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When Should You Change Your Serpentine Belt?

Since the 1960s, when cars were more straightforward, advances in technology have led to more parts that need power. The serpentine belt transfers power from the crankshaft to the cooling fan, the power steering unit, the water pump, the air-conditioning unit, and many more parts. If the Serpentine Belt breaks, all these parts will cease working, and your engine will overheat and die.

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What Is Brake Fluid and What Does It Do?

At some point, you will hear the term "brake fluid." But what is it, and what does it do?

Brake fluid, also called hydraulic fluid, is what makes your car stop when you press the brake pedal. When the pedal is pressed, a piston is squeezed inside the brake caliper, which increases the pressure inside the brake lines. 

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Tips on How to Jump Start Another Car

Before jumping another vehicle, be sure you have a good pair of work gloves, safety glasses, and a wire brush handy. Bring the one vehicle as close to the nose of the disabled car, then turn off the car and open both hoods. Put on your gloves and glasses and scrub any corrosion off either battery terminal. 

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Restore Your Headlights Yourself in Minutes

We value drivers like you, and we want to help you stay informed about auto maintenance. Today, we want to share ways that you can restore, and extend the lives of, your headlight covers.

Have you seen those cars with milky-white headlamp covers? This is the result of weathering. If this has occurred on your car's headlights, you can reverse it. For ease and quickness, we recommend placing toothpaste on a wet cloth. 

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Here's How You Can Protect Your Car

If you've been dealing with your car's interior appearance, you might wonder how you can spruce things up in a way that offers protection and fashion. It's time to consider floor mats. Floor mats are easy to place in your vehicle and they're even simpler to clean. They're an essential part of ensuring your vehicle stays clean and stain-free no matter how often you drive.

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The Importance of Getting Your Vehicle’s Wheels Aligned

It doesn't take much for the alignment in your vehicle to become out of balance and negatively impact other moving parts. Here is what you should be concerned about with the front-end alignment.

If you recently hit a big pothole or the tires hit a curb, the wheel alignment could already be off. The way you will tell is when you hit the brakes and feel the vehicle pulling hard to one side. 

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Quick Tips for Loading Cargo in Your SUV

If you need to transport a lot of items, your SUV becomes an enormous benefit to you. However, not all SUV’s are created equally. You can’t just load everything and expect your SUV to perform at maximum performance. You should still adhere to the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). The GVWR is specified by your vehicle manufacturer based on numerous factors and extensive testing.

A few tips to remember when packing:

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Smoke and Noise Can Be Signs of a Bad Starter

Your vehicle's starter and ignition system are quite literally what gets your car up and running each time you go out for a drive. Over time these parts experience quite a bit of wear and tear and typically will need to be replaced at some point in the lifespan of the vehicle. While there is not a regular timeframe that you should check your starter on, there are some signs that you can look for that may indicate it is beginning to go bad.

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Myths About Motor Oil

There are many falsehoods surrounding motor oil. Knowing the facts saves vehicle owners time and money. Some may believe that black oil is a sign that the oil needs changing. However, the oils created today are designed to provide the appropriate lubricating service regardless of a color change. Another misconception involves synthetic oil. 

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