Monthly Archives: December 2020

Simple Answers: Serpentine Belt

Question: My Carmasters Automotive said I need a new serpentine belt but I don't see any cracks in it. Does it really need to be replaced? Carmasters Automotive Answer: I appreciate your concern. Old style neoprene belts would crack with age, making it pretty obvious to Norfolk drivers when they needed to be replaced. Nowadays, serpentine belts are made from a different material that doesn't crack or glaze the way neoprene did. Stepping back, the serpentine belt transfers power from the engine to various accessories like the alternator, power steering pump and air conditioning compressor - even the power brakes and water pump on some vehicles. Modern serpentine belts have several grooves running their length. These grooves mate with the pulleys on the accessories. When the belt is within its useful life, it spins the accessories at the designed speed. Over time, belt material is worn away. When as little as 5% of the material is lost, the be ... read more

Reasons Behind a Faulty Car Heater

Reasons Behind a Faulty Car Heater

Nothing disrupts your morning commute like a faulty car heater, especially in the winter season when you need your car's heater the most. Imagine driving to work with your car's interior feeling like an ice-box; this is nothing short of miserable, especially if the temperatures in winter drop to -20 degrees Celsius like in Canada. So why does a faulty car heater cause such misery? Well, without it, your defroster cannot blow warm air inside the vehicle. This means the only difference between you and another person who is walking is the speed. If you notice that your windshield is a little foggy, then it might be time to pay your mechanic a visit. Common Causes of a Car Heater Breakdown Your car heater can stop working for a number of reasons; Low water/anti-freeze level that can result from a leak in the vehicle's cooling system. A faulty thermostat that prevents your engine from warming up properly. A faulty blower fan. A heater fan that isn't working properly ... read more

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