Is It Time for New Tires?

Don't make the mistake of ignoring problems with your tires. Maybe you think all those vibrations are fine, but issues with the wheels, tires, and struts could be the cause. A trained mechanic can likely figure out the reason for the mysterious vibrations. A car's owner can also check for some obvious signs the vehicle's tires are in bad shape.

Checking tread depth should be something all owners should do regularly. Use a penny to see how deep Lincoln's dead goes into the treads. If you see the top of Lincoln's head, the less depth…

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Understanding the Importance of the Alternator

The alternator is one of the most important elements of a vehicle's engine. The alternator is responsible for providing power to the electrical elements of a vehicle when it is in operation. Historically, the alternator was known as the generator.

You need to be absolutely certain that the alternator on your car, truck, or SUV is always in top-notch condition. There are some warning signs that your alternator is not functioning properly. The most obvious is the illumination of warning lights on the dashboard that read ALT or GEN. Other signs include dim lights when the vehicle is running…

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Does My Car Need Synthetic Oil?

You've read the claims - better performance, longer life, improved mileage. But do these statements mean that MY car or truck needs synthetic oil to function properly? How can I decide synthetic oil is the right choice for my vehicle?

Synthetic oils are composed of a base oil and performance additives dispersed in a carrier oil. Manufacturers use proprietary blends extracted from crude oil and then distilled to remove impurities. The chemicals added to the oil create uniform oil molecules which function better as lubricants.

These oils can reduce engine wear, 

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The Importance of Maintaining Your Brakes

The brakes on your vehicle are ultimately the most important safety system that your vehicle has. Brakes on a vehicle are designed to slow or stop a moving vehicle to prevent its motion. Being able to stop your vehicle at a moments notice can help you avoid a potential accident. Brakes that are not working properly will not do the job they are designed to do and will not be as effective as needed in the event of a panic situation.

Brakes should be regularly inspected to ensure they are working properly. To ensure brake system effectiveness is at 100…

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How Does A Wheel Alignment Work?

Traveling in a straight direction helps get you where you want to go. What a shame the car's wheels aren't complying. They can't due to being out of alignment. Different reasons contribute to a car's alignment getting messed up. Hitting a pothole on the road is a common culprit. There are others. Thankfully, an experienced mechanic can fix alignment issues.

Correcting the angles on the alignment starts with taking measurements. Three vital angles receive measurement checks and, if necessary, adjustments. The adjustments restore the alignment back to the factory setting.

 

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Common Signs of a Leaking Exhaust

When you have an exhaust that is leaking on your vehicle, it is very important to have Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center take care of a problem like this. A minor repair right now could prevent you from having to pay hundreds of dollars for a major replacement or repair. If you're not sure what to look for when it comes to a leaking exhaust, read on to find out more.
  • A lot of people with a leaking exhaust notice that their engine sounds much louder than normal when running.
  • You may notice that there is condensation dripping from your…
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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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What is front-wheel drive vs. rear-wheel drive?

It’s time to get into a new car, but you don’t know what drivetrain you want. Should you upgrade to rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive? What’s the difference between those options and front-wheel drive? For one, front-wheel drive vehicles are lower in cost and get better gas mileage.

Front-wheel drive vehicles pull the car forward. This occurs when the transmission sends power to the front wheels, allowing them to move forward and pull the rest of the weight. While this is better for gas mileage, it doesn’t deliver on power or towing. For those options, you…

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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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