Auto Repair,maintenance
Written by Jessica Golden

Serpentine Belt Basics for Your Vehicle

Auto Repair,maintenanceProviding power to several important vehicle components, a serpentine belt is a single lengthy winding belt attached to the air conditioning, alternator, power steering pump, and, occasionally, the water pump. Durable due to advanced rubber manufacturing technology, serpentine belts have service lives averaging 60,000 to 100,000 miles

In years past, important auto components each had their own belt that provided power. Although they were replaceable, a car’s performance suffered when just one belt was affected by wear and tear. A modern vehicle now uses one belt, a serpentine belt, and this is no longer a problem. However, regularly scheduled inspections and maintenance are still necessary to ensure a serpentine belt is functioning properly.

Manual and Self Tensioning

Some serpentine belts are tensioned manually and require adjustment. Others feature a self-tensioning mechanism, which can degrade as the mileage and years accumulate, and will eventually need replacement. Insufficient tension will lead to a belt squealing, slipping, or running abnormally hot, hurting vehicle performance. When it becomes loose enough, a serpentine belt will fall off, and the vehicle will cease functioning.

Wear and Tear Effects

As the miles pass, a serpentine belt can begin wearing, fraying, and cracking. Their rubber material can also gradually glaze, and parts will begin to detach. Older belts will also squeal and slip. Some serpentine belts will be degraded by fluid contaminants, undergo misalignment, and require replacement.

Replacement Benefits

A serpentine belt that is in poor shape or beyond its normal service life, is a breakdown waiting around the corner. As mentioned previously, it provides power to most every engine component. If it snaps, your car will stop running. It will also be more expensive to replace if it breaks. This is because the automotive components may suffer serious damage when it does. The maintenance, service, and replacement of a belt as scheduled will lessen the chances of a catastrophic breakdown.

Regular Inspection

Have your serpentine belt visually examined during an annual inspection or oil change to keep track of its condition and to determine whether or not it is properly functioning. This will help prevent the inconvenience and expense of major repairs.

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Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

Auto Alignments,car service
Written by Jessica Golden

How Wheel Alignments Help Ensure Your Vehicle’s Safety

Auto Alignments,car serviceFor a vehicle to have good handling, it must have proper wheel alignment. Fortunately, regular inspections for wheel alignment can help maximize the service lives of tires and also help ensure vehicle safety. The following discusses the reasons wheels go out of alignment and the consequences.

Reasons

Properly aligned tires allow them to have a straight rotation. This makes it easier for drivers to accurately steer their cars. When a vehicle hits a curb, goes into a pothole, drives over a bump, or hits large debris on the road, it may throw off the alignment of the wheels. Minor accidents can also cause wheels to go out of alignment.

When the wheels are misaligned, they no longer rotate in a straight line, causing a car to travel off-center and making it harder to steer. When a vehicle vibrates or veers to one side while it is driven, it may be showing symptoms of improper wheel alignment.

A driver needs to put in greater effort to steer when this happens.

Consequences

Improper wheel alignment will cause uneven tire wear. This will ultimately shorten the service lives of the tires, and you will have to spend money sooner to replace them. More importantly, the car’s handling and performance will be compromised, and it will be less safe to drive.

Improper wheel alignment also puts more stress on a car’s suspension. This may eventually result in damaged suspension components and very costly repairs.

Wheel misalignments will also make steering increasingly harder the faster you drive, raising the chances an accident will occur. When wheels are out of alignment, the tires have a tendency to pull a car to one side, and the driver must work a lot harder to steer the vehicle in the desired direction and maintain control. This condition also makes it more difficult to brake safely.

Another important effect of improper wheel alignment is tire drag. This will result in greater fuel consumption, and a car owner will have to stop more often for gas and spend more money.

Take your car to an independent automotive service facility for better value and more personalized service.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

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Written by Jessica Golden

3 Most Common Reasons Why Transmissions Fail

maintenance,Front-End Alignments,A vehicle’s automatic transmission is crucial because it transfers engine power to the wheels while regulating the engine’s speed. A properly functioning transmission is essential to keep a car running, so it is worthwhile monitoring.

Automatic transmissions need transmission fluid in order to keep running, and that is why they are described as being “fluid-driven.” When the gears of a transmission grind, it is probably an issue related to this fluid.

The following discusses the 3 most common reasons why transmissions fail.  Fortunately, standard regular maintenance can prevent transmission failure, which can run in the thousands of dollars to repair. Visit a reputable independent service facility near you for greater value and more personalized service.

