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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 […]
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.
Conventional motor oil is a lubricant that is derived directly from crude oil. It has excellent properties that allow it to provide lubrication at high temperatures, as well as maintaining its stability over long periods of time.
Synthetic lubricants are derived from a number of sources, including completely synthetic compounds, petroleum-based products or other organic oils. Synthetic oil differs from conventional oil because of unique polymers added to the base formulation.
Here is a quick overview of the most common advantages that synthetic oils offer over conventional motor oil:
Improved Lubrication – Most synthetic oils have added lubricants that increase the ability of the oil to keep engine parts slick, especially at high temperatures. This decreases wear over the long term and may make your engine last longer.
Better Stability – Synthetic oils are specially engineered to maintain their thickness at higher temperatures and over longer periods of time allowing “oil” to “stick” to engine parts more readily, providing […]
Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle. It keeps the many components of the engine working efficiently, and it helps reduce the accumulation of varnish and carbon from collecting on the engine.
The engine can get very hot from the thousands of small explosions taking place every minute; oil helps pull the heat away from the combustion chamber essentially preventing the engine from blowing up.
Heat breaks down oil and it eventually becomes less like liquid and more like sludge that can clog your engine. No matter how good the oil is, eventually it degrades as the additives get used up. Engines are expensive to clean, and replacing a worn-out piston or engine is not an auto repair bill you want to receive.
Getting your oil changed is one of the least expensive auto maintenance service […]