Monthly Archives: July 2016

Ask Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.: What Happens When a Serpentine Belt Breaks?

The serpentine belt is aptly named since it snakes around under your hood. It may lack its namesake's fangs, but it sure packs a wallop when it breaks.The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine systems. It runs the alternator, which charges the battery; the water pump (on some vehicles), which cools the engine; the air conditioning, which cools the driver and passengers; and the power steering pump, which allows for easier steering. When the belt breaks, all of these systems shut down.Okay, so maybe you can live without air conditioning and power steering for a while, but your battery can't live very long without an alternator, and when the cooling system goes down, your vehicle engine will overheat. That's why Maumee drivers should never wait to get a serpentine belt replaced.Serpentine belts are fairly inexpensive at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. in Maumee. And they look downright cheap when you compare them to the cost of an overheated vehicle engine, a tow truck, time lost on the road, i ... read more

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Timing Belt

Another Couple of Years: Making Your Vehicle Last With Help From Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.

A while back, the Cash for Clunkers program was all over the OH news. Maumee people could trade in their old vehicle for a new one that got better gas mileage and receive a government rebate. A lot of Maumee motorists had so-called clunkers that they wanted to keep. They're good commuters, grocery getters or toy haulers. They enjoy that fact that they're paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles (320,000 kilometers) or more – as long as it's economical to do so. There are plenty of Maumee drivers whose vehicles are running after 150,000 or 200,000 miles (240,000 or 320,000 kilometers). We can learn from what they're doing to keep our own vehicles on the road in OH.The Maumee drivers of high-mileage cars often report a common denominator of never skipping an oil change. That may sound a bit unsophisticated, but it's reall ... read more

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Maintenance

Automotive Tips from Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.: When to Replace Your Wiper Blades

There are several important factors that go into how often Maumee drivers should replace their wiper blades. Of course, the more you use your wipers, the faster the blades will wear out – especially if you use them on an icy windshield. Whether it’s a lot of bugs and road grime from OH freeway driving or lots of wet weather – your blades get a work out and start to wear. But your wiper blades break down even when they aren’t used frequently. They are damaged by sunlight and temperature changes as well. The rubber in the blades can dry out and crack and eventually fall apart. Check your wipers: If they’re not doing their important job, have them replaced at Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. in Maumee. Talk to your Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. service advisor about how you drive - we can counsel you on the optimal blades for your needs.Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.825 Ford St Suite AMaumee, OH 43537419-897-9988ht ... read more

Automotive Tips from Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.: When to Replace a Damaged Tire

Repair or Replace? That’s a question Maumee drivers ask when they have tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch (6.4 mm) are considered too large to be safely repaired. Punctures in the sidewall or near the shoulders may not be able to be repaired. And sometimes there is internal damage revealed on inspection that indicates the tire should not be repaired. Run flat tires should not be repaired. Repairing high performance tires may make them unsuitable for motorsports. Your friendly and professional Lange`s Auto Care, Inc. service advisor can inspect your damaged tire and tell you if it can be safely repaired or if it should be replaced - and then help you get back on the roads around Maumee.Give us a call.Lange`s Auto Care, Inc.825 Ford St Suite AMaumee, OH 43537419-897-9988http://www.langesauto.com

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Tires and Wheels

Under Pressure in Maumee: TPMS

Have you noticed an increase in price when you get a flat tire fixed in Maumee, or have your tires rotated? It might be the result of your TPMS, or Tire Pressure Monitoring System.The federal government began requiring a TPMS system on 2008 model year passenger vehicles and light trucks. Some 2006 and 2007 models may have them as well. The system has a warning light that is mounted on the dashboard that will go on if one of the tires becomes severely underinflated.Why the new requirement? Because underinflated tires are the number one cause of tire failure. Tire blowouts cause crashes and sometimes fatal accidents. Underinflated tires also need longer stopping distance and can skid, both of which also present dangers on OH roads. Many flat tires can also be prevented by proper tire inflation, and though this may seem an economic consideration, Maumee drivers who have changed a flat on the side of the road recognize that this has serious safety concerns as well.Advances ... read more

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Tires and Wheels
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