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How to Avoid a Tire Blowout

A tire blowout may seem to happen without warning. However, there are many signs that your tires are worn or otherwise not suitable to be on the road. For instance, if you see cracks between the tread and the sidewall, you should replace the tires as soon as possible.

This is called dry rot and occurs when a car sits for long periods of time. Other signs that your tires should be replaced include a lack of tread or bubbling on the tire's surface. Tires that have been on your vehicle for many years may also need to be…

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How to get the most out of your tailgate party

Football season is fast approaching again, and so die-hard fans everywhere are preparing themselves for that great American tradition: tailgating. If you want to look like a pro at your next tailgate, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
  1.  Get there early. You want to have time not only to eat, but also to clean up before the game starts. Plan to get there three or four hours before kick off.
  2.  Prep the meat the night before. Do your marinating, prep the burgers and the skewers so they're ready to hit the grill when you get there…
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Powertrain vs Bumper to Bumper Warranties


?When you shop for a new vehicle there is a lot to consider. Your first impression is often based off of the exterior of a vehicle. From there you look at the interior. Reading the specs can provide you with valuable information about what is under the hood. When it comes to protecting the investment you are making, make sure that you question what kind of warranties your potential new vehicle would come with. Two very commonly provided warranties include a powertrain warranty and a bumper to bumper warranty.

A powertrain warranty covers all of the different power-related items under…
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Negative Signs in a Vehicle's Battery

When you perform a car battery test, knowing obvious warning signs can be one of the best ways for you to know when it is time to take the vehicle in for more serious repairs.

Always begin the testing with the appropriate safety steps. Read the instructions carefully and set the right connectors with their corresponding terminals. Watch how your battery reacts, as an older, less effective battery will not be able to hold a charge as easily as a newer one. These batteries are also unable to produce sufficient cranking amps, which means that it is not working to…

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Rainy Weather: How to Drive Safely

Rainy weather increases your risk of being injured in a car accident. Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce that risk. You can take steps to protect yourself, your passengers, and your fellow drivers.

Confirm that your car's safety features are in excellent shape. Check your wipers, replacing them if they appear torn, warped, or otherwise damaged. 

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What's the Biggest Myth About Oil?

There are many myths about oil that even some car mechanics will tell you. At Virginia Select Auto, we prioritize informing our customers about their vehicles as part of delivering a positive customer experience. The biggest myth about motor oil is you need to change your car's oil every 3,000 miles.

How often a vehicle's oil needs changed varies among different models. Yes, some makes need an oil change every 3,000 miles...

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Signs Your Tires Need to be Replaced on Your Vehicle


It is very important that the air pressure in your car tires is at the recommended number. These are a couple tire issues you could encounter when the pressure in the tires is either too high or low.

When there is too much air in any of the car tires, the vehicle will ride only on the center of that particular tire. This will cause wear in uneven patches and it also becomes very difficult to control your car because there will be less of the tread in contact with the surface of the highway.

A tire with not enough…
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The Transmission Requires Regular Fluid Changes


Your car is full of all sorts of different fluids that keep it running properly. Your engine oil keeps your motor operating smoothly, the coolant keeps your engine cool, and the gasoline keeps your vehicle running. But did you know the transmission, the part of your vehicle that allows your engine to shift through different gears, also has fluid that needs to be changed on a regular service schedule?

You can reference your owner's manual to find specifics, but all car transmissions will at some point need the fluid to be changed. While it is still possible to change…
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