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AUTOMOTIVE

HOW TO INSPECT A BELT TENSIONER

Most typical engines then use a serpentine belt to drive accessories, including the power steering pump, air compressor, and alternator. Unlike V-belts, which are tightened by moving the bracket, serpentine belts use spring tensioners to ensure belt stability. Once the belt is beyond its service life, it is too long for the tensioner to run. In this case, you need …

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Can the brake line be repaired?

Metal brake lines running under your car or truck transfer power from the pedals under your feet to the calipers and discs. Hit that pedal hard enough to make the ABS pulse and line pressure can go up to 1,400 psi (97 bar) or more. In comparison, your local water supply operates at around 50 psi (3.5 bar). So with …

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SEMI-AUTOMATIC TENSIONING VS AUTOMATIC TENSIONING

Are you ready to replace the tensioner assembly in your vehicle? Are you getting a lot of search engine results showing semi-automatic errors? Are there other types of tensioners that can provide increased performance or extend belt and pulley life? Search engines cause you to mislead Tensioners appear in applications around the world, from bicycles to motorcycles to factory-sized packaging …

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WHAT ARE BRAKE CLIPS?

Have you ever wondered why brake clamps are used in car braking systems? If so, you are not alone. Most people are aware of the general purpose of brake pads and rotors, but clamps are often overlooked. In fact, some people are not fully aware that clamps are used in braking systems. Let’s take a look at what a brake …

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How to check serpentine belt wear

What do the alternator, water pump, air conditioner and power steering have in common? In modern cars, they are driven by serpentine belts. What you don’t want is for those long rubber bands to suddenly break while on the road, as you will lose all driven attachments and possibly the engine itself. Existing serpentine belts have the ability to last …

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BRAKE ROTORS: TYPES, TIPS, AND FAQS

Do you get a sympathetic shock while driving on the road, but the brakes are still in good condition? It may be time to shape or replace your brake rotor. Before you go shopping for some new parts, take some time to get a better understanding of how to get your car to a safe stopping point a mile away. …

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Signs of a bad or failed pulley

The main purpose of the idler pulley is to create tension and guide the drive belt in the machine. This belt wraps around the engine parts including the alternator, pump, power steering and water pump. If your vehicle’s idler pulley is not working properly, you will end up with a very frustrating and expensive repair unless you take timely action. …

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The importance of replacing the drum brake device

Most cars on the road have disc brakes. Some cars have drum brakes along the rear axle, and most people are surprised to learn that the rear drum brake also functions as a parking brake. The parking brake is connected to the drum brake at the rear via a parking brake cable. Eventually, the drum brakes will need to be …

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Brake Line Corrosion Warning Signs

Your brake lines may wear out but you won’t know it unless you know the warning signs. Here’s a quick look at the top indicators that your brake lines are worn or in the process of being worn. Visual Inspection for Corrosion or Rust The most obvious signs of wear on your vehicle’s brake lines can be found during a …

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