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Different types of tires make a difference Drivers rarely think of the tires on their vehicles until they have a flat. But the type of tires on your vehicle can impact its performance. When choosing tires for their vehicles, drivers should consider a host of factors, including the terrain and driving conditions vehicles are likely to encounter. Understanding tires and what makes some a better fit than others for certain vehicles can make for safe driving and improved handling. All-season tires The most common type of tire and arguably the best known is the standard all-season tire. Many vehicles come equipped with these tires, which are designed to be versatile enough to grip the road in various conditions. They are commonly made of a harder rubber that will not wear out quickly and will retain their tread. Most day-to-day driving can be done on all-season tires. High-performance tires People who live in dry climates or drive sports and racing cars can benefit from high-performance tires. These tires are specifically designed to grip the road

better and offer superior handling under higher speeds. Because highperformance tires are made of a softer rubber compared to standard tires, they will not last as long as all-season tires. Snow tires People who live in snowy, icy conditions will benefit from the use of snow tires. These tires are designed with special treads to offer more traction in slippery conditions. The rubber used to manufacture the tire can remain flexible even at extremely low temperatures. Winter tires are best reserved for extreme weather and not used all season long because they will wear out more quickly than others. They may not have the same level of traction on clear roads. In some cases, winter tires may have metal studs included to enhance

traction in icy situations. People who do not want to switch tires when cold weather arrives sometimes invest in snow chains that improve traction on standard tires. Mud Tires Muddy areas can be just as slippery as snowy conditions. Mud tires are designed similarly to snow tires but will have extra grooves and a tread pattern that facilitates movement of mud away from the tires and road. Mud tires may be wider than standard tires as well. Truck Tires Drivers of trucks or sport-utility vehicles often need special truck tires. These tires can better handle the weight and size of a larger vehicle. Many drivers stick with the type of tire that originally came with their truck. Drivers who like to go off-roading may need an all-terrain tire to offer more traction when climbing hills or traversing different conditions. It can be easy to overlook the importance of tires, but tires help vehicles remain on the road and can affect mileage, maneuverability and safety.

Reach top mileage on your car with it still going strong Many drivers may find the idea of keeping a vehicle that has surpassed the 100,000-mile mark preposterous. However, perhaps due to the ris-

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search, many of today’s drivers are keeping their cars for longer periods of time, with the average age of all cars on the road being 11 years. In October of 2011, Joe LoCicero saw his 1990 Honda Accord crack the one million mile mark, a feat for which Honda awarded him a new Accord and a parade in his hometown. There are many benefits to keeping a car longer, including the financial impact of such

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over 15 years versus purchasing and financing an identical model every five years equated to a savings of more than the original

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purchase price of the car. A person can potentially save $20,000 or more on a properly maintained older car. Keeping a car running beyond 200,000 miles was once pure luck. Cars made 10 to 20 years ago might not have been up to the task. But improvements in rust prevention, lubricants and engine technology have made it easier for today’s vehicles to last longer. But as durable and reliable as today’s cars may be, AAA notes the importance of regular maintenance. Knowing your car is one of the first ways to make sure it gets the service it needs. Over time, many drivers start to identify warning signs, such as abnormal noises or if the vehicle simply feels off when out on the road. Finding a mechanic that can be trusted is an important step for drivers who want to keep their vehicles going strong for years to come. A driver is more likely to bring the car in for service if the price is right and he or she does not feel like any costly and unnecessary repairs are being recom-

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Simple ways to extend the life of your vehicle

