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Tire Rotation Basics to Keep Your Car in Great Condition

When dealing with tires, there are actually many different types of tires that you can buy and that come standard with your vehicle. The type of tire that you have provides a lot of influence on many different factors of your car's maintenance schedule, such as how - and how often - you need to rotate your tires to preserve tread life.

For directional and high performance tires, you are going to have to use a special type of rotation to optimize tread wear. This rotational strategy is known as the side-to-side rotation.  

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Driving Tips to Keep Kids Safe on Halloween

If you ask kids what their favorite holidays are, Halloween is almost certain to be on the list. A good number of kids celebrate Halloween by taking to their neighborhoods to trick-or-treat. As a result, if you will be driving on Halloween, there are some tips to employ to keep kids safe.

Above all else, when driving on Halloween when kids are trick-or-treating, slow down. Take extra care and drive at least five miles below the posted speed limit in a residential area. 

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Advice for Planning a Leaf-Peeping Road Trip

When is the best time to go on a leaf-peeping road trip? Experts say it depends on where you are looking to see the change in seasons with fall foliage. For those who want to go up north in New England, the best time is between late September and early October for northern Vermont, northern New Hampshire, and Maine. You can take a road trip down Route 100 to see leaves changing currently.

However, there’s a new app out by Yankee magazine that promises to tell you when the leaves are changing throughout New England.  

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What is an Alternator?

You often hear automotive terms mentioned, but most drivers don't really know what they are. An alternator is the real power behind the things you use in your car, like your radio, climate control system, or interior lights. When it fails, your car may not start at all.

Often confused with your battery, the alternator is actually what charges your battery. As your engine runs, spinning wheels generate electricity in your alternator, which can be used for a variety of things.  

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Different Types of Vehicles Experience Oversteer and Understeer.

There are imperfections in the driving systems of vehicles which can result in oversteering or understeering. While every vehicle is vulnerable to both, there are certain vehicles that are a little less vulnerable to one than the other. Knowing which vehicle is which will help you avoid these issues.

Oversteer is something that happens more often with rear-wheel drive vehicles. One of the factors to this type of steer is the amount of weight that is put into the vehicle. With rear-wheel drive, more of the weight is put on the back of the vehicle. 

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Have Your Tires Properly Inflated Always

Proper tire inflation is key to keeping your tire tread as evenly worn as possible. If you aren’t sure what the proper PSI is for your specific vehicle, you can refer to your owners manual or open the front driver's door and the specifications should be somewhere on the inside.

Not only does letting your tire pressure get too low harm your vehicle, but high tire pressure is equally as harmful. Tire pressure that is too low will wear out the outsides of your tire tread. Too high of tire pressure and the center of your tread wears…

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What Does Brake Fluid Do?

We press the brake pedal. The vehicle comes to a stop. Drivers understand this simple concept, but they don't know all the reasons why a car's brakes work. Lack of knowledge can work against you, though. The better you understand how a car operates, you may find yourself in a better position to care for it. Here's what you need to know about brake fluid.

Brake fluid allows the moving parts of the braking system to work. The fluid, also known as hydraulic fluid, travels through the brake lines to create pressure. In a nutshell, the tension…

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Effective ways of Cleaning Pet Hair

While pets are fun to have, they do leave little strands of hair in various places, especially in your car. Therefore, you are probably looking for ways to effectively clean your vehicle. Getting the hair off can be very hard because they tend to stick to the surface of the vehicle such as carpet.

One of the materials you can use to clean your vehicle is a vacuum cleaner. Some of them are great for collecting hair. The vacuums that are optimized for hair collection are the ones that have bristled brush attachments. They use the power of static electricity…

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One Thing Can Keep Your Car From Overheating

Doing this one thing could save your car from overhearing and possibly save you from costly car repairs. Your car's engine works hard, especially in the heat of summer when you are running the air conditioning. It can have temperatures exceeding 2,000 degrees. You need to do all you can to keep it running at the right temperature.

The one thing you can do to protect your car engine is to keep your coolant at the right levels. You simply need to look at your coolant tank. Many times it is a white plastic tank and you can…

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Come Explore the Ram 3500 Workhorse

The Ram 3500 perfectly balances practical function with extreme comfort to bring you an exceptional driving experience. This popular cargo van is equipped with a host of impressive interior features that work together to provide convenience and style. The Ram 3500 experts at Perkins Motor Plex are on hand ready to answer any questions that you have about this venerable workhorse.

The various interior features of the 3500 keep you in command. Step inside this van to find a massive 8.4-inch touchscreen that can be equipped with the Uconnect 4C NAV system. 

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