Vehicle Belts: Types & Warning Signs

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Belts transfer power from the engine to various components of your vehicle, ensure proper timing of moving parts, and connect key systems.

Types of Belts:

  • Timing Belt – responsible for timing the moving parts within your engine. Simply put, if these parts do not operate in sync, your engine will not work.
  • Serpentine Belt – connects the alternator, power steering, and A/C. Ensures proper power …… ( more )
  • Potholes and Repairs Ahead

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    As Winter transitions into Spring, potholes become more of an irritation.  Potholes occur when water seeps into pavement through unsealed or improperly sealed cracks.  When the water freezes, it expands and enlarges the crack.  When the ice under the pavement melts, a void is left.  Surrounding pavement falls into the void and forms a pothole.

    It isn’t possible to avoid all of the potholes encountered, …… ( more )

    Hidden Danger: Road Salt

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    Why is salt used on icy roads? Here’s a hint: It’s the same reason salt is used to make ice cream!

    This works because salt lowers the freezing point of water. When added to cream, it means you can create a frozen dessert that does not turn into solid ice in the freezer. On icy roads, it helps to melt the frozen ice even if …… ( more )

    Check your Windshield Wipers

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    When the rain is pouring down while you’re driving, the last thing you want is a pair of windshield wipers that leave streaks behind on your windshield. Not being able to clearly see the road is a serious safety concern!

    Before you find yourself in that situation, check your windshield wipers!

    Because windshield wiper blades are made from rubber, they will wear out over time. …… ( more )

    Are your Tires ready for Winter?

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    As the weather is getting cooler in Holland, snow and rain are starting to show up in the forecast. Wet and icy roads mean your tires need to be able to grip and stay in control in slick and slippery conditions. Before the winter weather is here to stay, make sure your tires are ready!

  • Check Air Pressure. When tire pressure is too low, it …… ( more )
  • What’s the Difference between Coolant and Antifreeze?

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    As temperatures across Michigan start dropping, drivers start thinking about winterizing their vehicle before the first storm hits. One of the questions we have heard from customers, especially those new to winter climates, is “What’s the difference between coolant and antifreeze?”

    The answer is simple – there is none!

    Both terms “coolant” and “antifreeze” refer to the same fluid. This critical fluid gets these names for …… ( more )

    Visibility in the Fall

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    Fall has come to Holland! As days are getting shorter, the sun is getting lower in the horizon as drivers commute to work in the mornings and evenings. This time of year, visibility is even more critical. Take these three steps to improve your visibility on the roads this fall.

    1. Clean your car windshield and mirrors.

    Top off your windshield washer fluid and take …… ( more )

    Is your Car Ready for Back-to-School?

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    Fall may be a few weeks away, but back-to-school season is already here! Before the back-to-school rush catches up with all of us, now is a great time to plan ahead for the fall season.

    When you’re balancing work and school schedules, you rely on your vehicle to get you safely where you need to be every day. A reliable vehicle can make the difference …… ( more )

    What does a car Cooling System do?

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    A typical combustion engine operates by controlled explosions. The gasoline inside the engine is ignited to produce the power needed to run your vehicle and drive down the roads in Holland, Michigan. This process produces a lot of heat – heat that could quickly destroy your engine if not properly managed.

    Which is why your vehicle also has a cooling system. The primary job of …… ( more )

    Heat Harms Vehicles

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    Summer is here! While the change in seasons means nice weather and vacations, it can also mean a big change for your vehicle. Heat kills cars, which means that giving your vehicle some extra love this summer will mean avoiding expensive repairs, saving you money and headaches!

    While heat causes many components on your vehicle to run harder and experience more wear and tear, your …… ( more )