3 Signs You Need to Fix Your Car's Belts & Hoses

Even if you're not a mechanic, you probably know that belts and hoses are essential parts that work together to keep your car running. But how would you know if they need repair? Here are some signs your car needs belt and hose repair.

1. The Temperature Gauge Rises

When your car's temperature gauge rises faster than usual, it's a sign you need to repair your belt and hose. Whenever your temperature gauge needle starts climbing higher than it should, even after a short drive, this is a sign that something is wrong.

2. You Hear a…

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Get Back-to-School Service for Your Vehicle at Earthycars!

At Earthycars, we always want to make sure that our community has safe vehicles to drive when going back to school. Whether you are sending your teenager off to college or you are the head of a carpool for the kids in your neighborhood, it is important to have your vehicle checked.

Some of the car maintenance that our service center does during a back-to-school check includes checking the oil level and changing it as well as a filter. The tires are also important, especially going into the colder months of the year.

 

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What’s the Difference Between Cabin and Engine Air Filters?

While they both perform a similar function, cabin and engine air filters are very different. Without air, the combustion that forms the basis of engine function couldn’t occur. That’s why your vehicle design places such a great emphasis on the air intake area. The filter forms an integral part of that system, keeping dust and debris from entering sensitive engine parts. Changing it regularly ensures a clean supply of air that helps maintain engine performance.

The cabin air filter is just another element of an overall design meant to keep you 

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Keep Up on Your Wheel Alignments

Do you know when the last time you had your wheels aligned was? While many people are good about keeping up on oil changes, they often neglect their tires. The team at Earthycars wants to change that.

Properly aligned wheels result in less wear and tear on your tires, something that can extend their lifespan. Not only will this save money, but the increased fuel efficiency that comes with an alignment will as well. Additionally, aligned wheels will improve your handling. On the other hand, wheels that are out of alignment can result in steering problems.

 

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What is brake fluid?

Brake fluid is used in modern vehicles and is known as hydraulic fluid that is a liquid solution used to maintain the operation of all types of motorcycles, trucks, and various types of bicycles. It converts force into pressure and can boost the braking force for added safety and stopping power on the road. The pressure is delivered to both the front and rear brakes of the vehicle due to the incompressible liquids in use.

Brake fluid should be replaced every two years or 30,000 miles, whichever comes first. Aggressive driving patterns may require the brake fluid to be…

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How to Avoid Hydroplaning

It's that time of year again when the rain starts coming down in sheets and the roads become slick with water. Hydroplaning can be a major hazard during wet weather, so it's important to know how to avoid it.

Here are some tips to avoid hydroplaning:

-Slow down when driving in wet weather. This may seem like common sense, but it's important to remember that water on the road can make it slippery and reduce your traction.

-Make sure your tires have enough tread. Worn out tires are more likely to hydroplane.

-Avoid puddles and standing water…

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The Rearward Cross Tire Rotation Demystified

Tire rotations aren't mysterious. They merely sound like they are: forward cross and X-pattern, for example. These two along with rearward cross, side-to-side and front-to-back are the most common tire rotations. Our factory-trained Earthycars techs serving customers from Burlington and surrounding areas demystify tire rotations for your benefit.

The Rearward Cross

A rearward cross tire rotation calls for moving the rear axle tires directly forward. A full-size spare takes the right rear tire position. The former right front tire takes the left rear tire position.

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What is a transfer case?

If you're wondering what a transfer case is, you're not alone. A lot of people don't know what this component of their vehicle does, but it's an important one! We'll explain what they do and how they work, and we'll also provide some tips on how to take care of them. Stay tuned!

A transfer case is a gearbox that is located between the transmission and the driveshaft. It is responsible for transferring power from the engine to the wheels. There are two types of transfer cases: full-time and part-time. Full-time transfer cases are…

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Do You Know Why Your Engine May be Overheating?

Engine issues are some of the most scary mechanical problems out there. When the engine overheats, it means a part of your cooling system has failed. This is not only dangerous, but it can potentially cause significant damage to your vehicle as well. 

The first part of the cooling system is the thermostat, which keeps track of the temperature of the engine. The thermostat allows the engine to heat up to its operating temperature then starts letting in coolant as needed. If the thermostat breaks, it may not signal that it is time for coolant, causing your engine to overheat…

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Towing Guide

Before you tow anything, you need to familiarize yourself with a number of important terms. Those terms are curb weight, gross vehicle weight, gross combined vehicle weight, gross trailer weight and trailer tongue weight. The curb weight is how much a vehicle weighs when it is empty. The gross vehicle weight is the combined weight of the entire vehicle and all of its components, such as the cargo, fuel and passengers. The gross combined vehicle weight is the total weight of the trailer and the vehicle.

The gross trailer weight is how much the trailer weighs when it is loaded…

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