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- Take the tire off of the wheel
- Thoroughly inspect your tire from the inside and outside. The tire should be repaired if:
- The puncture is <¼ inch
- There is a puncture on the tread
- Use a plug to repair the tire while repairing the interior lining with a patch
- It’s not suggested to overlap repairs
- Do not patch large holes or holes that are in the sidewall. Doing this could lead to a blowout.
- Too high or too low of tire pressure
- Uneven balance of tire or alignment
- Any steering or suspension issues while driving your vehicle
- Slight cracks, treads or sidewalls with bulges in them that indicate excessive wear or weaknesses
- Anything protruding from your tires such […]
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 […]