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Why Should You Get the Car's Differential Serviced?


The differential in under your vehicle and acts like the connecting point between the transmission and drive shafts. Inside the differential are gears, and they need to be lubricated in order to work properly.

The car you drive may have one or two differentials, and they help to move the tires when you press the accelerator. If the fluids have not been checked or replaced in a while, now is the time you want to go for an inspection. Ignoring the gear fluids too long could result in far more costly repairs.


 
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Is Getting Summer Tires Better Than Buying All-Season Tires?


Our entire team here at Fuse Auto wanted to inform our readers that its time to consider the choice of tires on your vehicle this time of year. While all-season tires are good most of the year, now is the time to switch to summer times.

Summer tires are going to help improve driving conditions in the area of handling, cornering and reducing distance after braking.

The all-season tires have grooves in the tread in abundance, summer tires have fewer grooves to ensure more of the tread meets the road. This can decrease stopping distance when braking and improve handling…
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A Fuel Pump Has a Big Impact for Being a Small Part


A fuel pump needs to constantly provide the engine with a steady flow of fuel. If you’ve ever seen a fuel pump, then you probably know that it’s a big responsibility for such a relatively small part. Isn’t funny how the smallest things can cause the biggest headaches? We digress!

While not all fuel system problems are caused by the fuel pump, it is the most obvious. Another possibility includes a fuel system that has become contaminated and needs cleaning.

The warning signs of a fuel pump malfunctioning include:
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• An engine sputtering at high speeds.
• Loss of…
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Be prepared during a breakdown


If you have a tire blowout or unexpected engine trouble, knowing what to do can help keep you in control of the situation. With some simple tips and a few emergency essential items, you can be prepared for a breakdown.

Be prepared for anything by carrying an emergency kit. It should include roadside flares and reflector triangles, jumper cables, a first aid kit, and a flashlight with batteries. Make sure you know where your jack and spare tire are.

 
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The Right Pressure: Signs Your Brake Pedal Needs Work


Car owners understand how important the brake system is to the safety and functionality of their car, but how do you know when you are having brake problems? Below are some common brake pedal issues:
  • Difficult to Engage- If you find that your brake pedal is difficult to press down then there may be an issue. You should be able to press down on the brake pedal easily and smoothly, if not you need to see your mechanic 
  • Spongy- If you find that your brake pedal is feeling “spongy” it is a sign that you have an issue and this…
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Causes of the Tire Pressure Light Illuminating on the Dashboard


If the tire pressure light is staying on, it could require investigation. Here are a few of the top causes of why the tire pressure light is staying on.

During cold winter mornings, the outside air temperatures can cause the tire pressure to drop and set off the pressure indicators. In the middle of summer, excessive heat can cause tire pressures to rise, once again setting off the indicators. When something is stuck in the tire, it will allow air to slowly escape. Locate the obstruction and have a tire technician remove it carefully and plug the tire. Cracks in…
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Do Hotrods Require Specialized Brake Pads?

Each part of your vehicle braking system has an important job to do, but few components are as critical to safety as the brake pads. Brake pads are small squares of material that are located in your wheel wells. When acted upon by brake fluids, the pads apply pressure to the rotors, which are disks of metal that are attached to the wheels. When the pads apply friction to the rotors, this action slows the vehicle down.

Brake pads and rotors generate large amounts of heat during this process. The amounts of heat created depend on several factors that include…

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Car Engine Guide: Timing Belt


The timing belt is a crucial element to ensuring your engine runs correctly. Replacing the timing belt is also more important than the air filter your mechanic suggests every oil change. If you do not replace it in time, you cause serious damage to your engine.

Timing belts are located within the engine and help the camshaft work with the valves to ensure that your engine keeps turning over. While older timing belts were made of chain, lightweight rubber timing belts were introduced in the late 1970s and allowed cars to get higher gas mileage.

 
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Should you invest in a four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle?


People that are in the market for a new or used vehicle may be looking at all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive vehicles. They want to be able to have the experience of driving a car that feels safer because it can handle better in adverse weather conditions or road conditions. While this is true for both vehicle platforms, there is one difference that should be considered. If that customer is wanting a passenger car, then the chances that they will be able to find one in a four-wheel drive model are slim...
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Fuel Levels Are Important in Winter


Fuse Auto has some recommendations for you now that winter has arrived and the snow is starting to fall regularly. When the local weather forecaster predicts some nasty weather, make sure you are properly prepared for at least a few days of snow. You want to make sure that you have enough food on hand so you don't have to leave the house if you don't have to. Also, make sure your snow blower is out of the shed, filled with gas and tuned up so it can be your workhorse.

Also, if you are heading out to…
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