girl smelling vents

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. Hale's Automotive in Marion 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.

coolant system

Regardless of the weather, it's important to maintain your coolant system. At Hale's Automotive in Marion, we offer the full range of coolant system services, from coolant testing to system flushing. Here’s what you need to know about servicing your cooling system.

transmission

Automatic transmissions aren’t well understood outside of specialists like our technicians here at Hale's Automotive in Marion, IL. 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. 

Two tires

At Hale's Automotive in Marion, IL, we want you to be able to recognize an issue with your tires. It’ll keep you safe, prevent a blowout, and let you see for yourself whether or not a tire needs to be replaced. Here’s a short guide to tire problems.

mechanic balancing a tire in the auto shop

Two things matter when mounting new tires on your truck or commercial vehicle. First, you want it done right. Second, you want it done fast. For both, Hale's Automotive in Marion, IL has you covered.

push to start button on vehicle

With temperatures dropping around the country, it’s understandably tempting to let your car or SUV idle to stay warm. At Hale's Automotive in Marion, IL, one of our goals is to keep you informed on how to best care for your performance and luxury vehicles. 

mechanic messing with a tire on a lifted car

The operation of your transmission depends on your hydraulics. Even if that sounds like a foreign language to you, at Hale's Automotive in Marion, IL, 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.

automotive transmission

Are you considering upgrading to a better transmission on your classic? Hale's Automotive in Marion, IL can help.

If you drive something old, there’s a good chance it has fewer gears than you’d like. With all the 6 and 8 speed transmissions on the road today, it’s hard to imagine that just a few decades ago we were getting by with just 2 or 3 gears. These days, there are some simple swap options - here are some things for you to consider.

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