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How to Correct a Slide on Icy Roads

If you are driving on an icy road or in snowy conditions, you have to take extra precaution not to cause fishtailing and sliding along the road. In fact, if you do find that your car is slipping on the road due to ice, then you may be driving too fast. It's recommended that you don't go over 45 mph in icy road conditions, as this will cause your tires to slide. In addition, you also want to avoid sudden braking or quick acceleration.

If you do find yourself sliding a lot, then the first thing to remember…

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Where to Buy Timing Belts or Get a Service

Since you need to make sure that you have your timing belt changed, you need to know where you can get one. As with other components, not all timing belts are equal. Therefore, you probably want to be careful when it comes to the price. If you pay the least for a timing belt, you are probably getting something that is very low in quality. 

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Importance of Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement

Even if you only use your car windshield wiper blades once in a while, they are wearing out and making it more difficult for you to see each time you drive. The reason the blades wear out so fast is because they are basically comprised of soft rubber elements. This rubber will harden from oxidation, sunlight, and even normal use. Once the blades are stiff, they can no longer clear away moisture properly.

Those brittle windshield wiper blades are going to leave behind fuzzy streaks on the glass, which make it near impossible to drive and see clearly.  

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The Importance of the Tread in the Tire

One of the most important features of a tire is the tread. The tread is the ridges in the tire. It is not just there for aesthetics. These treads actually serve a very important function when it comes to your vehicle and the safety of your ride.

The treads are very important because it provides people with traction. This is so that you can avoid losing control of your vehicle. However, as you use your vehicle, the treads wear out. Fortunately, there are ways to check and see if it might be time to change your tires for some new…

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Brake Fluid: What it is and Why it is Important

As a driver, you have heard about brake fluid. If you are wondering what it is, the answer is simple. Brake fluid is fluid for your brakes. It is the reason that your car is able to stop. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your vehicle has an adequate amount of it.

The way that brake fluid works is that the driver presses on the brake pedal. This causes the pedal to compress a piston inside of the brake caliper. Then the pressure in the brake line is compressed which moves the brake fluid. 

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Tips for Cleaning Any Car Quickly and Easily

Cleaning your car in a hurry is easy if you take advantage of the following tips. Wash the car exterior with a hose so you get most of the dirt off the paint surface. Use a clean cloth soaked in a polish on the exterior fast, then drive your vehicle so the wind can remove any remaining water droplets. Use the polish cloth to now run over the tires last.

Drop the car mats on the ground to loosen any dirt trapped in them, bang them on the curb a few times. Place some glass cleaner on a paper towel…

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Does Your Ignition Require Service?

If your vehicle doesn’t start, it could be indicative of a dead battery, but it can also mean the starter or ignition is going bad. If the ignition eventually goes out completely, it can result in a towing bill and a lot of inconvenience. If your vehicle hasn’t been starting like it should, give us a call at National Auto Plaza or stop and see us. 

Paying attention to signs your ignition is going out can prevent breakdowns and unnecessary repair bills.

  • Grinding sound
  • No sound at all when key turns
  • Oil-soaked starter 
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Shiny Wheels Complement a Shiny Vehicle Body

What goes best with the clean, shiny body of your vehicle? Well, a clean, shiny set of tires, of course. In fact, not only do your tires look better when you keep them clean, but they are also more protected from brake dust, a corrosive dust that is created when your brakes are applied.

To keep your tires beautiful and free of brake dust, there are a couple of things that you should do. First of all, when you are cleaning your vehicle, start with the wheels so that you are not spraying dust from your tires onto the clean…

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The Differential: Function and Service

Your car will have one or two differentials. It will have two if it is a four-wheel drive vehicle. The function of the differential is to transfer the power coming from the engine to the axles so that the wheels will turn. The differential is also what makes it possible for your vehicle to turn corners effectively.

The differential in your vehicle has gears that are lubricated with a fluid. The fluid in the differential needs to be changed on a regular basis. You should follow your vehicle manufacturer's recommendations on how often to change the differential fluid

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The Value of Replacing Your Car's Filters

Take a look around the inside of your vehicle. You will discover a number of air filters that help to keep air going to the motor and cabin cleaner, similar to the air filters inside your house working to improve overall air quality. The cabin air filters work to remove any allergens from the air that could degrade the interior air quality inside your vehicle. Clogged filters are not working properly to remove things like mold spores, so they negatively impact the ride of driver and passengers.

 

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