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Know-How Guide To Self-Diagnosing An Exhaust Leak

Exhaust leaks will reduce fuel-economy and cause engine problems, so that's why it's important to recognize when it's leaking.

Here are some simple signs that you may have a problem with your exhaust system:

Smell Of Gas Inside The Car

Don't let the smell of gas inside the cabin go uninspected because it can be a potential threat to your health and vehicle function.

 

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Applying Small Touch-Ups Is Like Applying Nail Polish

Don't be stressed out about small touch-up jobs on your car because touching-up is easy to do.

Here are some simple steps to help you perform successful touch-up on your favorite car:

  • Locate the paint code specific to your vehicle
  • Find the paint code on your car (usually located somewhere inside the driver's side door), and buy the touch-up bottle that matches your car.
  • Wash and dry the car
  • Painting requires a clean surface. Wash and dry your car before applying touch-up paint.
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Why Does My Car Have An Alternator?

If your car was built in the last 100 years or so, chances are that it has some sort of accessory that runs on electrical power. While older vehicles had their own ways of getting power, modern vehicles at Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center all use an important component called the alternator. Understanding what this component does will give you a much bigger view of its importance.

The alternator in a car works just like a generator because that's exactly what it is. Instead of being powered by steam or moving water, though, your car's alternator is powered by…

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Does Your Car's Ignition Need Work?

Once you turn the key in the ignition, your car should start up right away. While it "should," it might not. Sometimes, the ignition might be slow or, worse, doesn't start at all. To avoid the latter, be on the lookout for signs the ignition isn't working the way it should.

Do the dashboard lights flicker when you turn the ignition? Does the engine sputter or the starter make an odd sound? Sometimes, the starter could make odd sounds. Such problems won't likely improve on their own and might become dramatically worse. Getting the vehicle checked out…

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What Are Gaskets?

Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center believes that every car owner in Nederland should have a basic understanding of the parts on their vehicle. Gaskets perform an important job that you may take for granted. These vital parts allow tight seals to prevent the loss of lubricants or coolant. Vehicles have many types of gaskets, and they are used on critical components like your engine.

A gasket is typically made of stainless steel or pliable rubber. When placed between two connecting parts of an automobile, gaskets help to create a tight seal. 

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How to Replace a Flat Tire

Getting a flat tire can feel like the end of the world, especially the first time, but, with a few instructions in hand, you can change a flat tire in no time.

The first instruction would be to find shelter from traffic. You're going to be outside of your car, on the ground, so you want to be away from any car that might not spot you out on the road. Next, you want to place a jack under the car and lift the car approximately 12 inches from its original spot. This will give you a better angle…

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Replacing a Flat Tire with Ease

Changing a flat tire in optimal weather conditions is actually something that doesn't take very long. If you would rather try to change your flat yourself instead of waiting for roadside assistance, here are Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center's tips to get this done quickly.

Always park your vehicle safely away from traffic on the side of the road and on a flat surface.

Take the hub cap off completely, storing it somewhere safe for the time being.

Loosen, but don't remove, the lug nuts on the flat tire.
 

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Drivers Should Know These Facts About Gaskets

Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center believes that all drivers in Nederland should be informed when it comes to basic car parts. Gaskets are used on all cars and trucks today, and they serve a very important purpose. Here is a closer look at these vital vehicle parts.

Did you know that a car or truck can have 100 or more gaskets? It is easy to overlook gaskets because they are unseen. Gaskets are small pieces of molded material that are used to prevent leaks of fluid or lubricant. They are placed between a stationary and a moving part on a car…

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Why Tire Pressure Matters to the Protection of Your Vehicle

For our dealership, we aren't just concerned about the cars we sell; we also care about the people that drive them. To maintain your safety, we want you to be aware of best practices for your vehicle. One important way to protect yourself and your passenger are to keep your tires properly inflated. Here are the reasons why.

Over-inflation

When putting air in your tires, you may add more than what they need. This can be dangerous because it causes them to be too firm and inflexible. As you drive, they will be affected by every defect or debris…

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Low-Mileage Oil Change Recommendations

Motor oil keeps your engine lubricated and clean. Oil captures and removes debris, helping your engine work at optimal efficiency over a longer lifespan. Traditional recommendations suggest you change your engine oil every 3,000 miles, but the experts in Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center service department have a few considerations to bear in mind.

Conventional Oil

If you still use conventional oil and/or your car is more than 10 years old, have your oil changed every 3,000 miles. Use your odometer to 
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