According to data from TrueCar. tear on your vehicle and improve com, in 2012 the average new car cost your fuel efficiency as well. $30,500. That’s a considerable ex* Stick to the manufacturer’s pense, especially at a time when fuel recommended maintenance schedcosts remain high and cost of living ule. Adhering to your vehicle’s continues to rise. maintenance schedule serves many Because new cars have become purposes, including improving the so expensive, more and more vehicle its durability and protecting various owners are looking for ways to extend components, including its cooling the life of their vehicles. The longer system and drivetrain. While many a car can stay on the road, the better manufacturers used to recommend an investment that vehicle becomes. changing a vehicle’s oil every 3,000 Fortunately, there are several steps vemiles, many of today’s newer autohicle owners can take that should enmobiles need their oil changed less sure their vehicles stay on the road for frequently. Check your owner’s years to come. manual for manufacturer recom* Scale back on short trips. The toll mendations regarding oil changes, cold starts take on a vehicle can add and don’t forget to replace the oil up over time. When a car is started, Keeping a vehicle’s interior clean can make it filter when changing your vehicle’s condensation builds up in the vehi- more enjoyable to drive while encouraging oil. owners to keep their cars for longer periods cle’s exhaust system. On longer trips, * Pay attention to brake pads. of time. that condensation will gradually evapBrake pads that are allowed to wear orate. However, on short trips, that condensation often down can cause damage to the brakes’ rotors and calidoes not have enough time to evaporate, and over time pers. That damage can prove costly and make things too many short trips will lead to an accumulation of harder on your vehicle. Keep an eye on your vehicle’s water in the muffler that can lead to rust and rust holes brake pads, which are far less expensive to replace on the muffler. Short trips also can negatively affect than rotors and calipers, and do not allow them to wear gas mileage. When possible, leave your car at home down to metal. on trips into town when you can just as easily walk or * Keep your tires properly inflated. Tires that are ride a bicycle. Over time, reducing the amount of short under-inflated will negatively impact your vehicle’s trips you take in your car will greatly reduce wear and fuel efficiency. In addition, the tires’ life expectancy

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is reduced considerably when tires are not properly inflated. Routinely check your tire pressure, especially if you drive a lot, and keep tires inflated at the pressure recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. * Be mindful when filling up your tank. Many people do not pay much attention to their surroundings when pulling into the filling station. But when you fill up can impact your car’s life expectancy. Perhaps the worst time to fill your tank is when the fuel tanker is in the gas station refilling the underground tanks. That’s because the process of filling the underground tanks can stir up sediment that had settled at the bottom of those tanks. If that sediment finds its way into your vehicle’s gas tank, it can clog filters and fuel injectors and negatively affect the vehicle’s performance. So unless your car is running on empty, avoid refilling its gas tank when the tanker is still in the station. * Take care of your vehicle’s interior, too. Caring for a car is not just about being good to what’s under the hood. Caring for the car’s interior will not necessarily impact its performance, but a well-kept interior will improve how you look at your vehicle and how much you enjoy driving it. The longer you enjoy driving your vehicle, the longer you are likely to keep it. Preserve the vehicle’s door and window seals; clean the dashboard, including the gauges, vacuum the floor mats; and wipe down the vehicle’s interior, whether it’s cloth or leather. Keeping up the appearance of the car’s interior will make the vehicle more enjoyable to drive and increase its value at resale.

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Must-have items for automotive emergencies from your vehicle when it is parked on the side of the road. Flares also will illuminate the area so that you can work on fixing a problem or alert emergency personnel as to where you are located. * Jumper cables: Jumper cables enable you to recharge a dead battery, a common problem in cold weather. Automotive retailers also sell portable car battery chargers that can provide the boost needed to the battery in the event you cannot find another car around to offer assistance. * Spare tire and tools: Tire blowouts or holes in tires are unpredictable. Having the necessary items at the ready can get you back on the road faster. Learn how to change a tire. In a pinch, tire sealant can be used to get you to the next

and bottles of water stashed in the car can help quell hunger while waiting for a tow truck. * Sand and kitty litter: Sand can weigh down the back of a rear-wheel drive vehicle to provide better traction on slippery roads. Sand and kitty litter also can be sprinkled underneath tires to help them grip the road better when you are trying to get the car out of an icy or muddy patch. * Charged mobile phone: Keep your cell phone charged so that you can make emergency phone calls or contact a tow company in the event of a breakdown. * Shovel: A shovel makes it easier to dig a vehicle out of mud or snow. Certain things should not be stored in a vehicle. For example, hot weather can cause lighters and cans to burst inside of a car, so such items should not be kept in your car. In addition, freezing temperatures may reduce the effectiveness of certain products and cause liquids to freeze and burst.

