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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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Why Your Tire Pressure Light Has Gone On

The moment your tire pressure monitoring system illuminates the light on your dashboard, you need to pay attention. There are a number of reasons why you may be seeing the light and it's important to know why so you can get the problem taken care of.

The light could be appearing because it’s cold, which has under pressurized your tires. As the day goes on and your tires heat up, the light will likely turn off by itself. 

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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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Horsepower is a Lot of Power


Horsepower is basically a unit of measure used to describe just how powerful a machine is. The more horsepower that is behind a machine, the more powerful it is. James Watt is the creator of the unit of horsepower. He wanted to be able to compare the power if a pony that could haul impressive amounts of coal at the mine to his steam engines and the way to measure power with horsepower is still used today.

Come see us here at Hendrick Pre-Owned Cary to take one of our vehicles out for a test drive and see just how…
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Be Aware: Move Over!


Many drivers may have grown up being taught that moving over and slowing down for emergency vehicles with their lights on is just a courtesy, but it is actually the law. In an effort to save the lives of workers responding to motor vehicle accidents all 50 states have move over laws. Here are some reasons why move over laws were created:
• Move over Law: All 50 states require motorists to slow…
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All-Wheel Drive vs Four-Wheel Drive

When shopping for a new car at Hendrick Pre-Owned, you will find several 4-wheel and all-wheel-drive models. Consider the following points when choosing either of the systems.

  • 4-wheel drive (4WD or 4X4) is mostly used for off-road driving. Power from the engine travels to the transfer case which splits power between the rear and front wheels.
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