Service to maintain engine performance, sometimes known as a tune-up, keeps your engine working hand-in-hand with the rest of your car’s powertrain. This is how optimum car performance is achieved.
Halloween is the time of year for squeals, squeaks, screeches and things that go bump in the night, but when these eerie and haunted sounds come from your car, it’s time for maintenance. Noise is to the vehicle what pain is to the body: a warning. According to the Car Care Council, the following strange and scary noises are clues that trouble is brewing within your car and that it should be checked out by an automotive repair technician
Remember when cars used to have at least several rubber belts under the hood? Called “fan” belts or drive belts, they’ve been replaced on most late model vehicles with a single, “serpentine” drive belt. Another belt under the hood of most cars is hidden under a cover at the front of the engine. It’s the timing belt, often overlooked during routine maintenance.
- October 24, 2016
- By Derek Anderson
- In Belts, Brakes, Diagnostics, Engine, Filters, Heating, Oils, Steering, Suspension, Tires, Transmission
Results of vehicle inspections at community car care events across the country during National Car Care Month in April, and Fall Car Care Month in October, revealed that 80 percent of vehicles needed parts replacement, service or fluids. For example, nearly one out of every 10 vehicles had the check engine light on. The top problem areas were motor oil, windshield wipers, air filters, belts and hoses and lights.
Motorists can protect their family’s safety by meeting their vehicle’s maintenance needs. While it’s easy to be car care aware, too many people are putting off simple preventative maintenance and repairs that could make their vehicles safer and more dependable.