Yearly Archives: 2022

Signs Your Serpentine Belt is Failing

Signs Your Serpentine Belt is Failing

The serpentine belt, also known as the drive belt, is a vital part of the accessory drive belt system. This system consists of the drive belt, idler, accessory pulleys, and tensioner. The inside of the serpentine belt has ribs or grooves for better grip but is usually smooth on the outside. The drive belt wraps around idler pulleys that maintain its snake-line configuration, and around accessory pulleys of the belt-driven components, it helps to power. These include the alternator, air conditioning compressor, power steering pump, cooling system water pump and air pump. Signs of a Failing Serpentine Belt Squealing or Squeaking Noise A squealing noise from the front of your vehicle is normally a sign of a failing serpentine belt. The noise is caused by slippage or misalignment of the drive belt. If the belt breaks completely, it will cause a flapping or flopping sound. Loss of Air Conditioning or Power Steering If your drive belt malfunctions, it wi ... read more

Signs That Indicate You Need Muffler Repair

Signs That Indicate You Need Muffler Repair

We’ve all been disrupted by a loud car, SUV, or truck at a stop sign or red light before. The vehicle erupts in loud popping noises as it pulls away and accelerates. Most people tend to shrug it off until it is happening to their car. In this blog, we will go over how to spot the signs of a faulty muffler.    As its name suggests, mufflers are responsible for dampening engine sounds. They are made up of a series of tubes, chambers, and baffles to keep noise pollution to a minimum. Most are made to silence your engine sounds, with a few known to make growling sounds. The muffler is a component in the exhaust system and plays a part in expelling engine exhaust out of your car.   Here are some of the top signs that indicate you need muffler repair: Loud Noises The whole point of a muffler is to dampen your engine sounds. When your muffler is damaged or compromised, excess noise is the first indicator. It will sound like nothing you’ve heard. If you hear hi ... read more

Safe Driving Tips for the School Season

Safe Driving Tips for the School Season

We're making our way to that time of the year again. You might start spotting big yellow school buses and children with backpacks on the road again soon. With the back-to-school season right ahead, we thought it would be helpful to share some key safety tips for drivers. As driving citizens, we have a responsibility to keep our community safer. Below are some useful tips to follow when driving around school zones and bus stops: Always Slow Down in School Zones School zones are marked territories around schools, campuses, and playgrounds. They are usually indicated with signs and marked lines. You may recall some of that info in driver’s ed. Some school zones have signs indicating a new reduced speed limit when flashing. They typically come on during rush hour. As with any other sign, you should slow down accordingly to protect yourself and the safety of others. Be Prepared for Heavy Traffic With most people going back to work and now kids going to school, traffic might lo ... read more

Do I Have A Faulty Alternator?

Do I Have A Faulty Alternator?

The engine makes your car run, but the alternator helps ensure it runs. It is a lifeboat to the engine, or else it wouldn't work. That's how important an alternator's job is. If you've been noticing your headlights are flickering or are struggling to start, you may have a faulty alternator. Here are the other signs of its symptoms. Battery Light On Your dash lights often tell you if there is something wrong with anything in the car. This includes the battery light. If your battery seems to be fine, it may be your alternator. On some cars, if an alternator is faulty, it will illuminate ALT OR GEN on the dash light. Burnt Rubber Smell In manual cars, sometimes if you don't clutch properly, burnt rubber smells appear. Or if you're purposely "burning rubber" with tires. Otherwise, if you smell it, see if your alternator is running properly. Whining Sound If you've been noticing a whining sound, it may be your alternator. This is because a bearing ... read more

What is 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance?

What is 30/60/90K Vehicle Maintenance?

Unless you know how to build a car from scratch, there is probably a great deal about your current vehicle that you do not know much about. This is why regular maintenance is so important. At various milestones during your car's life, you will want to have certain services performed to make sure that everything remains in great condition. What type of service is performed at each of these milestones will largely depend on the type of vehicle that you are actually driving. For most cars, you will want to have a special service performed at 30,000, 60,000, and 90,000 miles. Continue reading to learn why this is so important. The Importance of Factory Maintenance You might have been told that your car should be serviced at various intervals, but might question why this is so important. Many car manufacturers will actually stipulate the importance of such maintenance in their owner's manual. If you fail to have the recommended service performed, you could end up ... read more

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