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When Does a Timing Belt Need to Be Replaced?

When Does a Timing Belt Need to Be Replaced?

The timing belt in every car is a necessary component of the engine that keeps the camshaft and crankshaft attune. When it gets old, it runs the risk of breaking, which can cause many problems for you and your car. Timing belts are typically made with tough rubber with durable steel or polyester threads running through them. They are also ribbed accordingly to ensure the perfect "timing" of the opening of the engine. As mentioned before, the belt surrounds the crankshaft and connects to the camshaft and pulley.   If your engine is experiencing weaknesses, your timing belt could very well be the cause of it. Some other signs of a bad timing belt include: Ticking or clicking noises Engine misfiring or runs rough Oil pressure decline Visible smoke To ensure your timing belt's condition, we recommend bringing your car to Scruggs Automotive for an inspection.   Why Replace Your Timing Belt? Replacing your timing belt will enhance your fuel efficiency and eng ... read more

How to Safely Bring Your Christmas Tree Home

How to Safely Bring Your Christmas Tree Home

The holiday season is finally here, and most of you are probably in the process of decorating! If you celebrate Christmas, you know that a must-have decoration is, of course - the Christmas tree! While you can opt for a fake tree, there's something special about a real tree. The only dilemma is that you usually have to transport the tree home from the farm. This task can be tedious and a hassle if you don't know what you're doing. Thankfully, we have put together several tips of our own. Please make sure you have the following items: gloves, a covering (blanket, sheet, or tarp), and lots of rope (or twine, nylon straps, or bungee cords)   Follow these steps to ensure you safely and securely bring your tree home: Rock the tree before anything else! Giving your tree a shake is a great way to eliminate bugs, needles, or splintered branches before encasing it. After choosing your tree, the tree farm may even offer to net it for you. Wrap your tree using a blanket, tarp ... read more

Driving Home for Thanksgiving? Follow These 3 Tips!

Driving Home for Thanksgiving? Follow These 3 Tips!

Thanksgiving day is one of the biggest holidays in America, and millions of people are going to be packing up their cars and heading home to celebrate with their families. That means tons of people will be on the road at the same time, and everyone knows how terrible holiday traffic can get. To ensure you beat the traffic and get home safely, please ensure you follow these suggestions! Plan Ahead A little pre-planning and readiness can make the holiday travels less stressful and more manageable. One way to plan ahead is by packing and loading the car the night before. That way, you're not trying to cram everything inside your trunk right before you leave. Another way to stay prepared is by checking the traffic and weather conditions before you depart. The worst days to be on the road are the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. If you can make your plans outside of these two days, traffic won't be as bad. Additionally, you might want to map out your pit stops f ... read more

What To Do When You Encounter a Blinking Check Engine Light

What To Do When You Encounter a Blinking Check Engine Light

The check engine light is almost never anticipated by any driver, which makes it one of the most feared repairs. This yellow light is a telltale sign that something is very wrong, revolving your engine, and you can't diagnose it without the proper tools and knowledge. Check engine lights can mean a bunch of things, but don't worry, our expert team at Scruggs Automotive can pinpoint the exact source of the problem. All you have to do is bring your car in as soon as you see the yellow outline of the engine block on your dash.   One of the first things you should pick out about your check engine light is its behavior. In some situations, the engine light will light up but not flash or blink. The behavior of the light itself will indicate the urgency of the problem. A blinking or flashing check engine light should be cared for right away, without question. If you notice this type of behavior, you should immediately take your car to the closest repair shop. In all honesty, it ... read more

How to Handle Hydroplaning

How to Handle Hydroplaning

With the devastating flood resulting from Hurricane Ida rolling through New York, we thought it would be fitting to go over the topic of hydroplaning. Hydroplaning happens when a vehicle's tires start riding on a bed of standing water. When this happens, your car will lose traction as the tires spin on the water rather than making contact with the road. You can lose all control of the vehicle's steering, acceleration, and braking in severe cases. While hydroplaning can be a frightening conflict, there are several things you can do to stop hydroplaning from happening. Here are a few words of advice for preventing and correcting hydroplaning. Signs That You're Hydroplaning Small turns of the wheel have no effect in the direction of where you are going The engine may make sounds as RPM's increase because of the spinning wheels The steering wheel may start to vibrate as the wheels How to Prevent Hydroplaning There are several steps you should take to prevent or minimiz ... read more