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Helpful Tips That are Useful for Avoiding a Tire Blowout

There may be warning signs on your car's tires alerting you to potential trouble; you just might not know what to be looking for on a daily basis. Here are a few ways to lessen the chances of a tire blowing out on your vehicle.

The treads on your car tires will give clear signs they could be close to failing. What you want to be looking for on the treads are any cracks or bulges. Trouble could be coming if the tread is coming free from the tire or you see patches of uneven wear anywhere on the…

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What Causes an Engine to Overheat?

An engine is an important part of your vehicle, and you should pay attention to certain warning signs that could lead to serious problems. If you notice that your engine is overheating, it is imperative to get it inspected by an auto service mechanic as soon as possible to remedy the problem. Here are a few reasons your engine may be overheating.

When the coolant levels are low, an engine will more than likely start to overheat if it isn’t serviced. It is normal for coolant levels to drop over time, but a clogged radiator can also be a…

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Take Care of Your Tires to Avoid Hydroplaning

Did you know that having tires that are in good condition is vital to ensuring that, when it rains, you won't hydroplane? Turning off your cruise control and reducing your speed when it's wet outside will also keep you from hydroplaning. But before you even find yourself in stormy conditions, make sure you're doing the favors that they need to keep you safe.

If you don't have a good set of tires on, you're more likely to hydroplane because they don't have the traction. 

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How to Tell Your Car Exhaust is Leaking

If the exhaust system of your vehicle has a leak, it could be allowing dangerous gases to get into the cabin. This is a potentially deadly situation and should be looked into immediately. In order to identify a leak in the exhaust system, try to feel for it. Grab the steering wheel and feel for a new vibration, do the same with your foot on the accelerator. The leak could be from a rusted pipe and is cause for immediate concern.

Another way to tell if the exhaust system in your vehicle is leaking is to look closer at the…

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Regular Tire Rotations are Key to Longevity

If you want to get the most out of your set of tires before having to replace them, then you will want to perform regular rotations on them. The reason behind this is that since your tires take such a beating on the road and suffer from some of the worst wear and tear out of all of the components on your entire vehicle, you want to keep them in rotations to spread that wear and tear evenly over all four of them.

Most of the wear happens up front because not only are the front tires rotating as the…

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Get Ready for Spring Break Road Trip Adventures

It is time for Spring Break, and you assured your friends that you would meet them at the beach for some fun and sun. However, before hitting the road, it would be wise to make a pre-road trip checklist. Below are some tips to help you get started.

  • Plan Your Route - From the moment you leave home to the moment you arrive at your destination, have your route planned and include stops if need be.
  • Make a Packing List - This will help you keep organized during the hectic holidays and avoid forgetting important items, like sunscreen, bathing suits, jumper cables…
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Keep Your Wiper Blades in Excellent Condition Year-Round

During the warmer months, we don't typically pay too much attention to our windshield wiper blades since they are not in use very often then. But while we are ignoring them and enjoying the sunshine and warm weather, they are drying out and becoming less flexible, which drastically reduces their effectiveness.

We recommend that you get a new set on your vehicle early before the rains really set in and you need them the most. 

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Are You in Need of a Tire Replacement?

How familiar are you with your automobile's tread and tread ribs? It is a common feature on nearly everyone's vehicle. It also makes driving under wet conditions much easier than cars with extensive damage on the tread linings. Bad tread is often touted as the best way to know if it's time to get an overhaul. However, tires can also show many other visible signals of needing new wheels.

The rubber on bad tires will be ragged in appearance. Random pieces of the tire will tend to fall off, especially when driving in dry conditions. 

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Don't Let a Dirty Air Filter Cause Damage

A clean and properly operating engine air filter is key to optimal performance and fuel efficiency in your vehicle. It helps clean the air from outside before it is put into your engine. A dirty air filter is not only less efficient, it can cause particulates and other outside pollution to enter your engine and cause damage. Replacing air filters is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to properly maintain your vehicle, and at Porsche Bethesda, we can help you find the best air filter for your type of vehicle.

 

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Examine Your Belts and Hoses for Improved Performance

It can seem like the vehicles we drive around in today are closer to a rocket ship than they are to the cars of the past. With digital displays and push button starters, it can be easy to forget your car still depends on many different mechanical parts in order to function properly. The most common of these parts may be the hoses and belts, and these need regular service and replacement. Here at Porsche Bethesda, our expert mechanics can help with any of your belts or hose replacement or repair needs.

 

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