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Winter Special

Winter Special

Keep Your Car Cozy This Winter Winter is here and although most of us are staying warm and cozy at home, with the cold weather upon us, now is the time to start thinking about the maintenance of our vehicles. Without the heating systems in today's modern vehicles, we would all be miserable driving to our destinations. We take for granted the heat in our vehicle that keeps us as warm as our home does in the winter months. Without proper protection and maintenance, our vehicles would not be able to protect us from that cold weather. Here are some important facts to keep in mind: Of the utmost importance in the winter months is your radiator. It helps the engine stay at a proper temperature, regardless of the temperature outside. Always make sure your vehicle's coolant is filled properly, if not it can cause your engine to freeze during the worst of dipping temper ... read more

Diesel Particulate Filter

Diesel Particulate Filter

Diesel Particulate Filter Hi! This is Rusty Belden for our family at Belden's Automotive & Tires. I am taking the time to offer some insight on a more technical but important topic found within diesel vehicles. More commonly found within diesel vehicles' exhaust is a new system called the diesel particulate filter. All engines, but especially diesel engines emit pollutants into the air we breathe. To reduce the amount of these pollutants in our air, new diesel engines have been fitted with a filter. The diesel particulate filter or DPF is located in the exhaust pipe to capture soot particulates. The diesel particulate filter traps the particulates (soot) flowing out of the exhaust pipe and will continue doing so until it fills up. As with any filter they have to be emptied or cleaned regularly to maintain performance and to prevent costly repairs to the engine's operation. Once the Diesel Particulate Filter fills up it will create too much backpressure and at that point ... read more

Beat the Summer Heat

Beat the Summer Heat

San Antonio was able to enjoy an unusually mild winter but the heat has come in quickly! Because of the extreme heat we have in San Antonio, it is important to take extra precautions with your vehicle. While there are a number of systems affected by the heat on your vehicle, this month we are focusing on four specific concerns. Keep your engine cool: Make sure the cooling system is flushed and the coolant replaced periodically as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Inspect hoses and drive belts for cracking, soft spots or other signs of poor condition. Worn parts are more susceptible to failure in hot conditions and should be replaced. Stay Cool: Exceptionally high temperatures can cause an uncomfortable ride. So take the time to get your vehicles air conditioning system serviced. Make sure it's operating at maximum efficiency. Let's face it, we all know the only thing worse than the Texas heat is getting into a car that's been sitti ... read more

Winter Car Care

Winter Car Care

Hi, Rusty Belden from our family at Belden's Automotive & Tires. With the start of 2017, most of us are busy getting organized and trying to stick with our New Year's resolutions. But have you ever prepared a New Year's resolution when it comes to caring for your car? Did you know that old man winter can affect your vehicles components? Here are some common questions we get asked that can be fixed by regularly maintaining you vehicle during the winter months. Why does it never fail, it's so cold outside, wind is blowing, and I head out to work and my vehicles battery is dead? Cold temperatures reduce a vehicle's battery power so it is important to keep the connections clean, tight and corrosion free. Batteries won't always give warning signs before they fail, so a good idea is to have your battery tested periodically. Gas tank half full or half empty during the winter months? Resolve to keep the gas tank at least half ful ... read more

Home for the Holidays: Is Your Car Up for the Journey?

Before you pack up the car to head home for the holidays, the Car Care Council reminds you to make sure your vehicle is ready for the journey. Conducting a thorough vehicle inspection will help you avoid the inconvenience and potential safety hazards of breaking down miles away from home. "It's easy to remember to get your family ready for the holiday festivities, but what about preparing the car that's going to get you there?" said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Having a pre-inspection performed on your car will give you peace of mind as you travel and help make your journey safer." Before leaving home, the Car Care Council recommends a check of the following, often overlooked, items: Tires and Tire Pressure Brakes Hoses and Belts Air Filters Wipers Exterior Interior Lighting Fluid Levels (including engine oil) Windshield Washer Solvent Antifreeze/coolant "A pre-trip inspection provides the opportunity to have service repairs made at home by your ... read more