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Check Thermostat, Water Pump to Prevent Overheating

You want your vehicle to run well for a long time. One of the easiest ways to accomplish that is to maintain your radiator and cooling system. Engine combustion temperatures can reach 2000 degrees or higher, so it is crucial to make sure it is protected from overheating.

Two components to have checked for replacement are the thermostat and water pump. The thermostat keeps your car's engine at the right temperature while the water pump pumps coolant into the engine block. Many times, when one fails the other will soon need replacing. 

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The Purpose of Winter Tires

If you are wondering why there are winter tires in the first place, this is because the tires for other seasons are not designed to handle the cold weather well. For instance, there are certain features that the summer tires have that the winter tires don't have which make it better for warmer weather.

One thing that summer tires have is firm treading. This is so that you can have better traction and maneuvering in warm weather. However, when winter comes and the weather gets cold, the treads become stiff which make it easier to lose control of the…

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The Value of Winter Wiper Blades

Getting your vehicle ready for the cold involves several factors. In addition to checking your tire tread and fluids, be sure to inspect your wiper blades. If they show any sign of wear or if they're older than six months old, it's recommended that they be replaced.

Wiper blades play a key role in helping you see clearly during a storm. Since winter storms may involve snow and ice, you can consider getting blades designed for the elements. Winter wiper blades usually have squeegees made out of natural rubber mixed with synthetic compounds. 

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Back-to-School Tire Alignment Servicing on Your Vehicle

If your vehicle alignment is off, you will certainly notice it when you are driving. Here are a few things to look out for with your vehicle.

Whether you drove the car into a curb or hit an enormous pothole, it didn't take much for the alignment to become out of balance. The first way you can tell there is trouble is in the way the vehicle reacts when you hit the brakes. Tap the brakes when traveling at high speeds and you'll feel the car pull to one side. The longer this persists, the harder the pull…

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What's in the Wax on Your Car?

Waxing the car is part of routine maintenance for some people, but many don't know exactly what they are putting on their vehicle. If you're one of them, here's a quick primer to make you a more informed car owner.

Wax, which is a hard hydrocarbon when at room temperature, originates from plants and other natural sources, or comes as a man-made synthetic. Getting it ready for vehicle use requires the addition of oils and solvents to soften the wax so that it spreads easily. 

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Ready for Spring? Make Sure Your Car is, Too

Your car needs regular maintenance check-ups in order to work properly. In addition to oil changes, it's vital that you have your car's tires checked and rotated, your alignment checked, and even your air conditioner examined. Proper maintenance ensures your car runs smoothly and lasts for many years.

Did you know that your car's fluids needs to be regularly checked and topped off? In addition to fluid checks, you may also need to have a brake check-up or repair performed. 

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Brake Fluid: Purpose and Problems

Your car's brake system needs brake fluid at the proper level to stop properly. Brake fluid is a type of hydraulic fluid that provides pressure to the brakes when you press on the brake pedal. You will notice certain signs when the brake fluid needs to be replaced.

If the brake light comes on in your car, you should get the brake fluid level checked. If your car takes a lot longer distance to come to a stop, that is a sign of possible brake fluid problems. If your car's brakes are soft, get your brake fluid checked…

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Signs That Your Exhaust System Has a Leak

The exhaust is one of your car's most important systems, and if it's leaking, that means it's not removing harmful combustion gases in a proper manner. That situation could ultimately affect you and your passengers.

Small leaks can develop over time, so it's wise to inspect your exhaust system periodically, starting at the engine and going the entire way to the tailpipe. The spot where the exhaust manifold attaches to the cylinder head is particularly prone to leakage. 

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How You Can Avoid the Risk of Hydroplaning

Rain showers not only reduce your visibility on roadways, they also increase your risk of hydroplaning, losing steering or braking control when water builds up under the tires faster than it can be pushed away. Our auto service team at Land Rover Roaring Fork recommends the following safety tips to lower your risk of hydroplaning.

Simply slowing down, driving at least 10 miles under the speed limit, greatly decreases your risk of hydroplaning. Also, never accelerate suddenly when roadways are wet. 

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Explore the Importance of Your Timing Belt

You've probably heard of someone's timing belt going bad, but what exactly does a timing belt do? That is why our team here at Land Rover Roaring Fork are here to give you the basics.

Simply put, a timing belt works with the camshafts in your vehicle to properly open and close the many valves in your engine so that they operate properly. Experts agree that a standard timing belt typically lasts between 60,000 and 100,000 miles. This number can of course be higher or lower depending on how diligently it is serviced throughout its lifetime…

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