It’s second nature for car owners to mechanically maintain their vehicles—whether you do your own maintenance or have your vehicle serviced at your local Salem Auto Repair, a sound engine can do wonders for your peace of mind. But what about maintaining the inside of your car? While it’s easy to lose track, keeping the inside of your vehicle clean can be just as important.
Your car battery keeps your car running properly by working in conjunction with the alternator to provide ignition. Even in a diesel automobile which uses no spark for ignition, the engine is designed to not run without a battery.
Cold weather can wreak havoc on your car, especially its belts and hoses. If you’ve ever seen a steaming car on the side of the road in the winter, chances are that cold weather played a major role.
The problem is that belts and hoses -- integral parts of an engine -- can become brittle in cold weather, and the temperature changes that occur (cold weather, hot engine, etc.) cause weaknesses to show up. This is especially true of belt driven components, which become harder to turn when they’re cold and thus are at a higher risk for belt failure.
You're driving home from a day of work and all you want is to get home, have some dinner, and spend some time with your family. But what is that up ahead? Why is traffic backed up? Probably another broken down car.