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Is your check engine light on?

In Automotive Diagnostics by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

A catalytic converter helps reduce pollution by changing a vehicle’s exhaust emission. Ray from HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire installed a new one on a Dodge Caravan on Monday. The vehicle was brought to the shop when the check engine light came on.  When checking the O2 sensors on the computer, he realized that the catalytic converter wasn’t working properly. …

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Oil leaks in Toyota Tundra’s and Sequoia’s

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Oil leaks are a common problem with some Toyota Tundra’s and Sequoia’s. HomeTowne Auto Repair and Tire has certified technicians who can help solve them. This week, HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire Automotive Technician Ray addressed an oil leak by replacing a camshaft cover seal.  The seal was located between the camshaft housing and head of the Toyota V8 engine. …

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How to deal with sun glare

In News by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

It’s that time of the year where the sun is at a bad angle and blinds drivers during their commute. Here are a few tips for addressing the sun glare. Using a sun visor is one solution. Drivers should also make sure their windshield is clear by cleaning it inside and out. They can also set their defroster to the …

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Are animals living in your car?

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Are animals making themselves at home in your vehicle? As the cooler temperatures begin to creep in, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for various creatures that seek shelter in or near it. “I’ve removed anything from mice, rats, squirrels, and their nests,” HomeTowne Auto Repair and Tire Owner ST Billingsley said. “I’ve removed cats, snakes, and …

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Is your battery light on?

In Automotive Diagnostics, News by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

If your battery light comes on or flickers on your dashboard, it could be a sign of an alternator going bad. The alternator is driven by the engine to produce electricity to run the accessories in a vehicle and recharge the battery. Some common problems that could lead to an alternator not working correctly can be normal wear and tear, …

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Signs that your starter is going bad

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Click. Click. Click. It’s a dreaded sound for many drivers, especially when they are trying — unsuccessfully — to start their car. The noise is one sign that a vehicle’s starter is going bad. Another giveaway is if your vehicle won’t start, even when a jumper box or a jumper cable are attached to it. You may also hear a …

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Brakes and the Virginia Safety Inspection

In Brakes by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Bringing your vehicle in for the Virginia safety inspection is one way you can protect yourself and others. The brakes of your vehicle have to be working properly in order to pass the yearly requirement. There can’t be a soft brake pedal. A hard brake pedal or a vehicle having a hard time stopping can be caught during the state …

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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?

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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 …