Monthly Archives: September 2018

Tech Question on Your Drive Shaft

Hometown Garage Tech Question: I'm Doug. A few years ago I was driving my '85 powder blue Dodge Ramcharger with about 80,000 miles (129,000 kilometers) on it. I was going up a hill in Portland and heard a noise like a tin can rolling down the road. I looked back and saw my drive shaft bouncing down the hill. I put it in four wheel drive and drove to my Portland mechanic to get it fixed. What could I have done to prevent that? Hometown Garage Tech Answer: Now that's quite a story. Doug was fortunate that his vehicle had a part-time four wheel drive system that would let him get home without a rear drive shaft. This “case of the missing drive shaft” highlights the need for regular inspections. Now most drivers in Portland are familiar with recommendations for preventive maintenance services like oil changes and coolant replacement. What you may not know is that there are also recommendations for inspections at various interval ... read more

Serpentine Belt

You know that long belt that snakes around the front of your engine? It's called the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt is driven by the engine as it turns. It powers your alternatorair conditioning compressor and power steering pump. On some vehicles it also runs the water pumpradiator fan and power brakes. Sounds like a lot of important stuff, doesn't it? If your serpentine belt were to break on one of our Portland, CT, roads, your battery would die in just a short distance. If it runs your fan or water pump, your engine could overheat. And steering and braking could be more difficult. Obviously, the best thing is to replace your serpentine belt before it breaks. Check your owner's manual for when it's recommended that you replace yo ... read more

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