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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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Common Causes for an Overheated Engine

If your car has overheated, it could be a result of one or more of the following instances shared by the Hendrick Pre-Owned car repair specialists. Look closely to see if the radiator hoses have been compromised. If the clamps are too loose or they appear corroded, they may have compromised the integrity of the hose, allowing coolant to escape.

The fan belt needs to be tight, moving the water pump blades to circulate the coolant throughout the engine. The belt might just be loose or it could have broken and the pump is inoperable. 

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Stay Protected With Timely Suspension Repairs

Let's get real: driving can be an uncomfortable task. This would be even more difficult if it weren't for your car's suspension. That is why we here at Hendrick Cars Cary are here to give you the basics. Your suspension takes the hit of the road when you hit a bump or drive off-road in your car. Without it, driving your car would be much less enjoyable and harder on your body.

You should not go more than 50,000 miles without having a service member check your suspension out, as this is generally when some parts…

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Your Differential Sends Power to the Wheels

Energy transfer from your engine to your wheels is a very involved process that includes multiple complex systems of gears all working together in tandem to create that forward motion. At the very end of this process is your differential, and it is once of the most critical pieces in the system.

Power is obviously generated by the engine. The power from the engine is transferred through the transmission (this is where your gearing is done) to your drive line. Your drive line is a shaft that rotates and runs the length of your vehicle to your differential. 

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