The Importance of Maintaining Your Tire Tread

So your new tires - which are supposedly good for 50,000 miles - seem to be looking a little dull around 35,000 miles and you're wondering how long until a trip to the tire shop? Tires are probably the most important thing on your car because they determine much of the ride quality and traction. There are several ways to indicate whether your tires need replacing.

The best and most preferred way is to check tread-wear indicators, which run horizontal to the tread pattern. 

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Bumper-to-Bumper and Powertrain Warranties: Two Different Products

Bumper-to-bumper and powertrain warranties are not the same things. Each warranty is responsible for different components in the car. Bumper-to-bumper warranties protect parts and systems operating between the front and rear bumper, things like the steering, lights, and radio.

Powertrain warranty covers the parts that power the vehicle. It will cover some major components like the engine and drivetrain. If any of the covered parts prematurely fail, the warranties kick in. The dealer or manufacturer will repair or replace the defective parts or systems. 

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What Does an Alternator Do?

All vehicles require adequate power to operate properly. Many novice car owners associate this function of the vehicle with the battery, but the truth is that the battery primarily just provides cranking amps for starting along with backup power when the alternator is bad. And, trouble ensues quickly when this circuit breaks down.


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Important Information About Your Brake Pads

Many mechanisms and components function strategically when a braking system is used on the road. Throughout different phases of the braking process, various hardware components produce heat. This heat can dramatically damage the housing on rotors and pistons because these parts are constructed out of metal. 

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Winter Tip: Keep Your Car's Gas Tank Full

Winter is a time of freezing temperatures and this could hurt your car's performance. An old rumor says you can get better gas mileage if you keep your gas tank less than half full. This is not the best advice: leaving space in your car's tank can lead to a water condensation buildup not only in your tank, but in your gas line. When freezing temperatures happen, this water buildup can freeze. The frozen water can clog your gas line and no fuel will get to your engine.

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Getting Service Appointments Made Quickly

We know the feeling of being completely exhausted, with all the demands of running all over the place, we rely on our vehicles to get us there. One of the things we have to remember is to get our vehicles serviced in a timely manner. This helps prevent future problems before they become expensive repairs. Washington Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Washington, NC has come up with a plan to help the busy customer get the service scheduled quickly and easily.

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Keeping Your Gas Tank Full Goes Far Beyond Always Having Gas

When it comes to your car, did you know that you can save money by doing little things? Like making sure your vehicle isn't weighed down so you will save more fuel. But there are other little things you can do to keep your car healthy. Like keeping your gas tank full during the cold winter months. Many have debated if you should keep your gas tank half full or half empty. Well the results are in and it seems to be more efficient to keep your gas tank more full than empty, especially in the winter months.


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What is the Difference Between AWD & 4WD?

The terms All-Wheel Drive (AWD) and Four Wheel Drive (4WD) often get used by drivers interchangeably, but the fact is that both options have entirely different levels of functionality. Each of these has their pros and cons.

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