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Video: Timing Belt Replacement

Posted on August 04, 2017 by James Florence

SONOMA — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to engine maintenance, few measures are more critical than timing belt replacement. Today we’re in Sonoma with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Gabriel Manzo of Gabe’s Auto Care Center to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Gabriel Manzo: Here’s an expert tip on timing belts. Timing belts should be replaced about 80 to 90,000 miles. It’s a rubber belt, and with time, it stretches, cracks, and breaks and can cause serious engine damage. So, timing belt is operated by a tension that keeps it tight. You got an idler pulley that spins, a water pump that rides with the timing belt, and you got cam seals behind these gears that should be all replaced when replacing this kit. Read more

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Timing Belt Replacement

Posted on August 04, 2017 by James Florence

SONOMA — The timing belt is one of an engine’s most critical components, responsible for synchronizing many of its moving parts. Unlike an engine’s metallic components, however, a timing belt is made of rubber, which makes it prone to deterioration over time. If not preventatively replaced, the belt will eventually break, resulting in serious engine damage. That’s why it’s important to have your timing belt changed at the manufacturer-recommended interval (usually the 90,000-mile mark).

In addition to the belt itself, there are several components that make up an engine’s “timing system,” including an idler pulley that spins, a water pump that rides with the timing belt and cam seals behind the gears. All of these components should be changed out along with your timing belt at the time of replacement. Read more

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Using the Right Engine Oil

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SUNNYVALE — To ensure long-term vehicle performance, it’s crucial to use the correct type of engine oil. With the increasing sophistication of modern engines, this is no longer a mere matter of differentiating between 10W-30 and 10W-40. For example, high-end makes like BMW use synthetic oils that are very different than the oils used in most other vehicles. That’s why it’s important to check your owner’s manual, find out what type of oil your vehicle requires and stick to it. Additionally, when purchasing oil, read the bottle’s label and make sure it meets manufacturer standards.

If you own a high-end vehicle that takes synthetic oil, you should also be aware of its oil change interval. Read more

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Video: Understanding Your Timing Belt

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA ROSA — Host, Sarah Rutan: Due to the critical role a timing belt plays in vehicle operation, it’s worthwhile to gain a better understanding of what it does and how to maintain it. To learn more, we’re in Santa Rosa with Cody Pentecost of Wayne & Son’s Automotive Repair, speaking on behalf of Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Wayne Pentecost.

Cody Pentecost: Today I want to talk to you about timing belts. That’s kind of what I do most around here. And so, what a timing belt is, is it keeps the top end and the bottom end of your engine in time and running smoothly, so, everything just keeps on running. Read more

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Improve the Diagnostic Process with Good Communication

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

OAKLAND — When your vehicle starts making unusual sounds or acting strangely, your first inclination should be to schedule a diagnostic appointment with your local auto repair shop. While a technician will typically be able to resolve the issue, you can actually help the diagnostic process by communicating accurately and specifically about your vehicle’s symptoms.

Diagnostics is one of the most time-consuming aspects of auto repair. When a customer brings a vehicle to a shop, the technicians will typically begin the process by verifying the customer’s complaint, whether that means taking the vehicle for a test drive or just running the engine. When the symptom is identified, an in-depth inspection usually follows to determine the cause. Read more

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Video: Communication with your Auto Technician

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

OAKLAND — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to solving a car problem, the information provided by the vehicle owner can make a significant impact. Today we’re in Oakland with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Glen Poy-Wing of Oakland Auto Works to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Glen Poy-Wing: So, if your vehicle is acting strangely or making strange noises, our first concern is, is it safe for us to drive or is this going to leave me stranded? I recommend setting up an appointment with your local auto repair facility to have a diagnostic done. You play a key role in the success of this by communicating very clearly with the technicians about details of exactly what your concerns are and what’s happening to your vehicle. Read more

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Little-Known Factors that Affect Fuel Economy

Posted on July 11, 2017 by admin

SANTA ROSA — Most people know tire pressure can affect fuel economy, but there are several lesser-known factors that can have an equally significant impact. One of these is the condition of your engine air filter. When an air filter isn’t regularly replaced, the excessive dirt buildup can cause it to become clogged, which restricts engine ventilation. When an engine isn’t able to “breathe” properly, it’s more likely to run rich—in other words, to use more gasoline than it’s supposed to.

Another factor that can affect fuel economy is the regularity with which you change your engine oil. As engine oil becomes dirty over time, it can clog up the engine’s rings and get into the cylinders, Read more

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