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Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in MADISON HEIGHTS

Timing Belt Service to Save Big Bucks in MADISON HEIGHTS

Your engine is like a finely choreographed dance. All the parts have to work together. If the timing is off at the ballet, dancers crash into each other and fall down. It the timing is off in your engine, it may not run at all. One of the most intricate dances in your engine has to do with the combustion cycle.Your vehicle engine has cylinders in which a piston travels up and down. At the top of the cylinders are valves that open to bring in the air and fuel. And there are valves that open to let out the exhaust after the fuel has been burned. Call Interstate Auto Care at 248-307-1200 for answers about your timing belt, or drop by our MADISON HEIGHTS, MI, service center on 526 E 14 MILE RD. It's critical that the values be timed to open and close at precisely the right time in the combustion cycle, or the engine will run poorly or not at all.The timing belt is responsible for rotating the ... read more

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Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for MADISON HEIGHTS Drivers

Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for MADISON HEIGHTS Drivers

Knowing how their engine works can help MADISON HEIGHTS drivers make informed decisions about auto care and prevent repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts.An engine's power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while the engine is running. Power is generated in a cycle that includes four strokes of the piston. First, the piston drops and a valve at the top of the cylinder opens to let in fuel and air. The piston then rises, which compresses the fuel and air. At this point, the spark plug fires, igniting the fuel and pushing the piston down. This downstroke transfers energy to the engine, which provides the power it needs to run. The piston rises again, and a valve opens to release the exhaust.All of this movement is orchestrated by a timing belt. The timing belt is so named because it keeps the pistons and valves operating in synch with each other, just as a conductor keeps a ... read more

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Ask Interstate Auto Care: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

Ask Interstate Auto Care: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which cools the engine; the air conditioning, which cools the driver and passengers; and the power steering pump, which allows for easier steering. When the belt breaks, all of these systems shut down.Okay, so maybe you can live without air conditioning and power steering for a while, but your battery can't live very long without an alternator, and when the cooling system goes down, your vehicle engine will overheat. That's why MADISON HEIGHTS drivers should never wait to get a serpentine belt replaced.Serpentine belts are fairly inexpensive at Interstate Auto Care in MADISON HEIGHTS. And they look downright cheap when you compare them to the cost of an overheated vehicle engine, a tow truck, t ... read more

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