Yearly Archives: 2021

How Often Do I Need A Timing Belt Replacement?

How Often Do I Need A Timing Belt Replacement?

Car parts wear out over time, and nobody wants to be stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck. We will briefly discuss how often you need to replace your timing belt to avoid being stranded and much more. What's A Timing Belt? Your timing belt is the rubber band-like component that turns your crankshaft, and it's one of many parts of a modern engine. To understand how often you need to replace your timing belt, it's first helpful to know what they are and why they wear out in the first place. Why Do They Wear Out? Your timing belt is constantly under pressure, and it goes without saying that rubber isn't the best material for this task. The constant turning often causes cracks in your belt to form over time. Eventually, these cracks will grow until they can no longer support the tension of the engine, which then leads to a breakdown or complete failure. How Long Until They Wear Out? That's the bi ... read more

Why is my Car AC Blowing Hot Air?

 Why is my Car AC Blowing Hot Air?

    Summer is here. During your daily commute you rely on your AC System to keep you Cool. Nothing is worse than sitting in Rush Hour Traffic with no Climate Control. The most common cause of your AC blowing Hot Air is that your AC System is Low on Refrigerant. Leaks develop due to the nature of the conditions that your Vehicle experiences. Vibration from Road Condition and Climate Conditions. Some AC Systems come with a UV Dye in the oil. If your AC System does not have Dye in it. The best way to find the leak is to have a Trained and Certified AC Professional add Dye to your AC System. Sometimes you can see the Oil Residue where the Leak is coming from. Other times an Electronic Leak Detector will find the Leak. Continuing to Run your AC System Low causes Damage to the Compressor and other AC Components.  This Damage may be bad enough that you will have to Replace your entire AC System. Other causes for your AC System to Blow Hot Air is a Restricted AC Condenser. If t ... read more

What to do when your Tire is Flat?

What to do when your Tire is Flat?

  What to do when your Tire is Flat?   Getting a Flat Tire is never fun. You are minding your own business, then "Boom" you have a Flat. You may have difficulty Accelerating or the Steering becomes squishy or delayed. You then find a Safe place to pull over and you notice one of your Tires is Flat. The cause can be from Tire Failure, a Puncture, Damaged Valve Stem or Excessive Tire Wear. If you continue Driving on a Flat Tire you will cause Permanent Damage to the Wheel and Tire. Turn on your Emergency Flashers and double check that you are Safe from oncoming Traffic. Check in your owner's Manual on the Procedures to change the Tire. The owner's Manual will also show you the Location of the Spare Tire and Tools. The Spare Tire is not a Permanent replacement for the tire that went Flat. The Spare Tire is a temporary and should be only used to get to the nearest Tire Repair Facility. When you get to the Repair Shop make sure that the Technician Check all the ... read more

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

Symptoms of a Failing Water Pump in Your Car

Cars simply cannot go and go without some sort of maintenance. One of the first things to go would be the water pump with a telltale hissing and possibly smoke being emitted. Without the water pump working, the motor of the engine will not function. While the water pump might just seem like a simple part of your car and not very important, it is by definition a key extension of the car that can't be forgotten or left out of the vehicle's ongoing maintenance. Water pumps work in an intricate way. A car's water pump takes up water and coolant from the radiator and moves it through the engine back to the radiator for the water to cool down before the same cycle then repeats itself again. By the continuous recycling of the water through the engine, the engine does not overheat in hot climates or freeze over in colder climates. All of these actions could simply not be achieved without the water pump. When the engine turns on the water pump's belt turns the water pump ... read more

What Oil to use in my Car?

What Oil to use in my Car?

  Your Car's Engine Oil needs to be able to Flow during a wide range of temperatures.  This is also a consideration where you live and what your Driving style is. Hotter climates need a Thicker Oil than cooler climates.  The Engine Oil has to be thin enough for cold starts. But be thick enough to not be too Thin when the engine is hot. One of the Characteristics of Oil is it gets Thinner the Hotter it gets. This requires the use of a Multi-viscosity Oil. Multi-viscosity oils are a blend of low-viscosity base oil. Then they add  Viscosity Index Improvers. So you take a SAE 15W Oil and add the correct proportion of VI Improvers. The Engine Oil will perform like 15W at low Temperatures and SAE 40W at High Temperatures.  True Multi-viscosity Oils will have 120 or more  Viscosity Index Improvers. Most Modern Engines will need to use 0w20, 5w20 or 5w30. Please check your Owners Manual for OEM recommended oil uses for your area and driving style.  You ... read more