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True or False: Motor Oil Myths

Motor oil lubricates all of the engine's moving parts and takes up contaminants in order to avoid damage the engine. Unfortunately, there are many myths about motor oil. One myth you might have heard is that synthetic oil causes oil to leak. Back in the early 1970s when synthetic oil was first introduced, it shrunk the seals, which caused leaking. Improvements have been made, and this is no longer the case.

Another myth is that you don't need a new oil filter when you change the oil. This is wrong. Always change the oil filter, because the old…

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Keep These Items in Your Roadside Emergency Kit

Your friends at Route 60 Genesis wanted to make certain you had the right items packed in your roadside emergency kit.

Road flares are important because they will alert drivers that you are stuck with a disabled car on the side of the road. The flashlight is essential for making any repairs to your vehicle when stuck in the middle of the night. Be sure you bring plenty of batteries.

Tire fix-a-flat should be in your kit to allow you to get a flat tire up off that rim so you can move the vehicle further off the road. A…

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What Does All-Wheel and Four-Wheel Drive Mean for You?

Every all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel drive vehicles have a component known as a transfer case. The case contains gears that transfer power between the axles depending on which wheel has the most traction. Fluid within the case keeps the gears running smoothly along with maintaining the internal temperature and inhibiting the gears from being contaminated with debris. At some point during a vehicle's lifespan, the fluid may become contaminated and break down. A damaged seal might also cause leakage.

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Check Your Engine for Overheating Problems

Overheating engines can happen unexpectedly to anyone, and is one of the major headaches of having a motor vehicle. It can cause extensive damage a car’s engine and end with major repair work needed to reverse the problem. Maintaining a cool engine is crucial to vehicle performance and safety.

To do this, regular checks of its radiator should commence once or twice every month. Antifreeze is a chemical solution that is used to elevate the engine’s temperature. Some brands must be diluted with water while others can be directly filled into the radiator’s cap.

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What Does A Serpentine Belt Do?

Back in the day when the automobile was young, a belt that was connected to the crankshaft drove the car’s cooling system. The belt ran from the crankshaft to the water pump and the fan. Together, these parts kept fluid running through the engine to cool it down and wafted air through the radiator to cool the water. Today, the serpentine does much more than that.

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Change of Weather? Change Your Wiper Blades

We rely on our windshield wipers to keep our windshields clear of rain, snow, and even debris, yet we often overlook them until it is too late. Below are two indicators that your windshield wipers need to be replaced:

  • Improper Contact with Windshield- Unfortunately you may not notice until you are stuck in heavy rain or snow that your wiper blades are not making proper contact with the windshield and therefore not reaching certain areas. 
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Why Your Brake Pads Need to Be Changed

So the mechanic has told you that it's time to change your brake pads. But do you know why they need to be changed periodically, anyways? Brake pads quite literally serve as a pad for the braking system. They provide cushion between the rotor and the caliper that squeezes on the rotors. 

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Are There Situations When I Should Adjust My Tire Pressure?

Recommended tire pressures should never be adjusted under normal driving conditions. The tire pressure recommendations from the vehicle manufacturer are the result of extensive and exhaustive tests involving the tire model in question and your vehicle model. There are, however, special driving conditions when you should adjust your tire pressure.

When you are driving your vehicle through snow and ice, it may be a good idea to deflate your tires a pound or two to provide a bit more contact, and therefore grip, with the road.

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What is the Difference Between a Powertrain Warranty and a Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty?

If you’re in the market for a new or certified used vehicle, you should be prepared to discuss two of the most comprehensive warranty packages that will be offered to you. While they are both comprehensive, there are differences, and it’s advisable to understand what each specifically includes and excludes. Another factor is the length of time they’re in effect.

A powertrain warranty should cover the oiled parts of your vehicle that make it possible to move forward or in reverse. Examples of parts included in this category are the transmission, engine, drive shaft, and wheel bearings…

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