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Three Signs Your Tires Need to be Replaced

The tires on your vehicle are going to help keep you and other motorists safe on the road. Keep a close eye for any of these warning signs of potential tire trouble.
  1. If you see low tire tread on one or all of the tires, today is the day you need to address the issue. Low tire tread reduces the ability of the tire to grip the road, especially in inclement weather conditions.
  2. When you can spot cracked tires, it might be an indication the tire is failing because it is defective. Get to a service center as soon as…
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Testing Your Car's Battery

When was the last time you had your car's battery checked? If you can't remember, it's a good idea to test your battery and make sure everything's working properly, and it's easy to do yourself.

Before you test, your ignition and lights should be off, and you should be wearing gloves and goggles to prevent acid burns. Using a voltmeter, connect its red or positive lead to the battery's positive terminal and the black or negative lead to the negative terminal. If your voltmeter's reading is 12.3 or above, the battery's…

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The Importance of a Timing Belt

The timing belt in your vehicle has an important job. It makes sure that the camshaft and crankshaft are turning at the right rate, and this leads to the valves opening and closing properly. All of these movements are vital to keeping an engine working efficiently.

When your timing belt breaks, so can other parts of your engine, like your intake valve and your pistons. These can be quite expensive to fix, so this situation is definitely one that you want to avoid. To protect yourself and your vehicle, it's recommended that you change out your timing belt every…

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The Importance of Tire and Wheel Quality When Driving On Wet Roads

Driving is often a dangerous affair when the roads are not in perfect condition. Among the dangers of driving are hydroplaning. This is very possible during times of heavy rain. There are a lot of factors that can cause your vehicle to slide and lose control. Not all of them have to do with speed.

One of the factors that can cause hydroplaning is the condition of your tires. If your tires are old and worn, you are more likely to get yourself in a skid. Make sure that you change your tires on a regular basis. Another factor that…

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Signs Your Brakes Needs to be Repaired

The brake pedal in your car will give you signs when there could be serious trouble brewing with the brake system. Here is what to look out for.

If the brake pedal feels soft, there might be air in the brake line. This can be a real problem when you need to hit those brakes in an emergency because the vehicle might not stop in time. The service team will bleed the brakes and will make sure they are working safely again.

When you feel the brake pedal is soft, it could also mean that there is a problem with…

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What You Should Include in A Roadside Emergency Kit

If a roadside emergency happens, it is best to be prepared. Here are some items that can be handy to have with you in case of an emergency.

A first aid kit is an item you will want to have in case of an emergency. It should ideally contain some antibiotic ointment, an ice pack, disinfectant, bandages, and painkillers.

A flashlight is another item you will want to have on hand. It can be used to help you find your way in the dark. The flashlight can also be used to inspect the inside and outside of your vehicle.

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Replacing a Flat Tire

If you’re driving down the road in National City and you suddenly feel a tire go out, it’s important to know how to replace a flat tire. Most vehicles are equipped with a spare in the trunk or on the undercarriage.

Take out the spare, the jack, and the wrench. Locate the tire that needs to be replaced. Use the wrench to loosen the lug nuts partially. Then, slide the jack under the vehicle and raise it up. You can then remove the lug nuts. Slide the tire off carefully. Then, install the spare. Hand tightens the nuts…

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Testing Your Car Battery at Home

Do you think your battery might be going dead? If you notice that your lights are flickering when you turn on the car or if you notice your car is slow to start, then you may have a battery issue. It's important to test your battery so that you know if your vehicle's electrical system is working properly. If you check your battery every year, you'll be able to prevent issues such as your vehicle not starting.

You can use a multimeter to test your battery at home. These are affordable devices that will show the charge…

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Debunking Motor Oil Myths

One of the most important forms of vehicle maintenances is making sure the motor oil is changed regularly. But what is regularly mean? Stop at Mossy Fiat and let our service techs answer all your questions.

We often wonder how often the motor oil should be changed in our vehicles. This is mostly because of old wives tales we’ve heard for years. Here are a couple.

• The motor oil should be replaced every 3,000 years. This may have been true decades ago when there were only a few models around. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations
?• If you’re…

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Is Your Car's Ignition Malfunctioning?

The ignition initiates a sequence of events that start your car's engine. If you turn the key in the ignition and nothing happens, you might think that you've got a dead battery. If the lights and radio come on, it could be a solenoid problem instead of a battery issue.

If turning the key results in a grinding sound, this suggests that there is an issue either with the starter drive or with the flywheel. When these two parts of the starter do not engage, you may hear unusual grinding or whining sounds when you attempt to start…

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