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Important Tips on Headlight Maintenance

Headlights are an important component of your vehicle, especially when you’re driving at might. If they’re not functioning as they should, you won’t be able to see clearly in low-light situations. Stop at Volvo Cars Charlotte and let us take a look at your headlights.

If you’re having difficulty seeing at night, your vehicle may be in need of headlight maintenance, which may include one of the following.

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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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What Is a Powertrain Warranty vs. a Bumper-To-Bumper Warranty?

Will your warranty cover the repair bill? Understanding the coverage on your vehicle can help you save time when you need to bring your car in. What is the difference between the two warranties?

Powertrain warranties generally cover parts of your vehicle that power the various systems. This includes your engine, transmission, and the related parts. Some powertrain warranties can also include your driveshaft and velocity joints as well.

One category that this warranty doesn’t typically cover are components that are intended to wear out over time.

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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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A Cool Engine is All You Need to Prevent Overheating

The engine in your car relies on a cooling system in order to keep it from overheating. A car's engine can reach temperatures of 2000 degrees, or even higher. Because of the high temperatures, car overheating is one of the most service-related repairs needed.

Often times, engine overheating occurs because of a decreased amount of coolant in the cars’ radiator. Coolant is also referred to as antifreeze, and it is necessary in order to keep the cooling system operating at its highest capability. Typically, the first sign of antifreeze decrease is when you see it dripping from beneath your…

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What is a Transfer Case?

Many drivers aren't familiar with what a transfer case is. If you have an all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicle, however, that phrase is something that should become part of your automotive vocabulary as the transfer case is a gearbox that distributes power to the axels on your car or truck as needed. The transfer case contains lubricating fluid that helps those parts move smoothly.

Similar to other areas of your vehicle, the fluid in the transfer case will become contaminated over time, necessitating replacement. Removing broken down fluid keeps the gears operating properly...

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Be Prepared for Winter

If you are lucky enough to drive in the cold winter months, you are probably already aware that no matter how careful you are and how cautiously you tend to drive, sometimes you get stuck. There is not always someone around to help and you need to have the tools to get yourself out of a bad situation on your own.

Besides having an emergency kit in your vehicle, you should also have a bag or two of sand, salt, or cat litter in your vehicle so that you can pour some under and around your tires. If you can…

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