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It’s About Time: Following Service Intervals at Hartzel Automotive & Marine

There are a lot of things in life that Thorold residents have to do on a regular basis. We wash dishes every day, do our laundry and mow our lawns every week, and pay the bills every month. We should go to our Thorold dentist twice a year and see our doctor for a check-up Read more...

Drive Defensively In Ontario

Car care is a key part of auto safety in Thorold. But the most important thing we can do to improve safety on Ontario roads is to drive safely. Defensive driving is safe driving. And defensive driving is all about attitude. You have to decide that you will be a safe driver in Ontario, no matter what Read more...

Auto Videos for Thorold Drivers: Serpentine Belt Tensioner

The serpentine belt tensioner applies pressure to the serpentine belt, maintaining prime tension to drive the accessories like the alternator and A/C compressor. The service life of the belt tensioner is the same as the belt itself, so they should always be replaced together. A worn tensioner inhibits the accessories from spinning properly, leading to Read more...

The Hartzel Automotive & Marine Guide To Vehicle Diagnosis

Modern Thorold vehicles have several computers on board that control all kinds of things like engine functions, transmission shifts, traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control, emissions – and on some vehicles, even steering, braking and the throttle. Think about that for a minute – things that used to be controlled by simple mechanical connections now Read more...

Good Timing: Proper Timing Belt Replacement Saves Money for Thorold Drivers

Knowing how their engine works can help Thorold drivers make informed decisions about car care and prevent costly repairs to their vehicles. This is especially true when it comes to timing belts. An engine’s power is generated in the cylinders. Inside the cylinder is a piston that moves up and down while the engine is Read more...

Hartzel Automotive & Marine Smart Car Care Videos: Timing Belt Overview

In your engine, valves over each combustion chamber open to allow fresh air in, close during the combustion event, and then other valves open to let out the exhaust. All of this happens over and over thousands of times a minute. The timing belt’s critical job is to make sure that all of this happens Read more...

Keeping Your Engine Cool In Thorold, Ontario

The cooling system keeps Ontario drivers's engines from overheating while they are driving around Thorold, Thorold and Thorold. Its job is to move heat away from the engine. Let's talk about the various components of the system and how they make this happen. The radiator is the part most Thorold motorists associate with the cooling Read more...

A Cool and Smooth Transmission in Thorold

When it comes to preventive maintenance on our vehicles, most of us Thorold car owners remember to get our oil changed. But Hartzel Automotive & Marine services that occur at longer intervals — like transmission service — sometimes get overlooked. Yet transmission service is an essential part of car care for Thorold car owners. A Read more...

On Board Diagnostics For Thorold Motorists

Some Thorold drivers wonder why Hartzel Automotive & Marine and other Thorold auto repair shops charge a fee for diagnostic services. Think about it: When you hire a local Thorold HVAC technician to check out a problem with your air conditioner you’ll probably pay a diagnostic fee. When you visit your Thorold doctor for a Read more...

Hartzel Auto Marine Launches NEW Website!

We got a new look! Hartzel Auto Marine of Thorold, , has launched a new website. We understand that the web is taking over how our customers are looking for businesses and services. Our goal is to make sure that our quality auto repair services can be easily found on the web! Feel free to browse around Read more...