How to Clean Your Car’s Engine

Everybody gets a good feeling when their car is clean. However, cleaning the body of the car is not enough. Cleaning the car's engine is equally important as cleaning its body. Here are a few steps on how to easily clean an engine.

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Ensure to cool off your engine for at least 20 minutes. A hot engine can burn you. Cooling off the engine with cold water can cause damage to the engine.

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Remove the plastic covers for they can be washed separately. Also, remove the batteries' negative terminals to protect them from getting damaged.

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Avoiding Hydroplaning Like a Champ

It is undoubtedly a scary sensation to be caught up in a hydroplaning incident. This happens when a vehicle's tires come across more water on the road than they can disperse, leading to a slide or skid across the wet surface. The vehicle safety experts at Hendrick MINI want you to know how you can avoid hydroplaning.

The best preventative measure that you can take to reduce your risk of hydroplaning is to always keep your tires properly inflated. You should also rotate and replace your tires as recommended by your trusted mechanic.

 

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Use a Multimeter to Test Your Vehicle's Battery Power

There could be many reasons why you have trouble starting your vehicle. Your battery is likely the culprit. The battery creates the spark that is needed to turn on the engine. Here is one way you can test the voltage of your vehicle’s battery.

A multimeter is a common way to test your battery at home. This device measures the battery’s voltage and lets you know how much power is in the battery. You want to make sure the battery and battery terminals are free of debris and corrosion. When you touch the multimeter probes to the battery…

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Signs Your Tires Need to Be Replaced

Tire age, tread and weather exposure are three things that can reveal whether you need to get new tires. There is no general recommendation for replacing tires. However, most manufacturers will advise that you have the tires replaced after six years. The tread can also reveal that it is time for new tires. You can look at your tires to see if the tread is worn out. You can also place a penny on the grooves. You should not be able to see Lincoln's head if you have enough tread on your tires.

Exposure to weather elements can also…

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Save Your Winter Tires for the Winter

When you drive on winter tires during the winter season, you're going to have more tread to navigate snow and ice. These tires are usually designed so that they hold up in lower temperatures, which means that you should try to avoid driving on winter tires in the summer months in Charlotte.

Higher summer temperatures and dry roads can often make winter tires wear down faster than they would during the winter months. With more tread, it can also be a bit more difficult to stop as quickly when you're traveling on roads in the summer if you…

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Suspension Basics

There Are Many Different Suspension Designs

To understand suspension systems on cars, you must study the configuration on a few different makes and models.

Here are a few different common suspension components that most cars have:

  • Macpherson strut

A MacPherson strut is a coil spring with a shock inside. Many cars and truck use Macpherson struts for the front suspension.

  • Leaf spring

Leaf springs consist of laminated pieces of metal joined together and mounted at each end of the axle. Leaf springs have a simple and sturdy design

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Choosing the Right Car Seat for Your Child

The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards sets the recommendations for car seats. Make sure that you choose a car seat that meets those standards. Many people buy used car seats because they want to save money. However, if you choose to accept a used car seat, then you will need to do so with caution. Never accept a car seat that is more than six-years-old and check the expiration date. You should also avoid buying one that is missing parts. Additionally, you should inspect the car seat for damage.

 

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Do You Know How to Drive in the Rain?

Drivers who find it necessary to take their vehicles out during rainy weather seem to experience more stress than during other driving conditions. Whether it’s a heavy downpour or just a sprinkle, increased numbers of accidents occur when the pavement and windshield is wet. To reduce your driving stress, here are some tips you may want to remember.

If at all possible, wait for the weather to clear before hitting the road. Trust your instincts. If you feel the least bit uneasy about driving while rain is falling, reschedule your trip for a later time. 

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Bicyclists and Cars: How to Safely Share the Road

Due to the fact that they are considered vehicles, bicycles have many of the same rights as you do when you are driving around in your vehicle in Charlotte. A bike does not have the same power or safety features, however. That is why the team here at Hendrick MINI feels it is important to share a few tips for sharing the road.

When you turn, be sure to check for approaching bicycles. If they are going straight, they technically have the right of way and you should yield to them. Make sure you stay familiar with hand road signals…

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How About Choosing a Used Car?

A used car might be the way to go when looking to save money. Older models or ones with high mileage usually come at low prices. Even a used car that's only a couple of years old could possibly be just as good as a new one. As long as the vehicle is in good shape, the buyer may find he or she made the right choice.

Buyers wondering if a used car makes sense for them should look at other benefits. Today, numerous manufacturers produce high-quality vehicles capable of lasting many years and over 100,000 miles. Shoppers…

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