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What is Synthetic Oil? Does Your Car Need it?

Everybody knows that any vehicle needs to have oil changed on a regular basis. Failing to do so can be potentially deadly to your engine. Often when we walk in to the shop, the technician will ask if we need conventional or synthetic oil. While most motorists are familiar with conventional oil, many do not know what synthetic oil is, or whether their car needs it.

At its most basic level, synthetic motor oil is oil that has been specifically formulated to maximize protection, performance, and fuel economy. 

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Know if Your Exhaust System is Leaking

Your exhaust system is an important part of your vehicle as it takes harmful gases and releases in a place where they will not hurt you. It is important for you to know if that system is leaking and to get help if it is.

If you notice that your vehicle is shaking in a way that it did not before, that could be a sign of issues with its exhaust system. You should get that looked at. If you notice noise when the engine is running, such as a popping sound, you might have exhaust issues that need to…

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Reasons Why Your Tire Pressure Icon Gets Illuminated

When you are driving through Portland and you suddenly see that your tire pressure light has come on, there are a couple of reasons why that might have happened. The first reason, of course, is that a tire is indeed losing pressure. This could either be a puncture, or it could just be a slow loss of air.

The other reason that the light might come on is that there is something going on with the sensor itself. Sometimes the sensor will just go off if there is a kind of sudden change in the climate. There is also a…

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What is the Difference Between a Compact Temporary and a Full-Size Spare Tire?

When your vehicle has a flat tire and you’re stuck on the side of the road, the objective is to get moving to a safe location as quickly as possible. That’s why it’s important to always have a spare and a jack. There are a couple of alternatives for a passenger car spare tire. You may opt for a donut, or compact temporary, or you might prefer to keep a full-size spare on hand.

A donut is smaller than a full-size tire, and it can only be used on a passenger vehicle. 

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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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