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Yearly Archives: 2021

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

Warning Signs of an Aging Timing Belt

  While you may not pay much attention to your car's timing belt, it plays a vital role in the mechanics of your vehicle. The timing belt is an engine component that rotates the engine's cam and crankshaft in sync, ensuring every cylinder fires at the appropriate time. You can find your car's timing belt under a timing cover near the front of the engine, and since it was likely manufactured from performance-quality rubber, it will need to be replaced every now and then. In this post, we will look at a few common symptoms that may indicate your timing belt needs repair.   Like any piece of equipment, a timing belt will deteriorate with time. It is best to check the owner's manual or ask a trusted professional to know if your engine has a timing belt or chain. A broken timing belt will cause your engine to fail completely and potentially cause damage to other parts of the engine. It is essential to replace the belt while it is showing warning signs to avoid i ... read more

What Are the Most Common Repairs for Each Season?

What Are the Most Common Repairs for Each Season?

Automobiles are complex vehicles with an average of over 30,000 parts, all of which have to be operative for the car to run. Vehicles in warmer climates have different demands than cars that run in cold weather. In Georgia, we have four distinct seasons, all of which have varying needs. Here are the most common repairs we see in our shop for each season:   Summer Since summers in the south are relatively hot and humid, one of the biggest complaints people have about their vehicles is the air conditioning. Either the AC won't work at all, or it will start to blow warmer air, which is highly uncomfortable when the temperatures rise. Adding Freon and other minor repairs can often bring your air conditioning back to where it needs to be.   Fall Headlights frequently go out in the fall, as they have made it through the summer months and now need to be changed in time for winter. As the days start to grow shorter, it gets dark out quicker. People begin to notice the imper ... read more

Why is My Car's Air Conditioning Blowing Hot Air?

Why is My Car's Air Conditioning Blowing Hot Air?

We are past the treacherous winter driving conditions, and now you can enjoy your ride on a sunny summer day. However, there's nothing as frustrating as trying to cool your cabin's interior only for the air conditioning system to blow out hot air. You can attribute that failure to several causes. They include: Refrigerant Leak The refrigerant is the fluid that circulates within the ac system, expanding and contracting as it rids the interior atmosphere of heat and moisture. With a leak, the levels of refrigerant drop, and that impacts its normal functioning. A leak can be caused by a worn-out hose or a damaged evaporator. Detecting a refrigerant is not something you can do with your eyes because the AC system runs deep in the car's systems. Additionally, the antifreeze evaporates immediately after it's exposed to the atmosphere. Thus, it won't be as apparent as an engine oil puddle under the car. You can identify the point of the leak by taking the car to an exp ... read more

How Do I Know If I Need New Tires?

How Do I Know If I Need New Tires?

When a tire is damaged and worn out and starts becoming unreliable, it's time to look for a replacement tire. We have looked into how you can know when it's time to get new tires. To find out more about tire replacements, read on! What are Clear Signs Indicating That Your Tires Need Replacing? How old the tire is and the length of time you have been using it Most tires should have no visible damages during the first five years. However, after this period, you should begin to have your tires inspected by a professional at our shop every year to check they are in good working order. More resistant tires have a longer lifespan. Resistant tires from reputable brands such as Goodyear, Michelin, and Bridgestone are typically trusted for longevity, and an expert at our shop can help you choose the best tire for your budget and needs. When a tire has had its day, it's time to get a new one! Physical damages Physical damage to tires can include scratches, punctures, their grip ... read more

Why Does My Brake Pedal Feel Spongy?

Why Does My Brake Pedal Feel Spongy?

No matter how savvy a driver you may be, controlling your vehicle without brakes is almost impossible. Spongy brakes, also described as mushy or squishy, should be addressed promptly to avoid catastrophic consequences as you move from one place to another. Below are some of the main reasons why your car's brakes may begin to malfunction or feel spongy. Cylinder Wear If the efficiency of your car's braking apparatus gets compromised, it could be due to a master cylinder malfunction as a result of wear and tear. The cylinder distributes hydraulic pressure, which injects the braking fluid that's essential in bringing your vehicle to a stop. As time passes, its seals may leak or break, forcing you to always press the brake pedal to the floor of the car for it to stop. When this happens, you should consider visiting an auto repair shop for prompt solutions. Brake Line Damage Brake lines can get damaged due to multiple factors, including rust w ... read more

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