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Motor Oil Myths Debunked

Being a responsible car owner means understanding how to take care of your vehicle. One area many people find confusing is motor oil, so we're helping you separate fact from fiction.

Always change your oil every 3,000 miles. Maybe heard that, believed it and act on it diligently. Truth is, each vehicle is different. While some need new oil every 3,000 miles, others can go twice that or more. Manufacturers determine how often to change oil, and many modern cars have an oil life monitor to keep you up to date on its condition. Another myth debunked…

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Avoiding a Tire Blowout by Checking Tire Pressure

The tire pressure indicator lights warn drivers if the pressure has dropped out of the recommended ranges in any of the car's tires. Here are a few of the things that could be causing the pressure light to come on in the vehicle.

Some of the things that you shouldn't be too concerned with is when the temperature drops every ten degrees. As this happens, the air in the tires drops by a pound, so it can trip the pressure indicators. Another thing to consider is that air is escaping from the tires naturally at a pound a…
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Changing a Flat Tire on the Side of the Highway

Remember that if the car is too close to the other motorists, you can drive on the rim a few feet to get to a safer location to change the flat tire. On a level area, use your lug wrench to slightly loosen all the lugs on the flat tire.

Jack the vehicle up so the tire clears the road, now loosen and remove all the lugs and take the tire off the studs. Place the spare tire on the lugs, then hand-tighten the lugs and use the lug wrench to get the tire snug. Lower the vehicle until the…

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Safe Driving Tips in the Rain

Driving in the rain can be extremely dangerous. Roads become slick, and as water puddles, you may not know how deep some of those puddles are. There are a few tips to keep you safer when it starts raining.

The first thing you want to do is slow down. Although the speed limit may say 50 mph, you may want to drop your speed down to 45 or even 40 depending on traffic levels and how hard it is raining. Turn your headlights on, too, so that people can see where you are at all times.

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Signs the Tires on Your Vehicle Are Close to Failing

The crew at Volvo Cars Charlotte wanted to share some warning signs that the tires on your vehicle could be close to failing.

Take the time each week to at least look at the tire treads of all the tires carefully. What you want to look for are any signs of things that are abnormal to the tread of the tires. Cracks in the treads or bulges along the sidewalls are early signs of something that could go terribly wrong.

Look at the wear in the treads, it should be uniform from end to end. If you begin to see…

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Shattering Myths About Motor Oil

There's lots of well-meaning advice about motor oil that no longer holds up. For example, back in the 1970s, synthetic oils were new technology. At the time, they could sometimes cause leakage. Today, this is no longer an issue, but many older people are still wary of synthetics.

Another myth about your car's oil is that it must be changed every 3,000 miles, like clockwork. Instead of following that arbitrary guideline, follow the guideline set by your car's manufacturer. Some cars don't need an oil change until they're around the 7,000-mile mark.

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Follow this Guide to Jump Start Another Car Quickly

To quickly get a car jump-started, you'll need to have some jumper cables and some safety glasses. Be sure to bring the front of both cars as close to one another as possible. Turn off the car lights and engine, open the hood and unravel your jumper cables.

Start with the red clamps, one to the positive terminal on your good battery, the other end will go to the positive terminal on the dead battery. The clamp on the black cable now goes to the negative side of the good battery. The remaining black clamp is going to be…

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When Your Car Starts to Lose Control on Wet Roads

It can be difficult to control your vehicle in wet weather. If you are driving too fast, or you try to brake quickly, you may discover that your car slides on the road. Losing grip on the road is caused by a number of problems, one of the biggest is tires that are worn down and need to be replaced.

Sometimes all you need to do is add air to your tires, and you are safe to drive. Bring your car into our service center at Volvo Cars Charlotte, and we check to see that your tires are in good…

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Rotate Your Tires for Even Wear and Extended Life

One of the tasks our experienced technicians regularly perform when you bring your vehicle into the service department at Volvo Cars Charlotte is tire rotation per your vehicle's recommended service intervals. Moving tires on a regular basis from front to rear axles and vice versa provides benefits that extend the life of your car or truck while also keeping maintenance costs down.

Rotating your tire allows more even wear, resulting in longer lasting tread depth and traction. It also helps maintain the warranty for your tires as some manufacturers may refuse to honor the warranty...

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How Your Differential Transfers Power from Your Engine

Have you ever wondered how your car knows that the outer wheels need to turn faster than the inner wheels when you're making a turn in your vehicle? There's a very important gearbox that is responsible for this, and if for some reason it isn't working, your wheels won't move at all. You, maybe, have heard of it. It's called the differential.

Your differential is responsible for transferring the power from your engine to the wheels that need to turn. If the gears inside the differential are not properly lubricated and become worn, that can…

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