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Automatic or manual transmission: which is better?

Automatic or manual transmission: which is better?

Let’s start off by making one thing clear: there is no definitive ‘correct’ answer to this near 10 year old question. I say 10 years old, because this question has only been a point of automotive debate since the development of more technically advanced automatic transmissions like the dual clutch (semi-auto) transmission. Before then, among auto enthusiasts, it was generally accepted that manual transmissions were superior for a multitude of reasons. Today, things have changed. Well, somewhat. Most people will be familiar with what differentiates a manual and automatic transmission. But for those who aren’t, let’s cover a couple basics. How A Manual Transmission works Manual transmissions work based on vehicle operator inputs: a clutch and gear selector. With this type of transmission, the operator determines which gear to select, and when to select or change it. When the clutch pedal is depressed, the clutch disengages from the engine, allowing a new g ... read more

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Some Advice for Buying a Used Car

Some Advice for Buying a Used Car

There’s a plethora of used car buying advice on the internet. However, as a mechanic shop we may be able to give a clearer picture in terms of ongoing maintenance for that new car your looking at. We’ll also summarize the other critical factors need to be considers before making your choice and purchase. Many people like to purchase a car new from the dealership, or manufacturer. It’s great because you can choose your options, color, etc. But as most of us know, the minute you drive that vehicle off the dealership lot, you’re taking a massive hit in value. Why? Mainly because the car is now officially a used vehicle. The person who will buy the car from you, regardless of mileage or age, will now be the second owner. On the other hand, this means that 2nd owners can usually save big, even on new cars. Ongoing maintenance on a used car Is the car still under manufacture warranty? If so, great! Most new vehicles carry decent warranties. These warranties us ... read more

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What Causes Your A/C to Leak?

What Causes Your A/C to Leak?

Summer is just around the corner. Here in Florida, it’s essentially here already. Most of us are cranking our AC on full blast as soon as we get into our car. This is also the season where some of us are reminded that our AC doesn’t blow too cold or it’s leaking, and we need to go “get it fixed.” Let’s look at what causes your Ac to leak, or to not blow cold. Your AC system is made up of many different parts, the evaporator core(s) being a primary component. The evaporator core is what causes hot air to cool, and become the cold air you feel when you dial your AC into the “blue zone”. The core uses Freon to make this happen. When the Freon passes through the evaporator core, it turns into rapidly cooling gas, which in turn gives you the cold air you feel in coming through your vents. A side affect of this is the condensation you see leaking from under your car. Think of it like putting a glass of cold water out on a hot day. Condensation builds up on the outside of the ... read more

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Celebrating 13 Years!

Celebrating 13 Years!

It’s hard to believe that Evans Automotive has been in business for 13 years now. It’s also humbling. We’re especially thankful for all of our loyal customers that have helped us get to where we are today. What is a business apart from its customers? Our vision and goal from the beginning was to be the best full service auto mechanic shop in the Pensacola/Perdido area. We can honestly say that we feel we have achieved that vision in the past 13 years. Our customers think so. If you haven’t yet experienced Evans Auto, stop in next time your need to have your vehicle serviced or repaired. We promise you’ll have a better experience than anywhere else. We service and have extensive experience with every type of vehicle. From classics to hybrids, and everything in between. We back up our work with a full 2 year / 24,000 mile warranty. We take care of your vehicle maintenance scheduling. We even provide a shuttle service for the local area. So c ... read more

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Extending the Life of Your Transmission

Extending the Life of Your Transmission

The transmission is one of the most expensive components of a vehicle. Really, apart from the engine, replacing a transmission, manual or automatic, can be the most costly repair you can have done on your vehicle. That said, it is so important to maintain and take proper care of your transmission. Let’s talk about the few different ways you can prevent having to replace or repair your transmission. But first, for those who might not know, what exactly is a transmission? What is a transmission? By definition, a transmission is the mechanism by which power is transmitted from an engine to the wheels of a motor vehicle. In simpler terms, your vehicle’s transmission is what connects your engine to your tires. You can have a 500hp engine, and you can have high quality tires, but without a transmission, you’re not getting anywhere. Your engine has what’s called a crankshaft, which is spun by the running engine. Your transmission is connected to the engine by t ... read more

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Why you should use only one auto repair shop for your vehicle.

