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How to Time Your Timing Belt Replacement

How to Time Your Timing Belt Replacement

The truth is you don't need to be a certified technician to understand how the timing belt works. Truthfully, the more you know about it, the better chance you'll have at keeping your engine parts healthy. Read on to learn more about the importance of your vehicle's timing belt.   What Does the Timing Belt Do Your vehicle has multiple belts and hoses that play key roles in running your car. Today, we're going to be talking about the timing belt in particular. The timing belt is directly related to your engine's operation. It is in charge of synchronizing the rotation of your crankshaft and camshaft. In other words, the timing belt allows the valves to open and close at the appropriate times. The rubber teething on the belt allows accurate timing. Over time, the connection becomes weak, and the belt will deteriorate. And if a vehicle owner does not change their timing belt on time, the pistons will likely strike the valves, damaging the motor.   Signs ... read more

Important Maintenance Items for Fleet Vehicles

Important Maintenance Items for Fleet Vehicles

At Hyland Auto Repair, we proudly service fleet vehicles. We understand the importance of how your fleet vehicles run your tasks or business. Maintenance is key to keeping these vehicles running safely and reliably. Here are five essential maintenance items that your fleet should regularly have done: Battery Tests Vehicle batteries generally need to be replaced every three years, give or take. After that, the battery will wear down and not hold a charge. To ensure your fleet doesn't break down, you should regularly test its battery. Brake Inspections To ensure your fleet drivers are always safe, you need routine brake checks. During a brake inspection, the Hyland Auto Repair team can measure the brake pad wear, replace the brake fluid, and inspect the surfaces on the rotor. Coolant Flushes The last thing you want your fleet to go through is engine overheating, which is not uncommon in summers in Tempe, AZ. There's a lot of stop-and-go driving when it comes to driving a fl ... read more

4 Common Symptoms of Transmission Problems

Your vehicle relies on various systems to run safely and efficiently, and one of the most notable components is the transmission. The transmission is responsible for carrying engine power to move the vehicle's wheels the way you want them to. The transmission also helps to regulate engine speed. Below are some common ways to tell that there's something wrong with your transmission: Whining or Grinding Noise These unusual sounds typically occur after you shift gears, and they almost always indicate transmission trouble. Sometimes it can suggest that you're low on transmission fluid. To be sure, please bring your vehicle to the transmission specialists at Hyland Auto Repair for an inspection. Incapable of Staying in Gear If your transmission can't smoothly go into gear or just remains in neutral, you should definitely have it checked out. This can be extremely dangerous in certain conditions, as you can lose complete control of your vehicle.  Burning Smell The ... read more

Why Are My Car Vents Blowing Smelly Air?

Why Are My Car Vents Blowing Smelly Air?

Does the air coming out of your car vents stink? You're not the only one. It's happened to the best of us. There are a few reasons your car vents smell bad that have nothing to do with hygiene.   Why Do My Car Vents Smell? The most common reason is bacteria and mold buildup inside your air conditioner vents. This is especially the case where vehicles are stored or driven in hot and damp climates.   If you want to have your car vents serviced or, if you suspect that something other than build-up in your air vents is causing the issue — contact our certified auto shop for advice.   Can you remember what happened right before you noticed the smell? Did you turn on the air conditioner or heater? Answering these questions will help your mechanic make an accurate diagnosis of the problem.   Dirty air filters are another culprit that can cause a foul smell to come from your vents. Mechanics normally replace dirty air filters when you ... read more

Hyland Auto Repair's Ultimate Christmas Road Trip Playlist

Hyland Auto Repair's Ultimate Christmas Road Trip Playlist

Are you planning a holiday road trip soon? If your answer is yes, why not spice up the car ride with your family by playing some holiday tunes? Before you embark on your holiday journey, look at our list of both timeless classics and newer renditions of your favorite holiday songs. Here is Hyland Auto Repair's list of the top holiday songs to play on your winter road trip: All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey. (obviously!) Rockin Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee. Last Christmas by Wham! Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney. It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas by Michael Buble. (or his entire Christmas album) It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Andy Williams. Winter Wonderland by Bing Cosby. Blue Christmas by Elvis. Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt. Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys. Mistletoe by Justin Bieber Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Sam Smith. A Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Iv ... read more