Clogged Filter

The majority of owners aren’t aware that their car has a filter for transmission fluid. This critical filter maintains a level of quality needed for the transmission fluid by keeping it clean. As the miles pass, impurities in the filter begin accumulating, and it will result in clogging. This prevents the proper volume of liquid to pass through into the transmission. Due to insufficient lubrication and cooling provided by the fluid, the transmission will eventually begin grinding and stop turning. It can also overheat. Both will lead to transmission damage that will be costly to fix.

Leaking

Perhaps the simplest method for spotting transmission issues is observing whether there is leaking fluid. Recognizable due to its red color, transmission fluid leaks are usually seen occurring around the seal or drain plug between the engine and transmission. Spots will then form on the driveway underneath the car. Leaking will result in an insufficient level that will eventually damage the transmission.

Poor Quality

Another important aspect of transmission fluid that should be monitored is its quality. If the fluid is in poor condition, it will be unable to perform its job properly. When fluid is flowing inside the transmission, it provides cooling and lubrication to the components it comes in contact with. If the fluid has degraded or is of an impure quality, the transmission’s performance will suffer. If poor-quality fluid is used for an extended period of time, the transmission will eventually cease functioning.

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Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

Import, Repair ,Annapolis MD
Written by Jessica Golden

What’s Important About a Tune-Up

Import, Repair ,Annapolis MDIn the old days, a tune-up involved a lot more labor due to carburetors and mechanical parts. However, like the old days, today’s tune-ups still involve maintenance tasks, adjustments, and repairs beneath a vehicle’s hood, as opposed to other sections or parts of a car such as shocks or brakes.

Understanding the basics of a tune-up will help you keep your car running better and lasting longer. The following are the most important aspects to keep in mind about tune-ups:

Tune-Up Basics

The tune-up of an engine will normally focus on components beneath the hood that need to be repaired, cleaned, or replaced. These components include:

  • Belts and hoses
  • Distributor cap
  • Fluids
  • Fuel injection system
  • Rotors
  • Spark plugs
  • Wires
  • There are tune-ups that also include the inspection of other components like filters, valves, and pumps. These will vary, depending on the make, model, and production year of a vehicle. If you think your vehicle needs a more comprehensive inspection, a complete car-checkup will include several additional key features.
  • Regarding how often a tune-up should be performed, every vehicle will have different requirements. However, having one a year is usually a good standard. You should certainly have your vehicle inspected and have a tune-up performed if there has been a noticeable loss of engine power, problems starting, or odd noises, vibrations, or odors emanating from the engine. Consult with a certified technician about the proper tune-up schedule for your car.

Regular Tune-up Benefits

The following are the benefits from having regular maintenance inspections and precision tune-ups performed for your vehicle:

  • Conserve gas and save money
  • Ensure your car retains a greater resale value
  • Get greater reliability from engine
  • Maintain your vehicle at its peak performance
  • Prevent major breakdowns and costly repair expenses
  • Reduce emissions that pollute environment
  • Restore engine power and car acceleration

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991.

We have a modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology. Our large, clean, and comfortable customer waiting area offers free Wi-Fi.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. Our courteous and professional staff will be very happy to see you.

Front-End Alignments,car mechanic
Written by Jessica Golden

The ABCs of ABS Brakes

Front-End Alignments,car mechanicWhen you were a teenager learning how to drive, the instructor may have said, “Pump the brakes,” when your vehicle started skidding. If you reside in a region where you regularly get wet or icy roads, this way of braking is probably stuck in your head.

If we fast forward to the present, you may not be aware this practice of pumping brakes is no longer valid. Most every modern car now has a braking system that does the pumping for the driver. It is called the anti-lock brake system or ABS.

How ABS Works

You may have seen in real life or on TV a car sliding out of control after hitting a patch of black ice. Although all four tires are rolling on the road surface, they are not getting any traction, making braking tough or even impossible. ABS comes to the rescue by keeping the wheels from locking up and stopping the tires from losing traction.

Although the concept of ABS seems basic, the technology is a little more complicated. It depends on sensors that constantly monitor each wheel’s speed. They send the data to the controller, which is programmed to spot drastically swift decelerations, the initial signal a wheel is on the verge of locking up.

When it detects unusual deceleration, the controller activates a valve on the brake line to reduce pressure on the decelerating wheel, and it immediately accelerates. Then the controller raises pressure by using a pump, causing the wheel to decelerate again at a slower speed that matches the same rate of the car.

The mechanical process described above makes physically pumping the brakes unnecessary. ABS will do the job faster, more skillfully, and with greater accuracy.

