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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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Stay Updated with the Slow Down and Move Over Laws

There have been a set of laws put in place all throughout America, every state has their own version of them, but all of them boil down to the same intent. These laws are called the 'Slow Down & Move Over' laws, and they are put in place to offer extra safety for workers on the side of the road.

This can include police officers doing a traffic stop or emergency services at…

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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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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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Learn More About the History of Horsepower

Horsepower was developed in the eighteenth century but is still an important unit of measurement today. James Watt had recently developed a new steam engine that was superior to anything on the market. He tried to convince buyers to give this new machine a try, but they were skeptical. They had already seen the failures of past steam engines and weren't willing to replace their faithful horses with an unknown engine.

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Is All-Wheel or Four-Wheel Drive Best for Your Needs?

When most of us think about all-wheel or four-wheel drive, we think of jeeps in mud or, climbing the side of a mountain in a blizzard. Our staff members at Giles Automotive would like to explain these features, and, how they can benefit the average driver every day. Adventurer or not, these features are designed to keep our families’ safety in any type of scenario. Of course, they do provide additional traction, leading to better vehicle handling.

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