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Like all belts on your car, the timing belt is subject to wear and tear. It is best to defer to your owner’s manual for recommended replacement intervals (generally somewhere between 50,000 – 80,000 miles, may vary depending on make and model).

How the timing belt system works:

The timing belt is a toothed belt that keeps your engine synchronized (in time). It ensures that the camshaft and crankshaft are in synch during operation, and that the valves open and close at the right times in relation to piston movement. As such, it is perhaps the single most important maintenance item on your car and should be replaced at the manufacturer’s recommended service interval.

To sum this up in a nutshell, the piston and valves in your engine essentially take up the same space. Obviously, they can’t do this at the same time, or they’d crash into each other and cause serious damage. The timing belt ensures that their movement is timed correctly. When the belt breaks, timing is thrown off. The most common outcome here is bent valves (due to impact with the piston), but it can also cause damage to the cylinder head, or even to the camshaft itself.

Common reasons for this to happen:

  • Failing Water Pump Pulley: The most common cause of squealing or squeaking from the timing belt cover is the water pump pulley. If the bearings in the pulley are beginning to fail, they will make noise. Eventually, they’ll seize and the water pump will no longer operate, causing your engine to overheat.
  • Serpentine or V-Belt Slipping: Another common cause here is noise transference from a slipping serpentine or V-belt. In these instances, the sound is actually coming from the belt slipping on a pulley and it just SOUNDS like it’s coming from behind the timing belt cover.
  • Belt Too Tight: Again, the sound cannot be coming from your timing belt, but if you’ve recently had your serpentine belt or V-belt replaced, it could be adjusted too tight, which will cause squeaking or squealing.

How important is this service?

If you’re hearing a squealing or squeaking sound from behind the timing belt cover, chances are good that it’s the water pump pulley. If this pulley fails, your engine will overheat, causing potentially devastating damage (up to and including a cracked block). The best defense here is to ensure that the water pump is changed when the timing belt is changed, and to always follow the automaker’s service recommendations. One of Sierra Car Care’s professional ASE Certified auto mechanics can listen to and inspect your engine, diagnose the problem and then repair it.

The largest nostalgic car show in the world is back in Reno, NV. Every August brings the rumble of classic engines and well-built hot rods.

Ready for a trip down memory lane or a new adventure? Whichever way you look at it, this nostalgic event has it all.

Don’t forget to stop by any of our three locations around the Reno area to gas up and cruise. Sierra Car Care & Tire Center is one of the last locally owned Gas Stations / Repair Stations in the Reno area. Support local business and shop here first.

Take advantage of our $89.95 A/C Service. Please consult a technician at any of our locations for more details.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2018

HISTORIC VIRGINIA CITY, NEVADA

8am to 4pm
Car Participant Check-In & Registration – Inside Delta Saloon

9am to 3:30pm
Hot August Nights Foundation Daily 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales for Charity – One Ticket Will Be Drawn & the Winner Will Take Home 50% of the Cash from the Days Ticket Sales – Delta Venue Lot

9am to 4pm
Classic Car Show-n-Shine along Historic “C” Street

9am to 4pm
Hot August Nights Souvenir Merchandise & Oldies Emporium – Delta Venue Lot

9am to 4pm
Poker Walk – Check in at the Delta Venue Lot

3:45pm
Hot August Nights Foundation Daily 50/50 Raffle Ticket Drawing – Delta Venue Lot Stage

4pm to 5pm
Classic Car Cruise through Historic Virginia City

ENTERTAINMENT – VIRGINIA CITY

Delta Venue Lot
9am to 1pm
DJ’s Steve West & Rich West

1pm to 5pm
Arizona Jones

ENTERTAINMENT – RENO/SPARKS

Silver Legacy Resort Casino
Grande Exposition Hall
8pm
America – Tickets from $49.50 Call (800) 687-8733 or go to www.silverlegacyreno.com/event/shows/america

 

HISTORIC VIRGINIA CITY, NEVADA

8am to 3pm
Car Participant Check-In & Registration – Inside Delta Saloon

9am to 3:30pm
Hot August Nights Foundation Daily 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales for Charity – One Ticket Will Be Drawn & the Winner Will Take Home 50% of the Cash from the Days Ticket Sales – Delta Venue Lot

9am to 4pm
Classic Car Show-n-Shine along Historic “C” Street

9am to 4pm
Hot August Nights Souvenir Merchandise & Oldies Emporium – Delta Venue Lot

9am to 4pm
Poker Walk – Check in at the Delta Venue Lot

11am to 2pm
Celebrity Judging

3:30pm
Celebrity Show-n-Shine Awards Presentation Delta Venue Lot Stage

3:45pm
Hot August Nights Foundation Daily 50/50 Raffle Ticket Drawing – Delta Venue Lot Stage