ABS Supports Safe Driving

When the streets are slippery from a spring shower, fall sleet, or winter snow, ABS helps drivers by preventing skidding that might lead to fender benders. However, the best way to prevent accidents is simply safe driving and a brake system that gets regular and proper maintenance. Lacking these two important elements, an essential safety feature like ABS will lose much or all of its effectiveness.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

front end wheel alignment, car service,repair
Written by Jessica Golden

Get Your Wheels Aligned Before Summer Road Trip

front end wheel alignment, car service,repairThe most expensive cars still need regular maintenance to allow their owners to drive them safely. Eventually, a car becomes harder to drive straight, and may even drift or pull to one side. Both are symptoms of a car needing a front end or wheel alignment.

Proper alignment allows a car to remain stable and centered while it’s moving. Now that’s summer is on its glorious way, you and your family may be planning on taking a long road trip to your favorite vacation spot. Getting a front end or wheel alignment before you leave will improve the handling of your vehicle, making your trip safer.

This article will discuss several important topics regarding front end or wheel alignments. A front end alignment is for aligning the front two wheels. In contrast, a wheel alignment is for aligning all four wheels, which would be the case for 4-wheel drive vehicles.

Wheel Alignment Process

An alignment is usually a basic process that can be performed in less than an hour, unless the vehicle is damaged. A technician will inspect every tire for indications of uneven wear. If the wear has become too deep, the tire must be replaced. The proper rotation of tires is also an essential part of an alignment. The car should drive straight after the alignment has been completed.

Better Handling

Safe driving is impossible when a vehicle’s wheels are no longer properly aligned. When a car regularly drifts or pulls to the side on its own, there will be a greater risk of an accident. Do not delay getting your car serviced if you notice this behavior while you are driving.

A properly performed alignment will set your wheels at an angle of 0 degrees, letting you steer straight. The car will feel more stable even when you drive at freeway speeds. A front end or wheel alignment should be performed by a certified mechanic for your car once every year.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. We have a modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology. Our large, clean, and comfortable customer waiting area offers free Wi-Fi. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. Our courteous and professional staff will be very happy to see you.

Front-End Alignments,car mechanic, car services, Annapolis MD
Written by Jessica Golden

Benefits of Buying New Tires for Summer

Front-End Alignments,car mechanic, car services, Annapolis MDProper maintenance of tires not only extends their service life, it also helps lengthen the lifespan of a vehicle. Keeping tires in good shape also results in long-term savings in car repair and service costs.

You are most likely planning some longer road trips over the summer, which will put more stress on your tires because of the warmer weather. Before the rubber hits the hot asphalt, you should have your tread wear checked. If your tires are worn down, it would be wise to buy a new set before driving to your dream vacation spot.

New tires of higher quality will be an expense, but there are several important benefits that you will get in exchange. Call a local trusted independent automotive service facility for new tires and servicing that is personalized and affordable.

Better Performance

When tires are worn down, you and your car will need to work harder to accelerate, turn or stop. New tires will instantly improve the overall performance of your vehicle in terms of handling because they provide greater traction.

Gas Economy

A car’s gas economy can be negatively impacted by older tires that have uneven tread patterns. Additional effort will be needed to travel over surfaces, turn, speed up or stop, decreasing fuel efficiency. Properly inflated new tires will result in better gas mileage.

Greater Safety

Worn out or damaged tires make it harder to brake quickly, which may lead to an accident that could have been avoided. Tires in bad condition can cause poor handling, swerving, and pulling. When roads are covered with mud, sand, or water, new tires will perform better, increasing safety. For example, hazardous hydroplaning during rainstorms is less likely to happen with new tires.

More Comfort

New tires provide more surface area that maintains contact the road. This results in a smoother, quieter, and comfortable ride in your vehicle. In contrast, rides on older tires are generally rougher, louder, and uncomfortable.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. We have a modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology. Our large, clean, and comfortable waiting area for our customers offers free Wi-Fi. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

car service center, car repair
Written by Jessica Golden

Typical Fuel System Services and Repairs for Your Vehicle

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Every car having an internal combustion engine powered by gasoline relies on a functioning fuel system in order to run. A fuel system is not that complex, comprised of a filler hose, gas tank, fuel pump, fuel filter, fuel injection system, and several fuel lines.

The least troublesome are the filler hose, tank, and fuel lines, which won’t fail except for extreme cases of rust or corrosion. However, the other components are more vulnerable to failure. The following will discuss the typical fuel system services and repairs for vehicles.

Fuel Filter

The replacement of the fuel filter is the most basic service for a vehicle’s fuel system. The fuel filter’s job is to remove contaminants from the gasoline to make sure the engine will not be affected by undesired moisture or debris.

A fuel filter will eventually begin to clog after many thousands of miles, preventing the free flow of gasoline to the engine. Clogging will cause a vehicle to idle poorly, run roughly, stall or even be unable to start. The fuel filter is the first thing to check if the delivery of fuel becomes a problem.

