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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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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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