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Tips for Avoiding a Tire Blowout on the Highway

The last thing you'll ever want to experience is the loss of control of your vehicle when a tire blows out. Your friends at Volvo of State College offer these tips for helping you avoid this dangerous scenario.

When the tire pressure indicators go off, pay close attention to whether one tire or all tires are affected. If all four tires are low, it could be a combination of natural air release of a pound a month and loss of pressure due to a temperature drop of ten degrees or more.

On a more serious side, looking at the…

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Heat vs. Cold: Which is Worse for Automotive Batteries?

Batteries are no different than most other mechanical and electrical devices in that they can be affected by extreme temperatures at both ends of the spectrum. Below are a few facts about the effects of temperature on battery life that every driver needs to know.

Extreme cold weather reduces the operating capacity of a battery and makes it less capable of providing an adequate charge when needed. On the other hand, the hot weather tends to increase the charge capacity while decreasing the overall usable lifespan of the battery. Keeping a battery fully charged and regularly checking fluid...

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The Smell of Smoke Can Mean a Bad Starter

Smelling or seeing smoke in or outside of your vehicle is always alarming, and it can often be dangerous as well. Engine parts generally will start smoking when they are starved of fluids and rubbing against each other or for electrical components it can mean that the part is getting too much power, overloading the wires and circuitry. This type of electrically caused smoke is a common symptom of a bad starter.

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Signs the Brakes on Your Vehicle Need to Be Serviced

If there is going to be trouble with the brakes in your vehicle, the system will often give warning signs. Here are a few things to be on the lookout for with your vehicle's brakes.

When you hear a grinding or squealing coming from the brakes, it's important to have them inspected, especially if it has been 12,000 or more miles since they were last serviced. If the issue is severe, the brake warning light should illuminate on the dash too.

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Problems with Your Headlights? It's Time to Replace Them

If your headlights are flickering when you turn them on or simply remaining off, it's time to replace the bulbs in your headlights. Replacing headlight bulbs is a simple process that can easily be performed by your local technician at Volvo Cars of State College.

Sometimes, the problem isn't with your bulb, but your headlight itself. If you notice the finish on your headlight has become dull or there are cracks in your headlight, 

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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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