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How To Choose the Right Battery For Your Car

How is it that Murphy seems to get the last word? Really, who gave Murphy so much power and his law such strong effect? Is jump starting your car becoming routine? For when the battery in your car decides to quit, it chooses either the winter month’s coldest days, the most inconvenient place, ...

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Written on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 by
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Warming Your Car Up In the Cold Just Might Harm Your Engine

Freezing temperatures, frigid air, cold car. Convention tells us to dash outside as quickly as possible, start the engine, and hustle back inside to enjoy one more cup of coffee while your motor warms up. You might even enjoy the benefit of pressing a button on your key fob to engage the remote star...

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Written on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 by
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How to Extend The Mileage on Your Tires

When you purchase new tires know what to expect, you will find that the manufacturer provides recommendations on the approximate number of miles you should get from your tires before they need to be replaced. Think of it as a "best-by date" for your tires.   To receive the maximum number of ...

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Written on Monday, January 28, 2019 by
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How To Make Your Vehicle Ride Smoother

Years ago a fella commented that his car had such a smooth and comfortable ride that the hardest part of driving it was staying awake. Now that’s smooth. Maybe your car is not presenting so smooth an experience. Well, if you want to enhance the smoothness, you first need to know why it is n...

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Written on Thursday, January 24, 2019 by
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Why Does My Steering Wheel Shake?

Shaking can be good, right? A handshake greets someone with a sign of respect. A milkshake remains one of life’s guilty pleasures. And all I have to do is shake my head and my dog knows to stop begging at the table. But a shaking steering wheel? Not such a good thing. Your steering wheel is...

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Written on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 by
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How to Make Your Car Ride Safe and Enjoyable for You and Your Dog

Some dogs bound right to the door when you say “car ride,” others will make themselves scarce, and some couldn’t be bothered either way.  No matter how your dog feels about a car ride to a fun day at the dog park or dreaded visit to the veterinarian, there are ways to ensure t...

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Written on Monday, January 21, 2019 by
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Got Pothole Damage? West Virginia Might Pay to Fix Your Vehicle!

Potholes and the damage they can cause are just part of winter driving, right? Every pothole you hit has the potential to damage your tire, cause a blowout, or even damage your rims.  If you live in West Virginia, the expensive damage done to your vehicle may be covered by the state.  ...

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Written on Thursday, January 17, 2019 by
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How to Prepare Your Car for Winter Snow and Rain

Every season brings its own driving challenges. Maybe none more so than winter. Sure, rain in springtime, heat in the summer, and animals running across the road in the fall each require attention. But winter presents unique problems for the longevity of your car, truck, or SUV as well as safety ris...

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Written on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 by
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Everything You Need to Know - West Virginia Vehicle State Inspection

Morgantown, West Virginia - A mandatory vehicle safety inspection ensures that motorists traveling the roads of West Virginia are operating safe vehicles. The West Virginia State Police and Department of Motor Vehicles require that most cars, trucks, trailers, and motorcycles registered in the state...

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Written on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 by
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Signs That Your Brakes Might Be Going Bad

If you are driving a brand new car, you likely are not experiencing problems with your brakes. But once you drive that new car for a while, you can expect problems to pop up. When they do, brake system problems present symptoms, signs that your brakes are going bad. Some problems are less-serious th...

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Written on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by
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Why Is My Airbag Warning Light On and What Do I Do About It

Maybe you never noticed it before. The little light on your dashboard that looks like a guy sitting with a ball in his lap. That light is your vehicle’s Airbag Warning Light. It comes on every time you start your car, truck, or SUV. Under normal conditions, the light stays on for several secon...

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Written on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 by
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Four Fast Facts About Oil Changes

​ Tires, filters, and fluids. Batteries, brakes, and wiper blades. Your car requires preventative maintenance, and lots of it - if you want it to last. Topping the list of maintenance items is changing the oil and oil filter. Motor oil coats all of the moving parts inside your car’s engine to...

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Written on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 by
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Help Your Car To Beat the Heat - Tips To Prepare For Summer Driving

The trees are finally full of leaves and the grass is growing so fast that you need the extra hours of sunlight just to keep up with mowing the yard. The rising temperature in the air outside is a signal that summer is on the way. While warm days and sunny skies can lead to some summer fun, the...

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Written on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 by
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7 Habits That Harm the Paint On Your Car

Maybe you don’t have a care in the world about the paint on your car. Maybe you live on a gravel road and don’t even remember what color your car is underneath all the dirt. Maybe you like to take your truck off-roading on the weekends and the caked-on mud is your personal monster’...

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Written on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 by
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Car Cleaning Dos and Don’ts

Spring is here. Time to enjoy the lengthening days, the warming temperatures, and the anticipation of summer fun. Time to open up the windows and doors of your house and let new life breeze in. It is time for spring cleaning. And, now that winter is over, it is time to pay some much-needed attention...

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Written on Friday, June 8, 2018 by
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What’s Wrong With My Wheel Bearings?

         Of all the parts that make up your car, arguably the most important are the brakes - the parts that enable you to stop. Of the parts that enable you to go, perhaps none are more important than the wheel bearings. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to travel v...

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Written on Monday, May 21, 2018 by
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What Are the Signs I Need New Struts?

You know that your tires will eventually wear down. And you understand that you have to replace your brake pads every so often. You even anticipate changing out a couple brake rotors now and then. But have you considered replacing the struts on your car? So... what, exactly, are the struts? What ...

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Written on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 by
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Car Care Basics... Is It Time For Routine Car Maintenance?

Every year millions of people engage in a seasonal ritual as winter gives way to warmer temperatures: Spring cleaning. In cool climates, houses are often closed up for a long stretch of the year. Spring cleaning is a time when the doors and windows can be opened again and new life. . .

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Written on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 by
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Fast Facts About Fluid Changes - When To Consider Changing Your Car’s Oil, Coolant, and Other Fluids

“Three years or thirty thousand miles!” Ever hear that mantra? It is probably safe to assume that most car owners know that the engine oil needs to be replaced at regular intervals. But would It surprise you to find that many do not understand when it should be changed? And what about al...

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Written on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by
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Ten Things You Should Never Do To Your Tires

The tires on your car are the only buffer between you and the ground. A good set of tires delivers traction to move, responds appropriately when cornering, adds comfort for you and your passengers, and (most importantly) provides stopping power. But tires wear out. As they do, their ability to perfo...

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Written on Thursday, January 25, 2018 by
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