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What is a Differential and Should You Get It Serviced?

The differential is in between the transmission and driveshaft on the car, transferring the power from one to the other, by way of gears and oil. If the gears are not inspected, they could become less effective and impact your ability for a smooth ride.

The differential is working hard to make certain the drive shaft is getting power, and it can take a toll on the gears. 

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Why Your Tire Sensor Is Illuminated

If you have realized that your tire pressure sensor has become illuminated in your vehicle then it is time to look into what the problem is and fix it in a timely manner. You don't want to be driving your vehicle around on damaged tires because this can not only permanently affect your tires but it can affect the wheels themselves and other parts of your vehicle like the suspension and shocks.

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The Importance of Clean Car Cabin & Engine Air Filters

Air filters in the car work the same as those in your home, improving air quality by keeping out things like dirt and dust from the air. Here’s why clean air filters in the car are crucial.

Those cabin air filters make certain the air quality inside your vehicle is not compromised. Things like allergens and mold spores get stripped from the air and trapped in the filter to help improve the air quality during your ride.

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Smart Tips to Avoid Hydroplaning

When you drive, you are responsible for your vehicle and for those inside it. If the road's surface is covered in water, you have a responsibility to maintain control of your vehicle and avoid hydroplaning.

You can set your vehicle up well for bad situations by making sure that you have quality tires in place on it. The tires help you connect with the road, and the better that your tires are, the better that you will be able to drive in all conditions. 

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Myths About Motor Oil

Motor oil is obviously very important to the operation of your vehicle, but there are a lot of myths about this crucial element that simply are not true. Here are some of the more common.

Myth #1: You Need to Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles

There was a time when this myth was true, but vehicles and motor oil have changed since then. Most newer vehicles can go 7,000 miles or even longer before they need an oil change. 

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How to Tell a Tire Has Been Damaged

It may be possible to determine if a tire needs to be replaced just by looking at it. If there is no tread left, it is definitely time to put a new tire or tires on your vehicle. Even if there is tread left, scratches or cuts to the tire wall may indicate that it is unsafe to keep driving on.

However, it may be possible to have a cut or scratch looked at to find out if it can be repaired.

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Are Your Brake Pads Wearing Thin?

Your car's brakes are of vital importance to the safety of you and your loved ones. Because of this, it's important to pay attention to how your brakes are performing and to be sure to have them regularly inspected and serviced when warranted.

Your car's brakes work like this: each wheel has a brake rotor attached to it that spins as your wheels do. 

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How Do I Know if My Car Battery Needs Serviced or Replaced?

Here at LCM Used Car Center in Petersburg, we care about your automotive service needs, and our professional service department staff is ready and able to take care of any problems that may arise with your vehicle.

A common problem that may come up is trouble with your car battery. The battery provides the electrical power that is necessary to start your engine and run all the special electronic components of your vehicle.

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Purpose of a Timing Belt

The engines of modern vehicles function using a timing belt. The belt is responsible for ensuring that the camshaft and the crankshaft turn at a predetermined rate to run the engine. Somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 miles, the belt requires replacing due to normal wear and tear. 

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Check Your Oil

It has been the norm to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles for many decades but it is now considered to be too often. These days you can get away with getting your oil changed every 7,500 miles. You don't want to get your oil changed too often because it is just a waste of money. 

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