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How to Easily Change a Flat Tire on Your Vehicle

This guide for changing a flat tire should allow you to safely make the change without issue, regardless of where you need to do the repair. Even if the tire is on the rim, you can drive on it a few feet if you need to get off the roadway to a safe and flat spot to make the repair. Use the lug wrench to loosen the lugs only slightly while the vehicle is still on the ground.

Jack the vehicle high enough so the tire clears the road, then loosen the lugs the rest of the way. Gently pull…

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The Best Way to Drive in the Rain

Driving in the rain can be a very intimidating experience for beginning drivers and real pain for experienced drivers. The idea of going slower, staying more cautious, and paying closer attention to your surroundings can put insurmountable stress on your brain eventually producing anxiety.

One way of overcoming these hazardous weather conditions is by avoiding using cruise control. Some people have a habit of pressing that automatic button when they need to hurry up and do something, which is a huge mistake because this can, in fact, increases their chances of losing control of the...

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How High and Low Temperatures Affect Your Car Battery

The battery dying in your car can turn even the best day into a slugfest. Much of the time the fault lies with the driver or passengers of a vehicle. For example, you leave the lights on, and the car battery dies. There are situations where you are not at fault, however. These situations generally come in the form of high and low temperatures affecting the battery.

Subjecting your vehicle to excessively high or low temperatures will undoubtedly have an effect on the performance your battery gets. In fact, in some situations your battery will not function at all- generally…

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What is the Importance of a Dash Cam?

At our dealership, we want the very best for our customers and care about the safety of their vehicles. Installing a dashboard camera is just one way to improve your driving experience.

In the event of a fender bender, it's helpful to have a factual account of what happened. Dash cams are an ideal way to record events that otherwise might have conflicting accounts. Some insurance companies even offer a slight discount for customers who have a dash cam in their vehicle. Avoiding fraudulent claims by another motorist, having a factual account of what transpired to present in court…

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What does a bumper-to-bumper warranty cover?

Warranties are strange beasts. Each manufacturer has its own warranty on their vehicles that last for a specified amount of time. There are factory warranties that cover everything for three-years, five-years, and even ten years. However, no matter the length of the warranty, you need to read the fine print to discover the warranty limitations.

A bumper-to-bumper warranty is the most extensive of all warranties issued by factories, or that you can purchase after the factory warranty expires. 

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Front Wheel Drive vs. Rear-Wheel Drive: What's the Difference?

At Giles Automotive, we believe that it's important to be as informed as possible when it comes time to purchase a new car. When it comes to front wheel drive and rear wheel drive, what is best for you depends on some different factors, mostly the road and weather conditions where you normally drive, and your preferred method of driving.

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Pay Attention to Your Tire Pressure Sensor

Has your tire pressure sensor gone off inside of your car and are you unaware of what you should do to fix this issue? We have a knowledgeable staff of service technicians at the Giles Automotive auto service facilities that are ready to help diagnose the problem as soon as you bring your vehicle in. It could be something that is really simple to fix, like adding some air to your tires. If there is a more in-depth problem that we need to discuss, we have the know how to do that as well.

 

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Brake Fluid - Knowing What Your Car Needs

Brake fluid, which many refer to as hydraulic fluid, is a non-compressive liquid substance that helps your car slow down and stop when needed. While brake fluid doesn’t need to be changed real often, it should be exchanged at regular intervals. At Giles Automotive, the technicians in our service center are trained to know what type of brake fluid your car needs and when it needs it.

Gone are the days when you only had one or two types of brake fluid from which to choose. Today brake fluid, which is either glycol-based or silicone-based, is designed for certain…

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Overview of the Operation of a Timing Belt

The timing belt is a key component of your car's engine. The timing belt serves the primary purpose of effecting the proper rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft in your vehicle. Some engines have multiple camshafts, all of which are driven by a singular crankshaft via a timing belt.

The proper rotation of the crankshaft with the camshaft ensures that your engine's valves open and close as needed during the intake and exhaust strokes. This rotation is accomplished in part due to the teeth that are found on the inner side of a timing belt.

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