12/02/2021RepairTech Automotive and DIY
As your engine runs, the intake valves need to open up to allow air into the engine. They remain closed while the air and fuel is compressed and ignited, powering the piston. Then the exhaust valves open to release the exhaust. This all has to be timed very precisely. It is the job of the timing belt or timing chain to make sure all of this is synced up properly.
Timing belts are made of a very tough compound that can last for a long time. Timing chains are made of metal and last for a ve
12/01/2021RepairTech Automotive and DIY
Kissimmee drivers should know that the axles are the last link in transferring power from the engine to the wheels. They're strong parts that last a long time – but they can run into trouble.
Axles just wear out over time and need to be replaced. And sometimes axle seals leak, causing the axle to wear out prematurely. Lubricant leaks out, and water and dirt can get in and contaminate the gears. When this happens you might hear strange noises coming from the axle.
If you have a rear-wheel drive
11/30/2021RepairTech Automotive and DIY
Sometimes you may notice a little steam or vapor coming out of your vehicle's vents when running the air conditioning or heater. Is this something about which you need to worry?
The answer is it may or may not be troublesome. Sometimes it can be caused by water accumulating in the vent system after it condenses. That water can wind up at the bottom of a vent, and when you turn on the blower motor, it can cause what looks like steam or vapor to come out of the vents.
It may go
11/29/2021RepairTech Automotive and DIY
People need to be concerned about wheel alignment for two primary reasons: safety and money. When your wheels are out of alignment, they can pull to one side. A moment of inattention could put you into on-coming traffic or off the road. And a bad alignment will chew up your tires very quickly.
We had one guy in the shop who said his wheels were a little out of alignment before a family vacation, but he didn't think it was that bad, so he didn't take care of it before he left. A cou
11/28/2021RepairTech Automotive and DIY
Power steering is easy to take for granted – you spin the steering wheel and your car turns. But behind the scenes your power steering is making it easy.
The vast majority of vehicles on the road have hydraulic power steering systems, which means that pressurized fluid is used to help you do the work of steering. A pump pressurizes the power steering fluid to provide the boost you need. In some vehicles the pump is driven by the serpentine belt, in others there's an ele