WHAT DOES THE DRIVETRAIN DO? Our vehicle's drivetrain connects the engine to the wheels which makes the vehicle to move. As our vehicles engine is running, the drivetrain helps send power through the transmission to the drive wheels. The drive wheels can be either the front wheels, rear wheels or all the wheels. They also may be referred to as front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. HOW CAN I TELL WHICH TYPE OF DRIVETRAIN MY VEHICLE HAS? As easy as this sounds you may look in your owner's manual and it should have it stated in there. If you are not able to find it in the manual, here is another way to find out. If the engine is mounted sideways this means the belts will also face sideways. If the belts face one side of the vehicle or the other, it is probably front-wheel drive. If the engine is mounted front-to-back with the belts facing you as you stand in front of the vehicle it is likely rear-wheel drive. PARTS OF THE DRIV ... read more
The timing belt is a very important component in the vehicles performance. The timing belt is a rubber belt that keeps your valves moving safely and your engine running. In some vehicles the timing belt may actually be a chain. Whether you have a timing chain or timing belt, they are both very important to the functioning of your vehicle. If a timing belt is warn out it may begin to slip and severe misfires will occur. There is no real clear sign that time timing belt is going bad. When the timing belt does fail, it is not gradual decline, it is a very sudden occurrence. When the timing belt does fail, the engine will immediately stop or lose significant power. If your vehicle does have the timing chain, it may make a lot of noise if it is loose. If the chain breaks, you will often hear the crack. To prevent the unfortunate event of the belt causing issues, replace the belt as recommend based on your vehicle manufacturer's service intervals. Call today to schedule an appointment an ... read more
Brakes; they are important! As we all know brakes are what stop our vehicle as we are out driving. If anyone has had their brakes go out on them, we know it can be terrifying! Brake lines play in important role in the vehicle's overall brake performance. The brake lines allow your vehicle to turn pedal pressure into stopping power. Living in Wisconsin during the cold months and salt used to keep our roads safe can be hard on the vehicle's brake lines. As seen above is our technician replacing all rusty brake lines with new brake lines. Call today to set up an appointment for us to look over your braking system and try to prevent any costly repairs
Are you driving down the road and feeling a vibration you have never noticed before? The vibration can be caused by a few things. It could be something as easy as your tire unbalanced and just needing to be rebalanced. If you hit something prior to the vibration starting it may mean the rim possibly bent or a suspension component may have been damaged. A driveline U-joint also could cause the vehicle to shake. A U-joint is a component that connects the driveshaft to the differential and sometimes will connect the driveshaft to the transmission. It may even connect two driveshafts to each other. Bob's Main Street Auto & Towing is here for all your vehicles needs. Give us a call and we will be happy to look at your vehicles to keep you and you passengers safe on the road
We know how scary it can be when you pull your vehicle out from a parking spot and there is a puddle underneath the vehicle. Oil leaks can happen over time and may be a simple fix. It also can be a lengthy and expensive repair. Bob's Main Street Auto starts with degreasing the engine and adding dye to the system. When the dye is added, we ask our customers to drive their vehicle for a week or so and then bring it back. We use a special light to look for the dye on the engine to see exactly where the oil leak is coming from. Call today and we will be happy to help you with all your vehicle's needs, big or small, we do it all!