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Consider Your Car's Timing Belt for Safety and Performance

As an owner of a vehicle, you will need to provide your car with quality vehicle maintenance if you want to enhance your vehicle’s lifespan. A timing belt is one of the most important parts on your vehicle. A timing belt helps your engine run smoothly by assisting your crankshaft and camshaft.

If the power in your vehicle has been gradually declining or your vehicle has been losing power completely, you may need your timing belt replaced. Moreover, if you are noticing rattling noises from your engine while in motion, this is also a vital sign that your vehicle…

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Get to Know Your Radiator to Prevent Problems

There are three things you can do to keep your radiator in tip-top shape. That will go a long way to maintaining your overall cooling system and preventing your engine from overheating. Your radiator has three major components. There is the radiator itself the radiator cap and radiator hoses.

The radiator needs to be flushed regularly. Flushing it will also allow a mechanic to inspect it for any problems. The radiator cap covers the fill hole for antifreeze, but it also seals the entire cooling system to a certain pressure. A worn seal could mean problems. 

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What to Do and What Not to Do in a Tire Blowout

When dealing with a tire blowout, there are proper and improper ways to deal with the issue. The right way to deal with the issue will make it more likely for you to get out of this situation safely. The wrong approach will make things worse for you and your vehicle.

Among the things that you should do when you have a blowout is allow your vehicle to slow down by itself. Meanwhile, you want to make sure that you keep a good grip on the steering wheel. Also, make sure that you are out of harm's way. 

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Eliminate Car Odors the Easy Way

As a car dealer, we love when you're an informed vehicle owner and understand how to care for your car. You can be the most diligent car owner, but you still might experience bad smells in your vehicle's interior. One of those smells could be cigarette smoke.

Maybe you picked up your cousin at the airport after a long flight, and you just didn't have the heart to tell her she couldn't smoke in your vehicle. Don't fear, there are ways to remedy the situation. Baking soda is a highly effective, economical remedy to remove…

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Changing a Flat Tire - Easier Than You Might Think

If you have ever had a flat tire, you know how the inconvenience it can cost especially if it happens when you’re away from home. We at Mossy Fiat would like to help you be more prepared for this situation. Changing a flat tire is easier than you might think if you know how and have the right supplies.

One of the most important things to remember is to pull the car to the side of the road, turn it off and turn on the emergency brake to avoid an accident. Once you get the supplies from the back…

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Protecting Your Vehicle Against Rodents

When it comes to taking care of your vehicle, we often tend to think about the big things. Sometimes, the little things can make a difference too. It's certainly not fun when you discover rodent damage, and the consequences can be quite serious. At Mossy FIAT, we have a few recommendations if you want to keep rats, mice, and other small animals away.

First, we suggest keeping your area neat and tidy. This eliminates a food source and hiding spaces. Setting humane animal traps might be smart if you've seen evidence of rodents and want to be sure…

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Techniques for Removing Pet Hair from Upholstery

There are a lot of things that you probably love about your pet. They greet you when you come home from work, and they snuggle with you on chilly evenings. You probably don't like when they leave a lot of fur behind on your car's upholstery. We want you to be updated on some of the best techniques to keep your car in tip-top shape, so we're going to give you a few great tips.

To remove pet hair from upholstery, you can roll a piece of duct tape or packaging tape in a ball with the…

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Repair Chipped Windshields Before You Have to Replace Them

There are some things in life that you can't do much about. For instance, if you're driving down the road, you might not anticipate the rock that flies up from the back wheel of the car in front of you and hits your windshield. You might be frustrated with yourself for failing to give more distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, but the damage is done. sometimes you can do something to repair the new chip in your windshield.

If the chip is small, you can have someone repair it by putting resin in…

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How to Determine Credentials for Finding a Good Mechanic

Often times, you're at the mercy of a mechanics' training and experience, unless you have mechanical knowledge. However, you can empower yourself to make the right choice by making sure the mechanic you choose has the right credentials. For instance, if you're having brake service, does your mechanic have a certification for the brake system? Most mechanics are ASE certified. ASE stands for Automotive Service Excellence.

Look for the specific certification around their workstation or look for their ASE patch, which is generally worn on the arm of their uniform. 

 

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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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