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A broken timing belt can lead to one of the most expensive engine repairs Kernersville drivers will ever face. Replacing your timing belt on its recommended schedule can help avoid those problems. Regardless of the year make or model, you need to check for the manufacturers recommended maintenance interval on a timing belt. Here's a brief overview of what the timing belt does:

Air is drawn into the cylinder of the engine through the intake valves. After the air and fuel mixture is burned, it's pushed out through the exhaust valves. The timing belt, which is driven by the engine, turns the camshafts which control when the intake and exhaust valves open and close. It is important that the opening and closing of the valves take place at exactly the right time for the engine to run properly.

Beyond that, on some vehicle engines, the valves actually extend into the combustion chamber far enough that they can be hit by the piston as it moves up and down in the cylinder. When everything is timed just right – no problem. When the timing is off, the piston will slam into the valves and causes major engine damage.

The timing belt makes sure everything is timed just right. However, the belt does have a useful life. Beyond that it can break or slip – and that's when the damage can be done. If your vehicle has a timing belt (some have metal timing chains) it will have a recommended interval for replacing it. Be sure to check your owner's manual or speak with a qualified mechanic or repair shop to make sure you know when your timing belt needs to be replaced: there is a lot at stake.

Now, getting to the timing belt requires a lot of labor so it is service item, but it is certainly less than repairing a damaged engine. If your timing belt drives your water pump, change them both at the same time to save labor costs down the road.

How much is it to replace a timing belt? This is usually the most asked question. When determining the cost to replace a timing belt there can be many contributing factors. For example prices can vary dramatically between a Honda, Hyundai, Kia or Toyota. The other consideration when getting a price on a timing belt job is the mileage and if this is the first or second belt replaced. You may want to consider replacing the water pump, pulleys and tensioner. Other vehicles may also have cam shaft and crank shaft seals that could be replaced at the same time.
#timingbelt #autorepair #kernersvilleautorepair

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Why is my air conditioner blowing warm air? Most of us don't give our air conditioning a second thought as long as it's making cold air. But it's a complex and expensive system that we should think about before it starts blowing hot air.

The refrigerant in the air conditioner contains a special oil that lubricates and cools the A/C parts. When enough refrigerant leaks out, your air conditioner still makes cold air, but the parts don't have enough oil to protect them and they wear out faster than they should. So it's important to service the air conditioner as recommended by your local mechanic or repair shop.

Replacing old refrigerant has another benefit: refrigerant tends to gather moisture and become corrosive. That causes leaks in the system which can be expensive to repair. Fresh refrigerant protects the air conditioning components and keeps the system operating at peak efficiency so it doesn't have to work as hard to keep you cool.

Even with regular service, A/C parts can just wear out. Normal wear and tear eventually gets to all moving parts.

Addressing early problems can save on more extensive repairs down the road. For instance, a common failure is the clutch that turns the compressor on and off. If you can take care of a bad A/C clutch when it first starts having problems, you may be able to save the compressor. Wait too long and you'll have to replace both.

Check your owner's manual or ask your local independent repair shop for service recommendations. And if you're hearing strange sounds when your air conditioning turns on, or if it just isn't as cold as it used to be, have us give it the once over and see what it'll take to keep you cool.
#autoairconditioner #autorepair #kernersville
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3/20/17
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Need an oil change? Did you ever consider a synthetic oil change?
Heard of synthetic motor oil but would like to learn more information on using synthetic oil? Well, synthetic motor oil is a substitute for conventional oil.

Synthetic doesn’t gel or gum-up like conventional oil and it doesn’t vaporize as easily. It protects better in severe driving conditions like stop and go driving as well as in very hot or very cold conditions, basically the driving done by most people here in the Kernersville area. More and more new vehicles such as Toyota, Honda, Ford and GM are being delivered with full synthetic motor oil, with the recommendation to use synthetic for the life of the vehicle.

Why is this? Synthetic motor oil maximizes engine power and fuel economy. To see why we’d need a microscope, so we’ll have to settle for using our imaginations. The molecules of conventional motor oil are long hydrocarbon chains. Synthetic motor oil, on the other hand, has uniform, round molecules. Which is slipperier, a pile of pencils or a pile of marbles?

Synthetic motor oil lubricates better because there’s less friction. That means better wear protection, cooler operating temperatures, more power and better fuel economy. Also less engine damage occurs on cold morning starting. Synthetic oil doesn’t sludge up like conventional oil so it keeps those small oil passages from clogging up.

Some manufacturers are extending oil change intervals. The added protection of synthetic oil covers you for these longer intervals. Talk with your mechanic or automotive repair shop about how you drive and see if he thinks you can benefit from synthetic oil. Also ask about the appropriate oil change interval for synthetic because it may very well be longer than for conventional oil.

Most of us have a busy life and you might occasionally miss an oil change. Go ahead, admit it. Since we’re not perfect, doesn’t it make sense to use a motor oil that’s got your back?

Now, synthetic oil costs more. But it lasts longer, protects better and increases fuel economy. You’ll save money in the long run. If you’re serious about making your car last longer, synthetic motor oil might be just what you need.

