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When to Get Your Belts and Hoses Replaced

Your vehicle's engine uses a series of belts and hoses to operate efficiently. Some of these components include the timing belt and the coolant hose. It's important to get these components serviced and replaced regularly to ensure that serious problems don't occur when you're on the road.

Timing belts are responsible for keeping the camshaft, crankshaft, and distributor in sync. 

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Saving Your Paint Job – Applying Touch Up Paint Simplified

Here in Cedar Rapids, we take great care of our vehicles. When something threatens the integrity of something upon which we so strongly rely, we respond swiftly before the problem gets out of hand. Unfortunately, a lot of people have a bad habit of not taking scratches seriously. However, they can cause increasing damage to the paint job, and even allow horrible rust to begin to spread throughout the vehicle.

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How-To Towing Guide

While it may seem simple at first glance, towing something with your car, whether it be a trailer, camper, or whatever else you may need to tow, knowing how to do it right is essential for completing the task safely. There are a number of factors that should be considered before you head out on the road to tow something heavy.

One of the most important things to know is what is the towing capacity of your vehicle.

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Tips for the Back to School Carpool

When choosing the right car for your family, safety is the foremost consideration. Dependability is another key factor; your car must be able to handle early morning runs with ease. There are also other factors to consider if you're planning on being part of the everyday carpool.

You'll need a vehicle with enough carrying capacity to handle a crowd. Small children will also require a car or booster seat, making a roomy interior a plus. 

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Are Summer Tires Better for Your Vehicle?

There are a variety of differences between summer and all-weather tires, including the rubber that they are made out of and the tread pattern. When you're looking for high performance in warm and occasionally wet driving conditions, the stiffer rubber of summer tires may be your best option.

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What to Do When Using a New Roof Rack

Roof racks can be invaluable tools to carrying more things with you on a road trip. They can be secure and vital, but it is important to use them right in order to avoid damaging your equipment or your vehicle.

Though it may seem obvious, one of the most important things for you to do with your roof rack is pay attention to the use instructions. Make sure that you read them carefully before proceeding.  

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How to Take a Road Trip on a Budget

Maybe you want to take a trip, but your bank account disagrees with your idea. Fortunately, you can still enjoy a fun trip without having thousands of dollars to spend. One way to take a trip on a budget is to use an app to find the lowest gas prices. You could also check your tire pressure before leaving. Improperly inflated tires reduce fuel economy.

Look for free and low-cost things to do on your route and at your destination. Many museums have a free day. City and county parks are free. State and national parks have a low admission…

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Car Detailing Advice

When you own a car, you will want to keep it looking great on the outside and on the inside. Detailing your car on the inside can take a lot of work, but it is worth it. You will get the most out of detailing your car by following a couple of tips.

If you have pets, pet hair can get all over the car, and it is often hard to extract. You can loosen pet hair in order to vacuum it better by working a brush with rubber bristles through the carpet and upholstery. When you make the effort…

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Pickup Trucks - Why They're a Good Deal

Growing up, we often saw women driving cars and men driving pickup trucks. That’s no longer the case today because pickup trucks are quickly becoming family vehicles. Sales of pickup trucks are higher than ever before. Stop into our dealership and check out the many trucks we have on display. You’ll quickly realize why trucks are so popular today.

Pickup trucks can be a great deal for men, women and even young drivers. They’re built tough and will generally fare better in an accident. Unlike trucks made decades ago, today’s trucks have extended seating that allows…

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What Can Go Wrong with Gaskets?

Every car has a number of gaskets of various sizes and substances. The purpose of these gaskets is the keep fluids within the car from coming together and causing the car to malfunction. Just as with other items on your car, a gasket can go bad and cause problems.

The major gaskets in your car are the head gasket, the intake manifold gasket, the exhaust manifold gasket and the oil pan gasket. When a gasket starts to go bad, you may notice some seepage or leakage around the gasket. If a gasket goes all the way out, it is said…

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