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Spring Car Care Tips

Now is the time to get your vehicle ready for the spring months. You can start by taking your vehicle to the mechanic. The mechanic needs to inspect the steering, suspension and AC. They also need to change the oil and oil filter. Additionally, if there are any repairs that need to be made, then the mechanic can make those repairs. The repairs not only make your vehicle look better, but they can also improve the functionality of it.

Your vehicle also needs a good spring cleaning from the inside out. A thorough exterior cleaning will remove the dirt and…

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Protecting Your Car’s Undercarriage from Salt Corrosion

The whole car is susceptible to salt corrosion, especially during the winter season. However, there are some parts that are more vulnerable than others. One of these parts is the undercarriage. Getting underneath your car to clean it is not an easy task, especially when most of the slush splashes and gets stuck into the crevices.

If you have a lift for your car in the garage, you’re better off because you can easily get the undercarriage cleaned. If not, find a reliable car wash that will help 

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How to Make Winter Survival Kit

Every driver needs a winter survival kit in their car. You need to buy road flares for your kit. You can find them in an auto parts store. You can use the flares to start a fire. You can also use them to signal that you need help. A cell charger is something else that you need. You can purchase a solar charger for your phone. However, you also need a chord and plug-in charger.

You need LED flashlights for your winter car kit. You may need to walk at night to get the help that you need. 

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What to do if you're in an accident

If you find yourself in an accident, don't panic! The first thing to do is assess the situation and check for injuries. If you're not hurt, take a moment to make sure that everyone else is okay too. Once this has been done, follow these steps:

1) Call 911
2) Get as much information from other drivers as possible (license plate number, contact info., etc.)
3) Take photos of the accident before moving your car or anything else
4) Exchange contact info. with other drivers
5) Call your insurance company from the scene of the accident to report…

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Routine Engine Cooling & Radiator Services Are Critical to Your Vehicle

When it comes to routine maintenance services, the engine cooling system is one that you don't want to skip. The engine cooling system consists of the radiator, water pump, cooling fan, pressure cap, fluid coolant, and an overflow tank reservoir, and all of these parts work together to ensure that your engine doesn't overheat, which can cause significant damage. 

If you suspect there is a problem, there are a few ways that you can tell your engine is overheating, including the following:

  • Steam rolling from under the hood
  • The engine temperature gage goes into red or hits H…
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Planning a Leaf-Peeping Road Trip

Planning a getaway to New England for the fall is a perfect opportunity to see the spectacular colors of the region's changing leaves. Fall in New England is one of the best times to go. From the colors to the stunning views, there's much to enjoy about a leaf-peeping expedition to the region.

Go Early in Fall

If you are visiting New England for the changing leaves, you technically have a three-month window when you can travel. However, the ideal time to visit is early October. In the first few weeks of the month you'll get stunning…

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Top Indicators Your Brake Pedal Needs to Be Repaired

As a driver, you need to know how to care for your vehicle and perform repairs when it's necessary to ensure you can help it drive safely. The brake pedal can need attention when wear or damage occasionally develops.

A common sign that your brake pedal needs repairs is if your car starts swerving to the side when you try to reduce your speed on the road. A few different sounds may also come from the pedal, which will sound like grinding or squealing. It's also common for a burning smell to develop, which becomes stronger the more…

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How do extreme temperatures affect car batteries?

Extreme temperatures can be hard on a car battery, which is why it's important to take care of your car battery in the winter. If you live in an area with extreme cold and have a lead-acid type battery, then you'll want to keep them at room temperature when possible. This will help prevent freezing or boiling while also making sure that they don't get too hot either. We recommend storing your car during the colder months so that it doesn't have to work as hard.

What Can Cause a Car Battery to Fail in Extreme…

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Why Tire Pressure Matters to Drivers

We have all been driving down the road when the low tire pressure sensor comes on, and in the rush of daily life it tends to get ignored. However, there are many reasons why you should tend to low tire pressure immediately. Although it may appear to be an issue that can be put off for a while, doing so can interfere with the functionality of your vehicle and safety of your passengers.

When your tire is inflated properly, the weight of your vehicle's cargo and passengers can be distributed evenly. Low tire pressure disrupts this balance and can…

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What Fluid is Leaking from Your Vehicle?

Have you ever found a puddle underneath your vehicle? At Napleton's Autowerks, Inc. (Loves Park), we understand that the instinct is to panic. Here are a few of the possible culprits when you discover your vehicle is leaking.

It could be something as harmless as water. Condensation forms when your air conditioning turns on. Water is the best-case scenario if you notice a leak. Unfortunately, motor oil is the most common substance to end up on the driveway. Sometimes, a loose or cracked oil pain is the problem. This is a relatively simple fix. Other times, the problem is…

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