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Gaskets Explained

Gaskets for a tight bonded seal between two engine components to prevent fluid leakage or air infiltration. For various reasons, a gasket might crack or rupture, which allows fluids to escape, which endangers the function of the vehicle. If you notice a stain under your vehicle, you may have a problem gasket. Contact one of our Virginia Select Auto technicians for an inspection and repair services.

Gaskets are flat and created from multi-layered steel, copper or rubber. Common vehicle gaskets include the head gasket, intake manifold gasket, the...
 

 

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What to Do If You're in an Accident

Our dealership wants you to be safe while you're out on the road, but it's important to know exactly what to do just in case you are in an accident. So today, we're discussing the best tips for if and when you're in an auto collision.
• Help the injured and call 911 if necessary
• Make sure that all parties and vehicles are out of the road
• Take pictures, exchange, and document all information including license plates, drivers license numbers, and insurance
• File a report with the police just in case of a liability claim
 

 

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The Benefits of a Back-Up Camera on A Vehicle


Here at Virginia Select Auto, we want you to know about the important safety features of our vehicles and one of them is a back-up camera.

Having a back-up camera on a vehicle can prevent potentially fatal accidents and give you a range wider than your rear and side view mirrors, helping to eliminate blind spots. A backup camera also helps with quick and efficient parking by giving you a better look at the area you are trying to back into and some even have a warning sensor if you are getting too close to an object or another vehicle…
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Controlling Pet Hair in Your Vehicle

Tame the stray hairs your pet leaves behind so you can enjoy time out with your pet without worrying that you’ll have a permanent reminder of your outing in the form of stray hairs in your upholstery.

Attract loose hairs using the power of static by blowing up a balloon and rubbing it in your car’s interior to coax hairs onto its surface and away from your fabric. While vacuuming can do wonders, it always leaves a few hairs behind. You can mix a few teaspoons of fabric softener, a known hair attractant, into a spray bottle filled…
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Back to School Service - What Your Car Needs

The words “back to school” have different meanings to everyone. At Virginia Select Auto, they mean that students and parents alike will be driving back to school daily, and we want you to know how to care for your car. With so many extra vehicles on the road, you want to make sure your vehicle is not only well cared for but also running as efficiently and safely as possible. Here are some tips.
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• All supplies needed to change a flat tire should be in the trunk.
• Your vehicle’s owner’s manual should be in the glove compartment.
• All…
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Unpacking Safety Ratings

One of the most important considerations in selecting the right car for you is how safe it is on the road. You want to know that you will be adequately protected if you are in a crash. That is why the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) developed their rating systems as described below.

The IIHS relies on five different tests to see what a car will do upon impact. Cars earn scores from poor to good, and the most reliable cars in a crash are named as a Top Safety Pick…
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Proper Mirror Use Can Boost Safety for Cyclists

Here at our Virginia Select Auto location, we try to do our best to help drivers and other road users to stay safe. When it comes to drivers like you, it is important to form fundamental driving habits that promote long-term safety. Two such healthful habits include leaving plenty of space while passing cyclists and properly using mirrors.

Cyclists and pedestrians have just as much right to use roads and sidewalks as drivers do. As such, drivers should always take care to allow at least 3-feet of space when passing cyclists on roads. By doing so, vehicle operators can add…
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What Can Cause an Exhaust Leak

While knowing the signs of an exhaust leak is good, it is also good to know what you can do in order to prevent these. There are certain vehicles that are at a higher risk for springing a leak in the exhaust than others. There are a few factors to look at.

If you take short trips with your vehicle, then there is a higher risk factor for leaks. One problem is that the engine sometimes collects water in its muffler and pipes and it will just sit there because the engine is not hot enough to evaporate it. This…

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Nissan Pathfinder is Built For Adventure

The Nissan Pathfinder is a seven passenger SUV that has a powertrain and technology that is ready for your next adventure. The Pathfinder has a host of powertrain features that are designed to keep you stable and safe, even when the road gets rough. Let's take a look.

The selectable driving mode allows you to choose between 2-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive, or auto mode. In auto mode, the Pathfinder works behind the scenes and transfers power where it is needed the most. The power display lets you see exactly where the power is being transferred....
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Nissan Versa Note Performance Features

The Nissan Versa Note is a variation of the main trim, which is the Versa. The Note starts off with the same engine as the Versa, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder. The standard engine has 109 horsepower output and a five-speed transmission to start. However, the Note can also be upgraded to the CVT model, which has an automatic transmission.

The Note is a very fuel economic car. You can get about 39 mpg on the highway with the CVT version. The handling and suspension do a great job of keeping the Versa sharp on the road, and the agile acceleration…
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