4pm to 5pm
Classic Car Cruise through Historic Virginia City

ENTERTAINMENT- VIRGINIA CITY

Delta Venue Lot
9am to 1pm
DJ’s Steve West & Rich West

1pm to 5pm
Lady & the Tramp

ENTERTAINMENT- RENO/SPARKS

Grand Sierra Resort
Grand Theatre
8pm
Toto – Tickets from $39.50 Call (800) 501-2651 or go to http://www.grandsierraresort.com

Silver Legacy Resort Casino
Grande Exposition Hall
8pm
Adam Ant: The Anthems Tour – Tickets from $49.50 Call (800) 687-8733 or go to www.silverlegacyreno.com

 

RANCHO SAN RAFAEL PRE KICK-OFF PARTY

9am to 4pm
Hot August Nights OFFICIAL Pre Kick-Off Show-n-Shine – Washoe County’s Rancho San Rafael Regional Park – 1595 N. Sierra Street, Reno – Free Classic Hot August Nights Poster to the First 200 Classic Car Participants

9am to 3:30pm
Hot August Nights Foundation Daily 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales for Charity – One Ticket Will Be Drawn & the Winner Will Take Home 50% of the Cash from the Days Ticket Sales

3:45pm
Hot August Nights Foundation Daily 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales for Charity – One Ticket Will Be Drawn & the Winner Will Take Home 50% of the Cash from the Days Ticket Sales

4pm
Awards Presentation

ENTERTAINMENT
9am to 4pm        DJ Steve West

 

RENO-SPARKS

7am to 11am
Special Hot August Nights Breakfast Buffet $12.99 – Purchase a Buffet Breakfast & receive a Free 2018 Commemorative Hot August Nights T-Shirt – Baldini’s Casino – 865 South Rock Blvd. Sparks

Noon to 7pm
LOCALS ONLY Car Participant Check-In & Registration – Must Present a Valid Nevada Driver’s License to Pick Up Packet – Grand Sierra Resort SILVER STATE PAVILION

Noon to 8pm
Free T-Shirt Giveaway – Atlantis Casino Resort Outside Sports Bar

Noon to 8pm
Parking Lot Golden Ticket – 20 winners winning $25 Peppermill Gift Cards

4pm to 8pm
Kick-Off “Mill Mile” Show-n-Shine Judging – Peppermill Resort

4pm to 10pm
Hot August Nights Official Kick-Off Party – Peppermill Resort

4pm to 10pm
Classic Specialty Cars on display – Peppermill Resort

4pm to 10pm
Kick-Off “Mill Mile” Cruise – Peppermill Resort

4pm to 10pm
Cruisin Craft Fair – Atlantis Casino Resort

4pm to 10pm
Acres of Champions Show-n-Shine – Atlantis Casino Resort

5pm to 7pm
Freestyle Hula Hoop – Atlantis Casino Resort

5pm to 10pm
Cruise of Champions – Atlantis Casino Resort; Free Party Pack

7pm to 8pm
Guinness World Records Hula Hoop Contest Atlantis Casino Resort

8pm
Trike Racing – Atlantis Casino Resort – Sign up at the Information Booth located outside by the Rotunda or by the Outdoor Stage – Must be at least 21 to participate

8pm to 10pm
Freestyle Hula Hoop – Atlantis Casino Resort

10pm
“Mill Mile” Show-n-Shine Finalist Awards Casino Lounge at the Peppermill Resort

10:15pm
Cruise of Champions Awards – Atlantis Casino Resort (Indoor Cabaret Stage)

ENTERTAINMENT

Atlantis Casino Resort
Outdoor Stage
5pm to 10pm
The Chromatics and Hot Rod Rebellion

Indoor Cabaret Stage
7:30pm to 1am
Heroes of Rock and Roll

Peppermill Resort
Outdoor Stage
Noon to 10pm
DJ Axel Rocks Your Favorite Classics

6pm to 9:45pm
Beverly Belles & Revival

Download the Events Schedule for the entire week here.

For more information please visit: Hot August Nights

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A vehicle’s climate control system is comprised of multiple, smaller systems that work together to maintain a comfortable cabin environment. It is important to maintain your climate control system yearly for optimal performance. The climate control system is able to affect and regulate the internal temperature of a vehicle; air conditioner (cool) and heater (hot).

Typically the climate control systems primary function is to improve the comfort levels of both drivers and passengers. There are times however, over the course of the year, when maintaining the ideal internal temperature becomes more than a matter of comfort. In severe weather conditions, maintaining the proper internal climate can actually factor into automotive safety. This is why it is important for you to seek climate control repairs at the first sign of trouble.

Importance of Climate Control Systems

When your vehicle’s climate control system malfunctions or stops working, it is important to schedule a climate control repair service. In addition to regaining the comfortable cabin environment you enjoyed prior to your system’s problems, you can help ensure your safety as a driver. If you pay attention to the warning signs of an impending climate control system service, you may be able to prevent a broken system and subsequent safety concerns.

