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How Automotive Batteries Handle Extreme Temperatures

The battery under the hood of your vehicle carries out simple chemical reactions that involve lead and sulfuric acid. The output is determined by the relative concentrations of the electrolytes within the battery cell. Over time, the performance of the component declines due to natural wear and tear. However, extreme temperatures could speed up the deterioration of an automotive battery.

For example, heat tends to lead to the evaporation of ions inside the cell. It might be necessary to add some water to maintain the proper fluid level in the reservoir for the electrolytes.

 

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Signs Your Brake System Needs to be Repaired

The one unique thing about the brake system in your car is the brake pedal can give signs that trouble is about to occur. Here are a few things to be on the lookout for with your brake system.

Air in the brake line is a bad thing and can cause the brakes to fail at high speeds. If the brake pedal feels soft, get the car in for servicing before you find out you don't have the ability to bring your car to a stop.

If the lines of the brake system are rusted or damaged, brake fluid…

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Learn More about the Importance of Horsepower

We are accustomed to judging the power of the engine of a vehicle by the amount of horsepower it has. For most of us, this is a vague measure of how fast the car will go and how quickly we can get the car up and go from a standing start.

Of course, this is all true, but the true origin of the term horsepower is an interesting one. In the 18th century, the famous inventor, James Watt needed a way to sell steam engines to his customers so he came up with a measuring standard based on the work…

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Why You Need to Know About the Slow Down & Move Over Laws

There is a set of laws in most of North America, and all of the United States called the 'Slow Down & Move Over Laws' that have been put into place around 2007, depending on the state. According to polls done by Mason Dixon Polling & Research as well as the National Safety Commission, 71% of Americans don't know about these laws.

The laws were put in place to offer some additional safety…

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Do You Know How to Fix a Flat Tire?

Flat tires are common, and knowing how to change a tire could prevent you from getting stuck in the middle of nowhere. To replace a flat, you will need a lug wrench, tire jack, spare tire, crowbar and wheel chocks or blocks. Engage the emergency brake and put the blocks or chocks on the opposite tires from the flat.

Locate your tools and loosen the lugs. Jack up the car under the flat tire. Remove the lugs, wheel, and tire. Slip the new tire on, put the wheel in place and replace the lugs. Consider practicing this, so you're…

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Powertrain Warranty vs. Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty

If you get a powertrain warranty, do you know what's actually being covered? With a powertrain warranty, you are typically covering the most expensive parts of the vehicle to replace. This means your engine and transmission. However, your warranty may cover less or more depending on the dealership. You should check with the dealership before signing anything and make sure that the essential components of these two areas are covered.

With a bumper-to-bumper warranty, you are getting more coverage for what's inside the car and between the bumpers.

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What is an Ignition Switch?

Ignition systems have employed many different methods to start engines since the invention of the internal combustion engine. Man-power was the first method of ignition when a man would crank the engine to create a spark. Another method often used in airplanes was a limited explosive placed inside the ignition chamber to provide the initial spark. Typically, a modern automobile ignites using an ignition switch coupled with an ignition lock cylinder.

Understanding the three principal positions found on an ignition system switch provides information important...

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The Truth About Motor Oil

There are many myths circulating regarding motor oil. It seems to be a subject that people like to express an opinion about. Your car dealer wants to make sure that you have accurate information about the motor oil that you place in your vehicle.

One motor oil myth is that if the motor oil is a black color, it needs to be changed right away. This isn't necessarily the case. The oil is supposed to clean the engine. The darker coloration is a sign that the oil is functioning properly. You should change the oil in your vehicle according…

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3 Reasons to Buy Parts from a Dealership

When it comes to purchasing auto parts for preventive maintenance or unexpected repairs, it can be very tempting to take a look at sometimes less expensive aftermarket, and 3rd party manufactured parts. However, there are a couple of things to take into consideration before jumping the gun to save a few bucks.

Think long-term and big picture before purchasing the part(s) that are going to be used on your vehicle. A couple of key points should convince you why purchasing your parts from a certified dealership are your best investment and decision.

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