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Serving Arlington and Mansfield since 1975
(817) 465-9223
Serving Arlington and Mansfield since 1975
(817) 465-9223

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HOW TO HEAD OFF PROBLEMS
The more you know about your vehicle, the more likely you'll be able to head off repair problems. You can detect many common vehicle problems by using your senses: reviewing the area around your vehicle, listening for strange noises, sensing a difference in the way your vehicle handles, or even noticing unusual odors.
 
Looks Like Trouble
Small stains or an occasional drop of fluid under your vehicle may not mean much, but wet spots deserve attention; check puddles immediately.
You can identify fluids by their color and consistency:
  • Yellowish green, pastel blue or florescent orange colors indicate an overheated engine or an antifreeze leak caused by a bad hose, water pump or leaking radiator.
  • A dark brown or black oily fluid means the engine is leaking oil. A bad seal or gasket could cause the leak.
  • A red oily spot indicates a transmission or power-steering fluid leak.
  • A puddle of clear water usually is no problem. It may be normal condensation from your vehicle's air conditioner.
 
Smells Like Trouble
Some problems are under your nose. You can detect them by their odor:
  • The smell of burned toast - a light, sharp odor - often signals an electrical short and burning insulation. To be safe, try not to drive the vehicle until the problem is diagnosed.
  • The smell of rotten eggs - a continuous burning-sulphur smell - usually indicates a problem in the catalytic converter or other emission control devices. Don't delay diagnosis and repair.
  • A thick acrid odor usually means burning oil. Look for sign of a leak.
  • The smell of gasoline vapors after a failed start may mean you have flooded the engine. Wait a few minutes before trying again. If the odor persists, chances are there's a leak in the fuel system - a potentially dangerous problem that needs immediate attention.
  • Burning resin or an acrid chemical odor may signal overheated brakes or clutch. Check the parking brake. Stop. Allow the brakes to cool after repeated hard braking on mountain roads. Light smoke coming from a wheel indicates a stuck brake. The vehicle should be towed for repair.
  • A sweet, steamy odor indicates a coolant leak. If the temperature gauge or warning light does not indicate overheating, drive carefully to the nearest service station, keeping an eye on your gauges. If the odor is accompanied by a hot, metallic scent and steam from under the hood, your engine has overheated. Pull over immediately. Continued driving could cause severe engine damage. The vehicle should be towed for repair.
Sounds Like Trouble
Squeaks, squeals, rattles, rumbles, and other sounds provide valuable clues about problems and maintenance needs. Here
are some common noises and what they mean:
Squeal - A shrill, sharp noise, usually related to engine speed:
  • Loose or worn power steering, fan or air conditioning belt.
Click - A slight sharp noise, related to either engine speed or vehicle speed:
  • Loose wheel cover.
  • Loose or bent fan blade.
  • Stuck valve lifter or low engine oil.
Screech - A high-pitched, piercing metallic sound; usually occurs while the vehicle is in motion:
  • Caused by brake wear indicators to let you know it's time for maintenance.
Rumble - a low-pitched rhythmic sound.
  • Defective exhaust pipe, converter or muffler.
  • Worn universal joint or other drive line component.
Ping - A high-pitched metallic tapping sound, related to engine speed:
  • Usually caused by using gas with a lower octane rating than recommended. Check your owner's manual for the proper octane rating. If the problem persists, engine ignition timing could be at fault.
Heavy Knock - A rhythmic pounding sound:
  • Worn crankshaft or connecting rod bearings.
  • Loose transmission torque converter.
Clunk - A random thumping sound:
  • Loose shock absorber or other suspension component.
Loose exhaust pipe or muffler.
JERRY'S TIPS
Be cautious of putting off maintaining your vehicle. It can cause expensive repairs in the long run. A good example would be the brakes. Let them go too long and damage can occur to the rotors or drums, tripling the cost of repair. Another example would be the check engine light. If you drive around with it on you stand a good chance of destroying the catalytic converter, very expensive.
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God Bless you and your family.
Jerry & Alice Hudson, Owners

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AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program

North Central Texas Region
REPAIR ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS
The program continues to accept repair applications. Applications may be submitted by fax or mail and will be processed in the order they are received. Repair applications are processed and response letters are mailed within 5 business days or less from the date received.
REPLACEMENT ASSISTANCE APPLICATIONS
The program is not accepting vehicle replacement applications at this time.  The 82nd Texas Legislature reduced funding for the AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program by 88% earlier this year restricting the replacement component of the program.  The program may resume replacement assistance for a limited period in 2012; however, an exact date has not been determined and you will need to apply at that time if you wish to be considered for replacement assistance.
Visit this website for the most current program information including when the program expects to resume replacement assistance.
The AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program is designed to help vehicle owners comply with vehicle emissions standards by offering financial incentives to repair vehicles, and allows local residents to contribute to the regional air quality solution.
If your vehicle is registered in Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, or Tarrant County and your vehicle has failed the state emissions test within the past 30 days, you may be eligible for a voucher up to $600 for emissions repair assistance.
HOW TO APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE
Applications are available for download in English, Spanish or you may complete the online version. Any version you select must be printed, signed, and submitted for verification. Please mail or fax your application, supporting household income documentation* for all adults and Vehicle Inspection Report to:
Mail
AirCheckTexas Program
P.O. Box 5888
Arlington, TX 76005-5888         
Fax
817-608-2315 or 817-695-9292
*Income documentation may include the following copies:
  • most recent income tax return or W2
  • pay stubs for the last three consecutive months
  • most recent disability or social security annual award letter
  • written, signed statement of unemployment
Send any questions about the program to airchecktexas@nctcog.org Due to security reasons, DO NOT submit your application and income documentation via e-mail.
Frequently asked questions are available about the program and how to use a voucher.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM INFORMATION
NOTE FOR REPLACEMENT VOUCHER RECIPIENTS:
On September 1, 2011, new replacement vehicle requirements will be implemented due to legislative changes made by the 82nd Texas Legislature. If a replacement vehicle is purchased on or after September 1, 2011, the requirements must be followed. More details are posted online and included in the replacement voucher envelope.
For repair or replacement assistance, a voucher must be presented to a listed participating repair facility or dealership at the time of the emissions repairs or vehicle purchase.  No reimbursements are allowed if emissions repairs or vehicle purchase are made prior to receiving a valid voucher.
For more information about the AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program, please use the links to the right of this page.
You may contact our office at 800-898-9103.
As Regional Administrator for the AirCheckTexas Program, the North Central Texas Council of Governments is subject to the Texas Public Information Act.  Therefore, some participant information is considered public information and may be disclosed in response to Public Information Act requests.