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Get Out for that Spring Road Trip in a Used Vehicle from Virginia Select Auto!

The spring season is in full bloom, ladies and gentlemen, and that means it's time for a road trip! Last time on the blog, we talked about spring car care tips to help you get started on a good season of driving but, if you don't have a vehicle just yet, then our enormous selection of used vehicles is sure provide you with all of your wants and needs behind the wheel.

 

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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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Here's How to Jump Start Another Car with Jumper Cables

In addition to a set of quality jumper cables, you are going to need some safety glasses and a good working pair of gloves to keep your hands protected in order to jump-start a car. Once the cars are close enough, turn off the engine and the lights on the car. Open the hood to both vehicles, grab the jumper cables and unwind them.

The cables have two red and two black clamps. The red goes on the terminal of the good battery marked positive. The other red clamp to the positive terminal on the dead battery. The black goes…

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What Extreme Temperatures Can Do to Your Car Battery

All car batteries are not created equal. Some are only good for so many miles, while others are good for certain temperatures. Stop at Virginia Select Auto and let us answer all your automotive questions, including battery-related concerns.

Many drivers do not realize that battery life can be affected by extreme temperatures. A California resident would not want the same type of battery as a Wisconsin resident because of the differences in temperatures. The battery’s capacity can drop 20 percent in freezing temperatures. 

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Saving the Day From a Tire Blowout

Tire blowouts can occur for a number of reasons. While some of them may not have been prevented, others may have been avoided with proper tire maintenance. At Virginia Select Auto we offer various tire-related services that can help you avoid having a tire blowout.

While there may be situations where a tire blowout couldn’t be avoided, often preventative measures can make the difference.

• Tire Pressure – Make sure your tires are always inflated to meet the amounts recommended in the owner’s manual.
• Alignment – Have your wheels aligned when you have new tires installed or at any sign of…

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Make Sure Opacity Does Not Return

When you tackle the problem of headlight opacity, make sure to finish the project by sealing your results. If you do not seal the finished clear plastic, the damage that caused the opacity will simply reoccur. You have already put in plenty of time and effort into repairing the original damage; it would be unfortunate to find it necessary to repeat the project the next year.

There are plenty of plastic sealers on the market. Make sure to rinse away all the rubbing compound you used before sealing the plastic. Leaving bits of the compound on the headlight will diffuse…

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Reading Your Tires Like a Pro

Tire sizes are needed in order to change the tires on your vehicle. It's not okay to put just any tire on there. Luckily, the sizes are written in code on the wall of your tires. You will likely see a "P" first, which identifies the tire for a passenger vehicle. The next number is the width of the tire in millimeters. The next number, which is after a slash, is the aspect ratio, which identifies the height in comparison to the width of the tire. "R" is the common letter after that, which is for radial construction.

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Headlights: The Good, the Bad, and the Dim

When you purchase a new vehicle our staff at Virginia Select Auto will usually give you a quick rundown of all the different items on your vehicle that need to be maintained on a routine basis. You'll learn all about when to get an oil change, when to have your tires rotated and more.

 

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