Mackert Automotive LLC Car Care Advice for Gig Harbor Motorists: Serpentine Belt System Wear

The primary job of the serpentine belt is to provide critical traction to spin the accessories. As the belt wears it loses some of its grip and the accessories may not spin at prime speeds. For example, if your alternator doesn’t spin fast enough, the battery will not completely recharge while you’re driving and you could end up stranded with a dead battery. In short, a worn serpentine belt will stress all of the accessories it powers leading to premature wear and possible early replacement. When as little as 5% of belt material is lost,...

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Automotive Tips from Mackert Automotive LLC: A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt

The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your vehicle. An old timing belt can lose a “tooth” in the belt allowing it to slip. The engine could stop or misfire. Timing belt slip – or a broken timing belt – can be disastrous on some engines. In “interference” engines, open valves can get in the way of the piston when the timing belt breaks or slips. When that happens one or more valves can be bent requiring expensive engine...

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I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement In Gig Harbor

About 90% of our driving decisions in Gig Harbor are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely essential. Most Gig Harbor car owners have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our car, truck, SUV windshield is just dirty. In fact, it’s estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can’t adequately clear their windshield in a storm. It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we Gig Harbor...

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10 Services Gig Harbor motorists Often Overlook

We live such busy lives nowadays: work, social events, running the kids all over Gig Harbor. Some days it’s all we can do to keep track of everywhere we need to be. That’s why you’ve gotta be organized. Smartphones, calendar apps – we have to keep track of it all. So let’s talk about schedules. Specifically, automotive service schedules. And particularly, the critical scheduled services that are sometimes forgotten. Here is a list of 10 service items that are often overlooked by Gig Harbor car owners. They’re all very...

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Gig Harbor Alignment Service

Your car might have an alignment problem if: it drifts or pulls to one side, your steering wheel is off center, you have uneven tire wear or your car doesn’t feel like it handles right. When all of a vehicle’s wheels are lined up exactly with each other, your wheels are in alignment. Running into potholes, smacking a curb or other object are great ways to knock your car out of alignment. Then one or more of your wheels starts pulling in a slightly different direction and the problems begin. Driving for an extended time when you’re...

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Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Mackert Automotive LLC

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the Washington news. Gig Harbor people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better fuel economy and receive a government rebate. A lot of Gig Harbor motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They’re good commuters, Gig Harbor grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they’re paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their car, truck, SUVs for 200,000 miles or more – as long as it’s economical to do so. There...

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