Maintenance 101

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How Often Should Tires/Wheels Be Balanced?

How Often Should Tires/Wheels Be Balanced?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

Smooth driving is a balancing act that requires getting the wheels and tires to rotate at high speeds without vibrations. That's not a slam dunk; a dirty little secret about wheels and tires... Read More
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How Often Should I Replace My Accessory Drive Belt?

How Often Should I Replace My Accessory Drive Belt?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — Most vehicles have a rubber belt on the front of the engine that drives accessories such as the air-conditioning compressor, power steering pump and alternator. If this accessor... Read More
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How Long Does a Car Battery in a New Car Last?

How Long Does a Car Battery in a New Car Last?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — Though battery problems are often associated with cold weather, Consumer Reports magazine says heat is a bigger enemy of car batteries and will take a bigger toll on performance... Read More
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How to Remove a Sticker From Your Car

How to Remove a Sticker From Your Car

By Robby DeGraff on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — Stickers on cars can symbolize just about anything under the sun. They can show support for a certain political candidate, identify you as a proud parent of an honor student or ... Read More
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What's a Cabin Air Filter and When Should You Replace It?

What's a Cabin Air Filter and When Should You Replace It?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — The cabin air filter, a feature found on most late-model vehicles, cleans the air that comes into the interior through the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. It c... Read More
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Do You Really Need to Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles?

Do You Really Need to Change Your Oil Every 3,000 Miles?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — No, you don't, according to every auto manufacturer we've talked to. The main advocates of the 3,000-mile oil change schedule are those who would profit by it: repair fa... Read More
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Do You Need To Change Your Car's Power-Steering Fluid?

Do You Need To Change Your Car's Power-Steering Fluid?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — Replacing power-steering fluid generally is not listed among the regular maintenance items that should be performed, so on most vehicles replacing it is at the owner's discr... Read More
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Do Cars Have More Than One Belt That Needs Replacing?

Do Cars Have More Than One Belt That Needs Replacing?

By Rick Popely on October 1, 2016

CARS.COM — All vehicles have an accessory belt that drives features such as the alternator and air-conditioning compressor, and perhaps the power steering and water pump. This belt is usua... Read More
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Video: Tire Pressure 101

Video: Tire Pressure 101

By Matt Schmitz on September 15, 2016

CARS.COM — They are where the rubber meets the road. I'm talking about ... your tires. They're the one thing — OK, the four things — standing between you and the paveme... Read More
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What's Causing That Smell in My Car?

What's Causing That Smell in My Car?

By Rick Popely on August 17, 2016

CARS.COM — If your vehicle is giving off an unusual or sickening odor instead of that new-car smell, follow your nose and find the source of the aroma. Bad smells can lead to expensive rep... Read More