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Many Things Cause Engine Overheating, But Checks Prevent Them

Every vehicle’s engine must have the right balance of coolant fluids and lubricants in order to maintain proper working temperatures. Driving in a place like Staunton presents many stressful situations where a driver can easily become unaware of low levels of these fluids.

Low oil levels in an engine will cause overheating because of the lack of protective barriers in working parts. 

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Signs of Potential Belt or Hose Failure in Your Vehicle

The belts and hoses throughout the engine of your vehicle have to all perform together in order for the cooling system to work flawlessly. Here are a couple warning signs the belts or hoses might be close to experiencing a failure.

The belts of the engine have to power parts that are crucial to the functions of the cooling system. The belts will often make a squealing sound if failing. 

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What are Gaskets?

As the parts that are responsible for keeping your vehicle running properly, gaskets can sometimes crack and wear out through a normal course of use. It's important to keep these thin molded and die cut pieces fitting securely between the parts. You want them to stop oil and gases from seeping out.

Gaskets may be constructed of very thin layers of rubber, copper, or steel. 

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Driving Through Deep Puddles on the Road? Four Tips to Keep You from Hydroplaning

Did you know that if you drive about 10 miles below the speed limit and avoid using your cruise control when there's standing water on the road that you can greatly reduce your chances of hydroplaning? That feeling of your tires losing grip with the road is pretty scary, but there are a few things that you can do, both during your drive and beforehand, that will keep you safer when driving through deep puddles.

How to Safely Jump Start a Car

Jump starting a car is a key skill to have. To begin, park a car with a good battery nose-to-nose with the car that won't start. Put the cars in park and set the cars' parking brakes.

Connect a positive battery cable to both positive car battery terminals. Connect a negative battery cable to the good car's negative terminal and the bad car's engine. S

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How Does Synthetic Oil Differ from Conventional Oil?

Motor oil protects your engine from friction and impurities.. Synthetic oil differs from conventional oil in that it’s not only refined but also distilled. Furthermore, in processing, it’s purified and stripped down to prime molecules. In treating synthetic motor oil in this way, bad contaminants are removed from it while molecules that protect the engines of late-model cars are retained.

Synthetic motor oil—compared to conventional oil—inhibits the formation of sludge in the engine better. 

Tire Blowout: What to Check Your Tires For

Avoid a tire blowout by regularly checking all of your tire’s pressure. Do not forget to check the spare tire too. A good routine to get into is to check the tires monthly on the same date and always check the tires before a road trip.

If you notice one tire is not holding air, it may have a pinhole leak. A leaking tire can blowout suddenly. Tires with worn treads are prone to blowouts. T

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Consider Muffler and Exhaust Service

The purpose of your muffler and exhaust system is actually quite simple. Your engine produces the power that your vehicle utilizes to move, and that engine makes a lot of noise. The muffler will actually muffle the sound of the engine and the exhaust will help expel that noise away from your vehicle so as you drive, you will be able to do so in peace.

Certain vehicles have much louder engines than others, especially those sports cars that come with big, powerful engines with lots of horsepower and torque. 

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Keep Your Suspension in Shape with Preventative Maintenance

Your suspension system is an invisible hero that keeps your ride smooth, your control sharp, and your wheels in place. While tough, suspension system parts need occasional checkups, upgrades, and replacements. Which specific parts you may need depends on what kind of suspension system your vehicle has. Some common suspension system options include:

  • Double Wishbone: Double wishbone designs are common, and include springs, shock absorbers, control arms, tie-rods, and bushings.
  • Macpherson Strut: Macpherson struts have springs and shock absorbers on the same unit. 
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