What is a timing belt? A timing belt is a rubber belt that controls the timing of internal combustion engines. The belt itself is unremarkable in appearance: it is simply a rubber belt with teeth, as pictured above. However, it performs a vital function by ensuring that the crankshaft (which controls the pistons) and the camshaft (which controls the valves) rotate in sync. This is vital for … Continue reading Timing belts-Why they are important to replace and how it affects you
If you own a car, chances are you have had (or will have) to take it to a repair shop at some point. Unfortunately, tales of crooked mechanics are as prevalent as crooked politician stories, resulting in most car owners being wary or downright defensive before they even walk in a repair shop’s door. Referrals for auto repair shops, when their service and quality of work … Continue reading Building a good relationshop with your auto repair shop
So summer time is just around the corner and we’re about to start feeling the heat. When you get into your car that has been parked outside in the hot sun in can be 150 degrees in there, and if you just roll down the window it doesn’t really help. If it’s 90 degrees outside, that’s better than 150 but it’s not enough to stay … Continue reading Don’t try this at home-the truth about charging your ac system
It’s the beginning of fall, and time to consider your coolant. This is a good time to think about your engine cooling system. Regular inspections and pressure tests of your cooling system are of utmost importance, as is good maintenance by following the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended coolant change intervals. As time passes, the protective anti-corrosive additives in the antifreeze break down and lose their effectiveness. … Continue reading Happy Fall Ya’ll-Is your coolant ready for cooler temps?
When it comes to brakes, there are no good vibrations. The most likely reason that you feel vibrations through the brake pedal is because a rotor — the rotating disc that the brake pads are pressed against — is unevenly worn, or what some call “warped.” (It’s unlikely that a rotor could truly warp from normal use as opposed to a manufacturing defect, but thinner … Continue reading Not so good vibrations
Understanding The Battery Indicator Light The charging system light or battery indicator light shouldn’t be ignored.. Whenever this indicator light turns on, it means that the vehicle is relying solely on the stored battery power to continue to power all of its electronic components. Unfortunately, this means the car is limited in how far it can travel before the car dies due to lack of … Continue reading Why is my battery light coming on?
Tire rotation is an easy maintenance item that has long term benefits for any vehicle. When properly maintained, tire rotations can improve fuel economy, extend tire life and provide drivers better handling through improved stability. Frequently servicing vehicles with tire rotations is imperative to sustaining tire tread by ensuring all tires are used evenly without excessive wear to one section or another. Normal tread wear … Continue reading Tire Rotations-A cheap insurance to keeping your tires from prematurely wearing out