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How Does Brake Fluid Work?

When we think of auto maintenance and tune-ups, what typically comes to mind are oil changes. We often forget about brake fluid because it lasts so much longer than motor oil despite being equally important. Don’t forget about your brake fluid. Stop at Dick Dyer Volvo Cars and let the techs check your brake fluid levels.

Despite brake fluid often being the forgotten liquid, it’s very important. It sits in the brake lines until it’s needed. When you touch the brakes, an entire process involving the pistons calipers, rotors and your gas pedal begin. 

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Tips For Cleaning Your Tires

Have you noticed that your tires have been looking a little dull and worn lately? Does the inside wheel well area look dirty? It might be time to give your tires a little TLC to help them look refreshed and new again. It might not be time to replace your tires because of low tire tread so this can buy you a little time. Let's look at some tire cleaning tips to help you out:

Cleaning your tires will only work if you have the right products. Invest in some of the professional grade products that we use here…

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Is it Time for Your Car to Have a Tire Rotation?

Tire rotations are one of the lesser-known ways that car owners can save money. This is because it greatly extends the amount of time that your tires will last. That is why our team here at the Dick Dyer Volvo Cars auto service facility wants to ensure that you know all about the basics of tire rotations.

Because tires wear faster in either the front or the back of your vehicle, they should be rotated regularly so that they all last about the same amount of time. 

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What Type of Spare Tire Do You Have?

When you need a spare tire, it is important to know what type you have. A full-size spare tire drives just like your other tires. It might not look the same or be the same brand, but it will be the same size and thickness.

A compact temporary is smaller than your other tires. It needs about 60 psi for inflation. You cannot drive as fast on it or as far with it. The compact spare is designed to get you to a service station so you can get a regular replacement tire for your car. 

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The Importance of Gaskets to Good Car Performance

If you've ever had a service advisor at Dick Dyer Volvo Cars in Columbia, SC recommend new gaskets for your vehicle, you may not have been aware of their importance to your vehicle's performance. Gaskets are small devices made of steel, copper or rubber that keep the fluids and gases throughout the operating system circulating freely without mixing or escaping.

Over time, gaskets can "blow" or go bad, leading to expensive repairs if not promptly replaced. Tailpipe smoke, radiator foaming, gargling or bubbling, and low cylinder pressure are all signs of gasket failure. 

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Diagnosing a Starter Problem

When you turn the key in the ignition in the morning, the battery provides power for the starter to turn over the engine. If the starter is malfunctioning, it won't be too long before it will go out, and you don't want to be left stranded. What signs should you look out for, then?

One sign of a bad starter is a grinding sound when you start your car. Grinding in the starter can damage the flywheel. If you turn on the ignition and you hear a whirring sound but not a cranking sound, the flywheel is not…

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Consider an Alignment for Your Volvo

Tires are very expensive, and most people would prefer not to have to replace them unless absolutely necessary. We’re sure that you’re one of those people. One of the most common reasons that tires wear prematurely is due to a wheel alignment that is not within specification. Once a wheel alignment is off specification, it cannot be changed until a trained technician corrects it using highly-sophisticated and very expensive machinery.

Technicians are specifically trained to know just how much adjusting is necessary to bring your wheels back into alignment. 

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Do You Know When Your Muffler Needs to Be Replaced?

Most mufflers are constructed from stainless steel, and they are designed to last for a long time. However, it is possible for your muffler to develop corrosion or other problems that affect how your car drives and what it sounds like.

If you can hear or feel the muffler bouncing or shaking when you drive, this is a strong indication that it needs to be replaced. Cars that get louder to the point where people know you're coming from blocks away are also a good indication that a muffler service visit is in order. 

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The Importance of Well-Functioning Headlights

Headlights are the eyes of the vehicle, and proper illumination is critical to your safety. Not all vehicles are equipped with headlights capable of providing enough visibility. This visibility is crucial to the driver, passengers, pedestrians, and other vehicles on the road. Headlights should be tested at Dick Dyer Volvo to ensure they meet current specifications.

 

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