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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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How do Extreme Temperatures Affect Car Batteries?

A snow-capped peak or summer sunset creates some of the most picturesque scenes. They can also make for some of the most troublesome driving experiences if you’re not prepared. Cold and heat can take a toll on your vehicle’s battery.

Freezing temperatures create more work for your vehicle’s system. The cold temperatures cause the engine’s oil to thicken, and as a result, that means more stress on both the battery and starter relay to turn the engine over. Once it’s running, your car will likely use the headlights and heater as well as the wipers…

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Volvo Sees Impressive Increases Globally For August Sales

Last year was a record year for the Volvo brand, with its all-new 90 Series models driving sales to a best-ever 534,332 units pushed globally. While 2017 is far from over—although we’re getting there—the Swedish automaker is on track to eclipse that thanks to the introduction of the new XC60 and the continued success of other vehicles.

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Volvo Creates the Clutter-less SUV

The all new Volvo XC40 has been designed and engineered with city-dwellers and a relatively younger demographic in mind. Volvo expects XC40 drivers to be busy, tech-savvy, and on-the-go. Which often comes with baggage (literally). Volvo set aside a ton of R&D time to research just how those who live in the city use their cars everyday...

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2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country is Like Driving a Robert Frost Poem With All Wheel Drive

It comes as no surprise that one of the best, new off-road wagons comes from a country that’s predominantly forest. We’re talking about the 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country, which was born and bred in Sweden—a country known for its natural beauty. When it comes to enjoying that aesthetic, this new wagon provides a remarkably lavish lens in which to experience it.

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The 2017 Volvo S90 T6 Inscription Sets Its Own Bar

 

 

Doing things differently with the driver as a focus is a rare thing in the luxury sector these days, but one that Volvo has embraced with their new S90 flagship. While other automakers strive to stand out in one area or another—with performance chops being a common denominator—the S90’s T6 Inscription trim offers an elegant, customizable sense of balance.

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Oops! Where Did I Get That Crack In My Windshield?

Windshields do get cracks in them. It doesn't mean that you're not a diligent driver or that you are a sloppy driver. What it does mean is that a small rock or other piece of debris on the road was thrown up by another car's tire, and hit your windshield. The only thing that would make you a sloppy driver is to ignore it and not have it repaired. A crack in your windshield, or even just a little gouge, can grow and shatter the glass as your drive, because your windshield generally takes a pounding from…
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