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The Necessity of Car Covers

Whether you regularly park your vehicle in a garage, in the driveway or on the street, a vehicle cover remains a worthwhile investment. Parked indoors or out, vehicles are exposed to dirt and dust. Pollen, bird droppings and other environmental elements require frequent washing. However, if adequately covered, you are spared having to accomplish the task as often.

Rain, hail and snow have the potential to cause watermarks and physical damage. The paint might accidentally become scratched by neighborhood creatures. But, when covered with a suitable vehicle cover, the car, truck or 

 

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What You Should Know About Your Vehicle's Timing Belt

At Hendrick Honda Hickory, our service team is always standing by to provide our consumers with assistance, and we like to keep our customers informed about how to keep their engines in optimal condition. A timing belt is an important part of your engine that helps it function properly.

A timing belt works to keep the camshaft and crankshaft in sync, which will help the cylinders fire at the right time. It also controls the valves and pistons in the engine so that they will open correctly.
 

 

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How is Your Car's Differential Maintained?

What is that gearbox located between the drive wheels and your vehicle? The average car owner likely doesn't know the answer: the differential. He/she may notice the vehicle's maintenance book suggests changing differential fluid at some point though. While you may not know much about the differential, the gearbox remains an important component of a car.

The aforementioned differential fluid ensures the gears stay adequately lubricated. Poor lubrication leads to excess friction. Friction eventually ruins parts. Aged or leaking differential fluid may lead to a grinding sound.

 

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When to Replace Your Tires

You need to make sure that your tires are in safe condition at all times. This includes ensuring that your tires are replaced in a timely manner. There are specific signs to bear in mind when it comes to the timing of tire replacement.

Worn tire tread is a major sign that the time has arrived to replace your tires. You can easily check this out by turning a penny with Lincoln's head down between the treads. If all of his head appears, the time to replace has arrived. Another prime sign that you need to replace your tires…

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Simple Yet Effective Guide to Change a Flat Tire

Keep this tire changing guide in mind the next time you wind up stranded with a flat tire.

The first thing to consider is where the vehicle is stuck. Never leave the car in the roadway, ride that rim if needed a few feet to get out of the way of traffic and where you can work safely for a few minutes.

Use the tire iron to loosen the lugs on your car's flat tire, then you can jack the vehicle up to where the tire is off the ground.

Once the tire leaves the road surface, take off…
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How to Find the Most Favorable Auto Finance Terms

As you contemplate purchasing a new or pre-owned vehicle, you not only need to focus on selecting a car that meets your needs, but also on a loan that fits your budget. Part of that equation is seeking out the best auto finance terms. One strategy that you need to employ is shopping around to find the most favorable lending source.

In addition to shopping around and checking out different auto financing resources, do not be afraid to negotiate with a lender. Keep in mind that what might seem like a small adjustment on the surface can end up becoming…

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Selecting Forward or Rear Facing Seats

Child safety seats are vital equipment for transporting young children safely in any passenger vehicle. State laws require their usage, and statistics show that they can reduce and avoid severe injuries in sudden stops or auto collisions.

Local drivers understand the importance of getting the right car seat. Infants and toddlers need the maximum protection of rear acing seats. Older children can use front facing or hybrid seats. When near the teen years, children can usually use seat belts. The overriding requirement is always to use the right child seat whenever the child rides. 

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Alternator Woes and Fixes

Initially, your drive down the highway went fine. Without warning, the lights on your dash come up weirdly in sync. The car sputters and repeatedly briefly stalls. The car stops. All the electrical functions shut off. A few things could be wrong here, but suspicion commonly falls on the alternator.

The alternator generates vital electricity while a car runs. The alternator keeps the battery charged while supporting a flow of power running through the electrical system. Once the alternator goes, a car won't go. Mercifully, certain models come with an alternator warning light on the dash. 

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Everything You Need to Know About Brake Fluid

There are many reasons that you may need your vehicle serviced, such as changing the brake fluid. Brake fluid is an important part of your vehicle's overall braking system because it ensures all the components run properly. Brake fluid can also be referred to as hydraulic fluid, and without brake fluid, your vehicle wouldn't be able to stop when your foot engages the brake pedal. Read further to learn more about brake fluid and how often it needs to be changed. 

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Things to Consider When Deciding On a Vehicle According to Safety Ratings

As a safety-minded driver, you have likely heard of the different tests that vehicles are put through by the IIHS and the NHTSA. The best type of vehicle to choose from is the vehicle that passes both the IIHS and NHTSA in flying colors. For one thing, there is never too much caution when it comes to choosing a vehicle. When thinking about vehicle safety, among the factors you have to consider is the driver, the passenger, pedestrians and other drivers.

If you are wondering how you can tell whether a vehicle has passed the safety tests. One thing you…

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