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Car Battery Jump Starting Strategies for a Teen

When a teen has to deal with a battery problem on the road, certain steps must be followed to increase safety. If you don't want to deal with a possible roadside collision that could boost your insurance costs, you must prepare a teen for general car battery maintenance situations.

A teen must understand how to guide a car to a practical spot whenever a battery has drained. In order to avoid a fender bender on a busy road, the vehicle must be placed in a secured area that's away from traffic before any charging procedures are implemented.

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Pay Attention to Your Tire Pressure Light When Illuminated

Your vehicle has a tire pressure light in place so that you can be warned when your tires do not have the right amount of air in them. You should pay attention to that light and all that it might be warning you about.

The tires on your vehicle may have the wrong amount of pressure in them because of changes in the weather. If so, your tire pressure light may come on. Another thing that might affect tire pressure is a small hole of some kind in the tire. If your tire pressure light is on, you need to…

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Good tires are essential to vehicle safety

Having good tires on your vehicle is essential to your safety while driving. Tires typically last a long time but knowing the signs that they need replacing is crucial.

It is always beneficial to keep an eye on your tire's tread. Tread repels water from your vehicle and helps your tires maintain traction on the roadway, especially during wet weather. If you notice your tires are bald and lack tread, or have profoundly uneven tread, you need to replace your tires. With worn out tires, you risk a sudden blowout, or, in wet weather, hydroplaning. If you see a…

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The Correct Tire Pressure is Important for Safe Driving


For your vehicle to be at its optimum performance, it is a good idea to check the tire pressure frequently. Maintaining the correct pressure in your tires will assist with safe driving and improve performance and gas mileage.

Underinflated and overinflated tires are both considered to be improper tire pressure. The concerns with overinflation are the uneven weight distribution of the weight of the vehicle on the tread of the tire causing the weight to focus on the center strip of the tire. Underinflated tires cause the outside of the tire to...
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Big Differences Between Temporary and Full-Size Spare Tires


Vehicles come standard with different spare tires, but you can always negotiate if you want a compact or full-size tire. With a full-size spare tire, you can drive on it as long as you need. These tires are usually the same size and manufacturer as your other tire, which means that you will not have to worry about any performance loss.

However, if you want to save on money and trunk space, you may want to go with a smaller, compact spare tire for emergencies only. These tires are much smaller and do not add to the weight of your…
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The Basics About Timing Belts

Your vehicle's timing belt plays a crucial role in keeping the motor running. In essence, this belt's job is synchronize the rotation of the camshafts. This allows the motor’s valves to open and close at the right times. It also powers the air conditioning system, alternator, power steering pump, and sometimes the water pump.

When the timing belt (or serpentine belt) wears down or breaks there can be serious consequences for your vehicle. In most cases belt failure will prevent the car from running. It’s recommended that the timing belt be changed every 60,000 to…

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It’s Wise to Service Your Ride at Lithia Nissan of Stockton

Most people can find a number of places to get their vehicle serviced in the greater Stockton area of the state, but which one is best for your car? Your friend might have given you a tip about the great guys at a local independent shop or major chain, but you question whether they have enough knowledge about your particular Nissan model. That is a wise question to ask, and we want you to know that our technicians at Lithia Nissan of Stockton are well versed in all aspects of the entire lineup of Nissan vehicles!

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Driving with Holiday Meals in Tow

The holidays are one of the best times to share your favorite dishes with the people who mean the most to you. If you'll be traveling to the home of a loved one to celebrate the holidays, here are a few tips to keep in mind so that transporting food will be easy and mess-free.

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Put the Brakes On!

One of the things we seldom think about are our brakes on our cars. We use them all the time, and we simply never think about them, because they always seem to work just fine. But then, you might begin to notice a squeak, or feel a grinding vibration when you put your foot on the brakes. Both of these are sure signs that something needs attention.

When you purchased your car, you were given a maintenance schedule. Some of the items on the schedule are required to maintain your warranty as valid on your new vehicle. Some of them…
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