Batteries and the Weather

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Winter is tough on batteries, for two main reasons. Your engine is harder to turn over because all the oil inside them has turned to molasses. Combustion reactions can become more sluggish in the cold and condensation may freeze parts of the fuel line. All this demands much more current from a battery, and to add that problem, your battery cannot produce its normal amount of energy because of the cold.
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Bad Brakes

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The chances are that you’ll buy at least three brake jobs during the life of your vehicle. Stopping on a dime requires three simple components – the caliper (the squeezing machine), the brake pads (the friction material), and the rotor (the part that gets squeezed).

Knowing how they work and how you drive can save you money when it comes time for those repairs.
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Change Your Wipers and Headlights

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It is easy to forget to maintain your vehicle’s headlights and windshield wipers. As weather changes, the quality of these easily over-looked car parts becomes increasingly more important. Regularly change your bulbs and wiper blades as needed so you can See and be Safe.
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To See or Not to See

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That truly IS the question!

When you drive, almost ALL the decisions you make are influenced by one thing, the ability to see clearly. Seeing clearly means that both your windshield wipers AND headlights have to do their job as well as possible. Your wipers need to keep the windshield clean and streak-free in order to what’s ahead of you. And your headlights need to illuminate your path at night far enough ahead of you so you have time to react.
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When Should I Replace My Shocks?

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A better question might be, How well do you want my vehicle to perform?

If/when you can answer the ‘How’, the decision of ‘…when’ gets a whole lot easier. It becomes a matter of whether its…

  • an Optional Upgrade
  • for Maintenance
  • to Restore
  • Required / Necessary

Here’s what we mean…
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Is it My Battery, Alternator or Starter?

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My vehicle won’t start, now what?

Believe it or not, the first tool you need to use is your ears and you don’t necessarily need to even get out and raise the hood.
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How Long Do Brakes Last?

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This question usually relates to the brake pads. The lifespan of any given set of brake pads is dependent on a very wide set of variables ranging from how you drive to ‘science-y things’ like physics. Mechanics and manufacturers have a loosely agreed upon mileage range from around 30,000 to 70,000 miles, but stories of pads lasting a mere 100 miles to an amazing 100,000 miles exist too.

So, why the wide range?
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How Many Filters does YOUR vehicle have?

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For most us, we would quickly answer ONE, the air filter. Some might think a bit longer and respond w/TWO, the air filter AND the oil filter.

Did you know that many vehicles have four or more filters? All that need changing periodically AND some that require special tool OR that are hidden?
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HVAC Components

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If you think of the belts under your hood like the chain on a bicycle transferring your leg energy to where it’s needed at the wheels. Now think of your vehicle’s hoses are like arteries, responsible for carrying life-sustaining coolant to the places that need it.
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Headlights

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How often should they be replaced: Well, obviously when lights dim or burn out

For maximum driving safety, it is very important to keep a close eye on how your car lights are functioning. If a light goes out, follow these steps to replace it and continue driving safely.
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