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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 Uncategorized by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

When moving your car from its parking spot, you may notice that a puddle has formed. The location and color of the leak can help you determine what’s causing it. Antifreeze: Antifreeze can be blue, green, red or yellow, depending on the vehicle.  Brake Fluid: Brake Fluid is clear, yellow or brown. Don’t drive your vehicle if you notice brake …

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Car doesn’t start? Dash lights on?

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

Your vehicle’s dashboard contains a number of tools that assure you that it’s working properly. It also houses lights that have various meanings. Here’s a guide to what each of the symbols indicate. HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire is an authorized Michelin and BFGoodrich tire dealer located in Woodbridge, Virginia. Automotive repair services are performed on all makes and models, …