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Test Your Car's Battery Before You Run into Trouble

Testing a car battery is easy, you'll need a wire brush, good pair of gloves, safety goggles, and a voltmeter.

The first thing you should do is turn the car lights and the engine off, open the hood and get your glasses and gloves on. Run the wire brush over the battery terminals to get rid of corrosion and create a better contact point. 

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Timing Belt Care

Each car that is manufactured has a timing belt or a timing chain. The timing chain is made of links that are lubricated. A timing chain is designed to last for the life of your car. Most vehicles made today have a timing belt. This is a thick belt with teeth in it.

The timing belt is not designed to last as long as a timing chain. 

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What Is the First Sign That You Have an Exhaust Leak?

The first principle sign of an exhaust leak is hard to detect. The detection of more engine noise would seem to be an elementary sign. However, increased engine noise from an exhaust leak starts small; it is barely detectable. As time passes, drivers become accustomed to each increase in noise level as the leak expands. Periodic testing of the exhaust system is the correct way to detect any leaks.

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Engine Oil Differences

Engine oils are rated in terms of viscosity. Oil containers have one or two numbers describing the viscosity or the thickness of the oil. The numbers on an oil container explain the thickness of the oil when the engine is cold and when the engine is hot. The numbers 10W40 for example, indicate that the oil has a viscosity of 10 when the engine is cold and 40 when the engine is warm.

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Signs Your Tires Need Aligned

If you have been driving recently and noticed your vehicle drifting steadily to the right or left and unsure as to why, don't worry it most likely isn't your driving causing these issues. Over time a vehicles tires can start to become uneven and unaligned with each other, causing your car to pull to one side or the other while cruising. 

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Light Up the Road with New Headlights

You have to see the road in front of you when you are driving in the nighttime, and you need your headlights to be at their best so that you can light up the road. It is important for you to replace old headlights with new, brighter ones.

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Slowing Down and Moving Over

With so many vehicles on the road as commuters travel to and from work, to relatives' houses during the holidays, or as they hit the road for a joyride, there is bound to be an emergency.

We at Bert Ogden Hyundai knows that when drivers approach an emergency, either an accident or a vehicle pulled over on the shoulder, there is liable to be traffic.

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Using GAP Insurance

How do you use GAP insurance? We hope you never have to. It's an emergency insurance you can purchase as an add-on through our finance department. GAP, or Guaranteed Asset Protection, helps cover the difference between what you owe and what your vehicle is worth.

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Figure Out What to do as Your Lease Ends

You are ready to move on. Your lease is ending, and you are ready to step forward and figure out a new way of driving around Harlingen. We are here to help you understand your options so that you can make a knowledgeable decision as to what you will do next.

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