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Better Braking Means Having Regular Brake Service

Lithia Reno Subaru knows that you care about keeping your car or SUV in good condition with regular maintenance. Brake service is one of the most important types of vehicle care. Avoiding regular maintenance on your car's brakes can put you at risk for an accident.

Brakes are a complex matter. The braking system of a car has multiple parts such as rotors, fluid lines, and brake pads. All of these have to be working properly. Otherwise, the entire braking system is affected.

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How to Know When to Service and Replace Your Belts and Hoses

Your engine's belts and hoses, which are critical to your vehicle, will someday dry out and crack, so it's important to maintain them and replace them when needed.

The timing belt is a toothed belt with reinforcement that is used to drive the camshaft by way of a sprocket to the crankshaft to ensure proper synchronization. Look for worn teeth and fraying, and be sure to check them if the engine backfires or stops. The serpentine belt transfers power from the crankshaft to all of the engine's accessories. 

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How to jump start a car with a dead battery

One of the worst things you can have happen when you are attempting to drive in Reno is for your vehicle not to work because you have a dead battery. If you find yourself stranded due to this situation, it's important to know how to jump start another car.

Once you have positioned the vehicle that will do the jumping, you must make sure both vehicles are turned off. Connect the positive jumper cable to the live battery first and then to the dead battery. 

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Battery Service May Delay the Need for Replacement

Your battery doesn't have enough power to start the engine. You may think that it's time to replace it. Before you buy a battery, try servicing the old one first. You may still get some life out of it.

Check the battery's voltage. If it's not totally dead, the battery may need a simple recharge to get back up and running. Some batteries allow you to see how much water is left inside. Remove the battery cables. Gently pry off the top covers and peer inside. If the water isn't close to the top, try…

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Tire Rotations and Vehicle Safety

As a motorist, you need to be proactive when it comes to all aspects of vehicle safety. This strategy includes ensuring that you obtain timely, regular tire rotation. With that in mind, there are a number of points you need to bear in mind regarding tire rotation.

Tire rotation should occur every 5,000 miles. If the manufacturer of your vehicle recommends more regular rotations, follow that schedule. At the time you undertake tire rotation, also have the pressure on your tires checked.  

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Good Windshield Wiper Blades Are Essential

You definitely don't want to hear a high-pitched squeaking noise coming from your windshield wiper blades. That is a sign that your windshield wiper blades need to be replaced. Windshield wiper blades are made out of rubber, and they aren't designed to last for a long time.

Windshield wiper blades need to be changed about every 6,000 miles. The rubber in the blades tends to deteriorate when it is very hot in the summer. When it is below freezing, the wiper blades can become brittle, too. Ice and snow can also damage the wiper blades. 

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Guide to Removing Dog Hair From Your Vehicle's Interior

Lithia Reno Subaru wants car owners to be happy with their vehicles. One way to enjoy a vehicle to the fullest is to keep it clean. One thing owners need to keep an eye on is pet hair if you ride around with your dog. Consider the following to keep your vehicle clean:

  • Blow up a balloon and use the static electricity to attract pet hair.
  • Spray a little water on the seats and rub your fingers on the interior while wearing rubber gloves.
  • Mix a few teaspoons of fabric softener in a spray bottle. The mixture should soften hair…
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Safe Driving Starts with a Clean Vehicle

While many vehicle owners place an emphasis on preventative maintenance and repairs, it is not uncommon to neglect washing the vehicle. Savvy automobile owners understand the importance of keeping the exterior of the vehicle clean. In addition to the pride that comes with driving a bright and shiny car, there are a host of practical reasons for wanting to keep your vehicle clean.

A vehicle that is washed regularly and diligently will enjoy a longer life span than one that is not properly cleaned consistently.  

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Spring is the Perfect Time for Car Maintenance

When the weather changes, you might notice some new issues with your vehicle. Cars need regular maintenance to run optimally, and spring is a great time of year to make sure that it's ready for the summer heat. At Lithia Reno Subaru, we want you to have all of the information on maintaining your vehicle so that it runs smoothly for years. Here are a couple of spring maintenance tips.

Check the air in your tires to ensure that the pressure is at the manufacturer's recommendations. When the weather gets cold, the air in your tires contracts, causing…

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Tips on How to Replace a Tire

Replacing a flat tire with a spare is actually easier than you might think. When you’re in on-the-go, you can get a spare on quickly in order to safely travel down the road.

Focus on getting all of the tools that you need to do the job. This includes a jack, a lug wrench, and the spare tire. If it’s at night, you should have a flashlight and some emergency warning devices, too. It will make it easier for other drivers to see you when you’re on the side of the road.

The lug wrench is used…

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