In addition, your owner’s manual should provide recommended regular service intervals for climate control systems. Catching early warning signs and replacing or repairing climate control system components as necessary will help ensure your ability to control air flow at all times.

Schedule your Climate Control System Repair

Sierra Car Care and Tire Centers proudly serves the Climate Control Systems needs of customers in Reno, NV, Verdi, NV, Carson City, NV, and surrounding areas. Please click any of the following links to setup an online appointment for your vehicle or you can contact us at a store near you to make an appointment with one of our ASE Certified Technicians.

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Air Conditioning System Service

Heating System Diagnostic

Heating System Service

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We’re celebrating you this Veterans Day and every day! We are happy to help those men and women who put their life on the line so our country remains free.

Simply provide proof of current or former military service, and you can take 10% off any automotive service. See us at any of our four locations in the Reno-Sparks area for more information.

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Cool But Not Cold ~ Warm but not Hot

The method used to warm a car’s cabin isn’t a whole lot different from the one used to keep its engine cool. In fact, it’s all hooked together and runs on the same circuit. Coolant circulates through the engine and absorbs engine heat, which is exchanged with the outside air by way of the radiator. A much smaller radiator called the heater core uses the same hot coolant to keep the cabin toasty.

Troubleshooting Air Conditioner Issues
If the air conditioning is set to max cool and fans on high, but is only blowing moderately cool air:

  • Check to see that the cooling fans on the condenser or radiator are running when the air conditioning is on.
  • Look for any restrictions like leaves, bugs or dirt that would keep air from passing over the condenser.
  • Check the cabin air filter to ensure that it is not clogged.

Check the pressures in the system using a manifold gauge set. The recommended high-side and low-side pressures can be found in the repair manual.

These are a few common causes of problems with your cooling system components:

  1. A Freon leak caused by a failed o-ring, seal, hose or component.
  2. A clogged expansion tube or refrigerant charging hose.
  3. Failed compressor or compressor clutch.
  4. Failed blower motor or blower motor resistor.
  5. Damaged or failed condenser or evaporator.

These are a few common causes of problems with your heating system components:

  1. Low Coolant Level.
  2. Worn out Thermostat.
  3. Build-Up or Sediment causing blockage for coolant.
  4. Air filter needs replacing.
  5. Heater Core issues.

Compressor
When diagnosing a heating / cooling issue, it’s easiest to begin at the compressor.

If there is no voltage – a cycling switch may be bad, a fuse may be blown and the system may not have enough refrigerant pressure to trip the low pressure cutoff switch that cycles the compressor.

Detecting Leaks
Leaks are the most common problem associated with the air conditioning system.

If pressure is low, then there may be a leak. Taking the time to make sure your car’s heating and air conditioning are working optimally can guarantee the best performance and comfort over the long term.

If you would like some assistance detecting and isolating the issue for Heating / Cooling System Repair, please contact any one of our four full service auto repair and tire stores located in Reno and Sparks, NV.

Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Center Locations

3180 Mill Street, Suite A, Reno, NV 89502
(775)329-6434

190 W. Plumb Lane, Reno, NV 89509
(775) 825-1185

1300 W. 7th Street, Reno, NV 89503
(775) 747-1345

1101 California Avenue, Reno, NV 89509
(775) 348-7508

Our certified technicians at Sierra Car Care are equipped to complete a full range of auto repairs to keep your car in top running condition. Our skilled auto repair technicians are trained to repair most vehicles. We pride ourselves on providing preventative maintenance Reno, NV auto repair services including oil changes, brake replacement and many other Reno, NV auto repair services at affordable prices.

For auto repair and tires give us a call at (775) 525-2420 or contact us online to get a free quote. Feel free to stop by our tire and auto repair shop located in Reno, Nevada.

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Mechanic with a wrenchSierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers are some of the leading auto repair shops in town. All automotive repair and mechanic services are performed by highly qualified mechanics. Our mechanic shops work on numerous vehicles daily with the best vehicle repair equipment, and are capable of servicing a variety of makes and models. Whether you drive a passenger car, medium-size truck, mini-van, or SUV, our ASE Certified mechanics strive to ensure that your vehicle will be performing its best. Our superior standards show that our mechanics always have your best interests in mind. Plus, we offer the industry’s best warranty coverage.

Looking for a one-stop automotive repair shop? Than look no further, and allow our highly qualified mechanics to estimate the extent of auto repair you may be looking at. To set up an appointment now, call 1-775-525-2420 or contact us online.

Our number one goal has always been complete customer satisfaction. Our vehicle repair shop has a long-standing reputation for quality repairs. Whether you need routine auto maintenance services or emergency vehicle repairs, contact us online or visit us during business hours.

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