service station and away from the side of the road. * Flashlight and batteries: A flashlight makes it possible for drivers to see under their vehicles and under the hood more effectively. It also can be used to grab the attention of fellow motorists who might be able to help. Keep extra batteries for the flashlight on hand as well. * Blankets: A blanket can keep passengers warm if a car breaks down in chilly weather. Blankets also can be placed on the ground so that you can lay on the road and be cushioned from debris when looking under the car. * Extra clothing: An extra set of clothing can be handy should your clothing become soggy or soiled. * Nonperishable foods: A few snacks

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Winterizing vehicles an important step for drivers As fall gradually gives way to winter, vehicle owners often sigh at the thought of driving in winter weather or spending weekday mornings clearing their vehicles of ice before heading to the office. But manning the wheel through another snowstorm or whittling away another night’s worth of ice from a car’s windshield are not the only rites of passage motorists must endure as cold weather returns. Winterizing a vehicle can improve vehicle performance during a time of year that, in many locales, can be especially harsh on automobiles. Low temperatures make for less than ideal conditions for engines to run, while potholes left behind by snow plows can damage a vehicle’s wheels and may even result in flat tires and a damaged suspension system. In addition, salt used to improve traction on roadways can cause rust. Short of moving to a locale with mild winters, there’s little drivers can do to protect their vehicles from harsh winter weather. But winterizing a vehicle can prevent some of the more common issues drivers may encounter when the temperatures dip below freezing. * Take time out for your tires. Winter weather can limit traction, putting the

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Few drivers want to think about their vehicles breaking down. But cars are not foolproof, and even the most well-maintained vehicle can be sidelined by a flat tire or a dead battery. In certain times of the year, a breakdown may be an inconvenience that takes up a few hours of a person’s time. In extreme weather situations, a broken down car could be dangerous. Preparing for emergency situations can help drivers get moving faster. There are certain items that should be kept in the trunk or cargo area regardless of the season, and some of these items should be modified as the seasons change. * First aid kit: If someone is hurt in an accident, medical supplies in the trunk allow drivers and/or passengers to treat injured persons until paramedics can arrive. Go over what is in the kit and learn how to use each item correctly. * Flares: If your car breaks down at night or in situations where visibility is poor, flares can keep other drivers away

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Must-have items for automotive emergencies from your vehicle when it is parked on the side of the road. Flares also will illuminate the area so that you can work on fixing a problem or alert emergency personnel as to where you are located. * Jumper cables: Jumper cables enable you to recharge a dead battery, a common problem in cold weather. Automotive retailers also sell portable car battery chargers that can provide the boost needed to the battery in the event you cannot find another car around to offer assistance. * Spare tire and tools: Tire blowouts or holes in tires are unpredictable. Having the necessary items at the ready can get you back on the road faster. Learn how to change a tire. In a pinch, tire sealant can be used to get you to the next

and bottles of water stashed in the car can help quell hunger while waiting for a tow truck. * Sand and kitty litter: Sand can weigh down the back of a rear-wheel drive vehicle to provide better traction on slippery roads. Sand and kitty litter also can be sprinkled underneath tires to help them grip the road better when you are trying to get the car out of an icy or muddy patch. * Charged mobile phone: Keep your cell phone charged so that you can make emergency phone calls or contact a tow company in the event of a breakdown. * Shovel: A shovel makes it easier to dig a vehicle out of mud or snow. Certain things should not be stored in a vehicle. For example, hot weather can cause lighters and cans to burst inside of a car, so such items should not be kept in your car. In addition, freezing temperatures may reduce the effectiveness of certain products and cause liquids to freeze and burst.

