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Motor Oil Myths Debunked

Car owners know and understand that their cars oil needs to be changed, but with so many myths out there it is confusing as to when you should perform oil changes. Below are two common motor oil myths, followed by the truth:

MYTH: Motor oil must be changed every 3,000 miles.

FACT: How often your motor oil needs to be changed will listed in your car owner’s manual and can range anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 miles. 

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Noisy Wiper Blades? Replace Them

With so many parts and systems that require maintenance on our vehicles we often overlook the most used parts like windshield wipers. Below are two signs that your wiper blades may be going bad and need to be replaced:

  • Chattering- One indicator that your wiper blades need to be replaced is when they make a horrible chattering noise when they move across the windshield. 
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How to Avoid Hydroplaning

Driving in adverse weather conditions can be dangerous and drivers need to be extra cautious to avoid accidents. Driving in heavy rain can lead to hydroplaning, below are some tips on how to avoid hydroplaning:

  • Tires- Make sure you tires have the proper amount of tread and are inflated properly.
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Professional Towing Strategies Worth Considering

Although towing seems like an easy task, many things should be considered before using traditional hauling equipment. When proper preparation steps are taken, the process of reaching various destinations effectively while pulling heavy cargo isn't a hassle.

Proper preparation involves studying the specs for each towing vehicle. 

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Differences Between Spare Tires: What Should You Pick?

Every car should have a spare tire. In emergency situations, it can be the only thing to get you from Point A to Point B. However, many do not realize that there are different types of spare tires. Rather, cars come equipped with a small tire typically provided by the manufacturer. You can negotiate to get a larger tire, also known as a full-size spare.

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Don't Get Stuck, Have Your Timing Belt Checked

The timing belt is an essential component of your car. Without it, the engine does not run. Many times, a bad timing belt will give you warning, but this is not always the case.

The timing belt keeps your camshaft and crankshaft running in perfect harmony. When the belt becomes badly damaged, or the tensioners and pulleys are not working properly, it can cause the belt to squeal. 

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Finding the Tires that are Worth Their Cost for You

When you spend money on tires, you want to find options that are going to be worth their cost. You do not want to spend a lot on tires and then find yourself regretting those that you picked out. Here are some helpful tips to consider when shopping for your next group of tires here at Sill-TerHar Mazda.

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