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How to Properly Clean Your Car's Headlights

Restoring your car's headlights to their natural shiny state and transparency can be done with a few simple agents around the home. For example, toothpaste can be used with a rag to clean off the exterior of your headlights. You simply dab a bit of toothpaste on the rag and wipe down the exterior to remove the dirt and discoloration.

If you want to use something stronger, why not try insect repellent? Insect repellent is actually used by many to clean headlights due to the chemical properties of the spray. However, you do not want to get this stuff…

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Motor Oil "W": Is it for Weight or What?

If you think the W on the motor oil bottle stands for weight, you're not alone in believing a myth. The truth is that the W stands for winter.

W, for Winter, written on a motor oil bottle explains the viscosity of the surrounding numbers. Basically, the viscosity is the speed of oil flow at certain temperatures. Thicker oil, which has higher viscosity, flows slower, and thinner oil flows faster. When temperatures change, so does the oil viscosity. Numbers in front of the W show how oil flows in cold weather, and the numbers behind the W indicate its…

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How Do Warranties Work?

A warranty can cover one item, such as the tires, or it can cover many items. That's what the bumper-to-bumper warranty does. Automakers extend the powertrain warranty since it covers the most vital parts in the State College, PA area.

Without the bumper-to-bumper warranty, you wouldn't have coverage when small parts break. Amenities, such as heated seats, and important functions, such as your HVAC system, will be repaired. The powertrain warranty applies to the most vital equipment, including the transmission and drivetrain. Of course, most parts and repairs are included.

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Can Cruise Control Cause Hydroplaning?

Many modern vehicles come equipped with sophisticated driver-assistance technologies. Cruise control is such a technology, and it can save drivers lots of effort when it is used at appropriate times.

That said, there are certain times when using cruise control can be detrimental to safety. Rainy and wet weather are just such occasions.

At our service center, our Volvo of State College suspension technicians specialize in balancing and rotating tires. To begin enjoying the benefits that come along with well-treated tires, visit us today for a no-obligation conversation.

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Understanding the Role of Your Transfer Case

Vehicles that have four-wheel drive capabilities are equipped with a transfer case. This case works with the transmission to help deliver the right amount of power to each of your tires when the four-wheel drive is engaged.

There are gears, and sometimes a chain in your transfer case. Without proper maintenance that includes lubrication, the gears can begin to perform poorly. Your transfer case should be checked once a year. You will notice problems with your transfer case if you try to put your car into four-wheel drive and it's difficult to do.

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Cabin Air Filter Can Help With Allergies


The air that we breathe is full of different particulates and pollutants. Some of these like pollen and mold can cause allergies and lead to sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes. When you turn on your cars AC or heat system, it can draw in these particulates and disperse them throughout your car's interior, causing an allergic reaction. One of the best ways to help reduce or even prevent this from occurring is by regularly changing your cars cabin air filter, a service we are happy to provide at Volvo of State College.

Those of us suffering from allergies are…
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Don't Forget To Inspect Your Belts And Hoses When Doing Your Auto Maintenance


Your belts and hoses might seem like they are fairly insignificant when it comes to maintenance, but in reality, it is really quite important to make sure that they are in good working order. As small as they might seem, if one fails you can find yourself on the side of the road in a hurry.

Checking them is easy. Just visually inspect them, pressing on the belts and giving a little bend the hoses. Some small stress cracks are normal, but if they look large or if there are too many of them or you can see all the…
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Get the Most Out of Your Tires with Tire Rotations

Tires always wear down, but you can ruin your tires faster by not getting your tires properly rotated. A good schedule to follow is to have your tires rotated when you get an oil change. The tires on your car will wear down unevenly, and tires left in the same spot are going to wear down faster.

It isn't going to hurt your tires to get them rotated. At our State College service center, we will rotate your tires as part of a regular maintenance routine. The more evenly you can wear your tires down, the longer they are…

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Install the Correct Winter Wiper Blades

You need your windshield to be clear and free from debris in the winter, but how can you ensure that you’re taking the right steps for safety? You've defrosted your window first thing in the morning and noticed an increase of bugs and particles appearing on your windshield - what now? Being able to clear your windshield will depend in part on your wiper blades.

Do your current blades need to be serviced or replaced? The Volvo of State College auto service department can help you find the blades unique to your make and model vehicle and install them…

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The Importance of Keeping a Full Gas Tank

It is of no use to let the fuel container in your vehicle run out of fumes until the last drop. Mostly during the winter, this can lead to severe problems that will culminate due to issues when the car is circulating the fuel.

Extreme colds lead to a shift in temperatures that end up damaging the empty tank when not filled. Always consider stopping to fill up the gas tank on your drive home to avoid issues of engine failures halting your travel plans. Once an engine fails, chances are very high that a gasket might blow and hence…

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