The purpose of a timing belt, timing chain or timing gears is to keep the valves synchronized with the pistons. The intake valves open to let the air-fuel mixture into the cylinder, the valves are closed during the compression and power strokes and the exhaust valves are open during the exhaust stroke. If the system loses its synchronization the valves are likely to hit the pistons and bend. A broken chain or belt is one thing that causes loss of synchronization. Another is the premature failure of a tensioner or pulley. When this happens, major engine damage usually occurs.
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In winter, that grayish, gooey substance that sticks to your vehicle during cold weather is some form of magnesium chloride and should be washed from your vehicle, including the undercarriage, to prevent corrosion of electrical wires, nuts, brake shoes and even ball joints.
Topics: Winter Driving
Safe driving begins with tires. Automatic emergency braking is a great safety feature but not if your tires are worn out and can’t grip the pavement. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration states only 19% of consumers properly check and inflate their tires. Tires need to be checked on a regular basis for tread depth, wear, pressure and any signs of deterioration. When we perform routine maintenance we check safety items including your tires. Tires are expensive and why wear them out prematurely by ignoring their maintenance. We recommend tire rotation every 2nd oil change. Keeping track of the condition of your tires is critical and a job you don’t have to do alone.
Since many vehicle values drop by 40% or more in 3 years, buying used can be a significant money saver and there’s a lot to choose from because of the number of vehicles coming off lease is increasing. Finding a good used vehicle isn’t a matter of luck, but rather the result of good research and inspection.
Every time your car is in the shop, a complimentary inspection is performed. This inspection includes checking;
Topics: Fall Check Up
An article from one of our trade journals (Parts and People) this month caught my attention. It was on advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) and the effect they have on driver behavior. The study was done by MIT Advanced Vehicle Technology Consortium and includes automakers and insurance companies. The researchers used cameras and sensors to watch drivers of Tesla, Volvo, and Cadillac vehicles to see how the systems are used, how often they’re used and how drivers respond to the warnings. The study has been going on for 2 years and has logged over 300,000 miles with 89 drivers and some trends seem to be emerging.
Topics: Self-Driving Vehicles
We often have customers ask if buying an extended warranty for their vehicle is worth the cost. Most used car warranties cost around $1,500 - $3,500 for an additional five years of coverage beyond the manufacturer’s warranty period, depending on the year, make and mileage of your vehicle. Think of it as paying in advance for repairs your car may need in the future. Most extended warranty companies let you make payments over 24 months. Many come with benefits like roadside assistance and rental car reimbursement that you may already have through an AAA membership or rental coverage through your auto insurance. Warranty companies offer various levels of coverage from basic to comprehensive.
Have you been outside recently and noticed your car covered in a layer of yellow dust? The pollen count in Denver has been pretty high this season. In addition to constant sneezing and potential for heightened asthma symptoms, the pollen from weeds, trees, and grasses can damage the paint on your car.
In the quest to meet the current mileage standards, auto manufacturers have implemented many innovative technologies. Among these are advanced lubrication systems. Today’s engines have tighter tolerances and generally use thinner oil. Instead of 2 or 3 grades of oil as in the past, there are now over 10 types. Aside from lubricating engine parts, oil also operates other systems like variable valve timing.
Summer brings many wonderful things to life in Colorado: pools, vacations, beautiful weather – but there’s also one huge drawback: ubiquitous and dreaded Road Construction…
Topics: Driving Safey
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