Your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some autos it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some autos have two serpentine belts.
The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler pulleys are together known as the accessory&hellip» read more
The primary job of the serpentine belt is to provide critical traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at ideal speeds. For example, if your alternator doesn’t spin fast enough, the battery will not completely recharge while you’re driving and you could end up stranded with a dead battery.
The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. St. Charles motorists need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure. Timing belts are very problematic to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more pricey maintenance services, but the cost to repair an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.&hellip» read more
When St. Charles motorists need to replace tires, they need to know how many they should get, and on which axle they should be placed. Replacing a damaged tire may leave you with three others with significant wear, which could affect your traction control, stability control, and anti-lock brake systems. If you can’t afford to replace all four tires at once, you should at least replace two on the same axle. New tires should&hellip» read more
Have you ever noticed that your vehicle manufacturer has a schedule in your owner’s manual for what is called “severe service” maintenance? Let’s define what severe driving conditions aren’t: The easiest driving a vehicle experiences is traveling on the interstate for twenty miles or more at a constant rate of 65 miles per hour in 75°F weather with only passengers on board. Change any one of those parameters and you are adding stress to&hellip» read more
Safety should always be a vital element of your car care. So even if you don’t care about how your car looks, you should practice preventive maintenance to protect yourself — and other St. Charles car owners — on the road. And good safety starts with good brakes. Brakes need a regular inspection. There are important parts that wear out or wear down, and it’s best to replace them before you have problems.
Of course, if you are&hellip» read more
When St. Charles car owners think about preventive maintenance, what usually comes to mind is oil, fluids and brakes. We don’t generally think about our shocks or struts, but these vital auto parts keep our tires on the road. St. Charles car owners don’t think about shocks as often as oil changes because shocks and struts last a long time and wear out slowly. They don’t need to be checked as often as our brake pads or&hellip» read more
Knowing how their engine works can help St. Charles drivers make informed decisions about car care and prevent costly repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts. An engine’s power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while the engine is running. Power is generated in a cycle that includes four strokes of the piston. First, the piston drops and a valve&hellip» read more
Road trip, anyone? Nothing spoils a great vacation for us St. Charles auto owners then ending up stranded on the side of the road or spending a week in a rundown motel while our vehicle sits in the shop. Long days on the road can bring out the worst in your vehicle, so before you leave, prepare it for the journey by getting an automotive analysis at SafeWay Tire & Auto Center in St. Charles. After all, you wouldn’t travel without clean socks,&hellip» read more
A generation ago, St. Charles auto owners seemed to be more inclined to keep their vehicle’s preventive maintenance on schedule. One reason for this may be that vehicles back then were a lot less reliable than they are today. Having your car in to your St. Charles shop every year or two for repairs seemed to be a good reminder to keep the oil changed. For example, almost everyone in St. Charles used to take their vehicles in for regular tune-ups. Vehicles had&hellip» read more