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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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Be Prepared to Survive Winter

If you are driving this winter to be sure to have a bag of salt, sand, or litter in your vehicle. You should never leave home without it because you may need it to get unstuck. All you have to do is sprinkle some around your tires, and you should be able to get out of a rut.

We want to remind you from all of us here at Volvo of State College to be safe this winter. Come see us to get your vehicle tuned up and ready for the winter season. Don't forget to add any winter…

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Learn the Meanings of Your Vehicle’s Dashboard Warning Lights

It is no surprise that majority of car owners do not actually know exactly what the flashing lights on a vehicle's dashboard mean. In many cases, the dashboard warning lights are meant to indicate that there is a problem with a certain component or system in the vehicle, and our service technicians at Volvo of State College have come up with a short list of some of the most important ones you need to look out for to avoid a breakdown or total failure while driving in the local area.

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