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How Can You Tell That Your Car Tires Need Replacing?

Poor handling, blowouts, and low fuel economy represent the varying degrees of troubles bad tires create. That's why drivers must be mindful of any problems with one or more tires. And those problems can develop all at once or slowly over time. If you smell burning rubber, your tire might have suffered a puncture and went flat. Vibrations could also indicate tire issues.

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Indications That Your Vehicle's Alternator is Bad

When we think of powering our vehicle, we often think of the battery as being the powerhouse, yet it’s actually the alternator that generates the energy required to keep the battery charged. The alternator will still function even if the battery is dead, but the battery will not hold a charge if the alternator is shot. Stop at Jenkins Nissan for your alternator battery and other automotive needs.

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Quick Ways to Tell That Your Suspension is Slipping

Can you believe that some people choose to ignore signs that their suspension is slipping rather than admit that there could be a problem? That is, unfortunately, the predicament that we find ourselves in. You should not do that. Notice the early signs and save yourself a lot of money down the road.

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How Important is the Engine Cooling System Maintenance Check-Up?


The reason that it is so important that you are getting the cooling system inspected at the service center is because it takes a number of different parts to keep the engine operating at the right temperature.

The mechanic will first check all the belts and hoses of the cooling system. If the belts have wear or are slipping, they need to be replaced. If hose clamps are corroded and failing, they could allow coolant to leak.

The radiator is where the coolant goes to cool down, so this part and the fan will be checked for any issues. The…
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Does the battery just sit there after you start the car?

Your battery sacrifices some voltage during the car starting process. If you were to measure the voltage remaining in your battery just after you started your engine, you would find a voltage remaining somewhere between 11.7 volts and 11.3 volts on a good battery. If your battery is not so good, then the voltage remaining will be less.

While your car is running, the alternator acts as a recharging agent. The alternator sends voltage back into the battery until it reaches its top voltage storing capacity. In most modern vehicles, the alternator senses when the....

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Fluid Service: Check For All Fluids To Be Looked At


Owning a car is a lot of responsibility. The maintenance on the vehicle is going to allow the car to run for long periods of time and for a length of time that it may not have otherwise made it to if the service schedule had not been followed.

Service schedules are made on the vehicle to ensure that the motor, transmission, brakes, and radiator are at proper levels for operating the car. If any of these levels are down, restoring the correct amount of fluid is imperative to preventing damage to the car.


 
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How to Detect a Leaky Exhaust System


A vehicle's exhaust system protects you and your passengers from the dangerous gasses emitted from the engine while running. If the system is not performing correctly, you or your passengers could be at risk of being exposed to potentially fatal fumes. Take your vehicle to a service center immediately if you become aware of any of the following signs of a leaky exhaust system.
  • Noticing a new vibration when touching the steering wheel or a sudden loss of power.
  • Stopping more often to fill up with gas.
  • New noise such as popping or hissing coming from the tailpipe.
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Plan Ahead And Make Sure That Your 4WD Is Working As It Should


Have you ever been stuck in the mud or woke to a city covered in snow that you had to travel through? In times such as these, it is a benefit to have either an AWD or 4WD vehicle to get you from point A to point B. With that in mind, it is equally important to make sure that your 4WD mode is functioning as it should ahead of time.

The transfer case on a vehicle is the special gearbox that transitions the vehicle from the normal mode to 4WD. In 4WD vehicles, it transfers power between the front…
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