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Spring Maintenance - What Your Vehicle Needs

Spring often means spring cleaning in the home and yard. Your vehicle needs the same type of spring cleaning, especially after a cold season where auto maintenance took a back seat. Stop at the automotive service department at Motorcars of Kalamazoo and talk with our professionals about your vehicle's needs.

Not everyone’s vehicle needs the same type of maintenance. Some frequently drive in the winter, while others drive daily. If you read your owner’s manual, you’ll find most of the information you need regarding auto maintenance and the frequency in which it should be performed. 

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How to Read Tire Sizes

Every tire has a string of numbers and letters that mean different things in terms of load capacity, rating, tire type, wheel size, and wheel diameter. The P in the beginning of the string stands for the tire's rating as a passenger vehicle. The next three numbers stand for the tire width. This means that if the tire is a P200, then it means the tire width is 200 millimeters. The numbers after the first backslash stand for the aspect ratio, and the R stands for Radial.

The next numbers stand for wheel diameter. This means that a wheel…

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An Exhaust Leak is a Safety Concern

It’s essential to the safe operation of your vehicle that your exhaust system remains in the top-most condition. The main purpose of the exhaust system is to allow harmful gases to move away from the engine and the interior of your vehicle. If an exhaust leak occurs, it can not only become a safety concern for you and your passengers, but it can also decrease the performance of your vehicle.

Therefore, as a driver in Kalamazoo, you want to know the indicators for determining when your exhaust system has become weakened. 

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Hydroplaning Will Not Happen If You Follow These Steps

If you are driving in an area that has heavy rainfall, then you need to plan accordingly to prevent your vehicle from hydroplaning. If you do not take steps to allow for the reduced traction on your tires because of the water, then chances are you might get into a very serious accident. Don't let this happen! Here are some tips to help you out.

Reduce your speed at the first sign of heavy rainfall on the roads. As you approach the water, gradually slow down. 

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Performance and Style of the Jeep Grand Cherokee

Interested in purchasing an SUV that can accommodate your weekend needs? Look no further than the Jeep Grand Cherokee from Motorcars of Kalamazoo! Below are two features that make this SUV perfect for your weekend pursuits:

  • Tow up to 7,200 Pounds - Need an SUV to tow your boat, motorcycles, trailer, or other recreational items? The Grand Cherokee is an excellent choice with its ability to tow up to 7,200 pounds in…
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Consider Seasonal Service Before Your Next Road Trip

Seeing how winter flew by, here at Motorcars of Kalamazoo, we're surprised at how quickly the icy cold season went. While most of us yearn for summer road trips, it isn't to say that you can't enjoy a road trip in spring. With plenty of scenery to see, it's exciting to get on the road this time of year. When it comes for preparing to go on the road for a Spring Break adventure, we want to make sure your vehicle is prepared for speedy trips in spring.

Stop on by our auto service bays here…

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Keep Your Wheels in Alignment for a Smooth Ride

Have you ever been driving and it sounds like your wheels are scraping against something metal? This can mean that your wheels are out of alignment and if left unfixed, can cause some serious damage to your vehicle. That is why we here at Motorcars of Kalamazoo want to be sure that you know all about wheel alignments and when they should be performed.

Your wheels can be out of alignment when you hit a pot hole or drive your vehicle off road because of the impact this can have on your wheels. 

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Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement

Checking your windshield wiper blades regularly will save you headaches later. The material naturally wears with age, exposure to the elements, and continual use. Catching them before they erode too far will save your windshield from being scratched.

One way to recognize that it’s time to replace them is noticing a skip as they move across the glass. It should be a fluid movement without interference. Another sign is streaking. The blades should cleanly wipe away any water or debris without leaving residue. 

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