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Is it Time for Transmission Service or Repair?

You probably don't think much about the transmission on your car until it stops working correctly. The transmission plays an important role in how your car runs, making it possible for your vehicle to change gears with ease.

If your car is making strange noises and feels as though it jerks when the gears change, the transmission could be the problem. Any time you experienced a delay in engagement, you may need some transmission work done. 

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How Does Horsepower Work?

Horsepower is the work done over the time it took to complete the task. This measurement is calculated by 30,000 ft-lb per minute. In perspective, a human can maintain an average of .1 horsepower. Furthermore, cars have on average low- to mid-100’s horsepower; a truck averages anywhere from high 100’s to high 400’s. One would observe that the faster a vehicle can move in a smaller amount of time, the higher the horsepower.

Horsepower originated from measuring the work of a steam boat in comparison to a horse. 

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How Does Horsepower Work?

Horsepower is the work done over the time it took to complete the task. This measurement is calculated by 30,000 ft-lb per minute. In perspective, a human can maintain an average of .1 horsepower. Furthermore, cars have on average low- to mid-100’s horsepower; a truck averages anywhere from high 100’s to high 400’s. One would observe that the faster a vehicle can move in a smaller amount of time, the higher the horsepower.

Horsepower originated from measuring the work of a steam boat in comparison to a horse. 

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Move Over Laws Help Save Lives

Because of the many deaths in America related to roadside workers getting struck and killed while doing their duties on the side of a highway, a law has been put into place to prevent the number of deaths. The move over law has made it a requirement for motorists to slow down and change lanes when approaching shouldered vehicles with hazards lights flashing.

 

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Reasons to Maintain a Full Gas Tank

Now that we are in the cold months of winter, it is especially important to keep your gas tank full. This is not something that many of us think about as being a seasonal thing, but in the winter time, it is more important than ever.

Why do you always need to keep a full or close to full fuel tank? When your gas tank is low on fuel, that means that there is more room in there for air. With the cold winter air comes condensation. Condensation can work its way to your fuel lines and eventually freeze. Frozen…

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Make the Right Move and Get Your Car Loan Pre-Approved

It is very wise to get your car financing taken care of prior to your visit to the car dealership when you are thinking of the purchase of a new or used vehicle. You can get pre-approval by simply going to our [Dealer] website and completing the online form located there. We will get back to you with the total amount of financing that will be available to you.

 

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Benefits of Buying Winter Wiper Blades

Although wipers are essential parts of a vehicle, most people do not love them. Most even forget to replace them when they wear out. The auto service staff here at MINI of Portland wants to remind you that the wipers are essential to your vehicle, as they determine the visibility as you drive and also determine how safe you and other road users are. Below are some reasons why you should buy winter wiper blades.

Sturdy frames that are more firm are used to make the winter blades. 

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Why You Should Be Concerned When You See Dashboard Warning Lights


When some people see dashboard lights come on, they simply drive on because it's too much of an inconvenience for them to stop. But that's a bad idea because these lights could mean a big engine failure is on the way, or another failure that could lead to a vehicle accident. That's why you should know what your dashboard warning lights mean and have your vehicle brought to our dealership to be checked.

What These Dashboard Warning Lights Mean

These dashboard warning lights are usually the ones you'll see if there's a big problem coming…
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Rotating Your Tires Saves You Money


Rotating your tires is part of proper vehicle maintenance. Front tires tend to wear out on the outside faster than your rear tires. Rotating them in a timely manner ensures that your tires wear evenly. This gives your vehicle a smoother ride and helps to keep your car on the road. Uneven tire tread raises safety issues as your car is not equipped to grab the road properly.

Our expert technicians at MINI of Portland will be happy to perform this service for you. When tires are rotated, they are inspected for wear and air pressure. The front tires are…
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