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Test Your Car Battery to Stay Safe on the Road

Your car's battery will last about 4 years, but eventually will need to be replaced. If you are having problems with the battery and need to jump start your car frequently, it's time to test the voltage of your battery. Using a voltmeter, you can test your battery to see if you need a new one.

Using the voltmeter, first make sure your car is completely off, including the lights. Attach the red terminal to the voltmeter first, then the black terminal. Make sure you wear protective rubber gloves and goggles to avoid getting hurt from battery acid…

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Understanding How Your Brake Pads Work and Why They Wear Out

Your car’s brake system is extremely complex. It consists of a whole series of hydraulic lines, mechanical components, and electronic sensors. However, the overall function is pretty simple: you press the brake pedal and your brake pads slow your car down.

They do so through friction. Behind each of your wheels is a big metal rotor that spins along with the axle whenever your car is in motion. Pressing your brake pedal forces hydraulic fluid to squeeze the brake pads against the spinning rotors.
The resulting friction between the pads and rotors is what stops your car.

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Why an Engine Overheats

One of the most frustrating things that can happen with a motor vehicle is an engine overheating. Indeed, an overheating engine can have significant and expensive consequences. There are a number of more common reasons why an automobile engine overheats.

At the top of this list of causes of engine overheating is because of some issue related to engine coolant. For example, if an engine lacks proper coolant, overheating is the end result. 

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Which Tires Will You Choose?

There's a time and a place to be slipping and sliding, and it isn't on the roads in America. Those of us at Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center know that there are many parts to think about regarding your vehicle. It can be difficult to keep up with all of these moving parts to maximize the use of your ride. Knowing the difference, for example, of all-season tires and winter tires may be critical for safe driving throughout the season, especially if you travel to see family for the upcoming holidays. 

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How Does an Alternator Function?

Acting at the first sign of a car problem will help you extend the life of your automobile. At Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center, we want to help you keep your vehicle in optimal condition with helpful information about the components of your car. An alternator is what helps your vehicle's battery stay charged while its running, and if it fails, it could cause a host of electrical problems.

Your vehicle's alternator is part of the starting and charging system.  

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Routine Maintenance Keeps Your Car's Suspension System Working Right

Your car's suspension system supports the vehicle's weight, dampens road shock, and helps maintain tire contact. It's what gives you and your passengers a smooth, safe ride down the road. Keeping the suspension system in good shape will keep you driving down the road without a bump.

What are some key parts of your car's suspension system? The shocks and struts on your car help absorb the bumps and dips you encounter on the road, making it a smoother ride for you and your passengers. Ball joints, sway bars, and bushings help steer the car. 

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Back to School Basics for Vehicles

With summer winding down, many vehicle owners are looking ahead to the back to school season. Before you dive into this busy time in life, it is important that your vehicle is ready for the road ahead.

Staying on top of basic maintenance tasks will go a long way in keeping you safe. Oil changes, tire rotations, and fluid checks should all be performed according to the recommendations in the owner's manual. Warning indicator lights on your dashboard should never be ignored. 

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Timing Belt and Chain Maintenance

It's not a part of your vehicle that you probably think about very often, but the timing belt is a vital piece of equipment. If the timing belt or chain breaks, your vehicle will stop running, and the engine can experience irreparable damage. Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center wants you to make sure that you have your timing belt maintained properly.

Your vehicle will have either a timing belt or chain. A timing chain is lubricated and does not need to be changed. The timing belt is made out of thick rubber. The timing belt needs to be changed at…

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Tips to Limit Pet Hair in a Car

At Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center, our goal is to help you keep your car as clean as possible. Clean cars are generally more comfortable to be in and tend to have a higher resale or trade value. If you have pets, you know that it can be a challenge to keep their hair from getting on seats and other interior components.

The use of plastic floor liners can make it easier to keep your car clean. Whenever you see excess hair clumped on the liner, simply take it out, shake it off and put it back in the car. Seat…

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Why You Need to Wash Your Car Regularly

Washing your car can help you to get the most from your vehicle. By keeping it free of dirt, salt and other grime, you can protect the body and the frame against rust or other damage. Ideally, you will wash your car at least once a month during the spring and summer months.

However, a car washing schedule can be adjusted to account for weather conditions. Keeping dust, pollen or other particles off of your vehicle makes it easier to see while driving.  

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