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When and why you should replace a timing belt

In Vehicle Maintenance by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

A vehicle’s timing belt goes around pulleys — the crankshaft, camshaft(s), tensioner and sometimes water pump. When everything is correct, the belt keeps the crankshaft and the camshafts in correct timing, and if it fails on an interference engine you could catastrophic damage to the engine, such as bending the valves or breaking the pistons. New timing belts should be …

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Do I need a wheel alignment?

In Vehicle Alignment by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Many people will call us to ask if we do wheel alignments when they’re trying to solve an issue that may not require it. Some of these issues may include a vibration drivers are feeling in a steering wheel. A wheel alignment issue will have more to do with tire wear and how the vehicle tracks down the road — …

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Why is my car leaking?

In Vehicle Fluids by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

When moving your car from its parking spot, you may notice that a puddle has formed. A car leaking fluid could indicate a number of issues. The location and color of the leak can help you and the car repair shop you take your vehicle to determine what is leaking and the culprit. Antifreeze: Antifreeze can be blue, green, red …

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Car doesn’t start? Dashboard lights on?

In Car Safety, Vehicle Maintenance by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Your vehicle’s dashboard contains a number of tools that share important information with you – are there any problems or is everything running smoothly? It also houses an array of dashboard lights that have various meanings. These alerts can warn you if something is malfunctioning and the vehicle needs to be checked by a mechanic. You may not be able …