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Timing Belt

Tuesday 31 January 2017

Ever heard the sad tale of a staggeringly steep repair bill from a broken timing belt? Bad news. Let's take a lesson from their woes and remember to think about our timing belt.First, let's review what a timing belt does. The top part of the engine over the cylinders is called the cylinder head. The head contains the valves. There's at least one valve that lets the fresh air into the cylinder. This air, mixed with fuel, burns to create power. Then another valve or two will open to allow the... read more

Battery Replacement for Your vehicle

Sunday 27 November 2016

Modern vehicles in and around Sarnia run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done for Sarnia drivers without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution. But today's vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks windows and sun roofs. And then us Ontario drivers have all the pow... read more

Have You Checked Your Headlights?

Tuesday 02 August 2016

Like everything in the Ontario automotive market, there have been great strides in headlight technology in recent years. Ontario drivers can be safer at night because of it. Good headlights improve visibility on Sarnia roads, enabling you to see farther. They also improve your peripheral vision, helping you to see the sides more clearly. The more you can see, the more quickly you can react to road conditions. This is because nearly half of traffic fatalities take place at... read more

Serpentine Belt Service at LaSalle Auto Centre in Sarnia

Sunday 15 May 2016

Don't you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you're zipping down a busy Sarnia road? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator - which charges the battery; the water pump - which cools the engine; the air conditioning and the power steering pump. All are pretty important parts. It is called a serpentine belt because it snakes around a bunch of engine compon... read more

Sarnia Drivers: Is It Time to Replace Your PCV Valve?

Thursday 07 June 2012

The crankcase is the lower part of the engine where the crankshaft is housed and where the engine oil lives. The crankshaft is connected to the pistons that power the engine. When you are diving around Sarnia , fuel is burned in your vehicle engine, it pushes the pistons down and the crankshaft rotates and sends power to the transmission. Some of the explosive gases from combustion squeeze past the pistons and down into the crankcase.Now this gas is about 70% unburned fuel. If it were allowed to... read more

PCV Valve Service at LaSalle Auto Centre in Sarnia

Tuesday 20 December 2011

Today, we are talking about your PCV valve. Unburnt fuel is forced into the crankcase as your engine runs.  The PCV (positive crankcase ventilation) valve vents this unburnt fuel and oil vapors from the crankcase and sends it back into the air intake system to be burned in the engine.  A clogged PCV will not allow these vapors to escape. This can dilute and contaminate the oil, leading to damaging engine oil sludge. It can also cause vehicle engine corrosion, something we see occasiona... read more

Emergency Items for Your vehicle

Friday 09 April 2010

Local Sarnia roadside emergencies can range from a flat tire downtown to being stranded in a snowy ravine for three days. So you may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.Your close-to-home kit for around Sarnia would have some basic items to work on your car: everything you need to change a tire, gloves, a couple quarts of oil, some antifreeze and water. A can of tire inflator is a great temporary fix for minor flat... read more

Timing Belt Replacement in Sarnia

Friday 15 January 2010

Today we want to talk to Sarnia drivers about timing belts. They're something that many drivers don't know much about and yet your vehicle won't run if it's broken – and it could cause many thousands of dollars damage if it does break. A broken timing belt is usually a tale of woe. Even though timing belt replacement is scheduled in the owner's manual, it's not the kind of thing that most Sarnia area auto owners remember because it's not well understood.Let's review what a timing belt do... read more