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What Makes My Vehicle Belts Squeal?

What Makes My Vehicle Belts Squeal?

    Have you ever heard a high-pitched squeal coming from your vehicle when you turn your vehicle or AC on? Chances are that noise is coming from your vehicle belt and it’s a sound you don’t want to ignore. Your vehicle belts are an important part of your car and need proper care in order to function properly. Let’s take a look at why vehicle belts squeal and what can be done to stop them.     What Are Vehicle Belts? Vehicle belts are found in the engine compartment of most vehicles. They work as a direct connection between the engine crankshaft and other components. These include the alternator, water pump, air conditioning compressor, and more. All these parts rely on the vehicle belt for power transmission so they can operate properly.       Why Do Vehicle Belts Squeal? When a belt starts to wear out or become too loose due to heat, it can cause it to slip off its pulley while running. This c ... read more

Who Has An After Hours Vehicle Key Drop Box Near Me?

Who Has An After Hours Vehicle Key Drop Box Near Me?

    Lou’s Car Care has made it easy for our customers to drop off or pick up their vehicles ANYTIME! For your convenience, our Key Drop and Pick Up Box is located to the right of our main entrance doors. Please follow the sidewalk to the right, and the Drop Box is located on a side door, next to a glass bay door. Simply follow the steps below to use our safe and secure After Hours Drop-Off / Pick-Up Service. Drop Your Key Before / After Hours: Pull the door down to open.  Fill out the provided envelope completely with your contact and vehicle information. Please also include the service scheduled to perform or any concerns you may have with your vehicle.  Sign your name on the authorization line. Place your car key(s) in the envelope and secure the top. Drop the envelope in the slot and close the Key Box Door.   A member of our Service team will contact you once we retrieve your envelope.   Pick Up Your Key Bef ... read more

How Often Should I Change My Car’s Fluids?

How Often Should I Change My Car’s Fluids?

    Regular fluid exchanges are one of the most important types of maintenance items for your vehicle. Clean, specialized liquids are needed to help lubricate and cool parts of your vehicle while driving. Contaminated fluids can cause performance issues and part failures. The different types of fluids in your vehicle will have different maintenance schedules. Learn more about these fluids and when they should be changed. MOTOR OILOil changes are the most common type of fluid exchange on a vehicle. Engine oil lubricates, cleans, and cools engine parts. It can also hold abrasive particles and chemical contaminants in suspension. Regular oil changes are neces ... read more

Are There Any Tire Sales Near Me?

Are There Any Tire Sales Near Me?

    Take Advantage Of These Tire Rebates! New Year, New Tires… right?!  Save money when you buy four select tires from these manufacturers:     GOODYEAR SPECIAL OFFER: Get up to $100 back when you purchase a set of four select Goodyear tires. Offer valid 1/1/2023 – 3/31/2023.   ELIGIBLE GOODYEAR TIRES: $100 Rebate                                                                       Wrangler Steadfast HT Assurance WeatherReady Eagle Exhilarate $75 Rebate Assurance ComfortDrive Wrangler All- Terrain Adventure with Kevlar Wrangler DuraTrac $50 Rebate Assurance M ... read more

What Is The Correct Tire Pressure For My Car?

What Is The Correct Tire Pressure For My Car?

    Having the correct air pressure in your tires can help you get the most out of your vehicle. The proper air pressure helps your car handle better on the road, allows for a more even tire wear and can help with better gas mileage. Learn more about your vehicle’s recommended tire pressure.   CHECK TIRE PRESSURES OFTEN Tires lose pressure daily, especially when the temperature changes. In colder weather, tires can lose one to two pounds a month. It is recommended to check your tire pressures a few times a month and don’t forget your spare. Be aware that many vehicles have different tire pressures on the front and rear axles. If your tires are underinflated, they can cause poor performance and decrease your gas mileage. Under-inflated tires can also cause premat ... read more

Why Is My Car Heater Blowing Cold Air?

Why Is My Car Heater Blowing Cold Air?

