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How to tell if your car radiator is going bad

In Vehicle Maintenance by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

To work correctly, the items we use regularly and for long periods of time need to be able to release heat. That is the role a car radiator plays – it helps keep the engine cool. This component sits out front, where the air is coming in. Coolant entering the radiator is hot and must leave at a cooler state. …

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Why is my car making a knocking sound?

In Suspension by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Trouble sometimes comes knocking. In the case of a Honda Odyssey, it was steering suspension components. The vehicle was brought in when the driver heard a knocking sound that seemed to be coming from the engine. After quite a bit of investigation, our technician figured out the cause: The timing belt tensioner had gone bad. On top of replacing this …

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HomeTowne Auto Repair participating in apprenticeship program

In News by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire is working with NAPA Auto Parts, which created an apprenticeship program. It’s geared toward young people who are interested in entering the automotive field and being automotive technicians. Tools are one of the barriers to entering the industry, because you don’t necessarily know what tools to buy, and it can be very expensive to get …

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When to replace a timing belt

In Suspension by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

When considering how a car runs, a lot of people think about the major components, like the engine, the alternator or the battery. However, there are many smaller components that are necessary for a vehicle to work correctly. The timing belt is one of them. It surrounds various parts and is responsible for making sure the crankshaft and camshaft are …

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Different types of transmissions and how they work

In Uncategorized by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Transmissions transfer power to the wheels from the engine. They determine the force and speed based on where and how the vehicle is being driven. There are a few different kinds of transmissions used today – manual transmissions, automatic transmissions, continuously variable transmissions (CVT) and automated manual transmissions (AMT). Each type differs in its design, operation and components. Manual transmissions …

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Wheel alignments for Toyota vehicles

In Vehicle Alignment by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

If you notice your Toyota vehicle is veering to the side, or you’re having difficulty steering, then it may be time to come in for a wheel alignment. In order to keep your car safely on the road, and your tires wearing down correctly, your tires need to be properly aligned. Maybe your Camry hit a pothole or a curb, …

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Why you should replace shocks and struts

In Shocks & Struts, Suspension by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

While everyone wishes that their car could stay in perfect condition forever, oftentimes that doesn’t really happen. Parts and fluids in everyone’s car wear over time – at different rates – and require replacement and maintenance.  Some parts of vehicle maintenance, like oil changes, need to be done more often. There are some replacements that need to be done over …

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Electronic steering: How it works and possible problems

In Uncategorized by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Cars nowadays are more reliant on electronics than ever before. They are made up of computers, modules, clocks, and the ability to charge items. Many are even coming with electronic steering. Different types of power steering There are a couple of different types of power steering, or electronic assisted steering. One of the common ones is where it’s on the …

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How to check your oil

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Oil helps protect your engine and other components. By checking the oil level regularly, drivers can confirm that they don’t have an oil leak and prevent damage down the road. Joe from HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire in Woodbridge demonstrates how to check your oil in the video below. Before looking at the oil level, it’s important to make sure …

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The importance of addressing oil leaks

In Vehicle Fluids by HomeTowne Auto Repair & Tire

Oil leaks are nothing to brush off. When you’re running on too little oil, damage can eventually occur to the engine and other parts. So, it’s important to have this problem addressed as soon as possible. A 2005 Dodge Caravan was brought in because it was leaking oil. In order to safely get it to HomeTowne Auto Repair, the driver …