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Hot and Cold Affect Your Car's Battery

The battery in your car is needed to start the car in the morning, and it is needed to maintain certain functions while you are driving. Extremes of both heat and cold can have detrimental effects on your car's battery.

Extremely cold weather can drain your battery quickly. When it is below freezing, your battery needs a full charge to start your vehicle. Cold weather can bring your battery down to the point where you can't start your car. Temperatures in the 90s and above can put great stress on your battery. These temperatures can make your battery…
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How to Keep Your Tires from Blowing Out and Putting You in Danger

You will do all that you can to stay safe as you drive your vehicle, and it is important for you to maintain your vehicle so that it can help you stay safe. You need to know how to keep your tires from blowing out and causing issues for you.

One of the most important things that you can do if you want to avoid a tire blowout is to carefully monitor the pressure in your tires. Check your tire pressure when the tires are cool and make sure that they are filled according to the guidance given in the…
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A Luxury SUV with a Riveting Performance: The 2018 Volvo XC90

Are you looking for an SUV with a quiet cabin? Or maybe, you would like a fierce amount of power, as well as a sleek and aerodynamic design. Then, behold the 2018 Volvo XC90! Crafted with a standard 250 Horsepower engine for the T5 models, if you want to up the power on your SUV, there is an available 316 Horsepower engine that you can get with T6 models as well.

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Crucial Keeping Those Cabin & Engine Air Filters Clean


Your vehicle has a number of air filters in the engine and cabin area all working to reduce particles from the air and help to improve your ride. These are a few reasons to keep those filters clean.

The passenger cabin air filters have to work hard to remove those microscopic particles from the air to improve the air quality. If these filters are allowed to get clogged, then things like mole spores and allergens will quickly and easily fill the cabin.

The engine air filters work even harder than the cabin filters because these have to make certain the…
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Give Yourself Every Chance to Overcome an Emergency

It is impossible to know where you will be when your car stops working like it should. With a quality emergency kit, you can figure out a way to stay safe until you remedy the problem yourself or until help arrives. An emergency kit should contain a flashlight, blanket and a tire gauge.

If you live in a cold climate, your kit should include warm hats, hand warmers and a sleeping bag. Water and and energy bars should also be packed in your vehicle ready to go in the case of an emergency. Ideally, food and other supplies will be…

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Extreme Temperatures and Vehicle Batteries

Many have gone through the inconvenience of a dead battery in the winter. However, few realize that the extreme temperatures of summer can also pose problems. Battery cells contain acid that are susceptible to extreme temperature changes. The colder the weather, the more the fluid level drops. When trying to start a cold vehicle in winter, the thickened oil puts added strain on the battery. The same is true in summer. The warmer the weather causes the fluid to evaporate. Both scenarios decrease the life of the battery.

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How to Keep Your Vehicle From Hydroplaning

If water accumulates in front of your vehicle’s tires faster than your vehicle can push it away, your vehicle will hydroplane. When your vehicle hydroplanes, it will feel as if you are gliding. In addition, you may lose control of the brakes or steering. Anytime there is water on the road a vehicle could hydroplane, so it is vital to be prepared for wet road conditions.

One way to prevent hydroplaning is to reduce speed if you notice water on the road ahead, but be sure to gradually slow down and drive about ten miles slower than the speed…

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Why Tire Pressure Matters

Tire pressure is one those aspects of vehicle maintenance that’s often overlooked. When your car’s running fine, it’s easy to take the working parts for granted. The truth is that the tires can be the difference between your safely arriving at your destination or not.

When the tires are underinflated, it creates a situation where they must work harder than they should to contact and rotate on the road’s surface. This not only creates a need for more fuel consumption, but it also generates excess heat on the tire’s rubber. The extra wear affects the…

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Tires - Know When It's Time for Replacement

We never like having to buy new tires, but sometimes it can’t be avoided. Tires will only provide you with good service as long as they're properly inflated and maintained. Visit us at Smothers European Volvo and have our techs look over your tires or show you our full selection of tires designed for your vehicle.

Although keeping the tires properly inflated will make them last longer, you may still need to replace your tires if the following is true.

• You have poor traction.
• Your tires are wearing unevenly.
• The tire or tires lose pressure.
• Tires have bulges…

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