Serpentine Belt Alignment and Wear

Most serpentine belt requests occur after the customer notices the squealing or chirping noises commonly associated with improper belt tension and misalignment. Replacing the belt alone rarely solves the customer complaint.


When to Replace Serpentine Belts

Belts continue to be one of the most replaced wear items on vehicles today. Serpentine belts last a lot longer than older V-belts ever did, but they still wear out over time. The typical replacement interval for serpentine belts and flat belts today is around 90,000 miles – which for many vehicles means only once…


Clutch Failure: Common Causes and Replacement Advice

The hardest-working component in any vehicle with a manual transmission is the clutch. Every start, every stop and every gear change means the clutch is engaging and disengaging. The friction that is created between the clutch disc, pressure plate and flywheel when the clutch engages generates heat and wear, and the more the driver “rides”…


Fuel Additives and Octane Ratings Explained

Detonation, also known as “knock,” has long been an enemy of the internal combustion engine. As the air-fuel mixture is compressed by the pistons, it creates heat. Under certain operating conditions, this can lead to an uncontrolled combustion of the air-fuel mixture which occurs independently from the precisely-timed ignition of the spark plug. These explosions…

Tie Rods and Toe Angles

Fuel Systems and EVAP Functionality

Today’s fuel system is responsible for evaporation emissions control as well providing fuel storage and delivery. Learn more about these systems.

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