Tires have the natural tendency of wearing unevenly. If your car is even slightly misaligned it will cause even more wearing than usual. In order to prevent this from happening and to get the most life from your tires, you should rotate them every 6 months. Wheel Balancing
Sometimes confused with wheel alignment, wheel balancing is adding lead weights where necessary to give your wheels better balance. This will alleviate the unbalanced tire and ensure a smooth ride. Tire Repair
Do you have a slow leak in one of your tires? You not only have to use your spare tire, but you also have to get the tire repaired. Your tires drive over a lot of potentially damaging items but we can efficiently repair it and get you back on the road.
Learn what the different letters and numbers molded on the side of your tire’s wall means which includes tire type, width, aspect ratio, construction, and diameter. Tire Type
The “P” listed first on the molding indicates that specific tire is intended for passenger vehicles with United States standards. When there are no letters at the beginning of the Tire Size, that means it’s a Euro-metric tire which may have different load capacities than the standard for vehicles in the United States. “LT” can be at the beginning or the end of the Tire Size which is dedicated for light trucks only; the air pressure for these tires are notoriously higher than passenger tires.
If you are unsure what type of tires you need for your vehicle, you can check your [...]
Air Pressure Check
Not having the proper tire pressure can lead to tire failure, or even accidents. It’s good practice to check your tire pressure at least once a month. Our team wants to ensure that your tires have the right pressure all year long, stop in today to get your tire pressure checked for free! Tread Wear
Do you know how to compare tires with their different makes or by looking between various tire lines? We recommend to all of our customers to check out the Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG) System. On every tire, you’ll find the UTQG grade and also on the paper that is attached when tires are first purchased.
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.
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 [...]