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Engine Tips for your high mileage vehicle

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Engine Tips for your high mileage vehicle

Don’t get skimpy on your maintenance schedule for your vehicle, make sure to keep your engine running in tip top shape with some simple DIY tips. Your owner’s manual will contain the proper maintenance schedule for your vehicle including oil change intervals, tune-up schedule and more. If your owner’s manual specifies changing the oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles, make sure to follow that. As oil ages, it gets thinner which means less lubrication for your critical engine components. High mileage engine oils have ingredients in them like conditioners, antioxidants along with wear and friction additives to increase the...

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Time for a new battery?

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Time for a new battery?

Does your engine crank over hard when it’s cold outside or does it take a few seconds to start? Do you lights dim when cranking your engine over or do you notice corrosion around the terminals? The extreme cold of northern states can wear down a battery but heat actually is a batteries worst enemy. High heat actually causes corrosion on the terminals which creates a bad connection, possibly causing the battery to drain or create issues when starting the vehicle. During the winter months, the cold slows the chemical reaction in the battery which is why your vehicle may...

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Proper Maintenance for Leather Interiors

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Proper Maintenance for Leather Interiors

If you have a vehicle with a leather interior, you know the struggle to keep the leather clean and looking brand new. Here a few suggestions to keep that interior looking like new. The first step is to vacuum your interior from the top to the bottom, meaning start with the tops of the seats and dash and work your way downward to the floorboards. Your vacuum’s brush will be perfect for this task. Keeping the interior of your vehicle clean of dust, dirt, and hair will keep your leather staying fresh. Next, dampen a sponge or soft cloth with...

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Is it time for brake service?

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Is it time for brake service?

If you have a spongy pedal that is soft when you press it, you might need brake service. A soft pedal could be caused by air in the brake lines, the piston in your caliper is failing or something else. When you press your brake pedal, it should be firm and start braking once you press it. When you press your brakes, is there a loud grinding noise? This noise is typically caused by worn brake pads or brake shoes grinding against your rotor. This grinding can and does seriously destroys your rotors. It’s very simple to change brake pads...

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Understanding your Gauge Panel

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Understanding your Gauge Panel

The instrument panel aka the gauge cluster is the eyes for your vehicles computer. Located here is all of your necessary gauges including oil temperature, water temperature, voltage, speedometer and more. Also located here is all of your warning lights for your vehicle including your check engine, low tire pressure, ABS, seatbelt light and dozens more. When you see the seatbelt light come on, it’s pretty much self-explanatory.    Many newer vehicles now have digital gauge panels which tell you what is wrong with your vehicle from low tire pressure, low oil pressure, ABS, low fuel level, etc. This greatly...

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