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Serpentine Drive Belt

 

September 28, 2016


Your serpentine belt drives your alternator and air conditioning compressor. The power steering and power brake pumps are driven by the serpentine belt in many vehicles. The radiator cooling fan on some vehicles are also driven by the serpentine belt. Serpentine belts do a lot of work, but they're tough and can last for thousands Read more...

Spark Plugs

 

September 1, 2016


Engine control computers precisely time when fuel is injected into the engine and when spark plugs fire. Unless something's wrong, spark plugs just don't foul like they used to. Electricity from the battery goes into a coil that allows power to build up to anywhere from 12,000 to 45,000 volts, depending on the vehicle. The Read more...

Fuel Injectors

 

July 28, 2016


In very simple terms, a fuel injector is a valve that squirts fuel into your engine. Your engine control computer tells the fuel injector how much fuel to deliver as well as the precise time it should be delivered. Of course this happens thousands of times a minute. High temperatures under your hood and variations Read more...

Brakes

 

June 30, 2016


If you hear squealing or grinding when you use the brakes, have us check them out. We will perform a thorough brake inspection to see what needs to be done. If you ignore the warning signs and keep driving long after the pads are completely worn out will cause more damage. When that happens, metal Read more...

Shocks and Struts

 

May 30, 2016


Shocks absorbers and struts last a long time and wear out pretty slowly for most vehicles. They're easy to take for granted, but your shocks and struts do a very important job so you need to pay attention to them. They keep your tires on the road: and your tires are what connect your vehicle Read more...

Air Conditioning

 

March 29, 2016


Unfortunately sometimes we don't realize that our A/C is not blowing as cold as it should be until it is 100* outside!! At Weldon Spring Automotive we would start with a visual inspection of the components for signs of damage or leaks, if the system has A/C dye in it already hopefully we can see Read more...

Radiator Drain & Fill

 

February 26, 2016


The reason you need to change the coolant is that it has additives in it to protect the cooling system. As you can imagine, with all the heat, the cooling system's a pretty harsh environment. The additives keep the fluid from becoming corrosive and damaging the radiator and other cooling system components. Over time, the Read more...

Drive Shaft Questions

 

February 24, 2016


Weldon Spring Auto Tech Question: I'm Doug. A few years ago I was driving my '85 powder blue Dodge Ramcharger with about 80,000 miles (125,000 kilometers) on it. I was going up a hill in St. Charles and heard a noise like a tin can rolling down the road. I looked back and saw my Read more...

Evaporative Emissions Control

 

February 12, 2016


EVAP system is to capture these vapors and direct them into the engine to be burned – kind of an on-board recycling program. The EVAP system is a complicated network of hoses, valves, filters and such. Issues with the EVAP system are in the Top 5 reasons for a Check Engine Light to be illuminated. Read more...

Transmission Fluid

 

February 4, 2016


Transmission Fluid: All drivers need to make sure they have enough transmission fluid. If it runs low, the transmission will run hotter and won't have the protection it needs to cope with the added stress of towing. Transmission fluid breaks down and gets dirty over time. Whether your vehicle has an automatic or manual transmission Read more...

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