service station and away from the side of the road. * Flashlight and batteries: A flashlight makes it possible for drivers to see under their vehicles and under the hood more effectively. It also can be used to grab the attention of fellow motorists who might be able to help. Keep extra batteries for the flashlight on hand as well. * Blankets: A blanket can keep passengers warm if a car breaks down in chilly weather. Blankets also can be placed on the ground so that you can lay on the road and be cushioned from debris when looking under the car. * Extra clothing: An extra set of clothing can be handy should your clothing become soggy or soiled. * Nonperishable foods: A few snacks

See Jim for Hometown Trusted Service & Repair

Winterizing vehicles an important step for drivers As fall gradually gives way to winter, vehicle owners often sigh at the thought of driving in winter weather or spending weekday mornings clearing their vehicles of ice before heading to the office. But manning the wheel through another snowstorm or whittling away another night’s worth of ice from a car’s windshield are not the only rites of passage motorists must endure as cold weather returns. Winterizing a vehicle can improve vehicle performance during a time of year that, in many locales, can be especially harsh on automobiles. Low temperatures make for less than ideal conditions for engines to run, while potholes left behind by snow plows can damage a vehicle’s wheels and may even result in flat tires and a damaged suspension system. In addition, salt used to improve traction on roadways can cause rust. Short of moving to a locale with mild winters, there’s little drivers can do to protect their vehicles from harsh winter weather. But winterizing a vehicle can prevent some of the more common issues drivers may encounter when the temperatures dip below freezing. * Take time out for your tires. Winter weather can limit traction, putting the

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Since 2000

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Whether you’re looking for a simple repair or a major overhaul, let Mark and his service crew be your automotive partner. • Oil Changes • A/C Repair • Brake Repair • Transmission Flush • Cooling System Flush • Tune-Ups Your vehicle relies on hundreds of moving parts, all working together to function properly. There is never a good time for a break down. Be proactive in keeping you & your family safe as well as keeping your vehicle running its best.

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Front Wheel Alignment with 4 Tire Purchase All Brands!

Detailing provides a deep restorative clean inside and out, to remove dirt, stains and odors, even oxidation, scratches & more! Consider this to be part of your vehicles regular maintenance to extend the life of your auto, help hold the resale value and of course, to keep it looking pretty.

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be adequately lubricated. A low-viscosity oil is naturally thinner, so it may improve lubrication throughout the winter. The vehicle owner’s manual should recommend oils based on climate. If not, talk to your mechanic about changing from the oil you use throughout the year to a low-viscosity alternative during the winter. * Inspect your vehicle before winter arrives. No one wants to be out on the road during the first snowstorm of the year only to discover certain components are not working properly. Belts and hoses, while durable, can be put through strenuous conditions during the winter months, so a close inspection of belts and hoses should be conducted in late fall. In addition, windshield wipers are especially important in winter, when snowfall can drastically impact visibility. You will want your wipers working at

full capacity once the winter begins, so replace older wipers (shelf life for standard wipers is typically one year) and use a de-icing windshield washer fluid to maximize visibility. Another component that must be inspected is your car’s battery. Many drivers have experienced a dead battery, which, in warm weather, is more of a nuisance than a health concern. In cold weather, a dead battery can threaten your health if you find yourself stranded in cold weather. Especially low temperatures can compromise a battery’s power by as much as 50 percent, so have your battery inspected in late fall and replace it if need be. * Don’t be caught off guard. Part of winterizing a vehicle is being prepared if the vehicle breaks down. Make sure you have extra washer fluid in your vehicle’s trunk, and don’t forget to include an ice scraper, snow brush or even a snow shovel in the trunk as well. A snow shovel may be necessary if you need to dig your car out if it’s been buried somewhere other than your driveway. Other items to carry in your trunk include a blanket, a change of clothes, an extra hat, an extra pair of gloves, some nonperishable food, and a few bottles of water.