Fuel Injection

A car’s fuel injection system sprays gasoline into the engine’s combustion chambers. It will require cleaning after running for a number of years and many miles to make sure it continues to function properly. The leaking of individual injectors can also occur, and this problem will cause excessive consumption of fuel.

Fuel Pump

For modern vehicles, the fuel pump is powered by electricity and located within the gas tank. It may be a challenge to replace in terms of effort and cost, but it may be required in certain situations.

When a fuel pump starts failing, the car owner will hear odd noises such as clicking sounds coming from the back of the vehicle where the gas tank is located. The vehicle will also have trouble accelerating at times.

List of Typical Fuel System Services and Repairs

  • Fuel Filter
  • Fuel Injection Cleaning
  • Fuel Injector Replacement
  • Fuel Line Replacement
  • Fuel Pump
  • Fuel Pressure Test
  • Intake Cleaning

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

classic cars maintenance, car repair shop
Written by Jessica Golden

Tips for Maintaining Classic Vehicle Value

classic cars maintenance, car repair shopThere are folks who buy a classic vehicle for the pleasure of driving or owning one. Other classic owners think of the car or truck as an investment. Both will need to give their classic vehicle superior maintenance in order to maintain or increase its value as it becomes rarer over time. The following are three basic tips that will make this possible.

Conserve Mileage

Although you love driving your classic, accumulating mileage should be avoided. Classic vehicles must be driven regularly to retain tire pressure and ensure that components are working properly, but this should be minimized. Excessive mileage will lead to more frequent repairs, maintenance, and part replacement.  As time passes, parts will become increasingly difficult to find and more costly.

Service Regularly

Regular servicing of a classic vehicle is essential for maintaining value. In addition, make sure to keep all documentation of repairs and maintenance. Scanning and storing these receipts digitally on your computer is wise. Maintenance records confirm to interested buyers that your classic vehicle received proper maintenance, repair, and parts replacement, possibly increasing the purchase price. Sticking to the service schedule recommended by the manufacturer and a trusted certified mechanic will also help classic owners avoid expensive repairs.

Store Properly

The key to maintaining the healthy condition of a classic’s exterior and interior is proper storage. For owners who reside in regions that experience temperature extremes, this is crucial for maintaining the value of their classic vehicles. Constant sun exposure leads to UV damage that eventually fades exterior and interior vehicle surfaces. Similarly, extremely frigid temperatures can harm a classic’s internal engine components.

For Great Service

Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991 and currently offers the following benefits:

  • Service specials for both new and returning customers.
  • Courteous, professional management and staff.
  • Large, clean and comfortable waiting area.
  • Free Wi-Fi.
  • Convenient location in the heart of Annapolis.
  • 24 month/24,000 mile warranty on parts and labor (some exclusions apply).
  • Modern, well-equipped facility utilizing the latest technology and equipment.
  • Prompt, reliable services and quality repairs.
  • Professional and accurate diagnostics for modern vehicle systems.

Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

car maintenance, car repairs
Written by Jessica Golden

The Benefits of Using an Independent Auto Service Facility

car maintenance, car repairsGetting your vehicle serviced is a responsibility you will have as long as you own one. Although car manufacturers push car owners to take their cars to their dealerships for maintenance and repairs, oftentimes it is not necessary. Independent facilities can generally meet all your servicing needs. The following will discuss the benefits of using an independent auto service facility.

Less Expensive

Vehicles that are bought from dealerships have warranties. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says it’s illegal for dealer to deny warranty coverage if your car had routine maintenance or repairs performed by someone else. The costs of routine servicing at independent shops are typically considerably lower, saving you a considerable sum over the lifetime of your warranty.

Similar Expertise

A good independent auto service facility will have the same tools and knowledge offered by a dealership garage. They will generally be equipped with the identical software and have access to the same manufacturer service bulletins. Independents will also be able to provide high-quality parts. During the last decade, many independent auto service facilities have achieved a standard of quality comparable to dealerships and remain competitive in terms of feedback from online reviews.

Skilled Technicians

Just as at a dealership, skilled technicians can also be found at independent garages. As a smart consumer, make sure to choose a service facility with certified mechanics. They are required to pass an exam, and their certification must be renewed every five years. In addition, the careers of many mechanics start at dealerships. They then bring their valuable experience, knowledge, and skills to an independent facility.

Personal Attention

It is rare for vehicle owners to have significant interaction with car dealership mechanics. Instead, their only interface is with a service salesperson. In contrast, a car owner tends to build a relationship built on years of great service with the mechanics and staff members of an independent auto service facility. This loyalty typically results in discounts on parts and services.

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Chesapeake Import has provided reputable and trusted automotive services to Annapolis and the surrounding areas since 1991. Call us for an appointment today at (410) 267-8411. We will be very happy to see you.

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