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Changing a Tire the Safe Way

Flat tires are a likely inconvenience for most vehicle owners. On the good side, replacing a flat tire is a simple task if safety procedures are followed. Here are some tips to keep you protected.

Find a hard and flat surface to change the tire. If on the road, move as far off the shoulder as possible and place reflective markers on the shoulder. Find two rocks to “chock” the wheels. The rocks are placed to keep the vehicle from rolling when it is raised. Read the instructions for the car jack in the owner manual before beginning making note…

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Wintertime Preparation and Your Car: Get a Winter Survival Kit

Cold weather is beginning to set in. As a result, you need to get fully prepared. This means winterizing your car, including making sure your winter survival kit is in order and ready to go. There are a number of items you need to make sure are in place in your kit.

A comprehensive first aid kit is a must. If you have had a first aid kit in your car, check it out to make sure it is still complete. Your winter survival kit should have a reliable, higher power flashlight. 

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How to Get The Powertrain or Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty

After hearing about the powertrain or bumper-to-bumper warranty, you are probably wondering what you can do to get the warranty. Typically, the way you get one of the two warranties is by purchasing new or certified pre-owned vehicles. Even when looking at new vehicles, the type of warranty you are going to get depends on what is available for the vehicle.

The good thing about the powertrain and bumper-to-bumper warranties is that they are the most offered types of warranties when it comes to newer vehicles. There are other warranties that are offered depending on the vehicle, 

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Signs Your Starter May Be Failing

When you turn your key and the car doesn't start, your first inclination may be to blame the battery, but it's also possible that your starter is malfunctioning. Composed of moving parts, gears and systems like the solenoid, there are plenty of opportunities for it to fail.

You'll instantly know something is wrong if you hear an unusual grating noise when attempting to start your car. Any smoke rising from the area or a spinning noise that happens instead of the engine turning over are all indications you should have a mechanic look at your vehicle immediately…
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Safety Tips on How to Avoid Hydroplaning

The term hydroplaning means that your car tires are not able to push aside water fast enough, so the vehicle starts to leave the surface of the road. These safety tips will help you keep more tread on those wet roads.

Before even heading out on the road, take a look at the condition of the tire treads. If they are worn, have them replaced. Be sure you are having the tires rotated on a regular basis so that all four tires are wearing evenly too.

Once on the road, be sure you travel in the tire tracks left from…
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These Items Can Help in an Emergency Situation

Modern vehicles tend to be more reliable than those made in previous years and decades. However, they can still be vulnerable to breaking down when you least expect it. Therefore, be sure to have an emergency kit that can help you fix a problem or survive until assistance arrives.

Your emergency kit should consist of food, water and items that can keep you warm. A radio, flashlight and batteries to power those items can also be handy when you are stranded in Vancouver. A cellphone can be used to call for help while jumper cables may make it possible to…

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The Dangers of Driving on Winter Tires All Year

New tires for your vehicle can be a big investment. If you've recently invested in winter tires to keep you safe when the snow flies, you may be contemplating driving them year-round. While this is an economically smart concept, there are some downfalls to driving winter tires all the time.

Winter tires are designed to function optimally in colder temperatures. All season tires are designed with a variety of temperatures in mind. If you want a good grip on the road, winter tires aren't going to cut it in the summer months.

 

 

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How the Tire Pressure Light Alert Helps


Your vehicle has a broad variety of different alerts and alarm systems to make sure that you stay on top of its health. One of the most important functions that it has readily available is the tire pressure light, and this light may go off for any number of reasons related to your tire pressure.

To begin, it can be easy for your tire pressure to start to fluctuate with seasonal changes. Extreme temperature changes can result in air pressure being lost within the tires. Sometimes a puncture or small abrasion may also be the culprit of lost tire pressure…
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Keeping Brakes in Good Shape can Save Lives


Here at FIAT of Vancouver, we like to help our customers and other drivers take good care of their vehicle safety systems. One safety system that is absolutely essential is the brake system. Well cared for and provisioned brakes can make the difference between drivers staying in control of their vehicles or losing it.

Brakes are special devices that mount on each vehicle tire. They come in two major varieties that include disc brakes and drum brakes. Disc brakes are considered to be the superior brake technology, and vehicles that use disc brakes on all wheels often indeed have 
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How Winter Tires Work


Winter tires are an important investment for Vancouver drivers. They help you stay safe and confident on the road. We here at FIAT of Vancouver want you to be informed about your vehicle's seasonal maintenance requirements, so here's some information about why you need to swap your tires out when the cold season hits.

Winter tires may look like standard tires, but they have many features that are designed to improve traction on icy roads. The rubber these tires are made out of is slightly more flexible. This allows them to conform to the surface of the road…
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