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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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The Brake System: What is Brake Fluid?

Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that is used to apply force to the brake pistons inside each brake caliper, that is made from either glycol or silicone, depending on the age of your car. When you apply your foot to the brake, what you are actually doing is moving brake fluid through the brake lines to apply pressure to the brake pistons. This presses the brake pads into the spinning brake discs, allowing the vehicle to stop.

Because brake fluid corrodes over time by absorbing moisture from the air, it is important to flush the old brake fluid out…

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Why is Tire Pressure Important?

Even if you're not mechanically inclined, there are plenty of small things you can do for your car that will save you money, keep it running reliably, and get you a higher resale price when you go to sell it.

Maintaining your tires will not just keep you from getting a flat, it can also improve your gas mileage and extend the lifespan of your tires. Low pressure causes your tires to wear unevenly and your engine work harder to maintain its speed. Keep them filled but don't exceed the limit, as that will also cause the tires…

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How to Control Pet Hair in Your Car

One of the hardest things to remove from your vehicle's interior when cleaning it is pet hair. Stray pieces of fur can weave themselves into the fabric of your seats, making it almost impossible to remove them. As with so many things, prevention is much easier than cleaning.

Before your car trip, take a few minutes to brush your pet thoroughly of any loose hair. If you pet will allow it and you're not going on a very long drive, house your pet in a carrier, which will also help to contain the fur.  

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Drive Safe with a Clean Windshield

One of the biggest dangers on the road, aside from the unpredictable nature of other drivers, is weather. Sure, the streets are cleaned and maintained, and if you mind your speed, that’s not an issue. Still, it’s visibility that’s an issue. Your windshield is very obviously important, and in order to keep it clean, you need to keep your washer fluid topped off and your wiper blades in good condition. Wiper blades do not last forever. 

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