When do I replace my belts and hoses? A. According
to the rubber manufacturer, every belt and hose should be
replaced every 30,000 miles. At the least,
they should be inspected thoroughly. Some signs of belt
fatigue are the development of small cracks across the
rib of the belt, fraying and excessive squeal. For hoses,
look for softness around the neck areas, or if the hose
is too expanded when the vehicle is at operating temperature.
You should also inspect the "inside" of the hose.
Deterioration and cracks can occur on the inside, creating
an unseen problem. In order for you to have piece of mind
driving, we recommend following the manufacturer's guidelines
for belt and hose replacement. "An ounce of prevention
is worth a pound of cure".
Why should I use the parking brake? A. Most people
still refer to this as the "emergency
brake". It is used for that purpose in the event that
you should lose hydraulic brake capability. However, under
normal circumstance the parking brake is designed to hold
the vehicle in place when the vehicle is in the "park" position.
It allows the weight of the vehicle to be displaced or
held in check by the rear brake shoes or pads. This in
turn takes the pressure off the parking gear inside the
transmission. Every time you fail to use the parking brake,
all of the vehicle weight will fall on that gear. This
can cause premature wear and possible damage to the transmission.
It's not a hard habit to get into, once you begin. We tell
our customers to imagine lying down with a two ton guerilla
on them and asking them to do a push up. Now that would
hurt! That's what it is like for your transmission every
time you DON'T use your parking brake
When should I have my battery serviced? A. Your battery should be inspected at every service for
corrosion and cable contact. Electricity is very important
to newer cars. It is the key to having your vehicle perform
at it's peak. We suggest that even when the battery has
a life of 60 or 72 months, you should consider replacement
before it completely fails. Stretching for that last ounce
of energy from your battery is not worth the risk of being
stranded. Nothing beats safety!
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