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How to Drive When it is Raining

We want you to be prepared for summer rain and wet road conditions, which is why we suggest that you check your vehicle's tire pressure, headlights, taillights, turn signals, and windshield wipers once a month. In addition, you can also practice the following driving habits to increase safety when it rains.

At the first sign of rain or water that is standing on the roads, you should be sure that your cruise control is off until you reach dry terrain. Cruise control prevents you from braking by lifting off the accelerator, which will mean less traction and a higher…

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The Effects of Heat and Cold on Car Batteries

Alongside filling your gas tank, changing your wiper fluid, and replacing your oil, your car battery is the next most likely item on your car you will deal with on your own. However, there are a few things about car batteries that most folks do not know. The battery in your car is actually very sensitive to heat and cold due to the makeup of the battery.

The battery is your car is powered by a chemical reaction. This reaction is generally when a liquid comes in contact with a certain metal- this creates a reservoir of charge inside of…

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The Important Things to Pack in Your Roadside Emergency Kit

Packing your car's roadside emergency kit is a breeze when you know what could help you if the car is disabled. Here are a few things to pack in the kit.

Tire fix-a-flat could help to raise the tire off the rim high enough to move the car to the shoulder or down the road to a nearby service station. Flashlights and batteries are essential for any type emergency because, in addition to flagging for help, they can be used to see what you are doing at night.

Jumper cables should be in the roadside emergency kit because they…

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Tips for How to Jump Start a Car with Another Car

These tips will show you how to jump-start a car with another car.

The key is getting both vehicles close enough the jumper cables reach both batteries easily. Once the cars are close, turn off the engine and get the hoods open. You'll want to get a look at the battery terminals, so you know where the red positive and black negative jumper cables are to be attached.

The red cable goes to the bad battery first, then the good battery. The black cable goes to the good battery first, then remaining cable on a metal surface anywhere near…

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The Importance of Engine Cooling & Radiator Service Maintenance

The cooling system that protects all the moving parts inside your car's engine is made up of many different parts. These are a few of the things the technician will check when maintaining the cooling system.

The radiator will get visually inspected for any damage to the exterior. The radiator cap will be checked to ensure it is the right pressure for your cooling system. The fluids will be flush, and the radiator will be filled with premium engine coolant. The water pump will be visually inspected for leaks. The belt will be checked for signs of wear and…

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The Importance of Proper Wheel Alignment

Routinely traveling over gravel roads, potholes or obstacles cause wheels to go out of alignment. When wheels are not aligned properly, you may notice having to constantly correct the tracking, as the vehicle pulls to one side. Other misalignment symptoms include an unusual shaking or vibration when driving down the road. If left uncorrected, the problem puts undue stress on tires and makes them wear unevenly, which shortens the lifespan of the tires.

When worn tires do not make proper contact with the road, they pose a hazard. This is especially true during bad weather when roads...

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The Importance of Gasket Maintenance

Have you ever gone to the repair shop and been told that one of your gaskets is wearing out? You probably told the technician to go ahead and replace it. And it's a good thing that you did. You see, gaskets serve a vital role in the proper functioning of your vehicle, and if they wear out and are not replaced, you can experience serious and expensive problems with your vehicle.

Gaskets are parts on your vehicle that are made of steel, copper, or rubber, and they form a layer between different parts that keep liquids and gases from…

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Ensure Your Car Battery’s Survival

The car battery gives your vehicle life, but can also take it away should it have a low charge. Before replacing it, here are handy tips on how to check your battery’s remaining charge.

When you’re ready, make sure the car and all the lights on the inside are turned off. Grab a voltmeter and attach the red clamp to the battery’s positive terminal. Then, connect the black clamp to the battery’s negative terminal. A safe battery will accept and hold a charge, is under four years old, and has a voltage of 12.4 or…

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What Is a Transfer Case?

When you are shopping around for a new vehicle in Duluth, GA, you can quickly become overwhelmed with all of the different parts and terminology that comes along with a new vehicle and how it is constructed. For example, unless you are very familiar with vehicles and how they are built, you probably have never heard of the term 'transfer case' before.

A transfer case is actually part of your vehicle's drivetrain, and it comes along with four-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, and multi-powered axle vehicles. Power is transferred from the use of a transfer case from your vehicle's…

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Why Your Car Needs a Differential

The differential is located underneath your vehicle. Its purpose is to move the power from the engine to the transmission and the wheels. It allows your wheels to turn at different speeds. Your vehicle's differential contains gears that are lubricated with differential oil. It is sometimes referred to as gear oil.

If the differential oil in your vehicle gets old or dirty, it will break down and begin to lose its effectiveness. In order to keep this from happening, the oil in the differential needs to be changed out on a regular time schedule. Most manufacturers recommend changing...

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