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Prepare for Your First Off-Roading Adventure

We at Carbone Automotive Group are anxious to help you learn everything you can about your vehicle and preparing it for your off-roading experience. Once your vehicle is ready, set off on the trails with a group of friends and enjoy putting your vehicle to the test and feel confident in its safety.

The best way to be prepared for off-roading is to make a list of things you need, such as a full-sized spare tire, a tow strap and a high-lift jack. 

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Tips for Driving Safely in the Rain

The start of spring means lots of rain--more in some places than other. It's important to know how to drive when it's raining. Rainfall contributes to over 1 million crashes annually, and we at Carbone Automotive Group want you to be safe. Here's some tips to help you drive safely out in the rain.

Driving in the rain safe starts with preventative measures. Make sure your windshield wipers don't streak. 

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Spring Care Tips for Any Car

Spring is a lovely time of year. It's also a time when you need to have your car checked. Did you know that regular maintenance checks are an essential part of car ownership? Whether you have a truck, van, or sedan, it's vital that you have your vehicle checked each spring. Here's what you need to know.

In addition to regular oil changes at normal intervals, you also need to have other maintenance performed on your car. 

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The Main Reasons for an Illuminated Tire Pressure Light

Monitoring the tire pressure in your vehicle is now much more accurate with models equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Your vehicle will use either an indirect system or a direct system of sensors to monitor the pressure in your tires.

The Difference Between Direct and Indirect TPMS

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Rear-Wheel Drive vs Front-Wheel Drive: What’s the Difference?

If you understand the difference between rear-wheel and front-wheel drive, it can give you a better understanding of your vehicle’s handling and performance. All vehicles come with rear-wheel or front-wheel drive, but are the two really that different? To better understand your vehicle’s drivetrain, here are some differences between front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive.

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What is a Car’s Differential?

If you’re driving a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicle, for example, the differential is situated between the two rear wheels. It’s the part that allows the two back tires to move at different speeds and is an important aspect of a vehicle’s ability to turn a corner.

If you’re turning left, for instance, the wheels closest to the turn are referred to as the inside wheels. Their travel distance around a corner is much smaller and at a much slower speed than the wheels on the outside. 

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How to Replace a Flat Tire Easily and Safely

Here are simple steps for changing your flat tire easily:

  1. Be sure the vehicle is on a flat surface and off the roadway before attempting to change the tire.
  2. Use the lug wrench to loosen the nuts slightly while the tire is still on the ground.
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The Importance of Suspension Performance

The components of the steering mechanism and the suspension work together to ensure that a vehicle handles properly while traveling down the road. The systems are also responsible for minimizing the bumps and vibrations the vehicle endures in order to offer a smooth ride. Driving on rough roads, potholes and running into curbs damages suspension parts. 

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Understanding Muffler Metal

Many different metal are used to make the exhaust system last as long as possible and maintain its original functionality. For the most part, muffler and exhaust systems are made from 400-series steel, usually 409. This type of high carbon steel is light, relatively durable, and has a generally long life. Other options are available from aftermarket manufacturers.

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