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Archive for November 2016

Automotive Tips from Lakeside Certified Auto: Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

Posted November 22, 2016 10:50 AM

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Willoughby drivers need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.

Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more expensive maintenance services, but the cost at Lakeside Certified Auto to correct an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.

The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper belt tension. The tensioner should be replaced along with the timing belt and any idler pulleys at the vehicle manufacturer’s specified service interval. Your Lakeside Certified Auto service advisor can help you with the timing belt.

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Lakeside Certified Auto
38525 Lakeshore Blvd
Willoughby, OH 44094
(440) 946-0076
http://www.lakesidecertifiedauto.com



Keep Your Willoughby Car Breathing Free: Engine Air Filter

Posted November 14, 2016 4:52 AM

Hey Willoughby - this is something really amazing: Your vehicle uses 12,000 times as much air as fuel when you drive it. All of that air has to be filtered to keep your engine clean.

That's like 100 gallons (380 liters) of air every block! The engine air filter is just another example of a very important but inexpensive part that has to do a tremendous amount of work. And when it works, everything goes well. But, when it doesn't, well, it can lead to problems. Of course, your vehicle manufacturer recommends how often to change your air filter. But like most service intervals, where and how you drive your vehicle in OH affects when your filter needs to be changed.

Dusty conditions around Willoughby or polluted city driving means you'll need to change your filter more often. Our trained professionals at Lakeside Certified Auto can check your filter for you. In fact, it's often a routine part of an oil change.

When you think about it, a clogged air filter won't allow as much air through as a clean filter. Your vehicle needs this air to efficiently burn its fuel, giving you better fuel economy and performance.

Dirtier filters don't work as well as clean ones. A filter can only hold so much; after that, it allows dirt to pass right into your engine. Air filters come in all shapes and sizes. They also come in different grades. There are high performance air filters available for most vehicles. These high performance filters cost a little more, but they increase horsepower and may improve fuel economy to boot.

So it's important for Willoughby drivers to make sure and have their air filter checked. If it needs replacing, it doesn't cost very much at Lakeside Certified Auto in Willoughby and it should easily pay for itself in better fuel economy before your next oil change.

Lakeside Certified Auto
38525 Lakeshore Blvd
Willoughby, OH 44094
(440) 946-0076
http://www.lakesidecertifiedauto.com




 



I Can See Clearly Now: Wiper Blade Replacement in Willoughby

Posted November 7, 2016 8:13 AM



About 90% of our driving decisions in the Willoughby area are based solely on what we see. So having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important.

Most Willoughby drivers have experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our vehicle windshield is just dirty. In fact, it's estimated that 46,000,000 drivers across the nation are driving with wipers that can't adequately clear their windshield in a storm.

It seems like our wiper blades are always at their worst when we need them the most. If that sounds like you, you've got plenty of company in the Willoughby area. 78% of drivers only change their wiper blades after the blades function so poorly that they become a safety hazard.

Willoughby drivers need to change their thinking. Instead of blades being something to replace when they fail, we need to consider wiper blades as vehicle safety component. Then we'll stay ahead of the storm.

Willoughby vehicle owners really ought to replace wiper blades twice a year; in the spring and the fall. If you live in the colder parts of OH, you may even want to get special winter blades in the fall.

Winter blades are made to resist freezing. Speaking of winter and freezing Willoughby conditions, if your vehicle has been sitting for a long time and the windshield becomes frozen, don't use your wipers to clear off snow and ice. That can shred your blades and may even damage the wiper motor.

Your wiper blades live outside in the freezing cold and blistering sun. Over time, they become hard and brittle, and then tear. They also lose their flexibility and just don't clear the vehicle windshield effectively. Worn wiper blades aren't just a safety hazard for Willoughby drivers; they can also scratch their windshield. That may require replacing the entire vehicle windshield – that's the consequence for neglecting such a small part.

Lakeside Certified Auto recommends Willoughby drivers replace worn blades right away. We can provide you with a quality replacement blade. At Lakeside Certified Auto, they cost about the same as they would at the store – but installation is included.

Of course you also need washer fluid to help your blades do their work. Even though Lakeside Certified Auto will top off the washer fluid with a full service oil change, it is a good idea to have some extra fluid at home. Take it with you if you're heading out on a road trip.

Always use windshield washer fluid. Plain water, even that fancy French bottled water, just doesn't cut it. It can freeze in the fluid reservoir or on the windshield itself, making things worse. Besides, water won't clean your windows as well.

So follow these tips to keep your windshield clear and your eyes on the road.

Find us at:

Lakeside Certified Auto
38525 Lakeshore Blvd
Willoughby, OH 44094
(440) 946-0076
http://www.lakesidecertifiedauto.com



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