiper Blades- Check if worn, brittle, or smeary
  • Horn- Test and make sure it works
  • Brakes- Inspect for unusual wear and tear
  • Spare Tire- Make sure it’s fully inflated
  • Exhaust System- Inspect for rust, damage, or loose parts.
  • Shocks- Inspect for oil seepage and wear

Want More Maintenance?

It’s also a great idea to add Craft Repair Services to your maintenance calendar. With over 70 years of experience, Craft is a name you can trust with all of your needs, and we guarantee our work. We are proud to offer the following services:

  • Complete Machining
  • Welding
  • Fabricating,
  • Wheel & rim repairs
  • Drive line service
  • Hydraulic cylinder repair
  • Custom work

No matter what you need, don’t hesitate to seek our help. We’ll see what we can do to keep you on the road. If you’re ready to get started contact us today.


3 Reasons to Get Rim Repair|Wheel Repair Hampton Roads VA

Starting out in a garage thirty-two years ago with two customers, we founded our wheel repair and fabrication business in Hampton Roads, VA. Decades later, customers still come to us for necessary rim repair and wheel replacement services. Because of that experience, we’re passionate about repairing rims and getting the maintenance you need all year long. We know though, that not everyone knows as much about rims as we do. With that in mind, here are 3 reasons you may want to consider getting your rims repaired.

1. Improve Gas Mileage

Damaged rims don’t only cause uneven wear on your tires, but they can make your car harder to handle and may reduce your gas mileage. How do you know if you need repair? You may hear a thumping sound when you drive or feel a constant vibration through your steering wheel. If you haven’t experienced this but notice problems with your car’s handling or changes in your gas mileage, get your wheels checked.

2. Prevent Disaster

When it comes to rims and wheel repair in Hampton Roads, VA, in a best-case scenario, this means that you will need to replace your tires sooner; in a worst-case scenario, you could be risking a possibly deadly tire blowout.  You can avoid these risks by being proactive about rim maintenance.

3. Save Money

In general, if it costs more to repair a wheel than to replace it, go ahead and buy a new one. If the cost of repair is less than the cost of a new wheel, have it fixed. Repaired rims are generally just as strong and reliable as new ones.

Ready to Get Repairs?

When it comes to Wheel Repair or other types of maintenance in Hampton Roads, VA, don’t hesitate to seek the help of Craft Repair Services.

From wheel refinishing to wheel straightening, wheel personalization to wheel re-manufacturing, to replacement— we’re a one-stop-shop that can make your vision a reality. Whatever the structural damage, whether it’s cracked or fading, if there’s missing metal, or even if it’s severely bent, we’re ready to find a solution for you.

We are proud to offer the following services:

  • Complete Machining
  • Welding
  • Fabricating,
  • Wheel & rim repairs
  • Drive line service
  • Hydraulic cylinder repair
  • Custom work

No matter what you need, don’t hesitate to seek our help. We’ll see what we can do to get you on the road again. Contact us today to get started.

3 Summer Car Care Tips|Wheel Repair Hampton Roads VA

At Craft Repair Service, we can help you get your car ready for those Summer trips with our complete machining, welding, fabricating, ​wheel & rim repairs, driveline service, hydraulic cylinder repair, and custom work services in Hampton Roads, VA. Beyond that, here are a couple of tips to follow when you are getting your vehicle ready for that Summer road trip you’ll never forget.

1. Get That Oil Change

Make sure to not put it off. Regular oil changes is what can keep your car well maintained and running smoothly.  Nothing pushes your oil harder than driving in the heat of summer. So before you start adding those hard miles to your engine, make sure your oil is fresh. Your air filters are important this time of year, too, as there are more allergens and dust in the air. When you start cranking up your AC this season, you will be glad you had its filter changed.

2. Examine the Tires

Next, make sure all your tires are checked and rotated. Proper inflation is extremely important, especially as roads get hot in the summer. It can save you money at the gas pump, and it can save wear on your tires. You might even look at getting your alignment checked, as that is important in keeping your tires in good condition.

In addition, if your wheels need repair or your rims need replacing, don’t hesitate to come by Craft Repair in Hampton Roads, VA for same day service. It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry.

3. Check Fluid Levels

Another thing that’s important for summer driving is to make sure all of your fluids are at the proper levels. Coolant is vital during those hot days on the asphalt, as are proper levels of brake, power steering, and transmission fluids. Seasonal weather changes can affect the levels of all of these, so getting them checked at the start of summer is always a good idea.

That way you don’t have any break downs or surprises this Summer.

Need More Help?

Here at Craft Repair, we’re ready to take care of your car from the rims to the drive shaft. No matter the size of the job— our technicians are ready to fabricate, repair, and weld you a solution. If you know what you want, then we can make it and if you don’t, with our decades of experience, we can get you the repairs you need in Hampton Roads, VA.

If you need help with wheel repair, rims, or anything else, don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll see what we can do.