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What Happens When Your Timing Belt Breaks?

What Happens When Your Timing Belt Breaks?

A timing belt is an engine component that synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft. When it breaks, you will need to have your vehicle towed. So unlike other components in your engine that may break down but allow you to continue driving, the timing belt spells a lot of trouble. But what actually happens when the timing belt breaks? Damage Caused by a Broken Timing Belt When the timing belt breaks, the camshaft stops turning. However, the crankshaft continues to spin, meaning the pistons continue to rise and fall. This continuous motion will instantly damage the pistons, valves, and cylinder heads, giving you no allowance to move a few yards. Unfortunately, by the time the snap happens, the damage is already done. How to Prevent Timing Belt Breaks To prevent this from happening to you, here are some helpful tips: Purchase a quality mechanic if you don't already have one. If your car has more than 75,000 miles on it, have it checked. Have a professional i ... read more

Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Tune-Up

Symptoms That Indicate You May Need a Tune-Up

Regular tune-ups keep your vehicle in good working order. While it's usually a good idea to follow a schedule, you might be wondering how to tell if your car is due for one. Below are some of the symptoms you might notice if you need a tune-up. Warning Lights Dashboard warning lights are a common sight when a vehicle is in need of a tune-up. The check engine light is the most well-known. It can indicate a variety of issues, and the only way to know for sure is to take it to a mechanic. Stalling If your engine dies while you're driving, or you press the accelerator and the car doesn't respond, it needs to be checked out by an auto shop. Stalling can be caused by the battery, fuel pump issues, ignition problems, and more. Noises Vehicles make a lot of sounds, but sometimes you notice a new one. There are dozens of things that might cause this. When you bring your car in for its tune-up, describe the sound to the technicians so they can find the source. Shaking or Pulli ... read more

Fun Facts & Best Practices for Car A/C

Fun Facts & Best Practices for Car A/C

Thanks to modern technology, you can cool off in your car on a hot summer day in a matter of seconds. With the push of the A/C button, cool air will burst through your car vents. To keep your car A/C running at its prime, there are a few things you should know about your vehicle’s air conditioning system. Max Is Not Always the Best Solution - If you’re impatiant for your A/C to blast, you may be tempted to crank up the air conditioning to max right away. However, the Max A/Z button recirculates the air inside your car and is best used when the cabin is at a cooler temperature. We recommend waiting for the cabin to be cool before using the recirculating setting. A/C Is More Than Cool - What we mean by this is that the A/C system has other roles than just cooling you and other passengers off. It also dries the air inside your car. It keeps the moisture down and clears off the windshield and windows for optimal visibility. A/C Smell - If you notice an off-putting smell comi ... read more

What Vehicle Parts Can Potholes Do Damage?

What Vehicle Parts Can Potholes Do Damage?

Potholes are a menace to drivers and can cause severe damage to your vehicle. It's essential to know the potential risks potholes pose to your car and what signs to look for that may indicate pothole damage. This blog post will discuss some of the most common ways potholes can damage your vehicle. 1. Suspension damage. One of the most common ways potholes can damage your car is by causing suspension damage. When you hit a pothole, the shock from the impact can cause damage to your car's suspension components, including the shocks and struts. This type of damage can lead to a decrease in the performance of your car's suspension and can make driving more difficult and uncomfortable. 2. Tire damage. Potholes can also cause damage to your tires. When you hit a pothole, the force of the impact can cause your tire to lose air pressure or even puncture. If you hit a pothole hard enough, it can cause your tire to ultimately come off the rim. Tire damage from potholes can be exp ... read more

What to Do When Your Engine Overheats

What to Do When Your Engine Overheats

The cooling systems of modern cars are fitted with various heat sensors and computer-controlled electric fans to keep the engine operating in any condition. However, overheating can still occur. This articles outlines what you should do if your vehicle begins to overheat. Steps to take when you have an engine overheating Turn on the heater Car experts suggest turning on the heater, which may seem illogical. It transfers heat away from the engine into the passenger compartment, relieving the cooling system of the engine. In some cases, this may be enough to reverse the overheating. If the warning light turns off or the temperature gauge moves to the neutral position, it will be operational. Pull over If your car continues to overheat after a few minutes of driving with the heater on, you should pull over and turn off the engine; this is the safest and most effective approach to cool the engine. I f you have roadside assistance, this is an excellent time to call, since you may requi ... read more

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