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The Effects of Cold and Hot Weather on Car Batteries

Your car battery is an integral part of your vehicle. While you may not give your car battery much thought, without it to run your electrical system your car is almost useless. Especially considering how much computer technology is enclosed in your vehicle these days. That is why it is such a pain when your battery acts up in extreme weather.

The reason your vehicle will not work correctly during extreme heat or cold is pretty simple. A car battery is simply a metal and a liquid that have been put into a casing. These two elements react together to…

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Driving Safely When the Roads are Wet and Slick from Rain

Driving on wet roads takes practice, and even the best drivers make mistakes. Here are a few tips for helping stay safer on wet roads.

Make sure that you are leaving even more distance than usual with the car in front of you. The tires need more distance to come to a full stop, so adding a car length or two on wet roads is advised.

There will come a time when you start to lose control on a wet road and slide. The key is avoiding the urge to slam on the brakes and instead turn the wheel in…

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Three Tips to Safely Load Cargo into Your SUV

Before you pack up the SUV for that vacation trip or another reason, make sure you know what you're doing. It can make driving with a heavy load safer.

Tip number one is to make sure the vehicle is ready. Check the tires for proper air pressure and signs of damage. The second tip is to put heavy items on the bottom and closer to the front, so your vehicle has a low center of gravity. 

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After-Market Floor Mats Offer Interior Protection

The highest traffic area in your car is the floor. It is constantly exposed to any dirt and debris found on your or your passenger's shoes and is also subject to all sorts of shuffling and rubbing as people get in and out of the car. You can provide a much greater level of protection to your vehicle's floor interior by installing after-market floor mats.

Both all-weather and carpet floor mats are available depending on your needs. All-weather mats are generally made of rubber and extremely durable, as well as easy to clean. 

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Are you a Rear-Wheel-Drive or a Front-Wheel-Drive Driver?

An important consideration when purchasing a new vehicle is what type of drive should you get. This depends on the type of driver you are and what the typical road conditions will be for you.

If you have to drive over roads with potholes and other rough surfaces frequently, then a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) could be a good choice because it can take abuse fairly well. 

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What Do You Know About Car Warranties?

When buying a certified used or brand-new car, you might hear about different types of warranties. There are two main types, which are powertrain and bumper-to-bumper. A powertrain warranty typically covers the engine, transmission and drive train, with a few exceptions. For example, the battery isn't covered. Powertrain warranties usually last for about three to five years.

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3 Signs Your Exhaust is Leaking

A leaking exhaust can pose big problems for you. You should never drive your vehicle if you think that your exhaust is leaking because it can result in carbon monoxide inside the cabin. You don’t want this dangerous gas anywhere near you.

There are a few signs to be on the lookout for if you think you may have a leak. 

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Are Your Brake Pedals in Need of Repair?

Does your brake pedal have a spongy or soft feel to it when pushed? If so, your brake pedals may be in need of repair. When functioning properly, your brake pedal should feel firm. If it’s not, you and your passengers could be in danger of being in an accident. Stop at Garcia Honda Albuquerque and have us check them out for you.

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How to Choose an Oil for All Seasons

Multi-grade oil is the standard type of engine lubricant for the modern automotive industry. Multi-grade oils have the familiar rating style of numbers and letters such as SAE 5W -20. The viscosity rating tells the auto owner the important information needed to protect the engine from excessive wear and damage. The 5W is the cold weather rating, and the 20 is the operating temperature rating.

Albuquerque auto owners understand the need to keep the minimum level of oil at all times and to get frequent oil changes. They can meet or exceed the manufacturers recommended level of protection...

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What is a Timing Belt?

The timing belt on your vehicle’s engine is responsible for keeping the motions of the crankshaft and camshaft synchronized. It works by turning the sprockets of both shafts with teeth on the belt that align with those on the sprockets. It allows the valves to open and close when they should. The camshaft’s intake valve lets fuel and air into the cylinder. When the mixture has been condensed and ignited, its gases are released through the exhaust valve.

Prior to the 1980s, timing chains were used to function in the same way. Belts are a quieter and more…

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