Yearly Archives: 2016

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

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, the serpentine belt cannot provide the proper traction for the accessories. Your friendly and courteous Mackert Automotive LLC service professional can check your belt for excessive wear and replace your serpentine belt system if it’s excessively worn. Give us a call Mackert Automotive LLC 253-851-3307 3416-B 57th ST CT NW Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

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

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 repairs. It is critical for Gig Harbor auto owners to replace their timing belts as recommended in their owner’s manual to avoid unnecessary breakdowns. Ask the team of professionals at Mackert Automotive LLC in Gig Harbor if it’s time for your timing belt to be replaced. Give us a call Mackert Automotive LLC 253-851-3307 3416-B 57th ST CT NW Gig Harbor, Washington 98335

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