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When Should You Perform Maintenance on Your Vehicle?

Owning a vehicle is a big responsibility and requires more work than just filling it up with gas and checking the fluids. Other maintenance checks need to be done on a regular basis, in order to keep your vehicle in good condition.

But when is a good time to do all these tasks? Spring is always a great time, as it is right after winter, which can be hard on your vehicle, and is right before summer, 

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Being Prepared in the Event of a Roadside Emergency

Don't just assume that you are going to be safe if ever your vehicle becomes disabled, prepare for such an event today while you are calm and collected.

  • Always call 911 so a police officer can come to the scene. Wait patiently in a locked vehicle and do not let strangers persuade you to come outside so they can help. Tell them through the window you are waiting for the police.
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Wheel Alignments: What You Need to Know

How often do you get your wheels aligned? If you're only doing it when you get new tires, then you may be causing unnecessary damage to your car. Getting your tires rotated and aligned is an important maintenance that can save your bearings from getting twisted or your differentials from taking damage. In addition, your wheel alignment can increase your fuel efficiency as well. 

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Changing A Tire Made Simple

Getting a flat tire is never a fun experience. And if you haven't ever had to deal with it on your own you might find yourself a little bit intimidated with tackling it the first time. Fortunately, if you know what to do then it really isn't that bad at all. Follow these steps and you will be done in no time:

  • Break the lug nuts loose with the lug wrench
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How to Jump-Start Another Car

One of the items that should be included with your vehicle’s emergency kit is a set of jumper cables. They take up little room and are inexpensive. Cables are easy to use with basic knowledge of positive and negative electrical currents.

Each set of cables should have a red cable and a black cable connector. The red is positive; it should be the first one connected to the dead battery. 

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Do You Know What an Alternator Does?

Your vehicle’s initial charge is created by the battery when you turn over the ignition. It’s enough to get the engine and the electrical system going. From that point, the alternator takes over, and by way of a belt drive connected to the engine, it’s able to keep the entire system charged, including the battery, while the car’s running.

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Cabin and Engine Air Filters

Both cabin and engine air filters catch debris, dust, and other contaminants to help improve their environments. A cabin air filter is usually found behind the glove box and can be accessed by removing the glove box clips. It catches debris that comes in through the ventilation system. It is recommended to change the cabin filter every 12,000 to 15,000 miles. 

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Tire Safety Tips

Having proper tire pressure and tread enhance fuel efficiency, ensure proper vehicle handling and keep occupants safe whether making a quick trip across town or taking a road trip across the country. Underinflated tires put more wear and tear on the outer edges of your tires. 

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How Does a Transmission Work and Why is Maintenance Important?

Aside from the engine, your vehicle’s transmission keeps your vehicle moving. Without it, you’re at a standstill. It is important for you to understand how it works so you can do the best job in maintaining it.

Transmissions contain gears that allow a vehicle’s drive wheels to properly speed up and down without over-revving the engine.

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