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Unless you’re set on a particular make and model of an SUV, shopping for a used SUV for sale can be a daunting task. With so many options on the market, each with its own merits, it can be difficult to find the right vehicle for your lifestyle, needs, and budget. This SUV buying guide is designed to help you decide what you really need in a vehicle so when it comes time to visit the dealership, the sales agent can help you find precisely what you’re looking for in no time. Size Matters SUVs are not all created equal. Some are as large as cargo vans while others are as compact as standard sedans. Before going shopping, know what size SUV you are in the market for. If you want a compact SUV you’ll want to look for something like a Ford Edge. If you need a bit more room then you’ll want to [...]
Finding that perfect car for you can be a headache-inducing process, from choosing a make and model that you like, and then trying to find the single vehicle that has all the features and specifications that you need. Whether you’re looking for your first car or you’ve been through the process before, the search is long and challenging, and even more so if you go into it without some plan. To make sure you stay on the right track with your new car search, and to make it a little easier to narrow down your choices, your local automotive experts here at Lloyd Belt Automotive have put together this guide to find that perfect car. Consider Your Cargo When we say “cargo”, we’re talking anything and everything you would be putting in your vehicle at any point. Do you often travel or love outdoor activities, you’re going to need a car or SUV that has [...]
Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles for Sale in Eldon, MO At Lloyd Belt Automotive, we’re not just another used car dealership. We’re a cornerstone of the Eldon / Lake of the Ozarks community, offering a vast inventory of reliable, high quality pre-owned cars, trucks, SUVs and RVs for sale, in addition to a full service department to help make it easy for drivers to maintain the upkeep of their vehicles. Independent, Family-Owned Car Dealership As an independent, family owned dealership with an owner who has been in the car dealership business since 1984, we employ a knowledgeable staff who treats every customer like family. When you visit Lloyd Belt Automotive to browse our inventory or come in for a service appointment, you’ll always be greeted with a friendly smile and receive the best customer service around. Our Inventory of Vehicles At our dealership, you’ll find cars, SUVs, trucks, vans and RVs plus a collection of models to [...]
Knowing when to replace your air filter largely depends on what type of driving you do and how much dirt your air filter ingests. Based on the type of driving you do will dictate how often you need to change your filter. City drivers should change their air filters every 15,000 to 30,000 miles or once a year for preventative maintenance. People that live in the country or drive on dirt roads, however, may need to change their air filters more frequently.

The serpentine belt – is used to drive several components attached to the engine. It drives the alternator that powers the electrical system and recharges the battery. It also drives the power steering pump, the air conditioning compressor, and the water pump. In older vehicles, multiple drive belts were used to turn pulleys attached to these components. Most newer vehicles use a single belt; the serpentine belt to do the job.

How does the serpentine belt work?

As the engine’s crankshaft pulley turns, it drives the serpentine belt. In turn, the serpentine belt drives the pulleys for the other systems including the air conditioning, alternator, water pump, cooling fan, and power steering.

What are the symptoms related to a bad serpentine belt?

Over time serpentine belts stretch, crack, and the ribs that ride on the accessory pulleys being to wear smooth. A squealing noise is caused by the belt slipping on the pulleys. As a [...]

The cooling system helps regulate the amount of heat in the engine. For example, a typical 4- cylinder vehicle cruising along the highway at around 50 miles per hour, will produce 4000 controlled explosions per minute inside the engine as the spark plugs ignite the fuel in each cylinder to propel the vehicle down the road. These explosions produce an enormous amount of heat and, if not controlled, will destroy an engine in a matter of minutes. Controlling these high-temperatures is the job of the cooling system.

The second job of the cooling system is to maintain the engine at a constant temperature whether the outside air temperature is 110 degrees Fahrenheit or 10 below zero. If the engine temperature is too low, fuel economy will suffer, and emissions will rise. If the temperature is too hot for too long, the engine will self- destruct.

Almost all automobiles use liquid coolant to cool the engine. [...]

Brakes stop the vehicle and are crucial to safe driving. Here are the signs your vehicle needs a brake inspection:

Grinding or squeaking noise when you apply the brakes. A noise when braking may be due to a problem with the brake pads. Pads are the surface of the brake, and they wear down over time. Some brake pads have built-in wear indicators that make a high-pitched warning sound when the brake pads are worn, and new pads are needed. Continuing to drive with worn-out brake pads could result in a costly brake repair.

Brake pedal feels “spongy,” and your vehicle requires longer distances to stop. If you have to press the brake pedal further or harder than usual to stop, this could be a sign that brake service may be required.

Brake warning light comes on and stays on. If the brake hydraulic system red warning light comes on and stays on, this indicates [...]

Brake rotors should feel smooth to the touch.  If you feel grooves or see ridges on your rotor, it probably needs to be resurfaced.  Brake rotors should be measured at every brake pad replacement.  If found to be at or below the manufacturer’s minimum thickness specification, they should be replaced or re-machined.
The purpose of the antilock brake system is to prevent the wheels from locking up or skidding during braking.  If the brakes lock up, the vehicle takes longer to stop, and the ability to steer the vehicle is greatly diminished.  The ABS system prevents wheel lock-up by monitoring each wheel with a wheel speed sensor.  When the wheel starts to skid, hydraulic pressure to the brake is temporarily reduced to prevent the wheel from skidding.

All drivers know that to stop a vehicle, you press the brake pedal.  But how does the pedal make the vehicle stop?  Brake systems slow and stop the vehicle by applying pressure to rotating brake discs and/or brake drums, which are attached to each wheel.

Vehicles with disc brakes.

On vehicles with disc brakes (which is the majority), there is a metal disc called a rotor.  When the brakes are applied, the brake pads are forced against the brake rotor, which will slow or stop your vehicle.

Vehicles with brake drums.

The brake drum fits over the brake shoes.  When the brakes are applied, the brake shoes are forced against the inside of the brake drum.  This causes the brake drum to top rotating, which will slow or stop your vehicle.

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