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Tools for Measuring Car Battery Performance

An automotive battery operates on conventional mechanisms that are easy to analyze with simple instruments. You don't have to be a scientist or auto expert to check the status of this important feature under the hood.

A hydrometer is a basic device that's engineered to measure the ion and water levels inside the cells of a car battery. Based on the readings, you might have to add the appropriate volume of distilled water to each of the six cells. A voltmeter is another item that you need to thoroughly analyze the performance of an auto battery...

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The Importance Of Servicing Your Radiator

Radiators and engine cooling systems are often underappreciated. That is why we here at Flood Ford Lincoln in Narragansett feel the need to inform you about what they do and how often they should be serviced.

A radiator's main function is to keep the engine cool as it heats up while running. Expert service technicians recommend that your radiator get fully flushed and replaced with new radiator fluid once every four to five years or twenty-five to thirty-thousand miles. Whichever of these figures is arrived at first is when a service appointment should be scheduled. 
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Start Planning on a Car Battery Replacement

A good battery can last a number of years, but even the best battery reaches its expiration date. Once a battery can no longer perform its necessary job, you must take it in for a replacement.

A faltering battery, however, might not always need to be replaced. A dirty terminal or damaged cable ends may both undermine the battery's performance. If an examination of the battery reveals problems like these, a necessary fix can be done. A minor fix eliminates the need to perform an unnecessary battery replacement.

A service center can also run a test on the battery…

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Does Your Brake Pedal Need to Be Fixed?

Your brake pedal is an important part of the braking system. It forces hydraulic fluid through the brake lines in order to bring your car to a stop or slow it down. A problem with the brake pedal suggests a problem in the braking system.

One sign that you might notice is that the brake pedal feels soft. A light push on it might depress the pedal all the way to the floor. You might also notice that pushing on the brake pedal does not yield the slowing or stopping response that it usually does.

 

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Reading the Yellow Tire Light

The tire pressure monitor system is a built-in check for tire pressure. It can report under-inflated and over-inflated tires. When the light comes on and stays, then you should check the tire pressure on each wheel. When the light comes on while driving, then it may be due to tires heating while driving or losing inflation. You should stop and check pressure as soon as possible.

Narragansett drivers know that tire pressure is important for handling, steering, and performance. Under-inflated tires cause excessive tire wear and low gas mileage. Over-inflated tires show unusual wear...
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Your Alternator Keeps Your Electrical System Charged Up

Your vehicle has multiple systems in it that require a steady feed of electricity in order to function. Obviously, your battery is at the center of your electrical system, but there is one other component that is critical to the life of your battery. That is your alternator.

Your alternator is essentially a small generator that charges your vehicle's battery as you drive. It also sends much-needed electricity to other systems in your vehicle, such as your lights and radio.

As your engine rotates while it is running, it powers a long serpentine belt that is connected to many…
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New cars and the new rule on oil changes

When you think that you have to change your oil in your car, maybe you should think again. No longer is the standard rule of three thousand miles a fact, because oil that is produced either synthetically or refined conventionally can go up to three times that distance.

This will save the average car owner a lot of money because many of these car owners are adhering to the rule of getting their vehicles oil changed way more frequently than they need to. They no longer have to worry about excessive engine wear and ultimately engine failure due to oil…
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Seasonal Maintenance Checkups & Why It's Vital

It does not matter what type of vehicle you drive - sedan, hatchback, SUV, or pickup truck - there are so many options to choose from when it comes to tires that it can become a bit staggering. Extreme Performance Summer tires let you have maximum control on exclusively dry roads. High-performance Summer Tires give you a good blend of both wet and dry handling and control but between the two are so many more options.

One of the biggest decisions comes in the autumn season when it comes time to choose what tires you want to utilize for the coming winter…

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Vehicle Maintenance Can Save You Money

As you already know, buying a car is exciting and fun. However, keeping the vehicle running is another story. No one looks forward to costly vehicle maintenance. The good news for you is that keeping your vehicle on the road does not have to cost you an arm and a leg.

When you do maintenance on a set schedule, it will help you to stay on top of things. Taking this little step will help you to keep ahead of any problems. Often the mechanic can tell you if there is going to be a problem before it happens or…
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Rotating your Vehicle's Tires at Flood Ford Lincoln

In our latest blog post, we detailed the reasons to consider an oil change this summer at Flood Ford Lincoln. But that is just the beginning when it comes to the service that you should think about completing this July, as tire rotations are an important and sometimes overlooked part of vehicle management.

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