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A Battery Test is a Do-It-Yourself Task Made Easy


​A car battery test is an easy do-it-yourself task and a very important one. No one ever wants to be stranded because of a dead battery! To perform the do-it-yourself task, you need to have access to a voltmeter. A voltmeter is a standard tool that is used to measure the state of charge that exists in your battery. Your car's engine cannot be running, and in fact, your ignition should be turned in the off position.

To perform the test, you simply attach the voltmeter cables to the car battery terminals. The red cable should be attached to…
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How to Save Money: 10 Tricks to Lower Gas Costs

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We all want to know all the secrets on how to make our vehicles as fuel-efficient as possible in order to save some cash. Below is a list of 10 ways in which we are confident will help lower gas costs and save you money. Stop wasting your money on gas and start keeping not only your tank full, but also your pockets.

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Choose Our Santa Monica Volvo Service Center for Spring Maintenance and Repair

Getting out for a weekend cruise in the wonderful spring weather is always a great time but, before you head out, it's important to know your vehicle is in good condition to take on the spring roads. If you haven't had any routine maintenance on your vehicle in the last few months, then now is the perfect time to get it checked out with the assistance of our service center experts. You'll get back to the road looking and feeling like new.

 

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How to Care for Your Transmission


When you are someone who thinks of yourself as someone who takes good care of your car, you need to make sure that you are someone who takes good care of your car's transmission. Some people don't realize just how important this part of the car is.

It would literally be impossible to get from here to there in Santa Monica should you be having a problem with the transmission. The good news is that you can usually have this kind of thing checked out when you are going in to get your oil changed.


 
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The Pitfalls of Driving on Tires with the Wrong Air Pressure


If the tire pressure indicator in your vehicle sounds off an alert, don't think this is something you can simply put off. Here are some of the signs of trouble your car tires could experience if the air pressure is not correct and you ignore the problem.

The tires on your car that have too much air are going to ride mostly on the center of the tread. This makes it harder to control the vehicle on wet roads, and it means that one area gets to wear faster than the rest of the treads.

If the tires on…
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Vehicle Checklist Essentials for Your Next Road Trip

If you live in an area where the weather gets pretty cold and snowy in the winter, you may want to get special windshield wipers for your car during this season. This is a very small part of the car but can make a huge difference when you're traveling. The blades help to keep you safe while driving since the rubber for winter wipers is softer. This means the rubber will take longer to freeze, and can precisely wipe ice and snow from your windshield quickly, so you'll have a clear vision on the road.

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Keep the Quality of Your Wipers in Mind

Rain is not a huge problem for your vehicle. Your car is designed to be able to do all of its normal functions in the rain. Windshield wipers work to let the driver of the vehicle see while it's raining. But when it starts to snow, your windshield wipers may not have enough power to handle it.

If you have noticed that your windshield wipers aren't pushing away snow very easily, grab a set of winter windshield wiper blades. Winter blades are a lot better at pushing away snow, and they even prevent the buildup of ice with…

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Ways To Restore Headlight Brightness


You don't need to buy a new vehicle to get brighter headlights. Knowing this can save a lot of money. if the only reason for changing from one car to another is because the headlights are getting dimmer, headlight restoration may be the answer.

So, how do you restore the headlamps on your car? Well, polishing them properly is a great solution.

If you take a look at older headlights, you can probably see that they are yellowed and cloudy. A closer look will even reveal scratches. Here are some ways to restore your vehicle's headlights and make…
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Don't Drive on Dangerous Tires


Every season is driving season. Even though we typically drive more miles in the summer since the weather is better, improperly maintained tires not only decrease the performance of your vehicle, but they can pose a danger no matter what season we’re in. There are a few things you can do to with your own tires to minimize the risk.

Tires are designed to operate at their optimal air pressure. Checking and adjusting the air pressure to proper levels maintains proper fuel economy, tire structure, and grip on the road. Tires that don’t grip may lead to...
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What To Check On Your Tires

It doesn't matter if you're a reserved driver and only drive once in awhile on smooth roads or a daredevil who speeds through any road, you're going to have to get a tire change whether you like it or not.

It's generally recommended that you get your tires changed every five to ten years even if you don't think anything is wrong with them. This changes on how much you drive and on what terrains like potholes, rain, and etc. You can check how thin you've worn down your tire by putting a penny…
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