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How to Replace a Flat Tire on a Driveway

Residential driveways are typically built on level or uneven terrain, so you must consider how a property is designed before implementing any tire maintenance procedures with a jack on a general landscape. If your property isn't sloped, you can replace a flat tire with a new wheel very easily. However, when a driveway is built on an inclined terrain, a parking brake must be used before lifting a vehicle with a jack.

Proper tire maintenance involves elbow grease because you'll need to twist the lug nuts firmly in order to implement loosening and tightening procedures...

 

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Warning Signs of Failing Car Belts and Hoses


Pay very close attention to the health of the belts and hoses in your car and you could avoid them failing and leaving your car overheating on the roads.

The radiator hoses have to allow engine coolant to move through parts like the block, radiator, and water pump. Pay very close attention because the hoses do give signs when close to failing. These signs can range from cracks or splitting of the rubber, or bulges and soft spots.

The belts on the engine power parts like the fan or water pump. The belts will be close to failure if they…
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The importance of brake pads

If you've ever needed to slam on your brakes to make a sudden stop, you know the importance of good brake pads. When you step on your brake pedal, it causes your calipers to squeeze your brake pedals against rotors on your wheel, slowing your car down. Over time, the friction on the brake pads causes wear, and eventually, they need replacement.

When you're driving around Annapolis, if you notice that your brakes feel less responsive than they used to be, it is probably time for a new set of brake pads. Brake pads are available in different…

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Is It Time to Replace Your Tires?

When you drive around 14,000 miles a year, your tires can be expected to last between two and three years. Even when you drive fewer miles, your tires have a shelf life of about six years. Tire tread wears down from driving, while rubber breaks down over time even if you don't drive your car.

If you think you need new tires, head to our service center at Volvo Cars Annapolis. We will measure the tread on your tires and check the pressure. If your tires are in poor shape, we will recommend getting new tires for your…

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The Essential Guide to Roadside Emergency Safety


Keeping safe in an emergency is key, and this guide will make certain you are in a better place if the unfortunate does happen.
  • If you have a blowout, try to get the car safely to the shoulder. Even if the tire is down, you can ride the rim a few feet to make certain everyone is safer.
  • Don't put down road flares around the car, they need to be several hundred feet up the road so drivers can react before seeing your car.
  • Call 911 and be patient. Stay locked in the car and tell anyone asking that…
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What Does Horsepower Really Mean?


If you have ever been in the market for a new vehicle then you have probably heard the term "horsepower" being used to tell you how much power the vehicle's engine is capable of producing but do you know what that term actually means or where it came from? Many of us have either forgotten or never acquired the knowledge of where this word came from.

Horsepower was derived by determining that a single horse could pull a cart loaded with 330 pounds coal at a speed of one hundred feet in one minute. This translation came about during…
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Car Trouble Guide: What Do Alternators Do?


Every car needs an electrical current to run. Alternators provide that electrical current to the engine and other parts of your vehicle's system. When an alternator starts to malfunction, you may notice some sputtering, weak electrical signals, or your engine may shut off. Typically, the engine light will come on before the alternator is completely failing, but that's not always the case.

Replacing an alternator is not an easy task as it is attached to the engine. It is one of the more expensive procedures for mechanics, but with newer cars, you typically never have to...
 
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Special Volvo V90 Cross Country wagons built to help the environment

The Volvo Ocean Race happens once every three years and measures the ocean health to more accurately predict weather forecasts. Yacht's race each other equipped with sensors to measure carbon dioxide levels, algae populations and the impact of public waste on aquatic life.

To help fund the environmental effort, Volvo Cars will build 3,000 special V90 Cross Country luxury wagons and donate a portion of the proceeds. For each of the 2018 V90 Cross Country Ocean Race Edition's sold, Volvo will donate $117 to the Ocean Race Science Program with a total planned donation of $350,000…

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Volvo Cars smallest SUV continues the tradition

Following the XC90 and XC60, the Volvo XC40 is the third SUV to come along. It's the smallest SUV created by Volvo but should not be overlooked.

"The XC40 is our first entry in the small SUV segment, broadening the appeal of the Volvo brand and moving it in a new direction," said Håkan Samuelsson, president, and chief executive. "It represents a fresh, creative and distinctive new member of the Volvo line-up."

 

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