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Roadside Emergency Kits - What You Need

Roadside emergency kits are not often thought of as necessities in our vehicles because we seldom think something can happen when traveling. Unfortunately, emergencies can happen to any of us at any time. Having a roadside emergency kit can make things a lot less stressful. Stop at the Velde Volvo auto service center if you need some supplies or just have some questions.

Roadside emergency kits can include as much or as little as you want. They typically include things like water, blanket, first aid kit, tire repair kits, road flares, toolkits and jumper cables. 

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Helpful Tips to Avoiding a Tire Blowout with Your Vehicle

Avoiding a tire blowout with your vehicle all comes down to taking a little action to ensure the tires are in the best possible health. If you recently hit a huge pothole or the car tire slammed up against the curb, you may have knocked the car out of alignment. This means the front tires are going to wear unevenly and more on the sidewalls. The more this occurs, the more likely of a possible tire failure on the road.

You could reduce the chances of tire blowouts by simply looking more closely at your tire treads each day. 

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Discover Windshield Washer Fluid's Important Role

Your windshield wiper fluid does more than clean your windshield: it also lubricates the moving parts of your washer system. Without it, you'd likely have reduced visibility because using regular water would end up smearing bugs, dirt and debris across your windshield.

Why do drivers in Peoria, IL and beyond sometimes fill up their washer reservoir with water instead? We're not sure. 

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How Can You Tell if Your Exhaust is Leaking?

All car owners know what there exhaust is and where it is found on the car, but few know what it exactly does and how to know if it is leaking. That is why we here at Velde Volvo Cars of Peoria want to ensure that you are aware of some warning signs that your exhaust may be leaking.

The first is that your steering wheel is shaking. This may be the result of a rusty exhaust pipe which can then shake and ultimately cause your steering column to shake. 

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Reasons Why Your Tire Pressure Icon is Lit

There are times when you might be driving through Peoria and you suddenly notice that your tire pressure light has become illuminated. The obvious reason this might happen is that there is indeed a problem with the pressure in one of your tires. If you haven't ruled this out, you should get a tire pressure gauge and check those tires out.

Once that has been ruled out, the next most obvious issue is that the sensor has a problem that you are not going to be able to fix yourself. While you can just reset the sensor, if it…

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Automotive Guide: FWD or RWD Drivetrains

The drivetrain helps move your car down the road. Front-wheel drive places all the power on the front-wheels and pulls the car down the road, while rear-wheel drive pushes the car down the road. There are also two other types of drivetrains including all-wheel drive (AWD) and four-wheel drive (4WD).

With FWD vehicles, you have more stability while driving in incremental weather and dealing with snow. While winter tires can turn a RWD vehicle into a more stable driving experience, you typically would purchase a FWD and AWD if you live in northern areas with a lot of snow. 

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Are Your Tires Worn Out?

Investing in tires capable of lasting tens of thousands of miles would be wise. Assuming the tires can last forever, however, would be unwise. Eventually, the rubber wears down and the tires become unsafe. Knowing what signs to look for allows you to determine whether the tires have reached the point they need to be replaced.

Dry rot reflects one of the most obvious signs a tire has passed the point of no return. With dry rot, cracks appear on the rubber of the tire. Essentially, the tire has started to break apart. Age and extreme weather conditions may cause…

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Know When to Check Your Brakes

Knowing that our cars will come to a complete stop at a moments notice is something that for the most part, we as drivers take for granted. But it is important to remember that our brakes are a part of a machine that wears down over time and requires regular maintenance. So if you didn't already know, here are some general rules of thumb for when to have your brakes inspected by a professional.
Approximately once every year or 12,000 miles, you should have someone take a look at your brakes and determine whether any need replacing.
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Keep Rolling, and Roll Further than Before.

Tires are an amalgam of different materials that are bonded, rotated, weaved, and molded together. Metal plies come together at 90 degree angles to form a strong yet compliant radial tire, while rubber is melded, carved and finished to produce a resilient, firm hold on (or off) pavement. The modern tire is complex, highly durable, and safe for many applications.
Tires are not simply doughnuts of rubber, and many modern vehicles have tires designed for specific models. Our service center can assist you in finding the tire that is right for your vehicle.
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Maintain your car through regular checkups!

Cars are like people. When they start to develop a problem, it's always best to catch it early, before it has a chance to spiral into something much worse. And like people, cars have places to go get their regular checkups, the dealership. The truth is that getting your car regularly checked for problems is the single best way to keep it in top shape and to maintain its value.

 

The best way to maintain your car's value and keep it in top condition is to schedule regular checkups with the dealership. Set one up today.

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