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An infotainment system has become almost the standard in most vehicles produced today. What once was considered a high-end convenience feature has become a necessary system in modern vehicle operations. Originally, these systems merely combined the radio functions with the climate control system, as the name suggests. However, current systems are now capable of monitoring the vehicle diagnostics, news and traffic, shopping and local entertainment directories, and even monitoring the exterior of the vehicle with cameras. 

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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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How to Tell the Difference Between Towing vs. Payload Capacity

Do you get confused about the differences between the towing vs. payload capacity in a truck? Today, the team at Hendrick Cars Cary will clear up all the confusion.

Payload capacity is the added weight you wither place in the bed or the cab of your vehicle. It doesn't matter if you are hauling 100 sheets of sod in the bed or you just picked up a group of your friends and are driving them to work, these all qualify as payload. If it is added to the cab or the bed, you just increased the payload. 

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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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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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