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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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Should I Have My Battery Serviced or Replaced?

If your battery is getting older and you’re heading into the winter or summer months, it’s a good idea to start thinking about having it serviced. Under normal conditions, your battery may be performing well, but adding the stresses of high or low temperatures in Grandville, MI can cause it to malfunction, leaving you stranded.

Top up a battery low on electrolytes with distilled water and keep its posts free of corrosion. These maintenance tasks can extend the lifetime of your battery, but they can’t help one that isn’t able to hold a charge anymore.  

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Two Signs Your Ignition Requires Service and What to do About Them

Many Grandville, MI motorists think that they're dealing with dead batteries when their cars won't start. Surprisingly, however, this often means that there's something wrong with the ignition. At Zeigler Maserati of Grandville, we want drivers to save time and money by being able to quickly identify the most likely causes of their car problems. If your starter drive gear is wearing out, continued efforts to start the car and continued oversight could result in more serious issues. 

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Halloween Driving Tips to Improve Safety

Halloween is a great time for kids, but it's also one of the top three days with a high number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities. As motorists, it's up to us to know how to improve safety.

Step one: drive slower. Residential areas have lower speed limits, but you need to go at least five miles slower than that. This gives you a little extra reaction time if children dart out in front of you. Look for kids moving across lawns and porches and walking along streets, medians and curbs.  

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The Fun of Going on a Leaf Peeping Road Trip

Now that the fall is here and the leaves are changing color, you might want to consider checking out places where all the leaves are changing into the colors of the fall. While you may be satisfied with the changing colors of fall in your area, there are other areas that have more of what you like to see. This is why a leaf-peeping road trip is a good thing to plan. 

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Strap Your Child In With Security

Following the right steps when installing your child's car seat is necessary. An incorrectly installed car seat could leave your child vulnerable in the case of an accident. So before you go to put your precious child in the car, follow these steps to ensure you do it right.

Read Instructions Carefully

Reading the instructions provided with the car seat is key in installing it in your car correctly. Whether you are hooking up to anchors in the backseat or using the seat belt, make sure you have everything snug and tight, and the seatbelt in the locked position…

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How Understeering and Oversteering Cause Problems on the Road

A steering system helps a vehicle make turns during various situations, and its precision is influenced by different steering components. If something breaks down or malfunctions, timing will suffer whenever cornering procedures are implemented. Understeering and oversteering are common problems that change a steering system's timing. When these problems are severe, an driver's safety decreases in different ways.

If your car understeers, you'll have problems drifting along a steep curve.  

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