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The Benefits of a Backup Camera

Backing up represents one of the more dangerous maneuvers you have to make when driving a car. A backup camera is designed to lessen the risk associated with operating a vehicle in reverse.

A backup camera is mounted on the rear end of a vehicle to provide a wide angle view of what is behind a car. The camera transmits video to a monitor typically mounted on the dashboard. With a backup camera, also known as a reversing camera, a driver is placed in a position to better avoid colliding with anything when backing up. 

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What is an Infotainment System?

The latest vehicles now come with a plethora of technology and options through in-vehicle infotainment systems. These systems combine software that drivers and passengers can access through their smartphones, as well as through a center console. Some have touch screens, as well.

Most infotainment systems have components for audio visual controls, keypads, touch screens, and hands-free phone connections. You can control apps through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well. 

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Why Should You Consider Waxing Your Vehicle?

While driving around town, you might notice a few cars that appear shinier than others. They probably have car wax on them. Car wax is often applied after washing your vehicle. Most products are made with beeswax as well as natural oils.

The wax does more than just create a shine on the exterior of your vehicle. It also aids in protecting the paint from chipping and from fading. It is a barrier between the debris that can harm your vehicle's exterior and the paint. 

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How Does Brake Fluid Work?

A car's brakes seem to work like magic. A small press on a pedal slows down more than a ton of moving metal. Of course, brakes don't work by way of magic. Various parts and components contribute to their function. Understanding the role brake fluid plays in that function is important. You want to be sure brake fluid levels remains at the proper amount.

Brake fluid runs through the all-important brake lines. The fluid survives high temperatures in order to support the overall braking system. Pressing on the brake pedal sends brake fluid through the lines to create…

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Tips for Cleaning Your Tires

Cleaning your tires may sound like an easy job, and it is. But only if you have the right products on hand and you know what you are doing. Before you get started, head to the store and get a cleaning product designed for your specific tire brand. You will also need a stiff bristled brush, but nothing made of metal or anything too harsh that could scratch the tire. You will also need towels or microfiber cloths that will be dedicated to drying your tires only. Using these towels on your vehicle could result in the paint getting scratched…

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How to Make the Right Type of Roadside Emergency Kit

Here are some of the essentials to pack inside your car's roadside emergency kit. Be sure you have a bag with a nice variety of tools so that you can make many small repairs easily. Rod flares or triangles are important for letting other drivers know you're disabled. Blankets will keep passengers warm if you are disabled somewhere for a while in cooler weather.

Keep a few quarts of oil and a gallon of antifreeze in the kit so that if the fluids get low in your engine, you can top them off and minimize the time you…

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Understand the Different Types of Car Warranties

It is always good to be an informed consumer, and when it comes to buying a new vehicle, whether it is 'new' new or a pre-owned car, being knowledgeable is doubly important. One of the more important things related to buying the car that you may not have considered is the type of warranty your vehicle comes with. There are two main types of warranties that you will typically see offered on a car, a power-train warranty, and a bumper-to-bumper warranty.

A power-train warranty, while generally cheaper and longer lasting, only covers the main components involved in your cars propulsion…

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Can You Improve Your Towing Safety?

Hitching a trailer to your vehicle in order to tow something must be done with a careful eye on safety. Oversights and mistakes could create a truly dangerous condition on the road. So, follow towing safety strategies to avoid a mishap.

Some points are just common sense. Be sure the trailer has all its parts in place and everything is in good condition. Know the towing capacity weight of your vehicle. The trailer hitch should be the right one for your vehicle as well. And perform a safety inspection before pulling away. 

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Do You Suspect a Leaky Exhaust in Your Vehicle?

There are many things to watch out for when staying on top of your vehicle maintenance. One thing to keep in mind because of its impact on vehicle performance and its possible determent to the health of occupants is exhaust system leaks. Fortunately, there are signs to look for to determine if your vehicle's exhaust system is leaking.

One thing that you should look for in determining if your vehicle has an exhaust leak is small leaks. This is caused by stress on the exhaust manifold gasket and usually occurs where the exhaust manifold and the cylinder head meet…

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Have You Checked Your Tire Pressure Lately?

As you can imagine, having a tire blowout while you are driving can be both frightening and dangerous. Luckily, it is a situation that can be avoided. To make sure that this never happens to you, there are a few precautionary things that you can do.

One thing that you can do to prevent a tire blowout is to regularly check to make sure that your tire pressure is what it should be. Underinflated tires can lead to uneven tire wear, less than optimal fuel economy, and eventual blowout. 

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