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What's the Big Deal About Belts and Hoses?

Here at MINI of Portland, we often notice that our customers don't really know that much about the vehicles they drive. Besides knowing when to put gas in, change the oil or bring the vehicle in for servicing, many people don't understand what goes on under the hood. The belts and hoses of a car are very important, and we feel that drivers should know a bit about what they do.

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What Brake Pads Do?

Brake pads are a crucial component of your car. Indeed, overall motoring safety depends upon properly functioning brake pads.

In basic terms, brake pads push onto the rotor. When than occurs, the pressure of the pad causes friction to develop. 

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Primary Causes of Engine Overheating

Engine overheating is a pervasive problem among car owners. There are some more commonplace causes of engine overheating as well as an important strategy you need to follow to prevent this from happening in the first place.

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Shield Your Eyes from Sunlight While Driving

Although you might try to avoid driving through Portland near sunrise or sunset, sometimes you just can't help it. Unfortunately, the sun may then be at just the right angle to cause a near-blinding glare. When the sun's rays are aiming for your eyes, a few simple precautions can help you maintain clear vision.

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What Does an Infotainment System Do?

Infotainment systems have become a standard feature of the modern automobile, but what do they typically do? Many new car buyers may be asking themselves this question as they shop the different models that are available.

The word "infotainment" is a portmanteau of "information" and "entertainment." Infotainment systems get their name from the combination of traditional entertainment features like stereos and satellite radio services with new technologies like GPS navigation and smartphone support.  

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Make Sure You Service Your MINI Soon!

Modern MINI vehicles are engineering marvels. Did you ever wonder how so much modern technology could fit into so small a package? Expert engineering! But these finely-tuned driving machines require an equal amount of care in maintaining them as they did when they were engineered. If you haven't had your new or used MINI serviced recently, we invite you to stop by our service department to have your oil changed, have your tires rotated, or whatever needs to be done. If in doubt, ask a MINI-certified service technician to give the car a good thorough inspection.

 

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MINI Of Portland Here, Issuing a Friendly Reminder To Keep Your Car Waxed

 

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Here at MINI of Portland, we want everyone to treat their car as well as we do. We know that the weather in Portland can be really hot and dry in the summer and very rainy in the winter. So in the hopes of being helpful and continuing to provide top-tier customer service to our Portland patrons, we'd like to remind you of the importance of keeping your new or used car washed and waxed.

 

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