• Smart Drivers Protect Against Overheating

    Monday 11 December 2017

    Engines get hot when they run. This heat can build up and damage vital engine parts, so engines need a cooling system to keep them running. Cooling system failure is the most common mechanical failure in vehicles. This is unfortunate, because these failures are usually easy for drivers to prevent. The radiator is the best-known and most recognizable part of the cooling system. Hoses filled with coolant (also known as antifreeze) connect the radiator to the engine. The coolant draws heat from t... read more

  • Talk to Snellville Auto Center About New Shoes for Your Vehicle

    Tuesday 05 December 2017

    Custom wheels are one way that folks express themselves and personalize their vehicle. But they aren't as cheap and easy as sticking decals on your back window. There are several factors that need to be considered, including cost, the fit of the wheel, modifications that will have to be made to the vehicle, how the new wheels and tires will affect the operation of the vehicle, your driving habits and, of course, the style of the wheels. Most drivers start with t... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Snellville Auto Center: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

    Wednesday 29 November 2017

    The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining optimal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. At Snellville Auto Center we know that the service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together. A worn tensioner prevents the accessories from spinning properly, leading to premature wear and noise for drivers.Your vehicle manufacturer has a recommended mileage interval f... read more

  • Automotive Tips from Snellville Auto Center: Serpentine Belt Overview

    Wednesday 22 November 2017

    The technicians at Snellville Auto Center know your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars in have two serpentine belts. The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler pulleys are... read more

  • Good Service at Snellville Auto Center Equals Good Fuel Economy in

    Monday 13 November 2017

    Whether we're trying to save money, save gas or save the environment, most of us drivers have an interest in decreasing fuel consumption. We've all heard about ways to save money on gas in , but does it really add up to much? How much can we boost our fuel economy through preventive maintenance and more courteous driving?The US government has a website that actually answers that question. Let's look at some of the data and find out if any of these fuel-saving ideas ar... read more

  • What Is That? Check Engine Light Service at Snellville Auto Center

    Sunday 05 November 2017

    Okay. You went to your local car wash, and while your vehicle was under the dryer, the Check Engine light started flashing. Panic! What did you just do? Something is seriously wrong with the vehicle! You head for the nearest service center, but on the way, the Check Engine light stops flashing and just glows red. Hmm. Maybe things aren't as bad as they seem. You decide to wait until payday to take your vehicle in to get serviced. In the meantime, the Check Engine light goes off. What? You... read more

  • Drive Train - What You Need to Know in

    Sunday 29 October 2017

    One automotive service issue that doesn't get much attention is driveline service. Drivelines don't get talked about very much around , but they're very important. First let's define what the driveline is:Taking a small step back, the power plant is comprised of the engine and transmission. The driveline starts there and includes all of the components that transfer power from the transmission to the wheels.That's not really a lot of components, but they handle the full force of the engine. With... read more

  • Should Soccer Moms Follow the Severe Service Schedule?

    Wednesday 25 October 2017

    So you take your vehicle in for maintenance and the pro at Snellville Auto Center tells you that you ought to change your oil more often. What? You followed the maintenance schedule – but you take a second look at that “severe service” schedule and see some of the following: 1. Most of your trips around are less than four miles/six and a half kilometers.2. Most of your trips are less than 10 miles/16 km when outside temperatures are below freezing... read more

  • Snellville Auto Center Often Asked About Premium vs. Regular Gas

    Monday 16 October 2017

    residents often ask the question: "Will using premium gas make my car run better?" The answer is simple. But first, let's talk about what exactly premium gasoline is.Different grades of gasoline have different octane ratings. Regular gasoline has the lowest octane rating and premium the highest. Most gas stations around , , also carry a mid-grade that falls in between the two. The octane range for the different grades of gas varies by region due to altitude differences.Engines require different... read more

  • Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for Drivers

    Wednesday 11 October 2017

    Knowing how their engine works can help drivers make informed decisions about auto care and prevent repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts.An engine's power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while the engine is running. Power is generated in a cycle that includes four strokes of the piston. First, the piston drops and a valve at the top of the cylinder opens to let in fuel and air... read more

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