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How Heat and Cold Hurt Car Batteries

Although you may feel most concerned about your car battery when temperatures plummet below zero, you should know that hot temperatures also affect batteries similarly. Lead-based automotive batteries do not stand up well to extreme temperatures because of the energy that is required of them during very hot and cold temperatures.

Extreme cold causes your vehicle to require more energy from your battery whenever you start your car. Plus, car accessories pull more from the battery than it has to give during these times. In the heat, the electrolytes that are a vital component of the...

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Drive Safe in the Rain with These Helpful Tips!

Now that summer is here, we will likely see more rain, which is why it is vital to be prepared for wet road conditions. You can keep your vehicle prepared by checking the tire pressure, taillights, headlights, and windshield wipers once a month, and you can also use the following tips to keep you safe when it's raining outside.

You shouldn't drive with the cruise control feature on while it is raining. This is because you don't have as much control to properly brake in the rain, as cruise control prevents you from lifting your foot off…

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How to Jump Start Your Car by Using the Battery of Another Car

Here is how you can jump-start your car using the battery of another car.

To make sure the cables reach, bring both cars as close together as possible. Turn off the car after both are in park and then you can open both of the hoods. Get yourself familiar with the positive and negative sides of the jumper cables and both car batteries.

Begin by attaching the red cables to the plus side of the dead and then the good battery. Then put the black cable on minus side of the good battery, placing the remaining black cable on any…

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Late Night Car Breakdown? You'll Appreciate a Roadside Emergency Kit

It's late at night, you're miles away from any town, and you're car breaks down. What do you do? If you have a roadside emergency kit, you'll have a lot more options. Roadside emergency services are becoming more common in newer cars, but if someone gets hurt, or if your vehicle only needs to have a fluid topped off, you might not feel that it's necessary to have someone come out to your car.

Items such as first aid kits will come in handy for small injuries. Antiseptic wipes, bandages, antihistamine, and pain relievers are…

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What is a Front-End Alignment?

Cars travel in a straight line unless other forces, such as a turn of the steering wheel, cause the car to diverge. When the car emerges from the factory, the suspension is aligned to keep the wheels straight and maximize their contact with the road. A change in the suspension alignment for any reason results in the wheels getting out of line and therefore, causing an inefficient contact point between the tires and the road.

A misalignment causes uneven wear on tires causing them to wear out before their time. A process of adjusting the suspension to weigh evenly on…

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Is It Time for a Radiator Checkup?

Your car's radiator has a series of tubes through which coolant flows. As air from the engine passes over the tubes, it cools down. The fan pushes the heat away from the engine. If the radiator's gasket, hoses, cap, thermostat or other parts are damaged, your engine could overheat.

The process of combustion causes the car engine to reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Without a properly functioning radiator, your car's aluminum and rubber parts could melt. Sticking with the car manufacturer's recommendations for coolant flushes and radiator checkups could help you to avoid...

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Importance of Testing Your Car's Battery

Our car's battery plays an important role for us. It not only allows the car to run but also controls the audio system, electrical system, and other parts as well. At Auto Express Alfa Romeo of Erie, we carry a full line of batteries for any geographic location. We can also test your current battery for you.

It's important to not wait for signs of trouble to test your battery. If you have a multimeter, you can test it with that. It should read at last 12.6 volts when fully charged. If you don't have a…

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Is Your Car Leaking Fluid?

If you find that you have to replace fluids in your car more frequently than you should, it means that you have a leak somewhere. Finding this leak can be a frustrating experience. One of the most common sources of leaking fluids is gaskets.

Gaskets are the first place you should look if your car continually needs to be filled up with oil, brake fluid, power steering fluid, windshield wiper fluid, or any other fluid. Many gaskets are made of rubber, and over time they can become brittle or cracked due to normal wear.

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Differential Fluid Experiences Extreme Pressures

It is common knowledge that all of the mechanical parts of your vehicle need regular maintenance and fluid checks. This is because they are generally metal parts that grind and rub against each other, by design. The differential is one of these systems, and it contains differential fluid that needs to be flushed and replaced on a semi-regular basis. Here at Auto Express Alfa Romeo of Erie, we can check your differential fluid to see if it is time and drain and replace the fluid if needed.

Every time you turn your vehicle, your tires will want to rotate at…

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Don’t Forget about Your Transfer Case

Turning your engine power into forward motion involves a complex process and a lot of gears. And if you have a true 4-wheel drive vehicle, that will involve the use of a transfer case. Transfer cases are only found on 4-wheel drive vehicles like trucks or larger SUV's. They are not present on 2-wheel drive or all-wheel drive models.

Normally power is only sent to the rear axles when the vehicle is being operated in 2WD. The transfer case is engaged when the driver switches into 4WD. It will then receive power from the transmission and send it to…

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