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What voltage level is necessary to keep my battery effective?

Measuring your battery’s voltage level is just the start of the process of analyzing your battery’s effectiveness. You also need to understand that your battery is being drained every second your car is not recharging it. When your vehicle is turned off, you still have several digital programs running. Your clock is ticking away, your computer is still running, and several other devices and programs are running in idle, drawing power from the battery.

If your battery maintains voltage despite all this activity, that means your battery’s active ingredients that generate...

 

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Keep Your Vehicle in Tip-Top Shape By Replacing These Belts and Hoses

It's a great feeling when you know that your car is running it's best, and there are a few parts that we want you to know about so that you can be confident that your vehicle is in tip-top shape. Belts and hoses play an integral role in the performance of your vehicle, and there are a couple of warning signs that will tell you when they're not running their best.

Your timing belt synchronizes the valves and pistons on your engine, and if the timing belt is broken, your car won't start. In fact, your…

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What You Need to Know About Air Filters

Did you know that there are two different types of air filters inside of your vehicle? One is found under the hood and the other is found in the cabin of your vehicle.

Engine air filters clean out the air so that it mixes sufficiently with the fuel for internal combustion. Without changing the engine air filters frequently, you run the risk of low fuel efficiency.

Cabin air filters filtrate the air before it goes into the air-conditioning system. If you don’t change the cabin filter often enough, you will find that the air quality is poor.

 

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Roadside Emergency? Here's What to Do

No matter how careful you try to be, you will most likely experience a roadside emergency at some point in your life. As that situation unfolds, you should take a few steps to keep yourself and your passengers safe until a tow truck or law enforcement officer arrives.

The first thing that you need to do during one of these situations is to get to a safe location. If you are driving through the streets of Philadelphia and one of your tires blows out, then you should get to a well-lit area. On a freeway, you must try to get…

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Time to Schedule Your Vehicle Maintenance for the Back-to-School Season

The time has come for kids to go back to school in Philadelphia. Back-to-school means getting back into a regular routine. Therefore, it's time to make sure that your vehicle maintenance is up to date. The most important vehicle maintenance for back-to-school is an oil change, a tire rotation, a brake inspection, and performing all fluid level inspections.

You can get your vehicle further prepared by making sure that all of your exterior lights are in proper working order such as the turn signals, brake lights, and headlights. With the change of season, it will be darker in the…
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Pinpointing Exact Ignition Problems Requires A Specialized Diagnosis

The ignition system in your car is a relatively small and simple series of components compared to others. It is however, one vital thing that allows you to rely on your car, or become stranded unexpectedly. The battery, solenoids, starter motor, and key assembly should always be in good condition.

Driving in a city like Philadelphia requires many stops and starts on a daily basis. This can result in a great deal of wear. If you notice harsh noises when turning the key, it could indicate that there are problems with starting components found under the hood....
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Simple Tips to Avoid a Dangerous Blowout

Modern tires are incredibly durable, but they still require regular maintenance. Neglecting your tires for months at a time could result in a life-altering or life-threatening car accident. Here are a few simple steps that you can take to avoid a dangerous tire blowout.

At least once a week, you should inspect all of your tires for any signs of damage or uneven wear. If you notice any rot or bulges, then you must immediately head to a certified mechanic. You should also have your tires inspected by a professional whenever you have the oil changed or any work done…

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How to Use a Roof Rack

The roof rack was once a sought after feature on American automobiles. Their use was widespread for a variety of applications from luggage to bikes to moving furniture. Larger vehicles, alternative towing options, and changes in the American lifestyle have rendered the roof rack nearly obsolete. However, where they are still available, roof racks can be an excellent way to secure your cargo.

Most factory installed Roof racks are intended for use with moderate weight items only. Things such as kayaks, bikes, and luggage are ideal for roof rack stowage. Many modern roof rack systems are 
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Reasons to Buy an SUV

If you're in the market looking for a pre-owned or new vehicle, consider an SUV. There are a number of solid reasons why you should consider investing in an SUV.

First, an SUV is a good choice if you have a larger family or do transport larger numbers of people with regularity. An SUV is a spacious choice.

Second, an SUV is an ideal choice when it comes to fuel efficiency. A fuel efficient SUV saves money and benefits the environment.

Third, an SUV is a solid choice because of safety. The typical SUV is a safe ride, a…

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How Do Brake Pads Work?

Every wheel on your car is attached to a brake rotor that spins with it. When you step on your brake pedal, a caliper squeezes the brake rotor and causes it and the wheel to slow down to a stop. This creates a massive amount of friction and can do irreparable damage to your rotors. To combat that friction and keep your brakes in working order, brake pads are placed between the caliper pistons and the rotors.

Of course, this all means that the brake pads themselves are under a lot of friction and will wear out relatively quickly. There…
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