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How to test your car’s battery

There are different methods of testing whether your vehicle’s battery is working well.

First, you can use a voltmeter. You turn your car off, uncover the positive terminal and make sure you clean it. You then connect the positive of the voltmeter to the positive of the battery and the negative to the negative.

A good battery should give a voltage that ranges between 12.4 to 12.7 volts. Secondly, you can use a Power Probe by attaching the probes positive to the battery’s positive and the negative to the negative terminal. You then place the probe…

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Driving on Winter Tires Year Round

It will be a lot easier for you to drive in the snow and ice during the winter months if you have winter tires. However, it is time for you to switch back to the all-season tires during the winter months. Winter tires tend to steer more slowly than the all-season tires. That is why you will be more likely to crash. Winter tires also tend to wear out quickly during the summer months. The heat can cause the components of the tire to break apart.

 

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The Differences Between Winter and All-Season Tires

When temperatures plunge and snowy weather is on the way, many people reconsider their tire choices. At Valley Imports Mitsubishi, we want you to be informed and choose the best tires for your situation. The following guide will show you the difference between winter and all-season tires.

All-season tires are meant to be a good choice under most driving conditions. On the other hand, winter or snow tires are specifically designed for icy or snowy Fargo streets. Winter tires feature specialty slits to cut into the ice and are made from a material that remains more pliable as temperatures

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What is Car Wax?

Car wax, also referred to as automotive wax, is a product used to protect a vehicle's body. This product comes in either natural or synthetic form. The commonly applied types of wax are made from a mixture of carnauba wax blended with beeswax, natural oils, and petroleum distillates. 

The new generation waxes majorly synthetic wax, is achieved by infusing synthetic resins and polymers that produce the hardening and shining effects in the product.



 

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What are Gaskets?

Gaskets are made from a cut of sheet materials. Mechanical seals are used to fill a space between two joining surfaces. The purpose is to prevent any leakages that might occur to the joined surfaces while they undergo compression. They allow imperfect surfaces or objects on parts of a machine where they can fill up the irregularities.

Gaskets used for applications such as high-pressure steam systems may use asbestos, which is considered a health hazard. Asbestos is put to use when the need arises. It is recommended that gaskets be made using materials with some degree of yielding.

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Replacing a Flat Tire on the Side of the Road in Fargo

Experiencing a flat tire is a disappointing situation, but don't let it ruin your day. In actuality, knowing how to change the tire out yourself can get you back on the road in a very short amount of time. If it's been a few years since you've had to change a flat, here is Valley Imports Mitsubishi's cheat sheet for flat tire replacement.

  • Don't start taking off your tire until you have moved your vehicle out of the way. It should be parked somewhere very flat.
  • Loosen up the lug nuts which are located underneath…
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Be Prepared for a Roadside Emergency With These Tips

Valley Imports Mitsubishi knows that a roadside emergency is something no one wants to face. Unfortunately, every driver will likely encounter a breakdown at some point. There are a few things to remember if you want to stay safe.

When a breakdown occurs, try to guide your car to a safe area. Look for level ground that is well away from traffic. The area should be lighted if you break down at night. You can drive slowly on a rim for a very short distance if a tire is flat.

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Know The Role of Your Alternator

Your vehicle’s alternator has an important role in your vehicle, yet it’s a part that people tend to overlook until it stops working. When this happens, the result is usually the vehicle not starting in your yard/garage or you being stranded away from home. At Valley Imports Mitsubishi, we want you to be an informed driver that knows how important your alternator is to your car and also what signs to look for to determine if the alternator needs replacing.

Although most people think it’s the battery that allows your vehicle to start, it’s actually…

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A New Car Battery Could be the Answer

Have you been wondering if it's time to change your car's battery? If your car won't start, are you sure it's the battery. If a battery is old, it still might be functional if it's been maintained properly. Do you know what kind you should replace it with?

If the battery appears to be exhausted, you should have it tested by a mechanic. The problem could be a bad alternator not charging it properly, or the battery posts could be covered in corrosion. Topping off the water in the battery cells can help too.

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Invest in Wheel Alignment Service

Get into the habit of asking for wheel alignment service when taking a car in for routine maintenance. Even if nothing is wrong, at least a professional measurement via a specialized machine will tell the real story. If the wheel angles are wrong, a technician can work on fixing the problem.

A vehicle relies on three angles, called the toe, caster, and camber, to keep proper tire connection on the road. When off, poor wheel alignment skews tracking and wears down the tires.

A common reason why wheels get knocked out of alignment is impact.

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