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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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How Can a Vehicle History Report Help You Select a New-to-You Car?

When you purchase a used vehicle, this can be beneficial to your budget and to your lifestyle. A used vehicle is priced more affordably than it was when it was brand new. You might be able to get a vehicle that you otherwise wouldn't be able to afford. During the purchase process, you can access a vehicle history report. This report will give you a number of really useful details about a certain vehicle. This will help you decide if that specific car is the one for you. 

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Protect Your Car, Truck or Van Year-round With a Vehicle Cover

There are many benefits to using a high-quality, well-made car cover in every season of the year. Below are just a few of the reasons that you should cover your car if you aren’t able to store it inside a protected garage.

Although most car covers are made of natural or synthetic fabric, they are still capable of supplying an additional layer of thermal protection from extreme heat and cold.  

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The Importance of Getting Vehicle Alignment Services

If you neglect getting alignment services performed on your car, you run the risk of doing more damage than you might realize. Here are a few of the things to consider if you haven't gotten an alignment recently.

The car is going to start pulling to one side or the other as a result of hitting a curb or banging into a pothole. Pulling to the side affects the handling, and that means you will have a difficult time at higher speeds being able to safely keep your vehicle within the lane lines. 

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How Do Your Car's Brake Pads Function?

Brake pads are an important part of a disc braking system. They absorb the friction and heat that occurs between the caliper's piston and the rotor. When you push on the brake pedal, the caliper squeezes the rotor. The process generates a lot of friction, which is needed in order to stop the piston and bring your car to a stop.

Brake pads may be made from metal or ceramic. Heavy vehicles usually have ceramic brake pads. No matter what type your car has, they will need to be replaced. City driving with stop-and-go traffic wears out the brake…

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Simple Steps for Avoiding a Tire Blowout

Avoiding a tire blowout takes some work, but it will only require a few minutes of your day to improve the safety of your ride. Here are a couple ways to protect your car and tires from a blowout, as recommended by our team of MINI service experts.

If the tire pressure indicator in your vehicle shows low air pressure in one tire, get to the filling station and add air. If your vehicle does not have these sensors, use a tire gauge once a week to check for under-inflated tires because they will lead to a blowout. 

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Engine Overheating? There May Be a Few Causes to Consider

Your engine can get extremely hot. The good news is that there are systems that help to pull the heat away from the engine and cool it down so that it doesn’t damage the internal components. When your vehicle does overheat, there may be several problems going on.

The most likely culprit is going to be your radiator. There may be a crack in the radiator, a problem with one of the hoses, or there is a leak. Another culprit could be the thermostat housing, the water pump, or even the head gasket. 

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Your Car's Headlights Matter. Here's Why.

When you're driving at dusk, dawn, or in the darkness, your headlights let other drivers know you're there. Even if you're driving during the daylight hours, your headlights can alert other cars as to your location. Unfortunately, if your car's headlights aren't working correctly, you won't reap the benefit of having headlights.

Are your lights turning on each time you drive? Are they dimmer than usual? You might need to have your bulbs replaced. 

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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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