Can Your Car Last Another Year?
Posted February 25, 2018 10:31 AM
Have you checked out the price of new vehicles at Belton car dealers? Ouch! Add financing and insurance and a new ride may not seem so attractive. A lot of Belton, Texas, folks are hoping to make their cars last a lot longer.
Fortunately, with the current state of automotive engineering and manufacturing, there's no reason a modern vehicle can't be made to last for a 150,000 miles (250,000 kilometers) or more for smart Belton drivers.
The old adage: 'a stitch in time saves nine' is really true for Belton residents when it comes to car maintenance. A great example is coolant service.
Over time, coolant becomes corrosive and actually starts to damage your radiator and other parts. Smart Belton drivers have their cooling system service taken care of right on schedule at Jones Automotive.
Ditto for your power steering system, brake fluid, air conditioning system, differential and transmission. Of course, oil changes should be done right on schedule to avoid the build-up of harmful oil sludge.
Don't let your brake pads go too long before they are worn to the point that your rotors are at risk. Preventative auto maintenance at Jones Automotive is a great way to keep your operating costs down.
Replacing belts and hoses is much cheaper than repairing the damage that can be caused by failure.
We know that this is a lot for busy Belton area drivers to remember. Let the team of automotive professionals at Jones Automotive keep on top of this stuff for you. We can tell you what your vehicle manufacturer recommends and help you develop an affordable plan to take care of it.
Bottom line – do routine maintenance on schedule and you will reduce operating costs, prevent repairs and maintain your warranty coverage.
Let us take good care of your car at Jones Automotive in Belton, and it'll take good care of you.
Need a New Battery? Call Jones Automotive Today
Posted February 20, 2018 02:35 AM
Hello Belton drivers! Need a new battery? There is a good chance that you do – 70% of batteries need to be replaced within four years. As your battery discharges and then recharges as you drive around Belton, bits of the surface of the battery plates disintegrate. As this process continues over a few years, the alternator has to work harder to supplement the battery charge. Over time, enough of the battery is damaged that it can no longer hold a charge and it needs to be replaced. This also speeds up wear on the alternator.
Your Jones Automotive service advisor can help you determine the right vehicle replacement battery for the way you drive around Belton, as well as the Texas climate and durability needs.
Contact Jones Automotive for information on battery replacement.
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Automotive Tips from Jones Automotive: A Broken or Damaged Timing Belt
Posted February 14, 2018 07:01 AM
The timing belt rotates the cam shafts which open and close the valves that allow air, fuel, and exhaust to flow through the engine as it powers your car when you drive around Belton.
An old timing belt can lose a “tooth” in the belt allowing it to slip. The engine could stop or misfire. Timing belt slips – or a broken timing belt – can be disastrous on some engines. In “interference” engines, open valves can get in the way of the piston when the timing belt breaks or slips. When that happens one or more valves can be bent requiring expensive engine repairs.
It is important for Belton drivers to replace their timing belts as recommended in their owner’s manual to avoid unnecessary breakdowns. Ask the team of professionals at Jones Automotive in Belton if it’s time for your timing belt to be replaced.
Coolant Service at Jones Automotive
Posted February 06, 2018 07:07 AM
Belton residents' vehicles have to operate in a wide range of Texas temperatures which requires the engine coolant to be able to perform 'no matter what.' Think for a moment about the environment where the coolant does its thing. Very hot, high pressure, corrosive...
And all the while, it has to protect the components of the cooling system from corrosion. These components are made from steel and aluminum, plastics and rubber. The coolant has to be formulated to protect against corrosion for all of these different materials. That's why vehicle manufacturer’s recommend different types of anti-freeze for our Belton, Texas, vehicles.
There are several different 'families' of anti-freeze available to us here in Belton. Your owner's manual will tell you what kind you should use. Of course, the automotive professionals at Jones Automotive will know the right kind for your vehicle.
It's important to stay on top of this because coolant system failure is the most common mechanical problem people have here in Belton, Texas. Regular service needs to be done at Jones Automotive to avoid failures and also to keep your warranty in place.
While the specifics of the service required may vary from vehicle to vehicle, your friendly and knowledgeable Jones Automotive service advisor will know what to do. You'll be advised to replace the coolant at specified intervals.
Some recommend periodic coolant system flushes. A flush adds a cleaning step to the fluid replacement process. Again, check to see what your owner’s manual recommends.
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