Today’s belt performs a specific job, transferring power from the crankshaft pulley to all accessories in the serpentine system. Power-hungry alternators, A/C compressors, power steering and water pumps all try … Continue Reading All About Engine Drive Pulley Alignment & Tension
Unbeknownst to many, automatic belt tensioners are actually a wear item, and therefore cannot be classified as a prototypical hard part. Internal components in the tensioner can fail, causing stress … Continue Reading Diagnosing Engine Drive Belt Tensioner Failure
What is a tuneup? This type of preventative maintenance can nip problems in the bud and keep your vehicle running smoothly. Here’s why you should get one.
Knowing if there’s a timing chain versus a timing belt in your car, and what exactly they both do, can help you save on expensive maintenance, costly repairs or both. Although it might seem like an overly technical subject, understanding a timing belt versus a timing chain is a fairly simple concept to grasp once you strip away all the jargon…
Vehicle problems never happen when it is convenient. If you are in a hurry, you can bet that is when something will go wrong. But being prepared can make an … Continue Reading 4 Spare Parts You Should Buy Before You Need Them
The accessories on your vehicle’s engine are driven by a single belt that wraps around the pulleys. This is called a serpentine belt. Older vehicles used multiple drive belts called … Continue Reading Know How Notes – Serpentine Belt Replacement Tips
Have you suddenly found yourself with some free time on your hands? If so, there are a few easy vehicle maintenance projects that you can do with minimal prep right at home. These aren’t complicated projects and most need only basic tools and supplies. So before you start watching the entire “Lord of the Rings” trilogy again, take some time for easy vehicle maintenance that will pay off dividends later…
What’s that sound? Your vehicle, which usually purrs like a kitten, has started squeaking like a mouse. If it happens when your car is running, but not moving, it’s most likely an issue with a belt. If your car is making unusual sounds, you might have a belt issue. Here’s what to look (and listen) for…
With summer behind us, your car needs to be prepared for colder weather. Check your car fluids to ensure that they’re topped or flushed.
How does heat affect your car? In at least five ways. Here is what you can do about it before a heat wave arrives.