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Easy Way How to Replace a Flat Tire

This guide to change a flat will ensure you are back on the road quickly. Pull the vehicle to a safe area, put on the emergency brake, and turn off the engine. Loosen all the nuts on the flat tire one single turn before jacking the car in the air.

Once the flat tire is no longer in contact with the road surface, it is safe to take the lugs and tire off the car. Place the spare tire on the car and lug nuts, but only tighten enough to straighten the tire in place. Lower the vehicle down to…

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Preventative Tips for Avoiding a Tire Blowout

Taking a couple minutes out of your day to look more closely at the health of the tire tread could make all the difference in saving you from a potential blowout. Most new vehicles have a tire pressure monitoring system on board that will alert you when the pressure drops in one or more of the tires. If not, you need to use a tire gauge to check the pressure in each tire at least weekly. Underinflated tires can certainly lead to a blowout on the highway.

While you are checking the air pressure in the tires, you can inspect…

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Gaskets Help Keep Fluids Separated

One of the most important parts of a vehicle's engine is also one of the simplest, a gasket. All vehicles have multiple different types of gaskets, but their functionality is essentially the same regardless, and that is to provide an impenetrable seal between two different parts of your vehicles.

The reason why gaskets are so important, and why it is critical that they maintain a perfect seal, is because they prevent different fluids from mixing or fluids entering a part of the engine that they could do damage to. 

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How do Extreme Temperatures Affect Synthetic Oil?

One of the main factors that you should take into consideration when thinking about changing from conventional motor oil to synthetic motor oil is the ambient temperature. As is the case with all oils, the ambient temperature has a singular effect. Cold temperatures thicken oil while hot temperatures make oil run.

Synthetic oils are less likely to change consistency due to temperature changes than conventional oils. This does not mean that synthetic oils retain the same consistency at all temperatures. 

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Quiet Your Noisy Car With Exhaust Service

If you have ever had the embarrassment of driving or riding in a car with a damaged muffler or exhaust system, you know firsthand how loud a car can actually get. With every acceleration, the sound pounds your ears and fills the neighborhood you are driving through with a loud roar. It can also get you pulled over for noise issues and improperly maintained equipment.

Mufflers and other exhaust parts are located on the bottom of the vehicle and as such take an enormous amount of abuse as they are directly exposed to the elements. 

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Replace Your Winter Wipers With Some Suited for Spring Rains

Now that we are starting to really experience some spring weather, it is more important than ever to get those old winter windshield wiper blades changed out with a new set of wiper blades to welcome in the rainy season.

Winter wiper blades are an important seasonal upgrade during the icy weather because they are made from a heavy-duty rubber that is strong enough to push all that heavy snow off of your windshield without getting damaged and will also be more resistant to the cold, improving performance. 

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Get the Most Out of Your Tires With Regular Rotations

Your tires are some of the most important pieces of equipment on your vehicle. And because of the nature of the function that they perform, you may notice them wearing down kind of fast. Tires are not known for being particularly cheap, and you will obviously want to get as much used out of them as you can.

Fortunately, there are things that you can do to maximize the amount of use that you get out of them. 

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Maintain the Most Critical Component of Your Cooling System

Due to the extreme temperatures that your engine runs at constantly, it has its own dedicated cooling system built into your vehicle. This is to keep the engine from overheating and causing permanent damage. Over time, the coolant in the system will get dirty and sludgy and will become much less effective. When that happens, it is time for a coolant flush.

To do this, you will start by draining all of the coolant from the system. 

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Are Your Car's Tires Inflated to the Correct Pressure?

Your car's tires are like Goldilocks. They need to maintain pressure not too high, not too low, but just right. Tire pressure is essential to your safety and to the performance of your car.

When the tires are under-inflated, they may wear out faster. Under-inflation also causes poor traction, which could lead to a spin-out or tire blowout. Over-inflation is also a problem for tires. 

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How do Your Brake Pads Work?

As you navigate the Loves Park, IL area, consider how many times each day that you put pressure on your car's brake pedal. Ideally, your brake pads help the vehicle slow down. Do really know how they work and when they need replacing? Our auto service and repair team can help.

On cars with disc brakes, every wheel has a brake rotor that spins along with the wheel. When the brake pedal gets pressed, brake calipers, located on each tire, put pressure on the rotors via the brake pads, causing a large amount of friction. 

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