Serpentine Belt Overview

Your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars have two serpentine belts.

serpentine belt inspection and replacement naples floridaThe serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler pulleys are together known as the accessory drive system.

Now your serpentine belt and the belt tensioner will just wear out over time – that’s why your auto maker has a scheduled belt replacement interval. The team at Voigt’s Auto Care in Naples Florida can review your serpentine belt for wear and get it replaced if it’s time.

Give us a call to schedule your needed auto care and maintenance!

Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

Knowing When Your Timing Belt Should Be Replaced

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Naples Florida car owners need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.

Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more costly maintenance services, but the cost to fix an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.

The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper belt tension. The tensioner should be replaced along with the timing belt and any idler pulleys at the automobile manufacturer’s specified service interval. Voigts Auto Repair Center service professionals can help you with the timing!

Schedule your timing belt replacement or inspection today!

Rotor Problems?

Rotor Problems?

The brake rotor, or disc, is attached to your wheel. The brake pads rub on the rotor to slow your vehicle.

Rotors can warp, crack or become misaligned. They can also be damaged by worn out brake pads that scratch grooves into the surface. These conditions result in less contact surface for the brake pads, leaving you with reduced braking power.

Over time and miles, rotors can also wear down below safe specifications. It is vital for Naples Florida motorists to know that simply replacing brake pads on a wheel with a bad rotor will not solve the trouble. Depending on their condition, rotors may be resurfaced or replaced.

Brake noise or a pulsation in the brake pedal are signs of potential brake problems that should be addressed right away. If you have any brake concerns, please have your certified Voigts Auto Care tech perform a thorough inspection!

We are your Naples Auto Repair Shop for brake repair!

Brake Noise?

Brake Noise?

Your brake pads are the vital parts that rub against the rotor (or disc) to slow and stop your car. They eventually do wear down.

When your pads are worn too much, they won’t stop your vehicle as well. When the friction material is worn away, metal parts of the pad are exposed and you’ll hear a squeal or grinding sound.

That’s when drivers should replace their brake pads. Not only will new pads restore your stopping power, but replacing them on time will prevent damage to the rotor.

If your brakes are making noise, come to Voigt’s Automotive Repair Shop in Naples, Florida and have a certified technician inspect your brakes! Addressing issues early will restore your safety and prevent pricey brake damage!

Flat Tire – Repair or Replace?

Flat Tire – Repair or Replace?

Repair or Replace? That’s a question Naples Florida auto owners ask when they have a flat tire or tire damage. Some punctures cannot be repaired because of their size or location. Punctures larger than a quarter of an inch are considered too large to be safely fixed. 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.

Flat tires that have been driven on for any extended period of time should not be fixed.

Repairing high performance tires may make them unsuitable for motorsports.

Your honest Voigt’s Automotive Repair technician can survey your damaged tire and tell you if it can be safely fixed or if it should be replaced – and then help you get back on the road!

Come into our Naples Florida Auto Repair Shop today, or call for more information regarding tire repair, replacement and sales!

Air Conditioning Inspection

Most automakers recommend an interval for an air conditioning system inspection. The review uncovers leaks, worn hoses and assesses the condition of the other components.

Environmental laws in some areas require leaks to be corrected before refrigerant can be added. Also some parts manufacturers require other components to be replaced along with certain failed parts in order to maintain the new part warranty. This is because a given failure may be the result of another worn or damaged part that will, if not replaced, prematurely damage the new component.

Voigt’s Automotive Repair in Naples Florida is fully equipped to restore your flow of cool air!

Causes of Wheel Misalignment

Causes of Wheel Misalignment

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. Naples car owners often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like a major accident, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object. While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well. Your auto can lose alignment over time with just normal driving.

When your wheels are out of alignment, the team of automotive professionals at Voigt’s Auto Repair Service Center in Naples Florida can return your wheels to the factory settings. Most owners’ manuals suggest a diagnostic examination every year or two.

Serpentine Belt

Serpentine Belt

The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining ideal tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. The service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together. A worn tensioner inhibits the accessories from spinning properly, leading to premature wear and noise.

Your vehicle manufacturer has a recommended mileage interval for serpentine belt replacement. A complete accessory drive system service replaces the serpentine belt, the belt tensioner and any idler pulleys your vehicle might have.

Voigt’s Service Center can review your system and let you know if it’s time for a replacement! Schedule your regular automotive maintenance today!

Three P’s of Auto Care: Preventative, Proactive, Prepared

Roadside-Auto-Emergency-KitIn recognition of National Preparedness Month in September, the non-profit Car Care Council reminds motorists of the importance of the three Ps of auto care to make sure their vehicle is ready for the unexpected.

1. Preventative – Reduce the chance of unplanned, costly car trouble by following a vehicle service schedule and performing routine maintenance. The Car Care Council’s free personalized schedule and email reminder service is a simple way to help you take better care of your vehicle.

2. Proactive: If you find your vehicle needs repairs, be sure to address them in a timely manner to avoid more extensive work down the road. Before traveling longer distances, perform a pre-trip inspection before your journey begins so you have an opportunity to have any repairs made by a trusted technician before hitting the road.

3. Prepared: Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle in case an unexpected situation arises. The kit should include jumper cables, a road atlas, first-aid kit, flashlight with extra batteries, water, non-perishable food and blankets. Be sure your cell phone is fully charged and order a free copy of the Car Care Council’s Car Care Guide for your glove box.