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How to Know if Your Ignition Needs to be Serviced

It is important for your vehicle to get you around Medford without failing you. If you feel that your ignition is not working like it should, you should seek out service so that it will not fail you.

If you try to start up your vehicle and all you hear is a whining sound, your ignition needs help. If you try to start up your vehicle and you see smoke, you should have your ignition looked at and serviced. You need to have your ignition working correctly if you are going to get your car to start up and take…

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Fact or Fiction? The Truth About Oil Change Intervals

Over the years, you probably have heard a lot of purported "facts" about the correct time to change the oil. No matter if this advice was imparted to you by your mechanic or a relative, the truth is that modern vehicles are different from vehicles manufactured twenty years ago. What was true then may not be true today.

You may have heard that your oil needs changing every 3000 miles. This is a myth, as every vehicle needs to adhere to the schedule recommended by the manufacturer. Additionally, some vehicles today have motor oil monitors that will alert...

 

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How do Extreme Weather Temperatures Affect Car Batteries?

Each of the four seasons offers a special beauty, but there are certain steps that should be taken to keep your car battery in top shape. The extreme temperatures of winter and summer can cause excess stress on your battery if you don’t keep it properly maintained.

The cold requires both the battery and starter relay to exert more energy when starting the engine. The oil thickens when temperatures drop, and it takes longer to start your vehicle. Once it’s running, chances are you have the windshield wipers, headlights and heater running. That creates more work for the…

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What Drive Configuration Offers the Best Balance?

Each and every vehicle that operates on the road has its own power transfer system. These can route power to both front wheels, both rear wheels, or both the front and the rear wheels. Each of these power-transmission configurations brings its own set of benefits, and drawbacks, to the table.

One of the things to consider when surveying drive types is the balance of the vehicle and the intended use of a given vehicle. Balance involves how the dynamic weight of the vehicle is distributed over the tires. Front-wheel drive (FWD) vehicles usually have more weight over the front tires…

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Spare Tires: Are Compact Tires Better Than Full-Size Tires?


If you have had to change a flat tire, then you know it can be frustrating when a tire does not fit or cannot sustain a long drive home. Compact spare tires are typically included as a courtesy from a dealer. These are called donut tires. While they can fix an emergency situation, compact, temporary tires cannot be used for long-term driving. They are likely to pop or cause alignment issues.

Full-size tires can be purchased for an additional cost. Sometimes these are the same manufacturer as the original tires. With a full-size tire, you can achieve the same performance…
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Your Timing Belt Manages The Critical Timing In Your Engine To Produce Combustion


The internal combustion engine is an amazing invention. It is a complex system of individual parts and the culmination of many different processes to achieve operation. The thing about that operation is that all the parts involved need to perform their functions just right at exactly the right time in order for it to work right.

The timing of all of these things is critical, which is where your timing belt (or chain) come in. Your timing belt is what allows your crankshaft and camshaft to synchronize their rotations so that your engine's valves open...
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Your Timing Belt Manages The Critical Timing In Your Engine To Produce Combustion


The internal combustion engine is an amazing invention. It is a complex system of individual parts and the culmination of many different processes to achieve operation. The thing about that operation is that all the parts involved need to perform their functions just right at exactly the right time in order for it to work right.

The timing of all of these things is critical, which is where your timing belt (or chain) come in. Your timing belt is what allows your crankshaft and camshaft to synchronize their rotations so that your engine's valves open...
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Slow Down for the Safety of Others

Although many drivers are not aware of it, there is a move over law that exists. It basically means that when you are driving and see an accident on the side of the road, even if the vehicle or vehicles are well on the shoulder, you should move into the further lane when you are passing them by. If you cannot safely do this, then you should at least slow down by at least 15 mph.

Many people have been killed by the side of the road by traffic, and we want to remind you from all of us here…

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Safe Holiday Travels for You and Your Food

Whether it's the latest creation or a centuries-old recipe, food plays a starring role at holiday gatherings. A few simple steps will help you safely transport foods everyone will enjoy.
  • Make sure container lids or food wraps securely fit before leaving your home. This will help you avoid spills and persistent food smells in your car
  • Insulate your foods with hot or cold packs to reduce the likelihood of foodborne illness. More safe temperature guidelines for food are available from the USDA.
  • Appoint someone to hold the dish or place it in a box or other confined area of…
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Install Windshield Wiper Blades Built for Winter


The weather is turning cold in many parts of the country. With the winter cold comes rain, sleet, snow, and ice. These conditions are never favorable for the average windshield wiper blade. This is why it makes sense to choose a blade built to withstand extreme winter weather conditions. Consider the following tips.
1. Choose wiper blades tested at extreme, low temperature, winter conditions.

2. Choose wiper blades with an insulated shell designed to protect against ice buildup. This is a proven and reliable blade during winter.

3. Choose wiper blades with coated edges....
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