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Learn How to Debadge Your Car

When you want to update the look of your vehicle or customize it to your preferences, you may want to take off the badge installed at the factory. There are a few ways to go about doing this. First, find out how the badge is attached. The badges attached with an adhesive are the easiest to remove. You can find out how the badge is attached by referring to your owner's manual or doing an internet search.

To remove a badge attached with adhesive, either pour hot water over it or apply heat with a hair dryer. Do not…

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Packing the Essentials for a Tailgate Party

Tailgating in the summer is a great way to spend time with friends and family before a game in Montgomery. Having everything you need for a memorable event is important, and a little bit of planning can go a long way.

To ensure that your friends can find you in a crowded parking lot, attach a batch of helium balloons to your vehicle. For easy grilling, pay attention to the direction of the wind and set your grill up in a protected spot. Turn the grill perpendicular to the wind to minimize its effect. Bring extra charcoal on a windy…

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Knowledge Is Power When It Comes To Towing

Autumn has arrived, and you have your eye set on that new boat. To move it back and forth to the places where you want it requires putting your vehicle to work and towing it. Luckily, information about the do's and don'ts are available and not too difficult to learn.

Staying safe while using your vehicle to tow a boat or anything is possible if you follow the towing do's and don'ts. One of the do's is using a trailer hitch that is made for your vehicle. This will help eliminate problems that may arise…
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Got Chips? Touch Up Paint Can Help

If you love taking care of your vehicle, making sure it has the service car it needs, and driving in style, then dealing with a chip in your vehicle can be stressful. No owner wants to think about the possibility of dealing with chips in the paint of their vehicle, but for many owners, this becomes a real issue. Fortunately, you have options. Here's what you need to know.

Did you know you can purchase and apply touch up paint at home? This is a reasonable way to minimize the appearance of chips in your vehicle's paint. Clean…

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The Lesson of Back to School Vehicle Service

It is quickly approaching that frenzied time where moms and students everywhere prepare for back to school. Getting the student’s vehicle serviced should be the first thing on the top of the list. If not, it could be a lesson that you do not want to learn.

Back to school time is a great time to schedule vehicle service every year. This is a great way to teach the importance of preventative maintenance and the potential costs of skipping it. Keeping your vehicle in top shape and following the suggested maintenance schedule is one way to help assure that…

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Why Waxing a Car is Important

Some car owners wax, and other don't. Those who don't probably don't think it's really necessary, but waxing actually protects your vehicle.

What wax does is put a barrier between your car and what's outside. The sun's UV rays, pollution, things that blow in the wind and even water can all damage a car's paint. If damaged, at some point you could be looking at the cost of a new paint job. Wax also fills in any cracks, like those caused by micro scratches you can't see. That's another layer of…

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Jump-Starting One Vehicle by Using Another

Before you grab the jumper cables, it is always advised you are wearing protective glasses and work gloves before touching the car battery. To ensure the cables reach, drive the one car as close to the nose of the other car as safely as possible.

Once the jumper cables have been unraveled, you will have a red and black clamp on each end. Start with one red clamp, connect it to the positive side of the charged battery. The other red cable goes to the positive side of battery getting a jump-start. 

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Avoiding Accident by Preventing Blowouts

The biggest source of accidents on the highways of Montgomery, AL - or really anywhere else - are tire blowouts. It’s actually very easy to prevent almost all of these incidents with some easy regular inspections.

Tread

Checking tread is the easiest part. Place a penny in the grooves. If Lincoln’s head mostly vanishes, you’re well within the 4/32" needed for safety.

Front-End Alignment

Your front end can be thrown out of alignment if you hit potholes, curbs or speed bumps. If your car’s pulling in a given direction, see a mechanic immediately. 

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Fuel System Failure

Car owners know how important it is to check how much fuel they have in their cars, but many owners forget how important it is to check the fuel system itself. Like most systems that operate your car, the fuel system needs routine maintenance and if it needs to be serviced there will be signs. Below are two signs that your fuel system is in need of work:
  • Worse Fuel Mileage- Most car owners know how much gas their cars get per mile and use this information to know when to budget for fuel. If you notice that your car…
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Signs Your Brake Pedal Needs to be Repaired

If you feel a sponginess in the brake pedal when you press down, it may be time to have the brakes checked. There should be some feeling of resistance in the pedal. You want to feel it’s strong enough to stop your car as needed.

There could be one of several reasons why your brakes aren’t functioning as they should. One of them is air in the lines. It can obstruct the fluid from reaching the caliper and forcing it to press the pads and rotors together. Another issue can arise if part of the steel lines has…

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