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timing belt

Taking care of your vehicle requires more than just the occasional tune up or oil change. You should always be aware of the way your vehicle runs so you can pick up on when something is going wrong. A timing belt is an important component of your engine that keeps everything running smoothly. If you don’t know what a timing belt is or how often it should be changed, then this article will help.

 

What is a Timing Belt?

A timing belt is a part of your engine that helps keep all of the moving parts in sync. It can also be used to power different pumps, like the water, oil, and injection pumps. The timing belt looks like a rubber belt that has a row of hard teeth that move through the cogwheels in the camshafts and the crankshaft.

The timing belt makes sure that movement between the camshafts and the crankshaft is smooth and that [...]

Pressure control solenoid or valve control unit of an automatic transmission

Pressure control solenoid or valve control unit of an automatic transmission

It’s lurking there, far under your hood and engine. Your transmission is waiting for service. When it’s so easy to forget that your transmission is hiding under so much of your car’s mechanical systems, it can be neglected. Though it may be tempting to just flush your own transmission during a long weekend, there are several reasons why you should entrust your transmission flush to a shop instead. Let’s take a look at the reasons why you’ll want the professionals on this one.

 

5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Flush Your Own Transmission

Transmission fluid intervals are getting ridiculously long these days, with many vehicles exceeding 100,000 miles. That can make it one of those things that just slips your mind. [...]

What you should know about Transmission Flushes

What Happens If You Don't Flush Your Vehicle's Transmission?
Transmission Flush Pressure control solenoid or valve control unit of an automatic transmission
Why Are Transmission Flushes Essential for Vehicle Maintenance?

In order to ensure efficiency and dependability, your automobile needs to be regularly maintained. A critical component of your vehicle is its transmission. The transmission manages the driver’s acceleration- and deceleration-related gear changes. Flushes of your transmission are essential for maintaining a smooth ride and functional gear shifting, regardless of whether it’s manual or automatic.

You can depend on your vehicle to consistently get you from Point A to Point B by using BG services — including for your transmission — to keep your vehicle in excellent running shape.

 

What Can Happen If You Don’t Flush Your Transmission

Transmission fluid is necessary for your vehicle’s manual transmission system because it helps maintain a consistent temperature for the system and prevents detrimental friction between its moving components. But, due to the fact that transmission fluid absorbs heat to maintain a constant temperature, it starts to degrade and [...]

Cleaning fuel injection and air flow car engine Mac Radiator Fuel Injection service questions
What are the benefits of a fuel injection service?

Your fuel injectors are the regulators of your gasoline. They convert the fuel into droplets that are then injected directly into the combustion chamber. It’s a relatively precise process that can be compromised over time. If you’ve ever wondered about what goes on during a fuel injection service and whether it can legitimately help your car run any better, we’ll look at the most frequently asked questions about this service.

If your injectors are clogged with any dirt, carbon, or varnish, the debris is slowing you down and increasing your average spend at the gas pump. Maintaining your fuel injection improves your engine performance and gas mileage. This preventive strategy can save you thousands in unnecessary fuel injector replacements down the line.

 

 

 

What’s included in the service?

We typically complete the following prep tasks for your vehicle:

  • External cleaning of injection.
  • Visual [...]
Macs Radiator FAQs about Brake fluid mechanic does a brake fluid check up

For those readers who may be unfamiliar with brake fluid servicing, the following are some frequently asked questions:

  • How does brake fluid work?
  • What is brake fluid made of?
  • Why should I get my brake fluid serviced?
  • Does my brake fluid need to be changed if my brakes are working fine?
  • How do I know if my brake fluid is bad?
  • When should I get my brake fluid replaced?
  • How often should my brake fluid be serviced?
  • What does brake fluid service include?
  • What should I look for when I get my brake fluid serviced?
  • What should I do if my brakes squeal or my brake pedal is low or spongy?
  • Is brake fluid flammable?

Macs Radiator FAQs about Brake fluid

 

 

How does brake fluid work?

 

Brake fluid works [...]

Image of clean Fuel Injectors

When it comes to overall vehicle functionality, fuel injectors are critical components of an engine. This is true for compression-ignition engines and spark-ignition engines alike, across gasoline-powered vehicles and diesel fuel-powered vehicles as well.

In addition to automobiles, vehicles such as boats, ATVs, and even golf carts can have fuel injectors. There is even a fuel injector in that riding lawn mower of yours.

In short, a fuel injector injects fuel into the part of the engine where the combustion needs to happen.

When a fuel injector is clean and properly functioning, this injection process is quick and efficient, with a vehicle’s engine receiving the appropriate amount of fuel at the appropriate time.

Vehicle owners with solid fuel injectors should have engines that are running smoothly because they are being powered appropriately.

But, what happens when fuel injectors get dirty?

If you’re noticing issues like rough noises while your vehicle is in the idle position, rumbles [...]

5 Signs It’s Time To Get An Oil Change

How To Know When You Need An Oil Change
checking the engine oil level during an oil change
How To Know When You Need An Oil Change

Every responsible car owner knows that one of the most important maintenance steps that they need to take to keep their vehicle running quickly is to change the oil regularly. On average, you should change the oil every 3,000 miles, but the mileage depends on the type of oil and the age of your car. If you are not sure whether it is time for an oil change or not, you need to pay attention to certain signs. Here is a list of the most common of them.

 

checking the engine oil level during an oil change

 

 

5 Signs It’s Time To Get An Oil Change:

 

Unusual Engine Noises

The main purpose of the oil is to prevent the engine components from rubbing each other. However, if the oil is too dirty, [...]

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For many people, a visit to the mechanic can be daunting. In fact, according to a study by Cooper Tires, 54% of Americans feel intimidated when dealing with a car mechanic.

The good news is, no mechanic expects you to be an expert when you bring their car into the shop. But if you want to feel more confident, here are some questions to ask your mechanic to make sure you are getting the service your vehicle needs.

 

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Car Battery Needing a Jump-Start in Snow

When your car battery fails you, jump-starting it often solves the problem. While it might be a fairly straightforward process, jumping the can be dangerous if you do not take the necessary precautions.

The best advice, however, is that if you do not have experience jump-starting a car or are unsure about your skills, it is best to let a professional do it to avoid damaging either or both vehicles.

Nevertheless, we will let you in on all you need to know about how to jump start a car as it might be a situation where you will have do to it yourself.

 

Here are the tools you require:
  • A pair of jumper cables with rust-free clamps
  • Rubber work-gloves
  • A pair of auto repair-rated splash-proof safety goggles
  • Wire brush
  • Another vehicle with a battery that has the same voltage as yours and is fully charged.

 

 

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