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Check-list for an easy school year

Check-list for an easy school year

School is back in session, that means carpooling is a big deal, follow this check-list for an easy school year! Check lights and wipers for visibility. With shorter days and inclement weather ahead, make sure lights and wipers function properly so that you can see and be seen. Check the exterior and interior lights and replace any that are dimming, rapidly blinking or not functioning. Check wiper blades for signs of wear and replace if necessary. Check tires for under inflation or excessive wear. Check tire pressure and refill underinflated tires, including the spare, and look for uneven wear and check tread depth. An easy way to do the latter is by placing a penny head-down in the tread groove. If the tread does not cover Lincoln's head, it's time to replace your tires. Consider a back-up detection device. Consider having a back-up detection device installed that provides rearview video or warning sounds when moving in reverse. While drivers should not rely sole ... read more

Knowing the symptoms of a sick cooling system

Knowing the symptoms of a sick cooling system

With the hot summer temperatures on the rise, knowing the symptoms of a sick cooling system are critical to your car's survival, since cooling system failure is a leading cause of vehicle breakdowns. The most noticeable symptoms include overheating, leaks, a sweet smell of antifreeze and repeatedly needing to add coolant, according to Oceanworks II. The primary job of the engine's cooling system is to remove the heat that is generated during the combustion process. The coolant temperature can be well over 200 degrees and that heat has to go somewhere, otherwise engine components are going to start failing. The key parts of the cooling system remove the heat from the engine and automatic transmission and dispel it to the air outside. The water pump circulates coolant through the engine. The coolant absorbs heat and returns it to the radiator where heat is dissipated. The thermostat regulates the coolant temperature to keep it consistent for efficient engine operation. A maj ... read more

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