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How to Prevent a Tire Blowout

When it comes to vehicle maintenance, tire condition is an easily overlooked but simple factor in keeping your car on the road between services. Even better, tire care and blowout prevention only take a few moments of your time.

To best safeguard your tires from a blowout, inspect them once every two to three weeks to check for signs of wear, aging, or small puncture marks. Additionally, be on the lookout for obvious cracks in the tread of the tire, as this is the most ominous sign of a blowout. 

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Follow the Process of Debadging Your Car

If you are trying to customize your car, the best way to start is by removing all of the standard logos and markings that are added by the manufacturer. This process can be a bit tricky because you do not want to scratch the paint. Be sure to take your time and following these instructions.

Allow the emblems and logos plastered to your car some time to loosen up by covering them in a liquid that starts to remove the glue. Be patient in waiting to scrape anything off until the glue remover has time to kick in. Use a…

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Reasons Your Tire Pressure Light is Illuminated

The tire pressure light is coming on for a reason; either it is malfunctioning or there is an issue with one or more of the car tires. Here is what could be causing the tire pressure light to stay on.

One of the things that many drivers don't realize is that the weather could affect the pressure in those tires. A drop in temperature of ten degrees could cause the air pressure in each tire to drop one pound. Then there is the fact air is naturally escaping from the tires at around a pound a month. 

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A Few of the Reasons Your Engine May be Overheating

When your car is overheating, it could be a result of one or more of the following parts failing. The easiest repair and least expensive fix would be if the hose clamps are failing. If they appear to be loose or corroded and no longer tightening, coolant could be leaking from the ends of the radiator hoses.

Feel the radiator hoses for soft spots or bulges, this could be an indication they are close to failing. 

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Oil Viscosity: What do Those Numbers Mean?

Oil is an essential part of your car. It allows metal parts of the engine to move with minimal wear. To do that, it has to be thick enough to coat the parts but thin enough to move through the engine. That thickness, or resistance to flowing, is called viscosity. Viscosity is measured by how well oil flows at a set temperature and is graded from 0 to 50. Viscosity changes with temperature, getting thicker as it gets colder. A 5 weight oil works best at low temperatures. A 50 weight oil works best higher temperatures.

 

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What Does An Alternator in Your Vehicle Do?

Most people think that the battery in their vehicle is responsible for powering all those neat accessories that come standard in most cars today. You might be surprised to discover how important that alternator is to affording you all those luxuries. The alternator is the piece of equipment in your vehicle that generates the energy to charge the battery and feed the electrical system. The battery is responsible for providing power to the starter motor, and relies on the alternator to stay fully-charged.

 

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What You Need to Know About Replacing a Tire

Replacing your tire with a spare when you have a flat is critical. Once you notice that there is a problem, be sure to pull off to the side of the road and put your hazard lights on. Then, put your car in park, complete with the parking brake.

Locate your spare tire along with the wrench and jack in the back of the car. In most instances, it is in the trunk. Remove the wheel cap on the wheel and then loosen the lug nuts with the wrench. From there, place the jack under the car and raise it…

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Jumping a Dead Battery

Eventually, it’s going to happen. You’ll head out to your car to go to work, school, or the store, and you’ll find that the battery has died. If you don’t know how to deal with this problem, you may find yourself unable to drive anywhere for an extended period of time.

If you have a friend whose car has a working battery as well as a pair of jumper cables, then you’re in luck. 

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Why Should You Know Your Correct Tire Size?

Imagine this: Your car recently had a flat tire and can’t be fixed, which means you need a new tire. What size do you need? Can you buy just one tire? These are all questions car owners face at one time or another. Our qualified technicians at Grand Valley Auto Lakewood will advise you on what kind of tires best suit your car as well as what size you need.

Auto manufacturers recommend you not purchase just one tire unless the other three still have most of the original tread, or you may get an uneven ride. The size…

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Why Should You Check Your Tire Pressure and Tread?

It can be easy to overlook your vehicle's tires and tire pressure when it comes to all of the things you need to pay attention to and maintain on your vehicle. Your car may have alerted you that your tire pressure is low, and we recommend that you get some air into your tires as soon as you can to protect their integrity. Also, if you notice that your tires are beginning to wear down a bit, start thinking about whether it's time to buy new tires in the coming months. This is a big safety concern and…

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