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Two Things To Know About Changing Your Oil If You Don't Drive A Lot

In general, drivers should change their oil about once every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. This recommendation reflects the average, suggested interval for relatively new vehicles. It also accounts for standard driving amounts and standard driving conditions. At Zeigler Maserati of Grandville, we want to share two important factors to consider if you don't really drive your auto a lot.

Some Types Of Driving Are Harder On Your Car Than Others

Although you might not use your vehicle often, the type of driving that you typically do could be creating the need for more frequent oil changes. 
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How Tire Pressure Affects The Reliability And Safety Of Your Vehicle's Tires

Having the right tire pressure is essential for handling and performance. It's also essential for keeping you safe. At Zeigler Maserati of Grandville, we want drivers to understand the drawbacks and dangers of riding on tires that are either over- or under-inflated.

Improper Weight Distribution

Tires that are over- or under-inflated have the incorrect tire pressure. This leads to unbalanced weight distribution. If a tire is over-inflated, excess weight and pressure will be placed on a thin, center strip of its surface.
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The Secret Life of a Car Alternator

Car alternators don't always get the attention and respect they deserve, but they should. They are the component that supply continuous electricity to power lights, gauges, computers and switches. The alternator also powers the starter and recharges your car's battery as you drive through Grandville.

The Alternator: a Short History

The alternator first appeared in special-use WWII vehicles. Later, Ford incorporated the technology into the Model T. Not until 1960, with Chrysler's Valiant, did the alternator become a standard vehicle component. 

 

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Signs Your Tires Need to Be Replaced

Tires have a tendency to wear out over time. That is why you will need to have them replaced before something goes wrong. You need to inspect your tires monthly and look for signs of damaged. You will need to look for cracks on the sidewall. This is a sign that indicates your tire is leaking.

You will also need to look for bulges and blisters. They can cause your tire to blow out suddenly. Excessive vibration is another sign that indicates your tire needs to be replaced. This is a sign that indicates your wheels are out of balance…

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Taking Care Of Your Car During The Spring

Your vehicle requires the best possible care during all seasons. One time to look at it in particular is when we approach the spring. Winter months cause a lot of wear and tear on our vehicles, and it is always a good idea to get them the kind of maintenance help that they need.

Wiper blades are a major part of what any responsible vehicle owner should take care of. The spring months bring a lot of additional rain. That means making sure your wiper blades are working right, and if they are not, they should be replaced.

 

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You Should Buy A Dash Camera Today For Your Own Safety

The word is out that dash cams are a great way to stay safe on the road and more. They offer you the most comprehensive way to show in a video fashion that you are not at fault in an accident. There are other scenarios as well such as a road rage incident when it might also benefit you to have a dash camera. Make sure you note this and understand that the best thing to do is to always leave the camera running. That is one of the few ways that you will have the goods that you need…

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Maintain Your Belts and Hoses for Happiness

At Zeigler Maserati of Grandville, we appreciate that today's autos are more reliable than those of previous eras. Still, we hope you will consider how your vehicle's belts and hoses affect your on-road happiness.

Consider three crucial belts, which are your serpentine belt, your timing belt and your CVT belt, if present. Serpentine belts, as their noteworthy name implies, transmit engine power to mechanical components in your car. For example, your serpentine belt runs your air conditioner. Timing belts keep your pistons from misfiring. 

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You Can Learn to Test Your Car's Battery with a Simple Tool

Here at Zeigler Maserati of Grandville the cooler months always seem to bring an increase in dead car batteries. Sometimes a battery may only need a charge. If the battery on your car is draining regularly it may need to be replaced. Here's a simple way to test the battery.

You'll need a tool called a multimeter. This is a tool with two metal ends attached to a voltage meter. You simply attach the leads of the multimeter to the correct battery terminals. The red is for positive, and the black is for the negative terminal. You'll…

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Learn How Brake Pads Work

Brakes are an important part of our car because of the part they play in stopping the car. Knowing how they work can make drivers more knowledgeable about what type of maintenance they need. Stop at Zeigler Maserati of Grandville to get important information on brake pads.

Brake pads are one of several components in the brake system that make the car stop when you step on the brake pedal, but they are an important part. When you step on the brake pedal, the brake pads cause friction and pressure on the brake’s rotors, and it is this pressure…

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Stay Awake for the Winter

Some things are better for a particular season. Humans aren't the type to drop everything and hibernate when the winter comes around. It isn't who you are, so naturally, you will prepare for the elements by equipping your vehicle in the best way possible. We at Zeigler Maserati of Grandville love to help customers prepare for the elements by assisting them with any query or service needed.

Part of preparing for winter is to have the right tires and equipment on the vehicle. There's nothing like waking up to a morning with below zero temperatures greeting you…

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