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Tips for Changing a Flat Tire

Being prepared for a flat tire can get you back on the road in case of a roadside emergency. Here are some tips from us here at Volvo Cars of Evansville for changing a flat tire.

Locate the best place to secure the jack. Your owner’s manual can help you find the right place to position the jack. Some vehicles will even have a special slot to make it easier. 

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Tips for Changing a Flat Tire

Being prepared for a flat tire can get you back on the road in case of a roadside emergency. Here are some tips from us here at Volvo Cars of Evansville for changing a flat tire.

Locate the best place to secure the jack. Your owner’s manual can help you find the right place to position the jack. Some vehicles will even have a special slot to make it easier. 

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Find Out Why Your Engine is Overheating

One of the worst things for your engine is for it to get too hot. The heat needs to escape before it causes damage that is expensive and time-consuming to fix. There may be many reasons as to why your engine is overheating. There may be a leak in your radiator or a tear in the hose. The thermostat housing may be broken or there may be an issue with the water pump.

Whatever is going on with your vehicle, it’s important that you get it looked at right away. 

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Find Out Why Your Engine is Overheating

One of the worst things for your engine is for it to get too hot. The heat needs to escape before it causes damage that is expensive and time-consuming to fix. There may be many reasons as to why your engine is overheating. There may be a leak in your radiator or a tear in the hose. The thermostat housing may be broken or there may be an issue with the water pump.

Whatever is going on with your vehicle, it’s important that you get it looked at right away. 

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Jump-Start a Vehicle with Just a Pair of Jumper Cables

To jump-start the battery of a car using another vehicle, you'll need to get the two vehicles nose-to-nose so that the jumper cables reach. Before anything, turn the car lights and the engine off so that you are safe working around the battery. Open the car hood to both vehicles, and locate both batteries.

Grab the jumper cables, which will be color-coded red and black. Red will go to the positive battery terminal on the good car, or the one marked with a plus-sign. The other red cable goes to plus-sign on battery of car getting a jump. 

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Jump-Start a Vehicle with Just a Pair of Jumper Cables

To jump-start the battery of a car using another vehicle, you'll need to get the two vehicles nose-to-nose so that the jumper cables reach. Before anything, turn the car lights and the engine off so that you are safe working around the battery. Open the car hood to both vehicles, and locate both batteries.

Grab the jumper cables, which will be color-coded red and black. Red will go to the positive battery terminal on the good car, or the one marked with a plus-sign. The other red cable goes to plus-sign on battery of car getting a jump. 

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Get Your Vehicle Ready to Tow This Season

Don’t let unwanted surprises sideline your towing experience. By taking some extra precautions before your trip, you will ensure that you and your cargo arrive safely at your destination without the need for premature car repair and maintenance. The first thing is to establish that your vehicle is capable of carrying extra weight. Look at the manufacturer’s specifications for maximum tow and tongue allowance. Once you’ve established the compatibility of your vehicle, the trailer hitch, and the trailer, you can move on to other safety aspects.

 

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Possible Explanations for Your Tire Pressure Light Turning On

There's nothing more terrifying to a car owner than a light coming on when you aren't sure what it means. For many drivers, the sight of the tire pressure light turning on can be terrifying. Fortunately, there are several factors that can contribute to this light turning on. Most of them have a simple fix.

Some air naturally comes out of your tires each time you drive. This is a normal part of the driving process. If your tire pressure light comes on, you may simply need to add more air to your tires. 

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Is it Hard to Recover When Your Vehicle Hydroplanes?

Hydroplaning is one of the more frightening experiences that a driver can have on the road. This situation occurs when a certain set of specific conditions are met. These include wet, flooded roads, relatively high vehicle-speeds, and worn-tires.

During wet conditions, vehicles that have worn out tires and are traveling too quickly for the existing road-conditions may begin to glide on a thin layer of water. This separates the tires from the road surfaces, resulting in a loss of control. 

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