Signs of An Alignment Problem

Signs of An Alignment Problem

When properly aligned, all of your wheels are pointed in the same direction. Your vehicle will track true and handle the way it is designed. Buffalo motorists often associate our wheels being “knocked” out of alignment with an event like an accident, hitting a pothole, curb or some other object.

While these can certainly take your wheels out of alignment, the bumps and bounces of everyday Buffalo driving take their toll on wheel alignment as well.

Moreover, your vehicle can lose alignment over time with just normal driving. When your wheels are out of alignment, Bison Automotive in Buffalo can return your wheels to the automobile manufacturer factory settings. Most owners’ manuals suggest an alignment check every year or two.

Schedule your wheel alignment today!

Serpentine Belt Overview

Serpentine Belt Overview

Your serpentine belt drives important engine accessories like your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering. In some cars it may also power the power brakes or water pump. The serpentine belt is powered by the engine and winds around pulleys and the accessories. Some cars have two serpentine belts.

The serpentine belt, the belt tensioner (which maintains the appropriate tension on the belt) and the idler pulleys are together known as the accessory drive system.

Now your serpentine belt and the belt tensioner will just wear out over time – that’s why your auto maker has a scheduled belt replacement interval. The team at Bison Auto in Buffalo New York can review your serpentine belt for wear and get it replaced if it’s time.

Give us a call to schedule your needed auto care and maintenance!

Rotor Problems?

The brake rotor, or disc, is attached to your wheel. The brake pads rub on the rotor to slow your vehicle.

Rotors can warp, crack or become misaligned. They can also be damaged by worn out brake pads that scratch grooves into the surface. These conditions result in less contact surface for the brake pads, leaving you with reduced braking power.

Over time and miles, rotors can also wear down below safe specifications. It is vital for Buffalo motorists to know that simply replacing brake pads on a wheel with a bad rotor will not solve the trouble. Depending on their condition, rotors may be resurfaced or replaced.

Brake noise or a pulsation in the brake pedal are signs of potential brake problems that should be addressed right away. If you have any brake concerns, please have your ASE certified Bison Automotive Care tech perform a thorough brake inspection.

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Bison Automotive
1370 Kenmore Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14216

Timing Belt Inspection & Replacement

Timing Belt Inspection & Replacement

The timing belt in your engine controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Buffalo car owners need to replace it on a schedule to avoid failure.

Timing belts are very difficult to get to, requiring quite a bit of labor to access. Timing belt replacement is one of the more costly maintenance services, but the cost to fix an engine damaged by a broken timing belt is much, much more.

The timing belt has a tensioner to help maintain proper belt tension. The tensioner should be replaced along with the timing belt and any idler pulleys at the automobile manufacturer’s specified service interval. Bison Automotive Repair Center service professionals can help you with the timing!

Schedule your timing belt replacement or inspection today!