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  • Radiator Fan

    Thursday 14 June 2018

    Portland drivers who are old enough have probably heard the term “fan belt." Back in the day, the radiator fan in your vehicle was turned by a belt driven by the engine. There are still belt driven fans, although most are now driven by the serpentine belt. But most Portland vehicles now have electric fans that draw fresh air across the radiator to cool it. As coolant/antifreeze circulates in the cooling system, it captures heat from the engine and flows into the radiator. Air co... read more

  • Timing Belt

    Tuesday 05 June 2018

    Question: My friend had a broken timing belt and it was very expensive to repair his engine. What can I do to avoid a broken timing belt? Hometown Garage Answer: Well, a broken timing belt can lead to one of the most expensive engine repairs Portland drivers will ever face. The good news is that replacing your timing belt on its recommended schedule can help avoid those problems. Here's a bri... read more

  • The Harm in Skipping an Oil Change

    Tuesday 22 May 2018

    Some new are now recommending much higher oil change intervals than they have in the past. As much as 5,000 to 10,000 miles, or 10,000 to 15,000 kilometers, or more. Following these recommendations is very important to avoid engine damage. When Portland drivers go too long between oil changes, oil starts to turn to sludge. This causes small oil passages to clog and engine parts to fail. What causes oil sl... read more

  • Heater Core

    Wednesday 16 May 2018

    Portland drivers may wonder where the air in a vehicle's passenger compartment comes from. Well, as your engine starts to warm up, it also warms the coolant/antifreeze that circulates around the engine and through the radiator. There is also a hose that carries coolant/antifreeze from the engine to the heater core and another that takes it back into the engine. The heater core looks like a little radiator and lives in the air blend box behind the dashboard. When you turn... read more

  • When do I need to replace my battery?

    Tuesday 08 May 2018

    Question:When do I need to replace my battery? Hometown Garage Answer: That's a good question for Portland drivers. All batteries wear out and need to be replaced – but some are replaced before their time. Look, if your battery is dying and you need a jump-start, it could very well be that you have a bad battery. But Portland drivers should have Hometown Garage test the battery first to see... read more