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safety of drivers and their passengers in jeopardy. When possible, avoid driving in the snow, and steer clear of roads where ice and black ice are known to form. While such measures can greatly reduce your risk of being in an accident, you likely can’t avoid driving entirely come the winter. Drivers who want improved traction from their tires throughout the winter can purchase winter tires for their vehicles. Such tires can more effectively handle roads that are covered in snow and ice than all-season tires. Another way to improve traction during the winter months is to constantly monitor tire pressure, which decreases more rapidly when the weather is cold. Properly inflated tires provide better traction and protect against damage that may occur when driving over potholes. * Consider a low-viscosity oil in the winter. The owner’s manual of your vehicle may recommend you use a lower viscosity motor oil to counter the dip in temperature that’s synonymous with winter. When the temperatures outside fall, the oil inside your vehicle thickens, and a thicker oil won’t circulate through the engine as well. This can cause engine problems because the engine won’t

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Wilson’s Auto Repair

JOHN’S TIRE SERVICE

Vinton Livewire - October 23, 2013 - A13

Rex Re

Few drivers want to think about their vehicles breaking down. But cars are not foolproof, and even the most well-maintained vehicle can be sidelined by a flat tire or a dead battery. In certain times of the year, a breakdown may be an inconvenience that takes up a few hours of a person’s time. In extreme weather situations, a broken down car could be dangerous. Preparing for emergency situations can help drivers get moving faster. There are certain items that should be kept in the trunk or cargo area regardless of the season, and some of these items should be modified as the seasons change. * First aid kit: If someone is hurt in an accident, medical supplies in the trunk allow drivers and/or passengers to treat injured persons until paramedics can arrive. Go over what is in the kit and learn how to use each item correctly. * Flares: If your car breaks down at night or in situations where visibility is poor, flares can keep other drivers away

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Different types of tires make a difference Drivers rarely think of the tires on their vehicles until they have a flat. But the type of tires on your vehicle can impact its performance. When choosing tires for their vehicles, drivers should consider a host of factors, including the terrain and driving conditions vehicles are likely to encounter. Understanding tires and what makes some a better fit than others for certain vehicles can make for safe driving and improved handling. All-season tires The most common type of tire and arguably the best known is the standard all-season tire. Many vehicles come equipped with these tires, which are designed to be versatile enough to grip the road in various conditions. They are commonly made of a harder rubber that will not wear out quickly and will retain their tread. Most day-to-day driving can be done on all-season tires. High-performance tires People who live in dry climates or drive sports and racing cars can benefit from high-performance tires. These tires are specifically designed to grip the road

better and offer superior handling under higher speeds. Because highperformance tires are made of a softer rubber compared to standard tires, they will not last as long as all-season tires. Snow tires People who live in snowy, icy conditions will benefit from the use of snow tires. These tires are designed with special treads to offer more traction in slippery conditions. The rubber used to manufacture the tire can remain flexible even at extremely low temperatures. Winter tires are best reserved for extreme weather and not used all season long because they will wear out more quickly than others. They may not have the same level of traction on clear roads. In some cases, winter tires may have metal studs included to enhance

traction in icy situations. People who do not want to switch tires when cold weather arrives sometimes invest in snow chains that improve traction on standard tires. Mud Tires Muddy areas can be just as slippery as snowy conditions. Mud tires are designed similarly to snow tires but will have extra grooves and a tread pattern that facilitates movement of mud away from the tires and road. Mud tires may be wider than standard tires as well. Truck Tires Drivers of trucks or sport-utility vehicles often need special truck tires. These tires can better handle the weight and size of a larger vehicle. Many drivers stick with the type of tire that originally came with their truck. Drivers who like to go off-roading may need an all-terrain tire to offer more traction when climbing hills or traversing different conditions. It can be easy to overlook the importance of tires, but tires help vehicles remain on the road and can affect mileage, maneuverability and safety.