5 Easy Ways to Remove Pet Hair From Your Car

5 Easy Ways to Remove Pet Hair From Your Car

At some point in time, every pet owner faces the hassle of cleaning up your furry friend's shedding hairs. Your fur-ball may be adorable, but the accumulation of stray hairs may be a very unpleasant sight to see every time you get in the car.  If you allow the pet hair to collect over a long period, pet hair can cause more problems than a dirty appearance. It can cause allergies, skin rashes, asthma, and even throat infections for individuals with sensitivities. Therefore, removing pet hair from your car is sometimes not a choice but a must. If you've been looking for easy and reliable methods to get the job done, you've come to the right place!   Vacuum This one is obvious, but sometimes it doesn't make sense to drag a big household vacuum. Given the space constraints of the average vehicle, a small-sized hand-held vacuum cleaner with a brush or a bristle attachment would be the best investment for your car. Portable vacuums are smaller, so you're mor ... read more

What Are the Benefits of a Wheel Alignment?

What Are the Benefits of a Wheel Alignment?

Proper wheel alignment is essential for various reasons - alignments ensure that drivers have adequate control of their vehicle, keep the wheels and brakes working correctly, and avoid excessive/premature tire wear. A wheel alignment is a service consisting of adjusting the angles of your vehicle's tires to manufacturer specs. Most vehicle manufacturers have different directions for how often your automobile needs a wheel alignment. However, it usually ranges from once a year to every two years. It is generally dependent on the amount of driving you do and how you handle your vehicle.   A wheel alignment sets the caster, camber, and toe for the front wheels on your car. Although the service is usually routine, sometimes you may need an alignment sooner than you think. In cases where your vehicle's tires are forced out of alignment, like hitting potholes, speedbumps, and debris, then you'll need one ASAP. Below are the following signs your vehicle may display its need ... read more

How Long Is a Car Battery Good For?

How Long Is a Car Battery Good For?

Your car battery is a basic yet fundamental piece of equipment that we all tend to take for granted – until it stops working! You need this essential piece to be able to start your car. Additionally, it also provides power to the electronic components throughout the vehicle (stereo, lights, power windows/doors, electric power steering, etc.). Most vehicle batteries will last an average of 4 to 6 years, depending on the quality of the battery. The longevity of the battery is also affected by the temperature it sits in, engine vibration, and any after-market items that have been attached that need access to the battery.   The most proactive strategy that you can take to your battery is to request to have it tested when your vehicle is in the auto shop for other reasons (oil change, tire replacement, maintenance, etc.). A load test is more than simply checking if the battery is charged – it sets the battery under the same conditions as if your car's starter was usin ... read more

Watch Out for Your Car's Water Pump!

Watch Out for Your Car's Water Pump!

It can get H-O-T in Tempe, AZ, during the summer months, which enables your car's engine to overheat faster if it is not cooled correctly. Your car's engine must have an adequate amount of coolant supplied consistently to maintain a stable temperature. That's where the water pump comes in - it is an engine component that supports the coolant flow. When it's not functioning precisely, your engine will overheat and suffer from irreversible damage. Here are the top three symptoms of a failing water pump to look out for in your vehicle:   Coolant Leaks When you notice some puddles sitting front and center of your car, it may indicate that your water pump is at risk. When the seal and gaskets come off, the flow of the coolant will become disrupted, and the coolant will leak.   Whining Sounds A loose water pump belt, or pulley, makes whining sounds when it ages. A whining noise coming from the engine area signifies that the water pump has developed some proble ... read more

Check Engine Light - Not Just Another Pretty Neon Sign!

Check Engine Light - Not Just Another Pretty Neon Sign!

The check engine light usually flashes on the dashboard with an amber color—or a similar color depending on the car's model. The dashboard appears eye-catching with the colorful gauges and meter lights, but don't let the appearance of an indicator light fool you. The check engine light is not just a neon flash but a sign that there's a problem with your engine. That's enough reason to make your stomach churn. The only disadvantage is that the motor can suffer a range of failures, and it becomes difficult to tell what the issue is when the check engine light illuminates. It might mean anything minor like a poorly fastened gas cap or a complicated problem like engine misfiring. The engine sensors connected to the vehicle computer signals it when there is any malfunction or failure within the engine block and its related parts. The computer system then triggers the engine light to flash, sending a visual feed that you see on the dashboard. Nonetheless, the real cau ... read more

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