Engine Repair, Maintenance and Service
Engine replacement can be one of the costliest repairs you take on as a car owner. Believe it or not, most engine malfunctions can be avoided with better preventive maintenance. Audioman takes your engine seriously and offers several services to prevent the need for future engine replacement. Electrical systems and computer systems have to withstand high and low temperatures alongside mechanical components.
A timing belts should be checked at 60,000 miles and again at 100,000 miles. Oil leaks are not ok... its a clear sign of an engine in need of service. Seals become hard and dry and fail to protect against fluid loss. Leaks can cause engine failures over time. Make sure you get fluid flushes and fuel injection cleanings as recommended by the manufacturer.
Belts & Hoses
Your vehicle’s radiator hoses are responsible for transferring hot coolant from the engine to the radiator for cooling and then back to the engine again after the coolant temperature has been lowered. The hoses, together with the radiator, cooling fan(s), thermostat and related components allow the coolant to effectively move through the cooling system, regulating and displacing heat from your engine.
All Automotive hoses have a purpose and are a vital component to the cooling system and requires regular service. Replacing the radiator hoses before they begin to leak can prevent an inconvenient breakdown and the potential for expensive related repairs. When cracks are visible or the hose swells or feels soft, it is a sure sign that the hoses are at the end of their life span. Often, the upper hose will deteriorate sooner than the lower hose because it is subject to greater extremes in temperature than the lower hose, but it’s a wise preventative measure to replace them both at the same time.
Belts enable your vehicle rotating components, such as the alternator, water pump, and AC compressor to keep turning. Some vehicles are equipped with V-belts, an individual belt for each component and others are equipped with a serpentine belt, one large, multi-groove belt that is routed around all of your vehicle’s rotating components.
Normal wear and exposure to extreme temperatures will degrade both V-Belts and serpentine belts over time. In this situation, a broken belt means a break down, so belts should be replaced before they snap. If you observe any cracks, fraying, or splitting it is time for a replacement. Our AudioMan Firestone professional technicians can inspect your belts and determine if it’s time for a replacement.
Fuel System Cleaning Service
Fuel injectors can experience reduced flow from accumulated varnish and fuel deposits that form after you turn your car off. Technicians call this “heat soak.” What is “heat soak,” you ask? Well, when you shut off your ride, some fuel remains by the fuel injector. The heat that’s still present can burn off the remaining fuel, leaving behind a coat of varnish and fuel deposits.
Injectors spray fuel through a nozzle into the combustion chamber. Ideally, they spray a fine, cone-shaped mist. But deposits and wear can cause them to spray inefficient streams of fuel into the chamber. These streams burn poorly and can cause hesitation and other performance problems. Fuel injection cleaning involves removing deposits from the injectors and fuel lines, and adding a clean fuel filter to the vehicle. If you notice sluggish engine performance, it may be due to an improper air-fuel mix.