Yearly Archives: 2022

Drive Belt Inspection in Santa Cruz, CA

Drive belts transfer power from the crankshaft to an AC compressor, alternator, or the power steering pump.  Friction between the belt and the pulleys provides the power transfer. In order to increase friction, pulleys and belts have grooves that line up so the contact area between the belt and the pulleys is increased – generating more friction. As time goes by, the belt will wear down, and may begin to slip – not a good thing. That’s why we recommend regular service, including drive belt inspection for signs of excessive wear and cracks. At Goodyear Tires and Auto Repair in Santa Cruz we offer wide range of services and repairs. Including drive belt(s) inspections. If we find any issues with the drive belt(s), we will let you know. Any repairs performed by our ASE nationally certified technicians are covered by 24 month / 24,000 mile warranty. So bring your vehicle to our Santa Cruz auto repair shop. You can make an appointment online, or call the shop direc ... read more

Tires Out of Dandelions?

This is no an April Fool’s joke - Goodyear is partnering up with the US Department of Defense to make tires out of dandelions. More specifically, a variety of dandelion that was originally discovered in 1932 in Kazakhstan, and is known as TK. Apparently, it’s a pretty good substitute for a rubber tree. During the World War II, when supplies from South East Asia and South America were threatened, it was cultivated as a rubber tree substitute in the United States, the Soviet Union, England and Germany. If you remember your high school chemistry or biology lessons, when you pick a dandelion off your lawn, the milky white sap that comes out of the stems is latex – same stuff that comes out of the rubber tree and is used to make rubber. Yes, you need a lot of dandelions, or you need to find dandelion species with more latex. Or you could genetically engineer one – according to Mental Floss, German scientists came up with a genetically modified dandelion that produce ... read more

Brake Repair in Santa Cruz, CA

When it’s time for a professional brake inspection and repairs, there are usually warning signs, here is an abbreviated list: “Spongy” brake pedal - if you press the brake pedal and it feels “spongy” or soft, it can indicate brake problems – time to get the brake system checked out by a professional mechanic. Brakes that squeak – usually a sign that something is wrong with the brakes, time to get your vehicle to a repair shop asap. Car shakes during braking – shaking or strong vibrations during braking usually indicate problems with warped rotors. Rotor replacement is the likely solution. Modern rotors tend to be too thin to allow for rotor resurfacing. “ABS” warning light – anti-lock brake warning light indicates a problem with the ABS / anti-lock braking system. We recommend visiting a professional mechanic to diagnose and repair this problem. Good ... read more

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