Back-to-School Vehicle Check-Up

The back to school season is an important time to review vehicle care. For parents of school-age children or those sending them off to college, the condition of household vehicles is vital. The seasons ahead will bring cold, snow, and wet or slippery roads. You should begin by checking the dash or any warning lights such as tire pressure warnings and resolving those issues.

Most drivers know the importance of following the owner’s manual recommendations for routine maintenance including oil changes, tire rotation, brake pads, and lights. 

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Tips for Keeping Your Car Clean in Only Minutes

Did you receive a last-minute invitation to spend time with some friends, or do you have a work event that you forgot about? You'll want to arrive in style by driving a clean vehicle, whether you drive alone or pick up friends along the way. Here are a few simple yet effective tips for keeping your car clean in minutes.

Start by soaking the exterior of the vehicle with the hose. This will remove all the dirt and debris from the surface. While the vehicle is still wet, use a polishing cloth and solution to bring out a shine…

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Why Use A Clay Bar When Detailing?

We here at Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center want you to be an informed car owner. That is why we want to teach you all about how simple and effective using a clay bar is for your vehicle.

Using clay to clean the exterior of a car is quite simple. Just spray a lubricant over the area you wish to clean and then place the clay on these spots to remove contaminants. Using a clay bar serves a variety of purposes. First, it gets rid of all the dirt, grime and other debris that may have embedded itself into the finish…

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Infotainment Systems and the Connected Car

Our cars do much more than get us from point A to point B. They are our command center, often serving as a conference room, a family lounge, and even a dressing vanity. We live so much of our lives in the car that it is only natural that we connect them to the rest of our life. This is where the infotainment system comes in.

Infotainment systems began to be introduced as convenience options in the early 2000s. The word is a mashup of information and entertainment, which highlights the primary purpose of the systems. 

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Debunking Motor Oil Misconceptions

To the layperson, the workings of motor oil can often be overwhelming. There's often a myriad of misconceptions about motor oil that need to be fully understood so that you can learn how to best service your vehicle. The most common myth is that your motor oil needs to be changed every 3,000 miles. This is an outdated misconception that does not take into account the modern motor capabilities. Despite conventional wisdom, motor oil turning black is also not a sign that the oil needs to be changed. 

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Understanding The Difference Between A Truck's Payload And Towing Capacity

Many people confuse the payload of a truck and the towing capacity as being the same thing. This is a big mistake. Confusing the two can lead to serious damage to the vehicle and harm to the driver.

The payload of a vehicle refers to the carrying capacity of a vehicle. It includes both the weight of the vehicle and everything you put inside of it. Passengers, grocery bags, and any other item lying around will all add to the payload. 

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Tailgating Essentials for Your Next Event

With the warm weather finally here, now is the time to make the most out of your free time and your weekends. With your new pickup truck from Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center, you can head out and do some tailgating. This is a great way to gather with friends and family, and enjoy the great outdoors without having to spend a ton of money. Let's take a peek at some of the tailgating essentials that you need to have a successful outing!

Bring plenty of places to sit down. If you're going to be out for the whole…

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The Importance of Brake Fluid

We all know that our vehicles need brake fluid, but many vehicle owners don’t know the importance of brake fluid. If your vehicle’s brakes aren’t working as they should, stop at Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center and let us check it over and discuss brake fluid and other issues your vehicle may have.

In order for your brakes to work properly, all brake components (rotors, calipers, brake pads) must be in good condition. However, even if that’s the case, you need brake fluid in order for your brakes to work. 

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What is a Differential, and Does it Need Service?

The differential is a small transfer case that is between the transmission and the drive shaft, and it has the job of making certain power gets to the wheels. Here are a few things to be concerned about with the differential.

If the fluids inside the differential are low, the gears are not going to be able to operate effectively. The first sign is you will notice it is harder to steer or control your car because the gears are working harder. When the differential is leaking or the oils have broken down, the gears could start grinding. 

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The Correct Way to Assemble a Roadside Emergency Kit

Making your own roadside emergency kit is simple if you follow this guide. Keep a set of jumper cables in the trunk so you can get assistance from any driver who stops to see if they can help. Be sure there is at least one flashlight in the kit, and pack as many batteries as you have handy too.

A first aid kit is important if you need to address any injuries until help shows up. Bring extra fluids in case the engine runs low. Engine oil and coolant could be essential to getting you back moving safely. 

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