August 2018 - V&F Auto Inc

How do I know if my timing cover gasket is leaking? Part Two

Timing cover gasket leaks can be one of the trickiest leaks to fix. Most leaks leave obvious indications in specific places that make it quick to tell what the problem is– for example when your oil pan is leaking it will leak oil on the ground right under your oil pan. But a timing cover […]

How do I know if my timing cover gasket is leaking? Part One

Timing cover gasket leaks can be one of the trickiest leaks to fix. Most leaks leave obvious indications in specific places that make it quick to tell what the problem is– for example when your oil pan is leaking it will leak oil on the ground right under your oil pan. But a timing cover […]

Problems with your serpentine belt? Here are some common causes

The serpentine belt, also called the drive belt, is a belt on a car engine that works with the idler, tensioner, and pulleys inside the accessory drive belt system. It provides power for the air conditioning, alternator, power steering, and sometimes the cooling system water pump. The serpentine belt is a critical part of this […]

Why Driving With Your Parking Brake On Is a VERY Bad Idea

As we talked about in our last article, you should always set the parking brake when you park. Your parking brake maintains a stronger hold than the prawl, making it a better option for holding your car in place while parked.  The most important part of using the brake is remembering to disengage it before […]

Why is there a bubble in my tire?

A sidewall bubble, like the one shown above, is a bulge protruding from the sidewall of the tire. This happens when air is leaking from the inside of the tire into the carcass or body of the tire. Common Causes The majority of bubbles are caused by impact damage. The tire has a small patch […]

The Dangers of Battery Corrosion & How to Prevent It In the Future

No matter what kind of car or battery you have, your terminals can become corroded over time making them poor conductors of electricity. While corrosion will not make your battery catch on fire, buildup on battery terminals can keep your car from starting. In the second of this two part series, we’ll review some practical […]

Why is my car’s batttery terminal coroded?

No matter what kind of car or battery you have, your terminals can become corroded over time making them poor conductors of electricity. While corrosion will not make your battery catch on fire it can weaken or cut off its connection to the engine, causing rough or failed starts. In the first of this two-part […]