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Is A Serpentine Belt The Same As The Drive Belt?

Is A Serpentine Belt The Same As The Drive Belt?

A serpentine belt is a long, continuous belt that sits at the heart of your engine and is responsible for operating outer gears and mechanisms. It runs the alternator, the power steering pump, the air pump, and the water pump. Without it, you wouldn't have a functional engine that works. Plus, it keeps your air conditioning compressor running at an efficient speed. But the question remains. Is a serpentine belt the same as a drive belt? The fact is that the two are often used interchangeably and are easily mistaken for each other. But they are actually separate belts. The serpentine belt is long, thin and intertwining. It curves around like a snake, hence the term "serpentine." A drive belt is similar to the serpentine belt in that it performs those same functions. It operates the power steering pump, the water pump, the air pump, and your car's air conditioning compressor. It can do all of those things except for a few minor differences. A serpentine belt actually ... read more

What are the Signs of Clogged or Dirty Fuel Injectors?

What are the Signs of Clogged or Dirty Fuel Injectors?

For the engine of a vehicle to operate correctly, it requires the proper quantity of fuel according to specific demands. The fuel injection system allows the fuel to be mixed with the right proportion of air before entering the inlet port and into the relevant chamber. One problem with fuel injectors is that they can become clogged or dirty. This may affect its ability to work and can lead to needing a replacement. Here are some signs to look out for to know if your fuel injectors have become damaged or unclean: Engine stalls or fails - If the level of fuel needed to power the vehicle can't be supplied, the normal revs per minute (RPM) won't be met and the engine will stall or die. Engine starts to vibrate - A faulty injector can prevent the relevant cylinder involved to fire correctly. This can cause your engine to vibrate while the vehicle is moving and you try to give it power. Engine misfires - A clogged or dirty engine can cause the car to misfire, leading it to halt o ... read more

5 Ways to Protect Your Car From Rust

5 Ways to Protect Your Car From Rust

The orange look of rust is not only hideous, but it can do a lot more than bring down the appearance of your car. Rust can eat away your important structures and components, interfering with the vehicle's integrity and performance. Save yourself from the frustration and troubles of rust by following these preventative tips below: Tip #1: Wash your car routinely, winters included. It may seem easier said than done, but a car wash can do wonders for your vehicle. Getting rid of dirt and debris off your car will ensure the outer coating of paint stays fresh and the undercarriage clean. Furthermore, it is especially important to rinse your vehicle off in the winter. The salt often scattered on the roads can make it easier for rust to form.  Tip #2: Pay attention to your vehicle's paint. Is the paint on your car peeling? Are there scratches or chips? Any open cut on your vehicle's paint can allow external elements, like water to sneak in and create rust.  Tip #4: Do ... read more

How to Do The Penny Test

How to Do The Penny Test

Life can be quite hectic, and the last thing you probably want to do is to measure your tire's tread depth. However, this task is necessary to do from time to time for the sake of your and others' safety on the road. Measuring tread depth is important because they give you traction and are a deciding factor when it comes to replacing your tires. Luckily, there is a very quick and easy way to measure tread depth: The Penny Test. It is just as simple as it sounds; all you need is a penny and access to your car tires! To do the test, insert the coin with Lincoln's head facing downwards to the tire tread and see how deep it gets. If you can see Lincoln's entire head, your tread is less than 2/32 inch, meaning you need to have your tires replaced ASAP. Anything below 2/32 inch is also considered illegal and will not pass state inspections in most states. If your tire tread measures... 4/32" or more: Your tire tread is still in good condition 3/32": You should r ... read more

What Are Some Common Power Steering Problems?

What Are Some Common Power Steering Problems?

Power steering has proven to be a wonderful invention to modern-day vehicles. Without it, you would have to put forth a significant amount of work to make your turns. Over time, your power steering system may experience problems if your car hasn't been well kept. Here are some of the different power steering-related issues drivers may encounter:  Steering Pump – A broken pump in your power steering system will certainly get your attention! You will notice a high-pitched screeching noise coming from the location of the pump. Most importantly, you should have a professional auto repair tech check up on your steering components to be sure. Belt – When the belts related to the power steering system become worn, cracked, or damaged, you may feel some shakiness when turning the wheel. If you are experiencing a problem with the belt, we highly urge you to take your car to Longview Auto & Tire as soon as possible. Fluid – Some power steering fluid systems are ... read more

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