Why you should use only one auto repair shop for your vehicle.

Let’s be honest, most of us tend to choose an auto repair shop based on one of two criteria: price and location convenience. If we have a major issue with our vehicle, or just need a simple oil change, we’ll call around until we find the best price. Alternatively, we’ll just stop at the closest auto-repair shop at the moment. As we’ve discussed in a previous blog post, choosing an auto-mechanic strictly based on cost can end up costing you much more than you anticipated. If a job is not done right the first time, especially in relation to vehicle maintenance, the results can be detrimental. The same can be applied to choosing to have your oil changed based on the shop located closest to you at that moment. Don’t trust just anyone with your vehicle! What are the benefits of using just one auto repair shop? When the time comes to sell your vehicle, being able to have a full, complete repair and ma ... read more

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Brake Maintenance & Safety

Brake Maintenance & Safety

Brakes and tires are the two most critical factors when it comes to road safety. Tires are the only contact point your vehicle has with the road. And brakes, well they are self-explanatory. If your brakes fail while driving, you are in serious trouble. In a recent blog post, we took an in-depth look at tire safety and maintenance. Let’s take the same look at brake safety and maintenance. How do you know when your brakes need to be looked at or changed? Carecare.org gives a great list of things you need to look and listen for when it comes to your brakes. Your brake light on your dashboard – this may seem obvious, but many times your vehicle will let you know if there is a possible issue with your brakes. This is especially common for newer vehicles. Vehicle puling to one side – if your car is pulling to one side while braking, you know you need to have your brakes checked out. On a side ... read more

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The Dangers of Under-Inflated Tires

The Dangers of Under-Inflated Tires

When winter weather begins to set in, it’s common to see a warning light appear on your dashboard, something like what you see here. This light is a tire pressure warning. The reason you often see it during the winter is because cold weather causes the air in your tires to contract, thereby decreases the pressure. To many of us that may seem like a trivial warning. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Low tire pressure is dangerous and costly. According to AAA: “Under-inflated tires contribute to more than 600 fatalities and 33,000 injuries annually, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates, and they waste more than 1 billion gallons of gasoline each year, based on U.S. Department of Energy estimates.” Most of us would be shocked by those statistics. So now you are wondering, how is that actually possible? According to the NHTSA, under-inflated tires are more likely to run the risk of overh ... read more

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Choosing the Right Auto Mechanic

Choosing the Right Auto Mechanic

It’s often our first instinct to choose a product or service primarily based on cost. We’ve all done it, and most of us have paid the price for it. For some things in life, the consequence of making a price-based purchase is very little. If you buy a cheap pair of shoes, the consequence is usually wearing an uncomfortable pair of shoes, and having to replace the shoes rather quickly! With other things in life, the consequences can be much more costly. For example, last week, our shop had to do a complete engine swap on a Hyundai Santa Fe. A completely new engine. The reason? The customer’s previous shop was repairing this Santa Fe and left the radiator hose loose. This caused all of the engine coolant to drain from the engine. By the time the customer realized something was wrong, it was too late! The engine was blown. When you are shopping auto repair / mechanic centers, make sure that you choose one that has experience, proper qualifications, a ... read more

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Getting ready for your next road trip!

Getting ready for your next road trip!

There’s nothing better than a great, memorable road trip. There’s equally nothing worse than your perfect road trip getting ruined by being stuck on the side of the interstate with car issues. Let’s look at the best ways to prevent being stranded on the side of the road on your upcoming road trip. Tires Make sure your tires have even wear and plenty of tread. You don’t want to have to deal with a dangerous blowout on the interstate. Also make sure than you have equal pressure in the tires. If you’re overdue, now might be a good time to have your tires rotated. More info on our tire services Oil It’s always best to get a fresh oil change before a long trip. Your car will run smoother, and you decrease the chance of anything happening to your engine during your trip. More info on our Oil C ... read more

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