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Is It Time For New Tires?

Good tires are essential for your safety and your vehicle's handling. Despite recent advancements in durability, tires do not last forever. Tread can be expected to last between 30,000 to 50,000 miles, depending on several factors. The rubber compound itself begins to deteriorate after about six years, regardless of the number of miles driven.

There are several simple ways to check if you need to replace your tires.

  • The penny test: Insert a penny into a tread with Lincoln's head toward the rubber. If you can see the top of his head, it's time for…
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Things You Can Do to Keep from Experiencing a Tire Blowout

No one wants to be driving along the road only to have a tire blow out. This could cause you to get in an accident and it will be an inconvenience at the very least. Make sure that you know what you can do to avoid a tire blowout experience.

Make sure that all of your tires are properly inflated to keep them from having issues. Make sure that the tires are rotated on a regular basis so that they are wearing in an even way. If you are looking to avoid a tire blowout, you should pay attention to…

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Can Broken Radiator Vent Caps Cause Overheating?

Your engine depends on your cooling system to tame high cylinder temperatures, and your cooling system depends on the cooling fluid to move this heat from one place to another. The fluid needs to be maintained at certain pressure levels in order to keep its temperature down, and a small component called a radiator vent cap is central to this process.

On open cooling systems, the radiator cap lies towards the top of the core. It allows excess fluids and pressure to space through special valves, thus helping the system to regulate internal pressures.

Faulty vent caps may allow too…

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Watch the Tire Pressure Warning Light


Manufacturers install a tire pressure monitoring system on their vehicles to alert drivers to inadequate tire pressure. The sensors in each wheel can trigger the warning light when tire pressure falls below the minimum safe level.

Salem-area residents understand that tires are important for safe operation of their vehicles. Under inflated tires wear out too fast and interfere with gas mileage, steering, and cornering. Over-inflated tires cause tire tread to wear in the middle and require replacement before they should with proper care.

 
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Transfer Case Maintenance


As the owner of a 4-wheel drive vehicle you understand the importance of routine maintenance, but what is a transfer case and when do I need to service it? Below are some tips about transfer cases:
• Transfer Case- 4-wheel drive vehicles require a transfer case because it directs power to both vehicle axles through separate drive shafts. If the vehicle is in 4WD mode then the driveshaft inside the transfer case allows both the front and rear wheels to pull the vehicle, if the vehicle is in 2WD mode then the driveshaft in the transfer case allows only the rear…
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Let Us Extend the Life of Your Tires with a Tire Rotation

We want you to get the most miles out of your tires that you can. One of the ways to do that is to have them rotated periodically. Because tires wear unevenly, rotating them can keep the tread wear relatively even as they age.

Tire rotation service includes moving the tires on your vehicle from front to back and from the left side to right side. This is because the tires that receive power directly from the engine, like the front tires on a front-wheel drive car, wear quicker than the other two tires. Tires are switched from left to…

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How to Get Your Holiday Food Home Safe and Intact

As the holidays approach, we all look forward to that amazing family meal. Cooking, setting the table, and dishes aren't the only messy jobs that people have to deal with during the holidays, however. It can be an adventure to just get that turkey home safely without making a mess all over your beautiful car!

Here are some helpful tips for making sure that the cranberry sauce doesn't become a part of your upholstery!
  • Always Make Sure Your Food is in a Safe Container Making sure your containers are leak-safe will help keep your car clean this holiday…
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Prepare Your Vehicle and Yourself For Holiday Travel


What are the best strategies for preparing your vehicle for the upcoming holiday travel season to ensure that you make it to your destination safely?

Make sure to be up to date on your oil changes and have your vehicle’s fluids checked. Also, it is a great time to have your tires checked. Make an appointment with the service department at Capitol Chevrolet to have a...
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