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Avoiding A Tire Blowout

One minute you are driving along and the next minute your tire has blown out and you are struggling to regain control of your vehicle. You can do this safely by making sure you take hold of the steering wheel and gently press down the brakes to slow yourself down. You can also follow a couple of simple tips to make sure this blowout doesn't happen again in the first place:

  • Make sure that the treads on your tires are not wearing down too low. If you know you are in need of tires don't put this job…
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Battery Testing Strategies for an Automobile

By running strategic tests, you can determine whether or not a car battery is properly charged. In order to implement testing procedures, you'll need voltmeter equipment and gloves.

Before implementing any testing procedures, inspect the battery thoroughly. If there are leaks on the housing, you should wear gloves. A pair of rubber gloves will provide the best results because the material can increase efficiency and shield the acid.

Because a voltmeter measures power levels, you must use the equipment while the engine isn't running...

 
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Signs Your Brake Pedal Needs to be Repaired

The proper pressure on your vehicle’s brake pedal is a key component to overall safe handling and performance. The pedal should feel like it has the ability to not only stop the car, but it should also assure you that it can hold the vehicle in place. If it has started feeling soft, there could be one of several factors causing it. The solution is to have your brakes serviced as soon as you can.

One of the most common occurrences is air in the brake lines. If this has happened, it’s created a blockage that’s stopped…

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Figuring out your tire pressure light problems


When you are running errands or running to and fro in Altoona, there might not be anything as stressful as suddenly seeing your tire pressure light come on. There are a couple of reasons this light might come on, and there are even a few reasons it might come on that you need not stress about at all.

If you are in an area where the temperature can fluctuate from warm to cold on a fairly regular basis. Those temp fluctuations can play a bit of havoc with your sensor, and you might end up having the gauge go off…
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Here is What Can Happen to Your Car When it Overheats

Your car or truck can generate enough heat to virtually destroy your engine. Without a properly functioning engine cooling system, your vehicle will overheat and damage essential parts such as cracking head gaskets, warping cylinder heads or seizing pistons. Here is what can happen when your car overheats.

The pistons in your car's engine heat up quickly since they are made of aluminum. If your car starts to overheat, it can cause your pistons to expand radically and ultimately seize. Additionally, the engine gaskets that keep oil and other fluids from leaking will start to deteriorate...

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The Open Differential Type


There are different kinds of differentials, but the most common type is the open differential. It is also the oldest type, and it’s considered rugged and simple in design.

In the open differential, the ring gear meshes with the powered pinion gear. The ring gear then transfers power, using a second set of gears, to both axles. However, there is one major weakness with this kind of differential. In the event there is slippage, the power is instead directed to the wheel, which results into little grip of the wheels to the road. As such, the car may become…
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Why Use Windshield Wiper Fluid Instead of Water


Windshield Wiper Fluid is an important thing to remember to buy. Instead of water, it is designed for a few specific reasons. First of all, the washer fluid is designed to lubricate the parts in the windshield washer fluid reservoir. If this goes dry, then the windshield washer system can degrade and erode. Additionally, running the pump places additional stress on the washer fluid system.

Windshield washer fluid is also designed to clean a dirty window. Imagine you are driving in a situation where there is a lot of potential for your vehicle to accumulate mud or other dirt...
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Reaping the rewards from AWD or 4WD vehicles


People who are in the market for a new vehicle should come see us at Courtesy Nissan in beautiful Altoona so that we can show you all of the different options that are available to those buyers who are interested in four-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicles.

Four-wheel drive is usually reserved for sport utility vehicles and trucks, whereas all-wheel drive is used for all platforms. This will help to give you an understanding of what options are available to you. For example, if you...
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Never Ignore Your Nissan's Tire-Tread Levels

Surely you notice that whenever you get a pair of new tennis shoes, slowly but surely as more time passes by, the soles start to wear out. They are nice at first but after some time of wear and tear, the soles eventually wear out. This is an inevitable process that is very similar to tires and tire tread.

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Traveling During the Holidays


Traveling during the holidays can be frantic and overwhelming. As some are trying to get to the store and others are driving across the state, the roads will be very congested with traffic. There are a few things you need to do to ensure your safety on the road.

?First of all, drive slower than usual. There will be more cars on the road, and if everyone is driving fast, accidents are more likely to…
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