How to Properly Pack Your Roadside Emergency Kits

Keeping you and your family safe on the roads is something the team here at Perkins Motor Plex take seriously. Here are a few things you'll need to pack in a roadside emergency kit to be prepared.
  • Having a set of jumper cables will ensure if your vehicle does become disabled, any passerby can stop and use those cables to give your battery new life.
  • A flashlight in the kit is a huge help for a number of reasons. Not only can you use the light to make repairs, it can be used to alert other drivers you are…
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What to Know About Air Filters

Air filters are designed to trap dust, pollen and other particles that enter your vehicle's engine or cabin area. When they are working properly, air filters ensure that you have clean air to breathe while going to work or school. They also ensure that debris doesn't clog vital engine parts or cause damage to exterior surfaces.

Generally speaking, a clean air filter will be white or beige while a dirty air filter will be a dark black or brown. In most cases, you can expect an air filter to last for about a year depending on the conditions…

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Is Your Ignition System in Need of Repair?

Problems with a car's starter bring about several annoying hassles. Don't think the problem can't be fixed, though. Addressing starter issues won't begin until you realize there's a problem. Here are some of the common signs of a troubled ignition system that you may want to consider:

  • Oil drips
  • Smoke
  • Grinding/whining noise
  • ...and more 

Oil leaks present frightening problems by themselves. The dripping fluid can cause further woes if it pours onto the starter. That's one of the less obvious ignition system issues you might experience.  

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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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