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Stay Up-to-Date with Your Engine’s Service Needs

Your car's engine generates a lot of heat. The radiator and engine cooling system are designed to keep your car from reaching temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. When it gets that hot, things get destroyed. You'll know that your car is having an issue if it overheats frequently. A sweet smell, almost like maple syrup, can be one sign of this.

The cause of the cooling system failure can vary. Typically, it's the thermostat. But damaged radiator hoses, a cracked radiator or a broken water pump could also be the culprit. The earlier cooling…

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Can I Test My Battery Without a Voltmeter?

When the engine of your vehicle is not running, every electrical part is running off the battery. A battery that holds a charge will have no problem keeping your headlights going for a few minutes, or your audio system blasting away for hours. A test of headlight brightness with the car running provides a modicum of information about the alternator.

If you have the car running and the headlights are dim, then your alternator is not producing any current at all. Dimming headlights are an issue when you are driving at night. An alternator that produces no current will mean…

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DIY Headlight Cleaning Methods

Your headlights are subjected to a great deal of road debris and weather conditions. As such, they require cleaning from time to time. One way to tell that it’s time is if they’re not as bright as they once were. You have some options available to clean them yourself.

One very simple method that works well on plastic lenses is using toothpaste. Simply add some to a warm damp cloth and scrub the plastic. If they are particularly dirty, you may need to repeat the process. Once you’ve finished, use a clean damp cloth to rinse them…

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How Long Do Gaskets Last?

One thing that you may be wondering is how long you can expect your gaskets to last. This is probably because you were wondering if it is time for a change or checkup. There is no single answer to this question.

How long a gasket will last ultimately depends on the material from which it is made, the quality of the gasket, and the conditions that it is exposed to in your engine. Rubber gaskets tend to last between 20,000 and 50,000 miles, depending on the heat and pressure they must withstand on a daily basis. The typical…

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Take Steps to Avoid a Tire Blowout

Inspecting your tires on a regular basis is something that you should do regularly. Ensuring that they are in suitable conditions are important for a number of reasons, avoiding a tire blowout not being the least of which. With that in mind, there are things that you can do to make sure that your tire never blows out.

Rough road conditions with potholes or hitting a curb can through off your vehicle's alignment. 

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