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Yearly Archives: 2021

How Bad Driving Habits Can Hurt Your Vehicle

How Bad Driving Habits Can Hurt Your Vehicle

Cars are an investment, not just a possession. The better you take care of them, the better they serve you. Too many vehicle owners don't take good care of their cars. They don't keep up with inspections and maintenance, and they only take the car to an auto shop when there's a significant problem. One of the ways that people abuse their cars is through lousy driving habits. How you drive your car contributes to how well it'll function and what kind of life it'll have. Cars that get driven rough all the time break down much faster and develop long-term mechanical problems. Speeding On Rough Terrain It would be best if you didn't speed on rough terrain unless you're a professional rally driver. When you race over speed bumps and slam into potholes, you compromise the integrity of your suspension. You could also blow out your tires, mess with the wheel alignment and steering linkage. Over time the ride becomes bumpy even on flat surfaces because of the dama ... read more

Are Pre-Purchase Checks Worth the Additional Cost?

Are Pre-Purchase Checks Worth the Additional Cost?

If you are undecided about buying a used car, you have the option to take it to Elston Auto Care for a pre-purchase inspection. This service is often forgotten about or neglected in the used-car purchase decision, but it is very important to guarantee you are making a wise purchase.    A pre-purchase inspection is never a bad idea as it offers the following benefits: A pre-purchase inspection gives you a better idea of how the car drives and handles. Often, the mechanic will conduct a thorough road test to better understand the vehicle's conditions. It can start up possible negotiations. If one of our automotive mechanics uncovers a hidden problem, you (the buyer) can bring it up to the seller. With the informative report given to you after the inspection, you can try to get the price down on the vehicle. As mentioned, you can find any problems that the previous owner may not have known or tried to hide from you. This ensures you're dealing with an honest, trustwo ... read more

Timing Belt Replacement in Peoria, AZ

Timing Belt Replacement in Peoria, AZ

Your vehicle's timing belt is a vital part of your vehicle because of its essential job. The timing belt is in charge of synchronizing and managing the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft. Without this seamless movement, the engine valves would not open and close at the right time. The belt has ribbed teeth to provide a consistent and timely rotation. If the timing is off by the littlest bit or the belt is displaying visible wear and tear, it could cause immense damage to your engine and other related parts. For timing belt inspections and replacements, please visit our team at Elston Auto Care.   Your timing belt can malfunction in various ways: The teeth on the belts wear off The belt's fibers unwind The belt breaks or snaps (rare) Improper tension—the belt is too tight or too loose Signs That You Require a Timing Belt Replacement You see visual signs of belt wear—cracks, glazing, or grimy build-up on the belt You hear a ticking sound coming from ... read more

How To Diagnose Your Vehicle Fluid Leak

How To Diagnose Your Vehicle Fluid Leak

Your car has several primary fluids that can occasionally leak in some circumstances. Some leaks can be direr than others; nevertheless, you need to know what kind of leak it is and where it is coming from. Today, we will go over how you can distinguish what type of fluid leak you may have. First and foremost, you shouldn't panic at the first sign of a leak. If you need any assistance, feel free to reach out to Elston Auto Care, and our team will take good care of you. Here is a little guide on how to identify the different types of vehicle leaks:   Oil  A dark brown or black liquid pool near your car is an obvious sign of an engine oil leak. Motor oil leaks can happen from a damaged oil pan or gaskets.  Anti-freeze/Coolant Anti-freeze/coolant leaks are usually a vibrant color (green, orange, or pink). Coolant leaks are more prevalent in older cars since newer vehicles are better designed to contain the liquid. You can also tell that it is coolant if there is a ... read more

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