You're driving in cold weather and suddenly notice a loud, high pitch noise or whine from the front of the vehicle. What to do?
Squeals almost always are caused by engine belts and cold weather accentuates it. It could be the result of old belts that need to be replaced or a problem with the belt adjustment. The major player is the Serpentine belt.
Driving on an old Serpentine belt is dangerous because it powers most all of an engine’s accessories. That means when your belt breaks, slips and, ultimately, wears out, everything, from the power steering pump to the alternator and air conditioner stops working. What’s more, the parts it controls can become severely damaged. Broken hoses and belts are bad and a damaged engine is even worse. By replacing your belt periodically, you can minimize the risk of breakdown. Manufacturers recommend replacing the belt anywhere between 60 and 100k miles.
Meineke Car Care Center at 597 Central Park Avenue in Yonkers has quality mechanics that can get the job done. The full service facility is family owned and operated. No need for an appointment, just drop in. They are open from 7:30-5:30 and co-owner, Vinny states that if you bring your car in at 4:00 pm for an oil change, you are out shortly in record time. In addition, work done on a vehicle is guaranteed for one year with no extra charge.
Conveniently located across from Yonkers Raceway, the shop is easily accessible. Call 914-968-7269 for more info.