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Monthly Archives: April 2022

What Happens When Your Timing Belt Breaks?

What Happens When Your Timing Belt Breaks?

You may not know what a timing belt is, but suffice it to say that this is one of the most important parts in your vehicle. With a functioning timing belt, you are not going anywhere. Since this is not a car part that many people ever concern themselves with, it is important to know what exactly happens when the timing belt actually breaks. Continue reading to learn about this vital topic. The Timing Belt Explained To understand what happens when a timing belt breaks, you must first know what this part is in the first place. Essentially, the timing belt is a big piece of rubber. It has ridges built into its design so that the belt itself can be placed directly over the crankshaft. It ends up controlling the valves that work to keep the pistons moving in proper synchronization. This part gets its name because it controls the timing of when the valves open and close while the car is in operation. The timing belt is so important because it keeps the valves and pistons in your car from ... read more

Benefits of Filling Your Tires With Nitrogen

Benefits of Filling Your Tires With Nitrogen

You're probably familiar with filling your tires up with good ol air, but what about nitrogen? There has been an increasing trend in adding nitrogen to your tires as it can improve the tire's lifespan, fuel mileage, and more. Unfortunately, nitrogen costs a little bit extra than air (which is often free). So is it worth the splurge?   Benefits of Nitrogen-Filled Tires Lower risk of oxidation - When you add nitrogen to your tires, they are at a lower risk of oxidation. Oxidation is prone to happen with oxygen and the rubber on your tires.  Slower air loss - Tires naturally leak air over time; it is simply a matter of fact. However, nitrogen-filled tires lose air at a slower pace than air-filled ones. So if you're looking for consistency, nitrogen tires are the best option. Better fuel mileage - With proper tire pressure means better gas mileage, no matter air or nitrogen. You're likely to achieve higher mileage since nitrogen can maintain its psi better th ... read more