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Signs of Ignition Trouble

The ignition system in your vehicle is much more than just a battery and a key. The ignition system is similar to the nervous system in your body. It sends pulses to the individual cylinders at precise intervals, allowing the fuel and air to combust and power the vehicle. Without this vital spark, your engine is dead in the water.

Diagnosing ignition problems is not always easy, but there are a few key things to look for when you suspect you may be having a problem. The key to a properly functioning ignition system is the battery. 

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Payload And Towing Capacity Have Important Differences

When you are looking to purchase a new there are all sorts of different terms used, and it can be easy to be confused about what they actually mean. Perhaps the most often mixed up terms are payload capacity and towing capacity. It is easy to why this is the case, after all, aren't they both just the amount of weight that your vehicle can safely handle? In reality, they are very different, and getting them confused can have drastic consequences. 

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What are Signs Your Tires Need to be Replaced?

It might seem like something you can put off until another day, but the wrong pressure in your car tires is actually causing more trouble than you might realize. These are some of signs your car tires need to be replaced.

If the air pressure indicator shows that you have too much air in one or more of the car tires, here is what is happening. The car rides on the center of the tire tread, so that area wears faster than the rest of the tread, and it becomes very difficult to control the car when on wet roads…

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What is a Differential's Function in a Vehicle?

Everyone knows that it is important to regularly check the oil, transmission fluid and water levels in our vehicles and replace when necessary. However, did you know that the differential fluid also needs to be checked and replaced regularly as well? Just as other fluids can break down, so can the differential fluid deteriorate over time.

The differential is a gearbox placed between the drive wheels. Vehicles that are four-wheel drive will have both a front and a rear differential. 

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Be Concerned About Exhaust System Leaks

Problems with a car's exhaust system shouldn't be ignored. The gases exiting the exhaust system can be harmful, so you want the system to work as intended. Exhaust systems can and do leak, so be on the lookout of any troubling signs of a leak.

Leaks don't hide, but some might be small. So you must look closely at the entire exhaust system for one. There are no minor leaks. Take even the smallest one seriously. The same would be true of any hissing or popping sound heard from the exhaust. 

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How to Avoid Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is a fancy word describing a dangerous threat to the operation of a vehicle. When your car rides on a wet surface, contact with the road could be lost. Learning how to avoid hydroplaning could reduce the chances of an accident.

Not driving on wet roads would be a wise plan. If you can't avoid wet and rainy roads, then defensive driving tactics must come into play. Driving slower than the speed limit by about 10 miles per hour may cut down on hydroplaning risks. When road conditions are poor, employ common sense and good habits when driving…

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Tips for Changing a Flat Tire

Having a flat tire is inconvenient, but being prepared with a few tools will make the situation tolerable. It is also a good idea to practice changing your vehicle's tire in a safe area. To change a flat tire, you will need a car jack, a lug wrench, and a spare tire. Make sure to inspect your spare tire at the same time you check your regular tires.

Before changing the tire, make sure the car is off. Set the emergency brake. Chock the wheels with either chock blocks, large rocks, or logs. Chocking the wheels will help stop…

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How to Tell if Your Ignition Needs Service

If your car is refusing to start and replacing your battery doesn't solve the issue, then the issue likely isn't the battery at all, but rather your vehicle's ignition system. So, how can you identify whether or not your ignition is the problem without buying a new battery?

There are a few clear identifiers that can help you locate a busted ignition. Strange sounds, such as grinding or a high-pitched whine when you try to start your car, can be a clear indicator of ignition problems. But the problems aren't always that clear. 

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Is Your Muffler or Exhaust System in Trouble?

The muffler and exhaust systems on your vehicle are designed to basically muffle the sounds of your engine so you have a quieter driving experience. Some people like to amp up the sound of their vehicle with certain mufflers and exhausts, but essentially if you drove your vehicle without a muffler or an exhaust of any kind, you wouldn't be able to hear yourself think straight. If you notice your vehicle is becoming louder the more you drive it, you may need some repairs done to your muffler or exhaust.

 

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Why Should You Consider Service for Your Suspension?

If you are traveling in downtown Phoenix and you think that there is something going on with your car when you hit a bump, then you might want to get your car checked out. If the car is bouncing too much for your comfort, it's possible the suspension is the issue.

This is something that needs to be checked out sooner, rather than later. You are going to want to get it checked before there is an issue with the parts of the car that are connected to the suspension and you need to pay big time bucks getting…

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