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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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What Does Your Car Battery Do?

Here at MINI of Portland, we want all of our customers to be able to fully take care of their vehicles. That is why we are committed to informing you about many of the basic features and maintenance items found on your vehicle.

One of the most common components of your car is its battery. The battery powers the entire vehicle. It is what allows the car to start and to have the lights and radio running. The battery is like the heart of your vehicle. If your car battery is going bad, then you may notice that it is…

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Strange Oil Spills or Smoke Could Relate to Your Starter

Cars can be smoky and oily, and as such, it can be easy for many drivers to ignore oil spills or noxious fumes. That said, oil and smoke can be strong predictors of certain serious car issues. One car issue that smoke or oil may predict is vehicle starter failure.

Car starters are electrical and mechanical devices that are responsible for turning vehicle flywheels and starting motors. Starters are made up of many different pieces, and as they begin to age or sustain damage, these various parts can fail. Luckily, they usually send clear signals on their way to complete…

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Get Ready for Winter Driving with a Comprehensive Winter Survival Kit

With winter just around the corner, you need to make sure your car is ready to go in cold weather. This includes proper winterization of your car and making certain you have a proper winter survival kit. Your life and those of your loved ones depends on it.

In your automobile winter survival kit, you need to include extra pieces of warm clothing and blankets. Clothing includes boots, gloves, and caps. Your kit also needs a reliable, powerful flashlight, jumper cables, and extra water.  

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Does Your Vehicle Need All-Season Tires or Winter Tires?

There are ways to prepare for driving safely in winter weather, and we can help at MINI of Portland. If you want to know which type of tires that you need, read further to understand the difference between winter tires and all-season tires.

If you're driving in areas with little snow, then all-season tires are probably suitable. If you reside in an area that has frequent, heavy snow with black ice, then you should have a set of winter tires mounted before winter sets in because winter tires have more biting edges and deeper tread patterns. 

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Your Guide to Oversteer and Understeer Conditions

MINI of Portland is committed to answering your common questions about vehicle dynamics and performance. The terms oversteer and understeer may seem self-explanatory at first, but when and why do they occur?

Oversteer causes the car to steer over what you intended, while understeer causes it to steer less. Oversteer usually happens with rear-wheel drive vehicles and understeer typically happens with front-wheel drive. However, both types can experience this issue. 

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Strap Your Child in Safe

Failing to place your child in their car seat properly can leave them vulnerable in an event of an accident. If you have questions or concerns you can always contact the NHTSA, who has check stations for your child's car seat around the country. Would you like some helpful tips when putting your child in their safety seat? At MINI of Portland, we want you to be as informed as possible, so here are a few tips to help you keep your kid safe and comfortable.

Use Instructions On Car Seat

Remember to read the guidelines before installing the…

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