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Putting Together Your Basic Roadside Safety Kit

The best time to plan for a potential problem on your next road trip is today. Here is how to build a roadside emergency kit that will get you out of most trouble.

Keep a good set of jumper cables in the trunk in case your car battery loses power. This way, anyone stopping by to help can easily jump-start your vehicle.

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Signs Your Tires Need to be Replaced on Your Vehicle

It doesn't take much in the way of tire pressure being off for the treads to begin wearing unevenly. Once they do, you run the risk of a tire blowout the longer you neglect getting the air pressure adjusted.

If you continue to drive the car with too much air in the tires, the center line of the tire is getting the most wear. Not only will it wear fast, you are driving with less tread on the road surface, so in inclement weather, it will be a challenge to keep your vehicle in the lane safely.

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How to Test Your Vehicle's Battery

Your vehicle's battery is obviously one of the most important components of your vehicle. The car battery supplies power to the engine and all the electrical accessories in the vehicle. If the battery is not fully charged, the vehicle may not start or could stop running in the middle of traffic.

Testing the battery is a simple process, but one that requires a few items such as a voltmeter and protective gloves. First, turn off the ignition, then connect the positive voltmeter lead to the battery's positive terminal. 

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Signs That Your Ignition Needs Repair

While it's easy to assume that a car won't start because of a dead battery, there are plenty of things that can go wrong with a vehicle's ignition. Here are just a few warning signs that your car's ignition requires service.

A Grinding Noise

A grinding noise when you start your car indicates that the starter drive gear is worn out or misaligned. This can lead to problems with the engine flywheel if it isn't fixed quickly.

Freewheeling

Freewheeling is when the starter gear isn't engaging with the flywheel, which is a serious problem…

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What's Better: Powertrain Warranty or Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty?

The main difference between powertrain warranties and bumper-to-bumper is the price. With a bumper-to-bumper warranty, you get comprehensive coverage that ensures most components of your vehicle are covered. If there is any damage to your engine, drivetrain, electrical, or suspension, you can typically have it replaced or repaired through a bumper-to-bumper warranty.

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These warranties are incredibly important to protecting your vehicle if something should ever happen to major components. However, with a powertrain warranty, you only have coverage for essential components...

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Extreme Temperatures are Pushing the Car Battery to the Limits

Although you might not realize it now, each time the car battery makes it through another season of extreme weather, it is being pushed to its limits. Here is what is happening inside the car battery. The harsh winter weather is making every liquid in the battery slower. The car takes longer to start, the battery is working harder, the thickening liquids cause the battery casing to start to expand. This can cause irreversible damage to the car battery.

As the temperatures begin to soar, now the battery is going to another extreme. Excessive heat causes the liquids inside the…

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Brake Fluid: Two Kinds of Two Different Brake Systems

Have you ever wondered if there is more than one kind of brake fluid? As it turns out, there is. Moreover, the type of fluid that you use depends on the type of brakes that you have. But first, what exactly is brake fluid, and what does it do?

Quite simply, brake fluid is involved in a mechanical process. The brake pedal compresses the brake fluid which then presses on the rotors and brake pads.

There are two types of brake fluids: glycol-based fluids and silicone-based fluids. Glycol-based is usually used in vehicles that have anti-lock brakes. Vehicles that don…

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Benefits of Synthetic Oils

The foundation of any synthetic oil comes from crude oil. Synthetic oils are then processed further to remove foreign molecules like sulfur and nitrogen that help to break down beneficial oil molecules, thus limiting the life of conventional motor oils.

Synthetic oils are modified to include a blend of artificially created substances that increase lubricating ability and the oils ability to maintain its consistency at high temperatures and increased pressures. The lubricating ability of synthetic oils improves performance of aged engines while providing the added protection...

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Protect Police and Other Emergency Personnel by Moving Over

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Here at Piazza Mazda of West Chester, we value the service and sacrifice of our men and women in blue. Police officers put their lives at risk every day in the line of duty. But what if you could help reduce that risk? Numerous officers and other emergency personnel are killed every year when struck by a vehicle while responding to an incident on the side of the road. The "Move Over" law is meant to protect them by requiring drivers to change lanes upon sighting emergency personnel. Unfortunately, at least 70% of Americans are unaware of this law.

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Get the Better Wipers for the Job This Winter

There are winter wiper blades for a reason. They are made to last in the winter conditions where you summer blades just won't cut it under the pressure of winter. The snow, ice, and cold weather will destroy anything that has not been designed to handle those conditions. Switch out your wiper blades for winter ones to get the best performance and to make those summer blades last.

Winter wiper blades are very flexible, have a strong design and will also keep the ice and snow from building upon them. They will also perform well in the winter because…

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