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How to Replace Your Own Flat Tire

From time to time, you may find yourself in need of knowing how to change a flat tire, whether it be your own or someone else's. Fortunately, the staff at Zeigler Maserati of Grandville is here with a few helpful tips.

To start off, make sure you have a spare tire, a car manual, a car jack, a lug wrench, tire tools, and a flashlight. Also, make sure you are off of the road, parked, and in a safe spot. Have your emergency brakes on, as well. Use your car's manual first of all to guide you on…

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DIY Headlight Restoration for Your Car

Most of the older cars on the road today have a major problem. Yellow headlights! Most cars age and display some issues, but older cars have a major problem with the old glass used in headlights. Not only does it trap dirt and grime, but it also fades to a yellow color. Want to fix that quickly?

Why not try some toothpaste? There are actual chemical properties in toothpaste that make it a great cleaning agent for headlights. You can use it with a rag to wipe away the exterior grime of the headlight. If that is not doing the…

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Are You Prepared for Hydroplaning Conditions?

If you find yourself driving in significant rain, the conditions for hydroplaning can arise. When this happens, your vehicle feels like it is skimming over the road which can be both frightening and hazardous. There are, however, steps that you can take to avoid hydroplaning.

If you notice that water levels on the road are rising, then you should reduce your speed 5 to 10 miles under the speed limit and avoid suddenly accelerating. Another preventive measure that you can take is buying better quality tires that are designed to handle hydroplaning conditions. 

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Understanding the Warranty on Your Vehicle

A warranty for your vehicle protects you in the event your car breaks down because of defects in a component or poor workmanship. The difference between a powertrain warranty and a bumper-to-bumper warranty is significant, and knowing which protection you need can help you make a more informed purchasing decision.

A bumper-to-bumper warranty protects just about everything on your vehicle, including your powertrain. As one of the more expensive components to fix on your vehicle, you can also purchase specific coverage that is for the powertrain only.

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Tips on Tire Pressure during Winter

There are few things that you can do to help you avoid deadly mistakes when on the road. During the winter season, roads are wet most of the time, and you need good tires to get the best out of them.

One of the tips you should consider is rotating your tires after every 5,000 miles. This goes a long way to ensure your tires wear evenly. Secondly, ensure that new tires are first fitted at the back axle to help drivers have better control of their cars. This is because if your car loses traction on the rear…

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Motor Oil Viscosity: Why It's Important

Every vehicle has a specification for what type of motor oil it should get. Part of that spec is the viscosity rating you should use. Why is it important?

Motor oil is rated for its thickness in the dead of winter and also while running hot on the freeway in the summer. Because your vehicle's engine runs at various temperatures and motor oil tends to be thicker when cold and thinner when hot, engines are designed with particular motor oil in mind. Using a different viscosity can cause the moving parts in your car's engine to wear out…

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What Exactly Is Horsepower?

Horsepower is a term that has forever been used when describing the power of the vehicle that you are looking at. But what exactly does this really mean, and how was that term coined?

The term was first coined by James Watt back in the late 18th century as a way to sell steam engines to prospective customers. He came up with this by figuring that a mill-horse could push 33 pound-feet in one minute, and he then applied that to the power rating of the steam engines that he was selling. The term stuck and we have been using…

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Start Keeping Your Tank Full This Winter

Here at Zeigler Maserati of Grandville, we help lots of drivers in the local area to prepare their vehicles for the winter months. Even though you might have thought about some things, such as swapping out your regular tires with snow tires, there is one thing that you might not have thought about: keeping your gas tank full during the winter months.

Instead of letting your gas tank get close to empty before you refill it, focus on adding small amounts of gas at a time to keep your tank near the "full" line this winter.

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