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Attention To Detail with Your Tires

When you inspect your tires, pay attention to any cracks that are visible. Your tires should be smooth on each side without any holes or cracks that reveal the wires inside the tire. If you notice these issues, then consult with Volvo Cars Charlotte about replacements as the condition could result in a flat tire or blowout while you're driving.

The wear on your tread can usually indicate whether your tires are underinflated or overinflated. Wear in the center of a tire is usually an indication that it's overinflated. Wear on the inner edges can be a sign…

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Get Your Car Battery Ready for Extremely Hot or Cold Weather

It is true that extreme temperatures affect the performance of your car battery. This is something that you will want to take into consideration as the summer or winter months approach. There are a number of reasons that [dealer] can point to that illustrate why batteries struggle during these seasons.

As you know, the battery has an important job to perform. It needs to be able to supply a sufficient amount of juice in order to get the engine to start on demand. If it is really cold outside, the number of amps really increases dramatically. Some older batteries simply…

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Benefits of Performing Service at Southern States Subaru

With the change of the seasons upon us you might want to think about servicing your vehicle to prepare for the colder weather and what better place to go than our service center at the Southern States Subaru.

If you live in or around Knightdale, you can bring your vehicle to us for any of your automotive needs. It doesn't matter if you need a simple oil change or a complex body repair, we would be more than happy to help you today!

 

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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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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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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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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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