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Learning How Brake Pads Work with Auto Express Alfa Romeo of Erie

The brake pedals on your car are possibly one of the most crucial safety features, but not many of us stop to think about how these parts work for our benefit. It can be baffling to comprehend how pressing a pedal inside the car can slow you down on Waterford streets, but we've simplified the answer for you here.

Once you press the brake pedal towards the floor, an attached cylinder begins to send brake fluid to the calipers. As the calipers are engaged, the brad pads squeeze the wheel's rotor, which starts to slow the vehicle or…

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Thoughts on Winter Car Care

Have you thought of adding a survival kit, a winter coat, blanket, and water bottles to the trunk? Doing such things could help prep a car for winter emergencies. Other steps involve checking the tire pressure weekly and maintaining a half-full tank at all times.

Winter brings hazards, which is why manufacturers produce winter tires and wiper blades. Getting both installed makes sense when worried about snow and inclement weather. So does making sure the battery has a decent charge and the coolant is fresh and topped off.

 

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These are Signs Your Ignition System May Need Service

You can't go anywhere in Waterford, PA if you can't get your vehicle to start. The first cog in that process is your ignition system. If there is a problem with your ignition, you may not be able to get your vehicle started at all. The staff at Auto Express Alfa Romeo of Erie want you to know about some common signs that you need to have your ignition system serviced and possibly replaced.

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Brakes

It is important for you to have brakes that function properly. Your brakes could be the thing that stops you from getting into a catastrophic collision. That is why it is important for you to make sure that your brakes are working properly. There are a number of signs you may notice if your brakes are having issues that need to be addressed.

You may notice a grinding noise. This is a sign that the pads have worn down. You may also notice that the brakes are spongy. This is a sign that indicates you have a brake fluid leak…

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Why Your Alignment is Off

For most vehicles, it is recommended that your wheel alignment be checked by a certified mechanic every six months. This service is just as important as the wheel balancing and tire rotation that you should have done regularly so that your tires wear evenly.

There are several reasons why you could have an issue with wheel alignment and require immediate inspection. The most obvious cause is a big collision that knocks the suspension and wheel attachments out of balance for your car. However, even hitting a large pothole can be enough to cause issues with alignment. 

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Breathe Easy with Effective Cabin and Engine Air Filters

Unfortunately, cabin and engine air filters are often-overlooked components in many vehicles. Most car owners ignore the need to replace them probably because the oil service centers are overcharging, or because they don't know how important they are. While you may not be ready to tackle car maintenance tasks like replacing spark plugs or changing the oil, replacing your cabin or engine air filter is an easy job that you can do.

A clogged engine air filter prevents the proper amount of clean air from getting to the engine. Of course, this can lead to a host of problems…

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What is Car Wax? The Answer May Surprise You

Here in Waterford it is common to see car owners out detailing their car. Most of them are using some type of car wax. At Auto Express Alfa Romeo of Erie we are often asked about car wax. What is it and what does it accomplish? Here's some basic information.

Car wax is a combination of wax from natural sources such as palm or carnauba and solvents or oils. It can also be synthetic. This iconic product is used to clean and protect your cars finish. Applied properly, car wax will help to prevent dirt and debris from building…

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Top Signs That Your Fuel System Requires Service

Did you know that your vehicle's fuel pump runs gas from your fuel tank to your engine When your fuel pump is not working right, your vehicle can experience problems or even brake down on the side of the road. Here are the most common signs that you need to have your fuel pump checked.

High Speed Sputtering
The faster you go, the harder that your fuel pump has to work. If you are sputtering at high speeds, then you may have a failing fuel pump.

Rising Temperature
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Is the temperature light flashing on your dash?

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Understanding the Difference Between a Temporary and Full-Size Spare Tire

If you've ever had to change a flat tire you have probably encountered a "donut" or compact spare. These small tires are often included as a temporary option for replacing a flat. Auto Express Alfa Romeo of Erie wants you to be informed on the difference between a donut and a full-size spare tire.

The most important difference between the two is that temporary spare tires are meant to be just that - temporary. They are not meant to be driven on for long periods of time, and they don't handle high rates of speed well. A full-size spare…

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Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings Explained

Motor oil is a substance that you should be familiar with as a vehicle owner. At Auto Express Alfa Romeo of Erie, we encounter tons of folks who have no idea what kind of motor oil their vehicle needs, and we just consider that a real disgrace - after all, we think that everyone should know what's best for their car!

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