Auto mechanics should be on your speed dial list to make certain auto repairs. This article will explore two key systems of your vehicle.
Auto Mechanic Job #1: Timing Belt Repair
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First off, what is a timing belt? “A timing belt, timing chain or cam belt is a part of an internal combustion engine that synchronizes the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft(s) so that the engine’s valves open and close at the proper times during each cylinder’s intake and exhaust strokes. In an interference engine the timing belt or chain is also critical to preventing the piston from striking the valves. A timing belt is a belt that usually features teeth on the inside surface, while a timing chain is a roller chain. Most modern production automobile engines utilize a timing belt or chain to synchronize crankshaft and camshaft rotation; some engines instead utilize gears to directly drive the camshafts. [READ MORE]
Timing belt repair is important because of the damage that can be sustained to your car’s engine if the timing belt snaps. A timing belt stops the pistons in an internal combustion engine from crashing into the valves. If that happens, well, what would have been a cheap engine repair most likely will result in a busted cylinder head or a cracked engine block. Replacing an engine is never cheap. Even with a rebuilt engine, you’re going to be spending several thousand dollars. It’s best to repair or replace your timing belt every 60,000 miles. While a timing belt going bad is serious, what about your brakes?
Auto Mechanic Job #2: Repair Your Brakes
A lot of times we are asked “how often should I replace my brakes?” Unfortunately, there is no hard and fast rule as to when you will have to repair your brakes, however, as a rule, your brakes are going to wear out more in an urban setting than they will out in the country. You pretty much have to listen to your brakes. If they start to squeal, you want to get them into a repair shop as soon as possible, or you run the risk of grinding the rotors.
Your car is a collection of systems, from fender to fender. These are only some of the repairs that an ASE certified auto mechanic can help you with.