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Factors to Contemplate Regarding Buying an SUV

If you find yourself on the market seeking a used or new vehicle, take some time to consider purchasing an SUV. There ae a number of important reasons why an SUV can be the right option for you.

An SUV is an economically efficient vehicle. It is fuel efficient. As a result, you save money and lessen your carbon footprint.

Selecting an SUV is a wise options because of its safety features. The typical SUV comes complete with comprehensive safety features.

In addition, an SUV is a good choice because of its cargo area. An SUV provides you with expansive…

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Time to Schedule Your Vehicle's Alignment Service

Neglect getting the alignment checked in your vehicle and you'll be setting yourself up for costly repairs down the road.

The reason the alignment could be off can result from having the car tires hit a curb or slamming into any number of potholes on the roads. Once out of alignment, you will find it challenging to be able to steer the vehicle and keep it safely in between the lane lines on the highway.

If the alignment is off in your vehicle, then the tire tread is going to start wearing in an uneven and dangerous pattern.
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Car Guide: How Do Brake Pads Work?

Brake pads are an important part of your car's brake system. Most vehicles today have a disc brake system that utilizes brake pads and rotors to slow your wheels and bring your car to a stop. Without brake pads, your car wouldn't be able to stop promptly and would likely end up crashing into something. That's why it's important to have your brakes checked when you go in for maintenance to ensure that your brake pads are still healthy.

When you push down on the brake pedal, the brake pads apply pressure to the rotors, which…
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Reasons Your Engine May be Overheating

The summer is coming and that means you are going to have even more problems when it comes to the chance of having your car overheat. Yes, being out in the sunlight for hours on end is going to lead to some problems. The inside of your car is going to get plenty hot. The engine, on the other hand, should be able to stay relatively cool.

If the engine starts having issues overheating, then you are going to have some really big problems somewhere down the road. The overheating can be caused by a number of things. That includes…

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The Function of the Tire Pressure Light

Newer vehicles on the market, and a few older vehicles, will be equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system. The monitoring sensors allow for a warning light to illuminate on the dashboard if they detect that your tire pressure is too low. Low pressure in a tire can be caused by a tire puncture that occurs when you run over a nail or a screw.

If the tire monitor light illuminates, you should get your tires checked right away. You may just have lost some air over time, or you may have lost some air due to fluctuations in the…

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Obtaining Proper Service for a Fuel System

If you are like more than a few car owners, you may have some confusion over when you need to obtain fuel system service. Car service centers and dealers routinely recommend that their customers obtain fuel system service. On the other hand, most manufacturer's maintenance schedules make no mention of fuel system service.

The best course to take is to have your fuel system checked by trained professionals, like the team at McLaughlin Volvo Cars. Consider doing this at least annually. This check can ascertain whether service is needed.

Signs you can recognize that indicate fuel system...

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Auto Shopper Guide: Car Batteries & Replacement


Waiting until your car doesn't start is not the best way to go with a failing battery. If you notice that the lights aren't as strong as they used to be or if your car is slow to start, chances are that your battery is dying. You should check under the hood and test batteries annually to see how much charge is left. The type of battery that you choose will depend on the car, weather, and price. For colder temperatures, you probably want to get a battery with higher cold-cranking amps.

Replacing your battery is simple. You…
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Motor Oil Myths

When you are taking care of your car in Moline, one of the easiest ways you can make sure your vehicle stays roadworthy is making sure the oil, the lifeblood of the car is being paid attention to. Having said that, there are some myths about oil that you want to keep in mind so you don't fall victim to misinformation.

One myth you've likely heard is that you should always change your oil every 3,000 miles. The fact of the matter is that how you use your car, and what kind of car you drive is…

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What Does Your Car Ignition Do?

Without your ignition, your vehicle is going nowhere fast. But many car owners fail to realize exactly what their ignition does and what some warning signs are that it is going bad. That is why we here at McLaughlin Volvo Cars of Moline, IL want to ensure that you are well informed about everything related to your car's ignition.

Simply put, the ignition of your car is what creates the spark which ignites fuel and starts your car. One of the most common signs your ignition is going bad is a grinding noise hear when the key is turned…

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Check Your Tires Regularly


Anyone who owns or drives a car knows how important tires are to the safety and handling of their car. Old tires can cause serious accidents if they blow out while you are driving, so it is important to visually inspect your tires frequently and below are some signs that your tires need to be replaced:
  • Sidewall Cracks- If you notice that your tires have cracks or cuts in the sidewall it is a sign that your tires may be developing a leak or may even blow out completely so it is time to get them replaced 
  • Bulges or Blisters-…
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