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2 Signs You May Have An Exhaust Leak

Maintain your vehicle and it will continue to work hard for you for many years to come. Ignore basic maintenance tips and get the results that you get. That is the basic message that anyone who has spent any time around vehicles would tell you. The truth is you get what you put into these machines. That is why it is so important to look for signs of an exhaust leak.

Reduced Fuel Efficiency- Anyone experiencing reduced fuel efficiency should check that they don’t have an exhaust leak. It could very well be the case that they do, and…

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Get Your Engine And Cooling System Ready For The Warm Weather

National Auto Plaza wants our customers to know how to maintain their vehicles. With the end of winter in sight, it is time to start preparing your vehicle for warm weather driving. Start by consulting the maintenance schedule in your owners manual.

Is your engine cutting out or is it reluctant to start? Get your engine serviced now for trouble-free spring and summer driving. Your engine runs hotter in warm weather. Check your maintenance schedule to determine if your cooling system needs to be flushed. At a minimum have the quality and temperature rating of your coolant checked.

 

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Choosing Between Front-Wheel Drive and Rear-Wheel Drive

Here at our dealership, we want you to come to a decision that is informed when purchasing your next vehicle. Do you know about the differences between front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive? Let us clear up a few details so that you can make the right decision.

Power in the Front or Power in the Rear?

It all depends on what you like and where you plan on taking your next vehicle. If you want a vehicle that holds up tougher against potholes and curbs with a sporty feel, then the rear-wheel drive is definitely for you. 

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How to Test the Battery on Your Car

It is important to know how to test your battery the next time you are having car troubles. Here at National Auto Plaza, we like to keep you informed so that you know what to do in situations like a battery failure.

Testing Battery With Voltmeter

Set your voltmeter to measure voltage. With the ignition turned off, touch the test probes from the voltmeter to the positive and negative terminals on the battery accordingly. If the battery reads 12.4 volts or more then you probably have a good battery.

 
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Learning About Your Brake Pads Can Prevent Costly Repairs

Here at National Auto Plaza we want you to know that many expensive car repairs can often be avoided by educating yourself. Learning about your brake pads, for example, can help you spot a minor issue that could bloom into a major repair.

Your brake pads have a very important function. They are applied to the rotor when you press the brake pedal to slow and stop the wheel. When your brake pads become worn they usually make a grinding or growling noise. Failing to replace worn brake pads can have a detrimental effect on your entire braking system, and…

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Why Your Engine May Be Overheating

What are the most common reasons for an engine to overheat you ask? Well, there are a number of potential root causes, and you should know a bit more about it. Think about the potential for blocked hoses (obstructed by dirt or other materials picked up from the road). Then there is the fact that you could be experiencing a simple coolant leak. Either of those issues could directly relate to an overheated engine.

You need to know that it is important to go to the mechanic just as soon as you possibly can the moment that you realize that…

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Can You Drive on Winter Tires Year-Round?

Understanding the effects seasonal changes have on your vehicle can help you to anticipate little issues before they can become larger problems. You may live in a climate that requires winter tires for driving in snowy conditions but the inconvenience of changing them every year has you tempted to skip the task and just drive on your winter tires year-round.

Some states actually have laws against driving on winter tires in the summer if they have studs embedded in them, as these destroy the asphalt over time.  

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Take Control of Negotiating Your Deal

Are you looking to negotiate the best price on your next automobile purchase? At National Auto Plaza, we want to help educate you so that you are prepared when you come to buy a car. Here are a few tips that will help you haggle the best deal possible, whether you shop with us or another used car dealer.

Tip #1: Start Your Bid Low. When negotiating a deal, you don't want to start at the price you are looking to pay. Start a ways below, and work your way up to the price you wanted initially. 

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Make Halloween a Safer Holiday for Pedestrians

Halloween is a day dedicated to costumes and candy, so what's not to love? Traffic accidents. A child's risk of being hit by a motor vehicle is four times higher on Halloween, so all drivers need to know a few safety tips.

Start by slowing down. Drive at least five miles under the posted speed limit in residential areas so that you have time to react if a child runs in front of your car. Keep an eye out for children.  

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Take a Fall Foliage Road Trip

Enjoying a brilliant autumn day viewing a landscape ablaze with color is a tradition many people enjoy. You need a bit of planning before you hit the road to see fall foliage. Whether you plan on staying close to home or taking a longer trek, double-check the peak viewing times in the area. Online interactive maps can help you find the right area at the best time.

At National Auto Plaza, we know safety and comfort are critical parts of any road trip. Here are a few tips to help you plan a fall foliage getaway: 

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