There are may producers of synthetic oil, just to mention a few there is Kendall, NAPA and Sunoco. Not to mention the most popular synthetic oil which is Mobil One.
#oilchange #enginerepair #autorepair
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3/13/17
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When should I replace my car battery?

All batteries wear out and need to be replaced – but some are replaced before their time.

Look, if your battery is dying and you need a jump-start, it could very well be that you have a bad battery. But you should have your battery tested first to see if it's actually bad. The problem could be parasitic drain or a bad alternator that's not properly charging your battery.

And Kernersville drivers in this situation also need to have their service advisor their alternator and have it tested. A surprisingly high percentage of “bad” alternators brought into repair shops are actually just fine: the problem is a worn serpentine belt and/or belt tensioner. If the belt is slipping, it's not spinning the alternator properly so it can't fully charge the battery.
Drivers can see that a dead battery can be the result of a chain of events: a worn serpentine belt, a worn belt tensioner, a bad alternator or a bad battery. If you don't check the belt, tensioner and alternator you can just end up replacing batteries that are still good. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Genuine Car Care Center .

That brings us back full circle to when batteries do fail. There's a chemical cycle that takes place inside your battery: the battery is discharged when you start the vehicle and is recharged by the alternator when you drive. Short trips with frequent stops and starts may mean that your battery is never fully recharged. When a battery isn't fully charged parts of the battery harden and are no longer available to store electricity. Over time, your battery just can't hold enough charge for the needs of your vehicle. This is to your alternator as it tries to keep up, causing it to wear out prematurely.

Batteries last longer in colder climates and wear out faster in warmer NC climates. We want to remind Kernersville drivers that, on average, 70% of batteries fail within four years. Many NC automotive experts recommend replacing your battery every five years. This will the chances of being stranded on a local with a dead battery as well as prevent undue wear on your alternator.
#battery #autorepair #mechanic
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When your car's wheels are properly aligned they all point in the When they are out of alignment, most drivers notice a couple of things. First the vehicle pulls to one side when driving. It could be slight or pretty severe. If your wheels have been out of alignment for a while, you'll also start to see uneven tire wear – the shoulder on either the outside or inside of the tire is worn down more than the other.

A whole bunch of steering and suspension components are joined together. Everyday Kernersville driving can cause Kernersville drivers' wheels to go out of alignment over time just from the joints loosening up. That's why most recommend an alignment check every couple of years. Depending on where you live in NC or the conditions you drive in. An alignment inspection every year may be called for.

Suspension and steering components wear over time as well which can lead to and alignment issues. Of course, a big bump like hitting a curb or pothole can knock a wheel out of alignment or damage a steering or suspension part.

The type of wear provides clues for what might be wrong. Undercar parts are inspected for wear and damage. The alignment machine will provide a reading of how each wheel is aligned. The reading is compared with the alignment settings recommended by the , and then the makes the necessary adjustments and repairs to bring your wheels back into alignment.

Now putting off a wheel alignment in Kernersville can get dangerous because of tire wear: a bad alignment can chew through a tire pretty quickly. If you see uneven tire wear, if your steering wheel is off center, or your vehicle pulls to one side.
#autorepair #alignment #triad
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3/8/17
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Feb 17th, 2017

When your Check Engine light comes on, you may be torn between utter panic and just wanting to ignore it and hope it goes away. That's perfectly understandable. That same Check Engine light could come on for anything from a serious engine or transmission problem all the way down to a loose gas cap.

There's a very common misconception that the trouble codes stored in your engine computer when your check engine light comes on will specifically identify a problem. It's really more like pointing to the symptoms of a problem. An experienced driveability mechanic is needed.


Think of taking your temperature. Say it's 101°. Your heat sensor – the thermometer – tells you that your temperature is out of the normal range. But it doesn't tell you why you have a fever. Is it the flu or a sinus infection? You need more information, more tests.

For any given trouble code, there could be a number of causes. So your trained technician takes the trouble code as a starting point and begins a diagnostic process to determine the cause of the problem. And some problems take longer to solve than others.

When your engine management system logs a problem and illuminates the check engine light, and will require a mechanic from Kernersville or wherever you are from to repair it.
With our technician's training, equipment, databases and skill get put to work diagnosing the problem and fixing it.

If your check engine light is flashing, it means that the problem could lead to serious damage.
#checkenginelight #kernersvillemechanic #carrepair
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2/27/17
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5 Reasons To Keep Your Car Well-Maintained.


Today's post lists 5 important reasons Kernersville drivers should follow recommended maintenance schedules.

1. Be Safe
A well-maintained car doesn't put you and your passengers at unnecessary risk. Think brakes, headlamps, tires.

2. Get Better Fuel Economy
Regular maintenance is an investment in optimum fuel economy. Inadequate tire pressure, a dirty fuel system and a clogged air filter are just a few things that reduce fuel economy.

3. Preserve Resale Value
How many used car buyers will pay full Blue Book for a car with a filthy engine, clogged filters and bald tires?

