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Keep your headlights looking good with these tips

When it comes to keeping up on your maintenance our team here at Napleton's Autowerks, Inc. (Loves Park) understands the importance of making your vehicle is in top form. Over time, your headlights can get worn out, and these tips can help get them looking clean again.

If your headlights are just slightly foggy, one household item you can try is toothpaste. Make sure to clean off the surface of the headlights with either window cleaner or soap and water first. Then you can use a small amount of toothpaste and a clean cloth to scrub the headlights. 

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Methods for Charging a Car Battery

Your automobile has two main methods for charging its battery. When it's running, your alternator will recharge your battery to full capacity. This is assuming that your battery is working properly. As long as you aren't placing too much draw on your alternator, it should be able to keep up with everything. The higher that your RPMs go, the faster you'll be able to charge your battery.

If your battery has died completely, your alternator will not usually be able to charge it back up all the way in its current state. 

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What's The Difference Between Oversteer And Understeer?

Every vehicle drives differently. Even the same model with two different trim levels can feel very different when you get behind the wheel to go for a drive. Two terms that apply to the sensitivity of your vehicle to steering are understeer and oversteer.

Oversteer is something you'll experience when your automobile turns far more than is commanded by you as the driver. Some people don't mind this effect, while other people try to stay away from a vehicle that has oversteering

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What to do if you're in an accident

At Napleton's Autowerks, Inc. (Loves Park), we want to make sure that you're as safe as you can be while driving on the road. If you've been involved in an accident, here are some helpful tips to consider.

  • The most important thing to consider is whether or not someone is injured post-accident. If medical attention is needed, call for an ambulance right away.
  • A police officer will need to draft up a report of the accident. They may also need to redirect traffic if vehicles need to be towed. Call them right away.
  • Exchange information with the…
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Glare Can Be Damaging When Driving: Here Is How To Handle It

You don’t have to just accept that glare is going to be a part of the driving experience that you can’t do anything about. That is both not true and not acceptable. You can and should look for ways to combat the notion that you are a sitting duck when glare creeps in.

AAA has recommended that all drivers look at using their sun visors when glare becomes a problem. They should also look to polarized sunglasses as an answer to their problem with being able to see as well in the midst of the sunlight. On top…

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Safety Tips for How to Use a Roof Rack

At Napleton's Autowerks, Inc. (Loves Park), we are looking forward to the summer road trip season just as much as our customers. Before you venture out for an amazing road trip, use these tips to make sure that your roof rack is ready to go.

Resist the urge to hoist a full bag on top of your roof rack. Try strapping down the empty container before packing it full. The luggage should include enough weight that you do not have to worry about anything flying away. Secure the bags using the cam-buckle straps after looping the straps around the…

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Getting Your Car Engine Clean

Cleaning your car engine can keep it running smoothly longer. Check out some of these ideas for how to do it right.

Pick A Warm Day And Let It Cool

Select a warm day to work on it, and allow the engine to cool down before you ever do anything to it.

Degrease And Scrub

Use special degreaser and scrub that in firmly over the engine. You want to remove any grease that you can before you get into a deep cleaning with it.

 

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Reasons Your Tire Pressure Light is Illuminated

Older automobiles require you to periodically check the tire pressure in all four of your tires. Newer models come with a tire pressure monitoring system that keeps an eye on this information for you. When you receive an alert that something is wrong with one or more of your tires, it's a good idea to check the air pressure as soon as possible. You may be in need of a little air, especially if the cooler temperatures outside are causing the air in your tires to condense a bit. There's also the possibility that you have too much…

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Save Your Tires and Improve Your Drives

Loves Park-area roadways can be rough on local vehicles' alignments. Even if you dodge all the hazards we see around here, you should regularly visit us at Napleton's Autowerks, Inc. (Loves Park) for alignment service. It will help you enjoy smoother rides and longer distances between purchasing new tires.

During our alignment service, we evaluate your vehicle with modern technology. Our system gives us three crucial alignment readings including camber, toe and caster. Ideal camber means your tire is perfectly perpendicular to the road's surface. 

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Two Essential Spring Car Care Tips That You Can Put To Use Right Now

Spring is the perfect time for performing auto maintenance. At the start of the season, Loves Park drivers can wash away the road salt and grit of winter. They can also take a number of additional steps to undo the ravages of cold weather. At Napleton's Autowerks, Inc. (Loves Park), we're delighted to share two springtime auto maintenance tips that local motorists can use right away.

Flush And Refill The Radiator

You should pay special attention to your radiator when performing springtime auto maintenance. Have the cooling 

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