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Fall Car Care Month Checklist: Winter is on the Way

Checking your vehicles before the temperatures drop is a sensible way to avoid being stranded out in the cold and the unexpected expense of emergency repairs. “The last thing any driver needs is a vehicle that breaks down in cold, harsh … Continue reading

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Multiply Gas Savings with Vehicle Maintenance

As gas prices continue to drop, motorists should take advantage of their savings at the pump and invest it back into their vehicles. By spending a little now to increase fuel efficiency, drivers can multiply fuel savings and save more … Continue reading

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Make Sure Your Car is Ready if Disaster Hits

Would your car be ready if you had to leave at a moment’s notice? If you were stranded in your car, would you be prepared? During National Preparedness Month in September, the non-profit Car Care Council is reminding drivers of … Continue reading

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Don’t Fall Behind….

Don’t ‘Fall’ Behind in Your Vehicle Maintenance By Pat Goss Seasonal car care planning and preventative maintenance can save you money and  time as the weather changes. Timely maintenance does more than keep your vehicle running smoothly. It will  save … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Fall Car Care

Whether you do it yourself or take your car to a professional service technician, the Car Care Council recommends five proactive steps to make sure your car is ready for winter driving. Battery – Keep the battery connections clean, tight … Continue reading

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STICKY BRAKES

Clearly, you shouldn’t be driving this car in traffic until the problem is fixed. In cases like this it pays to be very systematic about diagnosing the cause and testing any repairs. Start from the outermost brake corners and work … Continue reading

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Is It Time for a Blow Out?

USE YOUR HAIR DRYER TO REPAIR YOUR BUMPER If you ever get rear-ended and have a dent in your back bumper, DON’T take your car to the shop! They’ll probably just fix your bumper with a hair dryer and charge … Continue reading

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Your Car’s Battery and Extreme Heat

  Summer’s extreme temperatures can destroy a vehicle’s battery. The Car Care Council advises vehicle owners to have their cars’ batteries tested periodically and replaced, if necessary, to avoid being stranded. Excessive heat and overcharging shortens the life of a … Continue reading

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The Nose Knows

6 Vehicle Warning Smells Most vehicles start out with a “new car smell,” but there are other specific odors that motorists should never ignore. Identifying these suspect smells early on can help car owners be car care aware and avoid … Continue reading

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Keep your Cool

Dilute your coolant Your cooling system needs both coolant-antifreeze and water, so don’t pour undiluted coolant into your cooling system. Dilute it with water to the commonly recommended 50-50 ratio. Similarly, don’t use straight water in your system either.The coolant … Continue reading

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