4. Don't Void Your Warranty
Your warranty claims may be denied if your service history doesn't fulfill the minimum requirements recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.

5. Save Money
Regular maintenance reduces the chance of catastrophic failures and repairs.

Here are a few tips.

First: Fluids. Oil, transmission fluid, coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, differential fluid, etc. These can be performed by certified mechanics in your area.

Then think Tires. Air, rotation, balancing, and alignment. And while you're thinking tires, think brakes,shock absorbers and struts.

Air and Fuel. Air filter replacement, fuel filters and BG Products fuel system cleaning.
#autorepair #oilchange #kernersville
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The check engine light might come on in your vehicle. It's an amber colored light that shows on your dashboard. In newer vehicles it might just be a problem with your gas cap not being screwed on tight enough or a worn seal on the cap, causing the vehicle to fail the self-diagnostic evaporative emission test. All Kernersville need to do is go to their gas cap and verify that it is tight. If that was the problem, the light will turn off and everything will be fine within one or two days. Even with an evaporative emissions leak, the vehicle may need further diagnosis like a smoke test to find the leak.

 We advise Kernersville to resist the temptation to have someone “clear the codes" to turn off your vehicle check engine light. This erases important diagnostic information that your friendly and knowledgeable mechanic needs to diagnose the underlying problem for the check engine light – and any other pending problems that may be stored in the computer.
#checkenginelight #autorepairshop #mechanic  
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The ABS system is very important to the safety of you and your vehicle. We rely on our brakes to safely slow and stop our vehicles. You’ve probably had the experience where you’ve slammed on your brakes and started to skid. When your wheels are locked up, you are just sliding over the road. And if the road is wet or slick or covered with gravel – you really get out of control. Steering is next to impossible. That is why anti-lock brake systems (ABS) were invented: to help you maintain control in normal and  extreme stopping conditions.
As mentioned, control is lost when your wheels lock up. ABS keeps your brakes from locking – helping you stop while maintaining your ability to steer. Sensors on each wheel equipped with ABS, monitor wheel spin and compare it with vehicle speed sensors. When you are pressing on the brakes, still traveling forward, but your wheels are not turning, the ABS system steps in and modulates the brakes.
They ABS quickly “pumps” the brakes, not allowing the wheels to lock-up while still applying braking pressure. This is all done automatically without any intervention on your part. You will feel a pulsation through the brake pedal and will hear a clunking as the brakes are rapidly being applied and let off over and over again. The first time this happens to you, you may be surprised and think something is wrong. Well, it isn’t – so just keep your foot on the brake and allow the ABS to do its thing. In fact, remember the 3 S’s of anti-lock brakes: Stomp, Stay, & Steer. Stomp on the brakes, keep the pedal down, and steer as needed.
When you first start your vehicle, the ABS does a quick self-check to make sure everything is OK. The ABS warning light will briefly illuminate with all of the other warning lights on your dashboard and then go out. If the system detects a fault, the ABS light will come on and stay on. Definitely bring your vehicle to qualified repair shop for a check if the ABS warning light is on.
Proper brake system service from an experienced mechanic is the best way to protect your ABS. Replacing brake fluid that is depleted and/or contaminated will help preserve proper ABS operation and protect it against corrosion. Ask your Genuine Car Care Center service advisor if it’s time for a braking system inspection or service.
#brakes #mechanic #kernersville  
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When you ask "I have a coolant leak" or "do I need a water pump" here is an answer:

Genuine Car Care Center Answer:
Some water pumps are driven by the serpentine belt and are bolted on out in the open with the alternator and air compressor and such.  Other water pumps are driven by the timing belt.  These water pumps take a lot of labor to access and replace.  I suspect your current vehicle has a water pump that is driven by the timing belt.
Water pumps are fairly simple devices that circulate engine coolant/antifreeze around the engine and out to the radiator.  Like any mechanical device, they eventually wear out.  Although having a cooling system service done on schedule at Genuine Car Care Center will extend the life of your water pump and its seals and gaskets – it will eventually fail and need to be replaced.
Those water pumps that are driven by the timing belt (the belt that controls when your engine intake and exhaust valves open) are attached directly to the engine block.  The timing belt system has a protective cover.  The serpentine belt and all the accessories are located over the timing belt cover.  So getting to the water pump requires removing a lot of parts – which then need to be replaced.
When the water pump must be replaced at Genuine Car Care Center in Kernersville, it is a good idea to go ahead and also replace the timing belt, timing belt tensioner and idler pulleys.  First, because the timing belt may have been contaminated by leaking coolant; second, there is a schedule for replacing your timing belt and you might as well make the modest additional added expenditure while everything is taken apart to avoid the same labor cost down the road. 
By the way, the reverse is true as well: When you are replacing your timing belt on schedule go ahead and replace the water pump at the same time.  It would be a shame to spend the money on one of these replacements only to have to do it all again in a few months because the other then needs replacement.  Do them at the same time and start the clock over for both.
#waterpump #autorepairshop #mechanic  
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