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Signs that Your Brakes Need to be Repaired

When the brakes in your vehicle are about to fail, you will get a soft brake pedal to give you a warning that you need to get the situation addressed as quickly as possible.

As soon as the brakes feel spongy, it is time to have an expert take a closer look at the brakes. This could be the result of air trapped inside the lines, and they will need to be bled by an expert to alleviate the issue.

The next thing that could be occurring with the spongy brakes is that the brake lines are damaged. Whether leaking…

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Keep Your Battery Ready with Regular Service

One of the reasons that lead-acid batteries continue to dominate the automotive battery market is their ability to withstand very wide swings in temperature. Whether desert heat or arctic cold, a good performing car battery can be reliable for years of service in extreme conditions. However, when a battery begins to approach its end of life, the window of operating temperatures begins to narrow.

The chemical reactions taking place inside the cells of an automotive battery are mostly independent of temperature. However, as water is one of the primary ingredients in the lead-acid...

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Powertrain Warranties vs. Bumper-to-Bumper

Have you ever seen a powertrain warranty on a new or old vehicle and wondered what that covered? The powertrain warranty is one of the more essential warranties, especially if you are buying a used car. This type of warranty covers the engine and transmission, two of the most expensive parts of the car to replace. Typically, these warranties last 12 months or longer.

In addition, the bumper-to-bumper warranty is important. This covers everything between the bumpers, for the most part. Every bumper-to-bumper warranty should be checked before signing as dealerships can add or remove...

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Testing Your Car Battery Safely with a Voltmeter

In addition to a voltmeter, to test the car battery, you'll need a wire brush, work gloves, and safety eye-wear. Open the car hood and turn the engine off. Clean any corrosion off the battery terminals with the wire brush.

Place the red cable of the voltmeter to the positive battery terminal, then the black cable to the car battery's negative side. Turn the meter on, it should be at the 12.4 mark or better if the car battery has the ability to hold a charge still. When the reading is at or below the 12.2…

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Enjoy a Smoother Ride After a Vehicle Alignment

Is your vehicle pulling to one side while you are driving? Is there a vibration or some other type of back-and-forth movement in your steering wheel? If so, it may be time for an alignment of the vehicle's suspension system.

If the wheels are not aligned properly, your vehicle can become difficult to steer and control and make your ride less comfortable. The tires will not contact the road as efficiently and may trigger safety issues. The constant pulling to one side will cause the tires to wear unevenly, which will mean having to replace them sooner than expected…

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Signs of a Bad Exhaust System

There are many signs that your exhaust system may need to be repaired. For instance, if you notice a burning smell when you start the car, it could because one or more components of the exhaust system are not functioning properly. You may also smell gas if the exhaust pipe has a hole in it.

If the car is louder than normal, it could also signify issues with one or more components of an exhaust system. When the exhaust is not working correctly, you may notice that it is harder for your vehicle to accelerate. You may also notice that…

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Is Your Differential Malfunctioning?

Have you ever heard of a car that had an engine that would start perfectly, but the vehicle still wouldn't move? As your aware, your car is a complex piece of equipment, and, unfortunately, sometimes your engine will start just fine, but the vehicle still won't move. There are multiple potential components that might be malfunctioning, but one of them is the differential.

You've maybe heard of the differential. It's a gearbox that transfers the energy from your engine to the wheels of your vehicle. If your gearbox is malfunctioning, then your engine will start, but…

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Is Your Car Is Running Hot? Let Us Take a Look

There are many aspects of your vehicle that keep it functioning and running well. One of these centers on the engines cooling and radiator system. Failure to properly maintain and service this important part of your vehicle can leave your car broken down and you stranded on the side of the road.

The purpose of your car's engine and radiator system is to circulate antifreeze/coolant to transfer heat away from the engine. If the system is not performing as it should, then your car's engine can heat to temperatures hot enough to damage and warp engine parts…

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The 2018 Honda Odyssey: A Flexible Cabin for Your Family

The 2018 Honda Odyssey is a great minivan that delivers a lot of fantastic features. One of its best? Magic Slide seating.

The 2018 Honda Odyssey's second row seats can be moved and shifted around the cabin. If your passengers want to get closer, you can move their seats closer together. If they want more space, you can push their seats off to the sides. You can even pull the seats forward, bring them closer to the front so it's easier for the driver and front seat passenger to reach.

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How to Spot a Title-Washed Used Car

According to Cars.com, Pennsylvania is one of the safest states from title-washed vehicles, but that doesn't mean it never happens here. About 1 in 1,200 used cars sold in PA has had its title washed.

What is title-washing, and why is it so dangerous?

Whenever a car has been declared a total loss due to extensive damage, or has been severely damaged by flooding—like Hurricane Harvey last week—it is issued a salvage or flood title to let all prospective buyers know the vehicle may have underlying damage, and may be unsafe.

Unethical sellers sometimes try…

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