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purchase price of the car. A person can potentially save $20,000 or more on a properly maintained older car. Keeping a car running beyond 200,000 miles was once pure luck. Cars made 10 to 20 years ago might not have been up to the task. But improvements in rust prevention, lubricants and engine technology have made it easier for today’s vehicles to last longer. But as durable and reliable as today’s cars may be, AAA notes the importance of regular maintenance. Knowing your car is one of the first ways to make sure it gets the service it needs. Over time, many drivers start to identify warning signs, such as abnormal noises or if the vehicle simply feels off when out on the road. Finding a mechanic that can be trusted is an important step for drivers who want to keep their vehicles going strong for years to come. A driver is more likely to bring the car in for service if the price is right and he or she does not feel like any costly and unnecessary repairs are being recom-

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Simple ways to extend the life of your vehicle

According to data from TrueCar. tear on your vehicle and improve com, in 2012 the average new car cost your fuel efficiency as well. $30,500. That’s a considerable ex* Stick to the manufacturer’s pense, especially at a time when fuel recommended maintenance schedcosts remain high and cost of living ule. Adhering to your vehicle’s continues to rise. maintenance schedule serves many Because new cars have become purposes, including improving the so expensive, more and more vehicle its durability and protecting various owners are looking for ways to extend components, including its cooling the life of their vehicles. The longer system and drivetrain. While many a car can stay on the road, the better manufacturers used to recommend an investment that vehicle becomes. changing a vehicle’s oil every 3,000 Fortunately, there are several steps vemiles, many of today’s newer autohicle owners can take that should enmobiles need their oil changed less sure their vehicles stay on the road for frequently. Check your owner’s years to come. manual for manufacturer recom* Scale back on short trips. The toll mendations regarding oil changes, cold starts take on a vehicle can add and don’t forget to replace the oil up over time. When a car is started, Keeping a vehicle’s interior clean can make it filter when changing your vehicle’s condensation builds up in the vehi- more enjoyable to drive while encouraging oil. owners to keep their cars for longer periods cle’s exhaust system. On longer trips, * Pay attention to brake pads. of time. that condensation will gradually evapBrake pads that are allowed to wear orate. However, on short trips, that condensation often down can cause damage to the brakes’ rotors and calidoes not have enough time to evaporate, and over time pers. That damage can prove costly and make things too many short trips will lead to an accumulation of harder on your vehicle. Keep an eye on your vehicle’s water in the muffler that can lead to rust and rust holes brake pads, which are far less expensive to replace on the muffler. Short trips also can negatively affect than rotors and calipers, and do not allow them to wear gas mileage. When possible, leave your car at home down to metal. on trips into town when you can just as easily walk or * Keep your tires properly inflated. Tires that are ride a bicycle. Over time, reducing the amount of short under-inflated will negatively impact your vehicle’s trips you take in your car will greatly reduce wear and fuel efficiency. In addition, the tires’ life expectancy

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at all. Though similar, four-wheel-drive and allwheel-drive are not quite the same. Four-wheel-drive systems, often referred to as 4WD, trace their origins to the late 1800s, while all-wheel-drive, or AWD, did not arrive until the late 1970s, when an AWD system was used on an Audi vehicle for rally racing. Now many cars and trucks come with 4WD or AWD, particularly crossovers and SUVs. Both drive systems engage all four wheels at the same time to provide more traction. On AWD systems, the powering of the wheels is automatic and usually handled by the electronic system of the car. Some vehicles drive in two-wheel-drive, but then engage AWD when sensors detect a need for more traction and maneuverability. When operating 4WD vehicles, drivers may have to manually engage the system. True 4WD uses a transfer case mounted by the rear of the transmission. A button or selector lever on

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It is important to note that, on icy or slippery roads, neither AWD or 4WD systems assist with braking or completely prevent cars from skidding on slick surfaces. Having the ability to engage all four wheels at the same time should not be used as a replacement for cautious driving in inclement weather. Four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive both provide power to all four wheels on the vehicle but have subtle differences that make each better for certain driving conditions.

All-wheel-drive and four-wheeldrive systems are similar, but the latter is preferable when driving off-road.

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road longer. Keeping the tires inflated to the proper pressure and using the right type of gasoline are the types of information that can be found in the manual. Drivers can save a lot of money on unnecessary repairs if they follow these guidelines. Many people are keep-

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