Automobiles have a cooling system that is responsible for keeping the engine running at optimal temperatures. This means the engine shouldn’t run too cold nor too hot. The cooling system uses the cooling fans to blow cold air into the radiator, which then transfers heat out of the vehicle via its network of tubes and fins. All this occurs if the system is running properly e.g. radiator surface areas are clear and free of debris, and the proper amount of air flow is running through radiator. When vehicles are running at higher speeds the latter tends not to be an issue; however, if the vehicle is in traffic and if not moving air circulation will be poor. This is why cooling fans are important and why they should be maintained. There are different kinds of fans ranging from belt driven, clutch driven, and electric cooling fans. You should do an internet search or visit your local mechanic shop to find out the fan type used by your vehicle. Remember a weak fan or non-functioning fan will lead to a vehicle failure. Many cars are designed to shut down if the engine reaches high temperatures. If you continue to operate the vehicle it will lead to a catastrophic engine failure damaging major components and costing a lot of money in repairs. In summary, have your fans inspected if you notice vehicle temperatures going above the normal operating range, smell anything burning, smell coolant, or if you can’t hear them engage once the vehicle warms up. This week’s tips from your Team at DitY Auto Repair have a safe and fun summer.

The summer heat can become exhaustive and has a tendency to wear people down fast. This is also true for your vehicle and its electrical system, since it has to work more to keep the car or truck cool. One part that is critical to this system is the vehicle battery, and summer temperatures actually affect the battery more than cooler temperatures. All batteries wear down and eventually have to be replaced. This can happen between 1 and 5 years depending on use, care, and climates. Many batteries require maintenance and need to be refilled with fluid, since it evaporates over time. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, hence breaking down the battery and its life span. To prevent this make sure you have distilled water on hand or battery fluid to refill a battery low on fluid. During the summer months inspect the battery at least twice and perform any required maintenance. This week’s tips from the Team at DitY Auto Repair have a summer and welcome back to the start of school.

Vehicles have different belts that keep several systems functioning. Some vehicles only have one belt, while others may have two or three. These belts run the power steering, a/c compressor, alternator, and on some vehicles the cooling fan. That’s why a driver should have these belts inspected during oil changes or vehicle service intervals. This would identify any frayed or damaged belts that need replacement prior to a malfunction. These parts are exposed to extreme heat and cold, which stretches the belts out over time. Belts are usually replaced on scheduled service intervals; however, this does change if it has dry rot, rips, stretched, or slipping. Here at DitY Auto Repair our staff can assist you on servicing the belt or changing it out yourself. Remember preventive maintenance can save you a lot of time and money by avoiding unexpected break downs. This week’s tips from your team at DitY Auto Repair have a safe and fun summer.

Today’s highways are filled with vehicles that run on both fossil fuels and electricity. Cars and trucks that run on fossil fuels continue to use electricity as part of there system unlike electric vehicles that only use battery power. This means vehicle owner’s should have their charging systems inspected as recommended by the manufacturer to avoid a breakdown. A common failure of the charging system is the alternator, which is the component responsible for recharging the battery. After about 5-7 years this part wears out and tends to lose its charging ability. This in turns puts a strain on the vehicle battery and causes premature battery failure. If the vehicle is run with a weak alternator for a long period of time the battery will fail and cause the entire system to shut down. Drivers who need assistance with diagnosing or testing their vehicle charging system can do so at the local auto parts store or here at DitY Auto Repair. Our staff has the equipment and training to assist you in vehicle repairs, which saves you money. For additional information you can do an Internet Search on alternator maintenance. This week’s tips from your Team at DitY Auto Repair have a safe and fun summer.

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