MECHANICAL & ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS
If your car won’t start, the car battery isn’t the only suspect. The starter, alternator, and spark plugs can also be trouble spots.
The car battery provides the charge that starts the engine and powers accessories such as lights and wipers.
The starter can fail due to electrical or mechanical problems, making your car difficult or impossible to start.
If your alternator is not working properly, you may notice headlights or interior lights that dim and brighten on their own, or other odd electrical behavior in the car.
The trained mechanics at your neighborhood Midas can evaluate any starting and electrical issues you experience and repair or replace the parts causing problems.
CHECK ENGINE LIGHT
Modern vehicles come equipped with an onboard computer diagnostic system (OBD II) that monitors your vehicle’s operations. The OBD II system monitors emissions control systems. That means the monitors can detect anything from a loose fuel cap to a clogged catalytic converter. An illuminated check engine light means that the driver should have the vehicle checked as soon as possible; a flashing check engine Iight means that the driver should park and shut off the vehicle immediately - before serious engine or emissions system damage occurs.
We have the expertise to decipher check engine light codes, resolve the required maintenance or repair issues, and get your car on the road safely — without the worries of an illuminated “check engine light”… our expert auto repair technicians are equipped to handle all your auto repair needs.
BELTS & HOSES
A series of belts and pulleys drive engine accessories such as the alternator, water pump, fan, power steering pump, air conditioning compressor and air injection pump. The timing belt maintains the precise synchronization required to keep the engine’s valves and pistons moving in sync. Hoses and steel lines transfer coolant, brake fluid and fuel throughout the vehicle. Over time, these parts may crack, rust or leak. So, protect yourself by following the factory maintenance schedule.
The timing belt is a toothed, reinforced belt used to drive the camshaft via a sprocket to a crankshaft. It ensures the synchronization of the engine's camshaft, crankshaft and distributor.
Signs of wear: Worn teeth, fraying, engine backfires or stops
These belts transfer power from the crankshaft to all of the engine accessories. When this single belt breaks, it can cause damage to the engine through overheating, loss of the charging system or loss of power steering.
Signs of wear: Cracking, splitting, slipping and squealing
These are hoses that transfer antifreeze throughout the engine cooling system, including the radiator and the heater core.
Signs of wear: Cracking, splitting and brittle or soft spots