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Tips for Cleaning Your Tires

Do you love washing your car? If you have been cleaning your tires for awhile, then you know all the nasty stuff that get stuck in your tire treads and wheel axles. There are some ways that you can make cleaning your car easier. For example, you can use a foam applicator pad, terry cloth towel, and garden hose. One of the best things to use to clean your tires is a professional grade cleaner that works with anodized and coated tires.

You want to protect your tires from drying out and cracking, so when you are rinsing off your…

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Studded vs Studless Tires: Find a Winter-Ready Vehicle

Buying winter tires seems like an easy enough process, right? You go to your service center and tell them you need new tires, and they do the work. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple because they need to know what kind of tires you want, which is where Hendrick Preowned Cary come in. We want to help you be as informed as possible when it comes to buying tires.

Although you may find many brands of tires, the two most common are studded and studless. The type you get depends on where you do most of your driving. Studded tires…

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Communication Gear Completes Winter Survival Kits

At Hendrick Preowned Car, we like to help our customers and other drivers find ways to stay safer. One way to mitigate many winter driving dangers is to always pack a well provisioned winter survival kit. While extraction equipment, first-aid kits, and food are important to have, is also important for winter survival kits to include robust communication gear.

Drivers who find themselves stranded in cold and icy conditions may often be far from normal sources of assistance. In such situations, durable and comprehensive communication gear can save the day.  

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Fix Your Exhaust System Before You Fail a Fuel Emissions Test

If you've ever failed a fuel emissions test, you know that you can't put off fixing your exhaust system. If you've never needed to do work on your exhaust system, consider yourself lucky. Broken mufflers and O2 sensors are common, but you might not know exactly what else is needed for a well-functioning exhaust system.

The muffler isn't the only component on your vehicle that's filtering the gases that come from your engine. The O2 sensors analyze the gases, and the catalytic converter filters them.  

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Motor Oil Myths Debunked

The motor oil inside of your vehicle's engine is very important. It's not only the kind of oil that you use, but the integrity of the oil after a few thousand miles and the level at which it sits at. We here at Hendrick Pre-Owned can give you an accurate recommendation on when you should have an oil change done based on what type of vehicle you have and a quick look at your car's manual. Don't listen to the every 3,000 miles rule. This is too general of a recommendation for every vehicle on…

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Signs that Your Starter is Failing

When your car has trouble or even refuses to start, it's natural to think that the battery is at fault. When the battery checks out okay, though, the starter could commonly be at fault. Following are several reasons why your starter may need attention.

A starter that makes a grinding noise is telling you that its gears are worn out. Another sign is a whining noise, known as freewheeling, that occurs when you try to start your vehicle, but it doesn't turn over. 

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Deciphering Tire Codes 101

To the layperson looking at tires, all of the strange markings on the sidewall might as well be written in a foreign language. Included in this information is pertinent details about the size, model, and tire brand. In addition, the safety standards set by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) are stamped on the tire to indicate that the tire has met the national guidelines. Lastly, there are numbers detailing the load, speed, maximum inflation pressure, and the Uniform Tire Quality Grading (UTQG) code.

 

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Spring Car Care and What it Means

In a perfect world, our vehicles get the same type of maintenance year-round, but it’s not a perfect world, and our cars often get neglected in the winter months. With spring finally here, it’s time to provide some spring car care for your vehicles. Stop by Hendrick Cars Cary and let us help you get through this process.

Spring maintenance can be something as simple as replacing bulbs and fuses, changing wiper blades and adding oil, or it may mean a complete tune-up. Unless you have lots of knowledge on auto repairs, you may want to bring your…

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Signs Your Exhaust is Leaking

Having fluid dripping from your tailpipe may be the most obvious sign that your exhaust system has developed a leak, but paying attention to how your car runs can help you diagnose an exhaust leak long before you see anything. Are you hearing unusual hisses, pops or high-pitched squeals when you're driving? This could be back pressure building up as a result of a leak.

Are you feeling vibrations, particularly on short drives? If your car's pipes can't get hot enough to evaporate condensation, rusting might occur, which can cause vibrations. 

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Tips to Help You Avoid Hydroplaning

In times of heavy downpours, water can sometimes pool up on the streets. Driving through even a thin layer of water can build up in front of the tires and cause them to lose their grip. When that happens, it is known as a hydroplane. Hydroplaning is extremely dangerous, resulting in very little control over the vehicle when it occurs. There are some ways to reduce the risk, however.

Ensuring that your tires have an adequate tread depth is very important. Worn down tires lose their grip and hydroplane much easier. 

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