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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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Road Salt Stays Around Long After a Snow Storm

Each year, drivers navigate through wintery conditions and deal with the aftermath of very treacherous snow storms. And, the road salt used in those storms can leave a lasting impact. It literally eats away the clear coat of the exterior paint, which can cause corrosion.

As soon as the weather permits, you should get a cash wash to remove the road salt. An automatic car wash is your best choice; however, if you have to revert to a bucket of warm water to remove the salt, that's much better than leaving it on your vehicle for an extended time…

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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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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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What are Common Signs of Brake Pad Failure?

"Screech," you hear as you put your foot on the brake pedal to stop at an intersection. If you know that we're talking about the sound that your brakes make when the calipers and rotors are rubbing together, then you might also know that worn-out brake pads also have something to do with this.

You see, brake pads are a barrier between the calipers that compress to stop the wheels and the rotors that spin with the wheels. Without brake pads, or with brake pads that are wearing thin, you will begin to hear the tell-tale screeching sound that…

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Stay Safe by Looking for Signs of Tire Wear

Driving under the weather is a task that can be irritable, especially if your tires are not in good shape. Tires perform well at keeping motorists safer by allowing vehicles to slow down quickly when needed. But what are the signs to look out for when concerned about replacing new tires?

The tire tread helps cars reduce speed at a normal rate. However, on old tires, it will be eroded or even completely worn down. When sudden stops are needed to avoid having a collision with another car, a lack of tread on the tires will result in a higher…

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