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A Closer Look at Car Fluids

Your vehicle needs various fluids so that it operates properly. If there's a leak, then you could hear odd sounds or notice that your vehicle doesn't run like it should while driving in Charlottesville, VA. Oil is one of the most common fluids that you'll usually see leaking from your vehicle. 

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What is Involved in Wheel Alignment?

Wheel alignment is an essential part of regular maintenance for your vehicle and should be performed by a certified mechanic when recommended by the manufacturer. This pays off with improved fuel efficiency and handling.

It may be necessary to have your cars alignment checked outside of regular service intervals if you notice an issue with steering or handling. Also, following a major impact in your vehicle, it is prudent to ensure that the alignment is still set properly.

 

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What are Gaskets?

Gaskets are a term that nearly every automotive owner has heard at some point. They are a very important part of the makeup of the vehicle and serve a vital purpose to ensure the vehicle is running properly. It is good to know what a gasket is and does to understand its importance.

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What to Know About Compact Tires and Traditional Tires

There is a good chance that your car has a functional spare tire in the trunk. In some cases, it will be a compact tire that is generally safe to drive on for about 50 miles at speeds up to 55 miles per hour. This is generally enough time to make your way to a service center like the one at CMA's Volvo Cars of Charlottesville.

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Why it is Important to Have Good Tire Pressure

Having a quality set of tires on your car is very important. If you keep your tires in good condition and properly maintained, they can last for a long time and continue to provide you with a safe mode of transportation. One part of tire maintenance is checking the tire pressure regularly. There are several reasons why it is important to have good tire pressure.

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How to Change a Tire the Right Way

Besides the engine, the tires are probably the most critical part of your vehicle. Without them, you are not going anywhere. This is why it can be frustrating when you end up with a flat or damaged tire. This always seems to happen at the most inopportune of times, so it is important to know what to do.

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Understanding Wheel Alignment

Having a properly aligned vehicle is important for safety and the longevity of your car or truck. If you're noticing that as you drive around Charlottesville, your vehicle starts to shake at higher speeds, it could be misaligned wheels causing the issue. CMA's Volvo Cars of Charlottesville recommends that vehicles get regular alignment inspections to ensure there aren't any lurking problems.

The alignment of a wheel is measured by its camber, caster, and toe angle. These three measurements determine how a wheel is oriented compared to the frame of the car. 
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What Your Car's Suspension Does

A vehicle's suspension system is what helps it to absorb shock while driving on uneven terrain in Charlottesville. It can also help to keep the car in proper alignment. If the car is not properly aligned, it could result in tire and other types of damage.

This is because parts on the right or left side will have to work harder to keep the moving moving in the right direction. You may also notice that the vehicle is not as comfortable to ride in. If the car vibrates excessively, there may be a problem with the shocks, struts or…

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Belts Keep Cars Running Smoothly

An automotive engine block cannot properly function without belts and other components that provide mechanical leverage and transfer of power. Serpentine belts link the crankshafts with other smaller parts inside a powertrain. Timing belts are engineered to manage the rotations and other dynamic motion of camshafts of a valvetrain. Additionally, a passenger car has belts that dictate the behavior of the alternator and various pumps that circulate essential fluids under the hood.

Over time, all belts lose tension and other mechanical parameters that are critical for smooth 
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