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Monthly Archives: March 2021

My temperature warning light came and then overheated this afternoon.

My temperature warning light came and then overheated this afternoon.

Warning lights are there for a reason. Well, you know what to do…. stop by our shop and have us take a look. Most likely it will be a faulty water pump. If so, it is critical that this is replaced ASAP! A water pump of course pumps the coolant that cools your engine. When your water pump is broken it can’t pump the coolant and it overheats. You won’t be going any where for long and you don’t want to get stranded. Have you noticed a whining or grinding sound coming from the water pump area? Water pumps and timing belts generally get replaced at the same time. Since our technician would have already gotten things taken apart (for the water pump) and the belt’s likely been contaminated by coolant, it’s best to replace the water pump and the timing belt at the same time. On the positive side, this will save you money in the long run since you won’t be paying labor costs twice. Here is a previous post link about water pumps

Do my belts and hoses need replacing?

Do my belts and hoses need replacing?

While I’d love to say a visual inspection is best…. it’s not. It’s not easy to know the exact condition of belts and hoses by looking at them as most fail from the inside out. With that being said, rubber hoses can become hard and brittle. Which you can see or feel. You really don’t want to wait until this happens as they could fail at any time. According to the Car Care Counsel, nearly one-third of all cars and light trucks have belts or hoses that should be replaced. The following link will give you more information on these

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