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What makes my belt squeal?

What makes my belt squeal?

     As you start your vehicle you may hear your belt squeal, don't panic! The squealing noise is most commonly due to the rubber belt slipping on the metal pully. The belt may be slipping due to improper tension, or the belt may have simply just got old. The surface of the belt may have become glazed, cracked, or brittle and can cause noise from the belt. Replacing your belts should be included in your vehicle maintenance. If the belt is replaced when small amounts of wear is found, this can help prevent costly repairs. Call us today to schedule an appointment to have your vehicle inspected to keep it on the road as long as possible. 

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Oil Change and Lunch Special

Oil Change and Lunch Special

Oil changes are an important routine maintenance. For these newer cars with such infrequent oil change recommendations, we still suggest getting your oil changed every 5,000-7,500 miles. Why? Think of oil in your vehicle like your body and water. Our bodies are 60% water. There's always H2O streaming through us. Yes, we can go a few days without it, but it is still important to replenish ourselves and stay hydrated since we lose that water in different ways. However, the longer we go without water, the more our body starts to shut down and not cooperate. The same goes with our vehicles. Oil is constantly pumping throughout the vehicle and its engine. Our job, as the user, is to maintain the oil so that it's always clean and at the level it needs to be. Yes, the vehicle could last months on end without changing the oil, but in the meantime the oil is getting more and more dirty, sludge-like, and building up particles. The more dirtier the oil gets, the worse it is ... read more

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Why should car fluid be changed?

Why should car fluid be changed?

                        It's time for an oil change. Can you please check my other fluids? Yes, that is a great habit to get into. The fluid exchanges can keep it running better than ever. There are no warning lights or reminders when these fluid exchanges are due. Each manufacturer has its own fluid exchange intervals. A very common and inexpensive fluid change is your oil change, the life line of the engine. Transmission fluid should be changed every 50,000 miles to help prolong the life of the transmission. Coolant is what protects your engine. If the vehicle does not have the correct amount of coolant in it, it can cause the vehicle to overheat. This can cause expensive repairs to be needed to your engine. We recommend the coolant to be exchanged out every 4 years or 60,000 miles, whichever comes first. Brakes; we need our vehicles to stop! Brake fluid is needed for your vehicle's brakes to stop. We recommend the ... read more

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The Importance of Preventative Maintenance

The Importance of Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is something to always keep in mind when it comes to your vehicle. Oil changes, filters, and tire rotations are easy preventative maintenance items. Spark plugs, fluid exchanges, belts and hoses, and wipers are ones that may be forgotten. Staying up on your vehicle's preventative maintenance will help you save money, keep your car safe for the road, and avoid serious damage. Small things like this can keep a peace of mind and help your vehicle stay on the road as long as possible. Call us today and our service advisors will be able to assist you with any questions.    

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What is a warranty?

What is a warranty?  A warranty is a vehicle service contract that states items the provider agrees to repair or replace due to defects in your vehicle. Bob's Main Street Auto & Towing does offer an aftermarket warranty known as the Alpha Warranty Services. They have three ways you can go about having warranty on your vehicle. They have an A+ Enhanced Coverage, A+ Coverage, and an A La Car package.  A+ Enhanced Coverage The A+ Enhanced coverage package covers things from engine repairs to suspension components. The engine portion covers all internal lubricated parts including but not limited to: balance shaft bearing, balance shaft bushing, balance shaft, oil pump housing, and timing components. The engine block, cylinder heads, valve covers, timing cover, and oil pan are only covered if damaged by internally lubricated parts stated in the contract. The Transmission & Transfer case portion cover al ... read more

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