    It’s a crisp winter morning and there’s frost on your car. You climb inside, start the car, and let it warm up. But after a few minutes the heater is still  blowing cold air! As frustrating as this may be, this issue is not uncommon. Read on to learn more about the reasons why your car heater could be blowing cold air. How Does My Heater Work? Believe it or not, your heater is part of the cooling system. The cooling system protects your vehicle from overheating. Most cars and trucks have water-cooled engines. Water and a coolant mixture are circulated through a radiator. This helps to transfer heat away from the engine. However, before the hot coolant reaches your radiator, it goes through the heater core. Your car’s heater core is a smaller version of your radiator and is located behind the ... read more

How Long Does A Spare Tire Last?

How Long Does A Spare Tire Last?

  When was the last time you checked your spare tire? Does your vehicle even have one? Many people go years without needing to use their spare tire, and some may never use theirs at all. It is important to check the air pressure in your spare along with your other four tires. Learn more about the best ways to care for your spare and keep you safe on the road.     How Long Do Spare Tires Last? Most spare tires last up to ten years. If your spare is stored outside of or underneath your vehicle, you’ll want to check it’s condition more often. Harsh weather and road salt can corrode security bolts making it a challenge to remove the spare. We recommend removing your spare tire at least once a year to ensure it’s accessibility. You’ll also want to inspect the tire for any dry rot or cracking. This can be done when checking the tire pressur ... read more

How Often Should I Change My Wiper Blades?

How Often Should I Change My Wiper Blades?

Windshield wipers help you see while driving in adverse conditions. They remove water, snow, dust, and other debris from your windshield. Replacing your wipers regularly is an important step in your vehicle maintenance process. How often you should change your wiper blades depends on many factors. The general, industry recommendation is to replace your wiper blades every 6 to 12 months. Areas with extreme temperatures can alter how often you change your wipers. Find out how you can drive safer and prevent damaging your windshield glass. How Often Should I Change My Wiper Blades? Most wiper blade makers recommend replacing your wipers every 6-12 months. AAA advises that it should be done at least once a year. Your windshield wiper blades are made of thin rubber which will break down over time. At Lou’s Car Care, your wiper blades are inspected at every oil change service. Our technicians keep an eye on the cond ... read more

When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

  Timing belts are a common vehicle maintenance item and can wear out over time or break without warning. Your car’s engine relies on the timing belt to stay in sync. The timing belt ensures that everything in your engine operates smoothly and keeps you safe while driving. Find out how your timing belt works and when to replace it. What Is A Timing Belt? Your timing belt is made of rubber and has hard “teeth” that connect with gearwheels in the camshafts and crankshaft. The camshafts and crankshaft on a combustible engine work together to control the intake of fuel and the release of exhaust fumes. The timing belt is responsible for synchronizing the operations of the crankshaft and camshafts. If the engine components do not work in unison, your engine could experience loss of pressure, poor combustion, and power loss. This can result in costly repairs.     Your car may have a timing chain instead of a timing belt, depending on your ... read more

Can You Use Water Instead Of Windshield Wiper Fluid?

Can You Use Water Instead Of Windshield Wiper Fluid?

    Washer fluid is especially helpful in Baldwinsville, NY during the winter months. Road salt, dirt and slush spray on to your windshield from vehicles in front of you while driving. Or when pollen coats your windows in the spring. Many of us have been in a pinch after the washer fluid has run out and thought, “Can I use water instead of washer fluid?” The answer depends on your local driving area. Learn more about the pros and cons of water vs. windshield washer fluid. Clear visibility is important for safe driving. While water does clean your windshield, it isn’t as effective as washer fluid. The fluid contains solvents that loosen and clean dirt and debris on your windshield. Water will likely smear the dirt and grime. Water freezes and could cause damage to your tank and fluid lines. Washer fluid has anti-freezing properties that can be used during freezing temperatures. Bacteria and microbes can grow in the washer fluid reservoir if you use water ... read more

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