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Service Your Vehicle in the Spring to Prepare for Summer

 Spring is in the air, and you may be contemplating what types of cleaning and repairs you need to undertake around the house. But what about your vehicle? It has been a long, hard winter and now that summer is just around the corner, it is time to perform maintenance on your vehicle. 
 
  

Following the manufacturer's service schedule for prescribed tasks such as changing the oil and oil filter after a set amount of…

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Don't Get Caught Unprepared on the Side of the Road

 It always happens when you least expect it; you're driving along fine one minute, the next thing you know you're stranded on the side of the road. Every motorist should store an emergency roadside kit in their vehicle. 
 
  

If you're stranded because of a vehicle malfunction, it might be something you can repair yourself. Be sure to include jumper cables, antifreeze, motor oil, tools and a charged air compressor in your kit…

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How to Maintain the Integrity of Belts and Hoses

When you can identify warning signs that the car's hoses or belts are close to failing, you'll avoid being stranded on the road with a car that is overheating. The hoses on your vehicle have to move fluids through different parts in an effort to keep them cool. If the hoses break, those parts could fail. Look very carefully at the hoses for signs of cracks or bulges. If the hoses have soft…

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Can You Jump Start Another Car? With the Right Tools - Yes!

To safely get your car jump-started, you'll have to have a quality set of jumper cables, gloves, and some safety goggles. Take the running car and get it close to the other car so the batteries are aligned. Turn the car engine off, put on your gloves and glasses, and make sure the car lights are off. Open the hood, then attach the red jumper cable to the positive on the good battery.

 

 

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Changing a Flat: What You Need to Know

The moment you get a flat tire, it’s important to take care of the problem. You don’t want to be stranded on the side of the road waiting for help.


 

Changing a flat tire involves a few basic tools. This includes an emergency warning device, your car's manual, a car jack, a lug wrench, and a spare tire. Many of these come standard with vehicles, ensuring you have everything that’s needed…

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Common Household Tools That Maintain Your Headlights

Take a good look at your headlights before you start your car tomorrow. If the headlight covers look cloudy or hazy, it's time for a little elbow grease and a few household items. Our service technicians at Motorcars of Lansing suggest you try any of these DIY remedies to revive dim headlights so you enjoy improved visibility on the road when it's dark.

 
 


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How to Proactively Avoid a Tire Blowout

You can avoid a tire blowout by taking a few proactive steps. Always maintain the proper air pressure in your tires. The recommended air pressure for your specific tires can be located within your owner’s manual, the inside of the vehicle doorsill, or on the tire sidewall.

 

A tire that is underinflated substantially increases the possibility of a tire blowout.

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What Do Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings Mean?

Viscosity refers to the thickness of a liquid. It’s a word often associated with motor oil. When you’re talking about the oil weight, you’re referring to its viscosity under certain temperature conditions. Following your manufacturer’s guidelines for the correct oil will save you headaches in the long run.

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