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Tips to Prepare for a Test Drive

To make a test drive successful and enjoyable, prepare a few things ahead of time. Make sure you have your driver’s license. Write out a list or have a general idea about what type of vehicle you are looking for.

When you find a vehicle you want to test drive, walk around it, and ask any questions about the exterior that you may have. When getting in, note if it is easy and comfortable. 

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The Importance of Preventative Tire Cleaning

One of the most neglected areas of preventative vehicle maintenance is proper tire cleaning. Because the tires are continually gathering dust and dirt, it is imperative that tires be cleaned regularly so that the corrosive dust does not begin to eat away at the tires and metal wheels.

The process begins with a clean car and tires. It is then critical to use a specially-designed tire cleaner appropriate for the particular type of wheels. 

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Understanding What Suspension Systems Do and How to Fix Them

To ensure a comfortable ride in any vehicle, the suspension and steering system must be working at top levels. By minimizing bumps in the passenger cabin and controlling the handling of the car while on the road, this essential system does all the work to control bouncing and provide a smooth ride.

The key components of any vehicle's suspension system are its shocks and struts.

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How to Tell if Your Radiator is Leaking

Is your car running hot? Has your temperature warning light come on? If so, you are probably experiencing a problem with your cooling system that may be due to a leak. The leak could come from a number of places, including the radiator. Here’s how you can tell if the leak is coming from the radiator.

When you notice a fluid leaking from your car, first determine what that fluid is. 

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Why Your Car May Not Start or Run Hot

If your vehicle's fuel pump isn't working, you could find yourself stranded on the side of the road. Fortunately, there are many signs that this component needs to be repaired or replaced. One of the more obvious signs is that the engine does not start. This is because there is not enough gas going from the tank to the engine.

Another sign is that the car sputters, surges or doesn't run properly while under stress. 

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Warm Weather Maintenance for Your Car

Spring is here and that means it’s time for spring cleaning! That not only means for your home, but your car needs a little tlc as well. Make sure your car is ready to hit the road this spring by following these spring car maintenance tips.

  • If you installed winter tires on your car it’s time to switch them out for summer or all season ones. 
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The Basics about Belts and Hoses

The sequence of belts and hoses work together to operate your vehicle. For instance, the cam and crankshafts need to be able to open and close the valves and pistons, so the engine can run. That requires the timing belt. The alternator takes over from the battery to keep the system charged while you’re driving your vehicle, but it relies on the belt to derive its energy from the engine.

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Signs of a Worn Tire

Like any other vehicle component, tires will need to be replaced on a regular basis. There may be many different ways to tell that your car's tires have completed their useful life. For instance, they have uneven wear spots or have gone completely bald. When a tire loses its tread, it may be harder to stop or stop in a timely manner.

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Routine Transmission Service

When thinking about routine maintenance work on a vehicle, most drivers think about changing the oil, checking the brakes, and replacing worn tires, but it’s easy to overlook regular transmission maintenance. A working transmission is an important part of making sure your vehicle runs smoothly.

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