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When Do You Change Your Car's Oil?

Driver's know they have to change their oil at the right time. Many service stations provide a sticker for the windshield that says, "When the odometer reaches 'X' miles, you're due." Years ago, people went for oil changes at the 3,000-mile mark. Today, engines can handle much more. The manual could say 5,000 or 7,500 represents the appropriate mileage duration. And there's also a time duration.

Check the vehicle's owner's manual for the set recommended timeframe. Six months is usually the average duration. 

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Drivers Should Keep on Top of Belts and Hoses

A car can overheat unexpectedly when the radiator hose springs a leak. Worse, a vehicle may crash if brake fluid runs out of the lines without warning. Sadly, many drivers could learn about problems with hoses, belts, and lines had they requested an inspection at the dealership. Trained technicians can determine if there are any wear and tear.

Belts are durable, but they cannot run forever without eventually fraying and snapping. The owner's manual provides insights into when the drive and timing belts require changing. Drivers in Charlotte should follow the manual's suggestions. 

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Why is my tire pressure light on?

One of the great innovations of today's automobiles is the amount of technology they have in them. This includes sensors in your tires that let you know when they are low. There are a couple of common reasons why your tire pressure light is illuminated.

The most common reason your tire light comes on is that your tire is low on air. This could be due to a slow leak from a tiny puncture or it could be caused by tires that are at the end of their life and starting to fail. Another reason a tire light can…

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Car Battery Basics

Car batteries seem to always go dead at some of the most inconvenient times. At Hendrick MINI, we want you to be an informed vehicle owner. The following tips will help you get maximum use from your car's battery.

Since your car's battery quietly supplies power, it can be hard to know when it needs to be replaced or repaired. Periodically examine your battery. If you see any swelling of its case or corrosion around the charging posts, you may need a new battery.

 

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Two Easy Ways To Keep Your Brakes Working Like They Should

Worn brake pads are quick to alert Charlotte drivers of the need for maintenance. The distinctive squealing sound that the braking system makes whenever worn brakes are depressed is evidence enough for many consumers to seek service. In truth, however, you shouldn't wait for this system to become audibly distressed before paying attention to it. At Hendrick MINI, we want all motorists to know the following strategies for keeping their brakes in optimum condition all of the time.

Have Your Brakes Professionally Inspected When Rotating Your Tires

Tire rotations should be performed at 

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Spring Car Care Tips

It's finally spring in Charlotte! We encourage you to bring your vehicle down to Hendrick MINI for some routine spring maintenance. We won't take up much of your day, but it's good to know that your vehicle is ready to go this spring and summer. Here are some of our favorite spring car care tips.
  • Our technicians can empty, flush and refill your cooling system. The specifications set by your owner's manual will be followed precisely to make sure your engine can maintain a good temperature.
  • An oil change will remove old oil that can contain…
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Stay on Top of Your Air Filters at Hendrick MINI

At Hendrick MINI, we care that your engine is running efficiently and that you are comfortable behind the wheel. Your engine and air filters are what keep both your engine and cabin air flowing properly. It's necessary to clean and also replace your air filters from time to time.

When Should I Service My Engine and Cabin Air Filters?

You should service your filters at about the same time you perform a brake fluid exchange which is every 20 thousand miles. We can inspect your filters at our location here in Charlotte to decide whether they need to be…
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Choosing Between the Different Types of Winter Tires

Hendrick MINI hopes that our readers drive safely throughout winter. An important aspect of staying safe on the road during winter in Charlotte is using the right tires. The three types of winter tires available are studless, studded and performance.

Studless tires are made of a specially formulated rubber that doesn't lose its traction in cold temperatures. They also feature deep treads and thousands of tiny slits in the treads to further increase traction. Studded tires will keep you safe on the winter road too, but they are noisier and damage the pavement when it's free of ice…

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Safety Tips for Winter Driving

Helping Charlotte drivers and passengers stay safe when they're on the go is one of our top goals here at Hendrick MINI. The winter can cause hazardous driving conditions. If you're prepared, then you increase your chances of safe travels.

Keep a supply kit in your vehicle in case you get stuck. Helpful items to include are batteries, a flashlight, food, water, medical supplies, blankets, and warm clothing. Always give yourself more following room from the vehicle ahead, and accelerate and brake slowly. Don't use cruise control on icy surfaces, and...

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Tire Rotations 101

Here at Hendrick MINI in Charlotte, NC, our team has a goal to help our customers stay safe when they're behind the wheel. We keep their vehicles in optimal condition. A tire rotation is an important service that should be conducted routinely. Read further for additional information about why tire rotations matter.

When you have your vehicle's tires rotated, a service technician will change the position of each tire on the vehicle. Most manufacturers recommend that a car's tires are rotated every 5,000 miles, so drivers choose to have their car's tires rotated when they…

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