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Why Does the Weather Affect a Car's Battery?

A dead battery can be real aggravating. When you need your car to start right away, a dead battery means the engine won’t turn over. Often, the culprit for battery troubles is the weather. When the temperature goes to extremes, your battery can suffer performance woes.

Cold weather causes extra work for a battery. To power the starter and several accessories, the car draws from the battery. Unfortunately, a battery’s capacity may shrink due to the cold. The strain becomes too much, and the battery doesn’t work.

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Paying Close Attention to Spring Car Care

Now that more pleasant spring weather has arrived, you should pay close attention to some spring car care tips that we here at Select Automotive want to share.
  • Have your oil changed according to your owner's manual instructions. Use a good quality oil and oil filter.
  • Rotate your tires if you've been driving on an all-season variety all winter. Change out your winter tires if you have separate sets.
  • Wash and wax your vehicle to remove any road salt that has accumulated over the winter months. Don't forget to wash and treat your tires.
  • The 
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Should You Ask Your Service Department About Synthetic Oil?

Synthetic motor oil differs from conventional oils in that it is created solely from chemical compounds. Synthetic oil may offer less evaporative loss, high resistance to thermal breakdown, higher viscosity index, and reduced problems with sludge. The stability of synthetic oil at both high and low temperatures provides enhanced performance. Fans of synthetic motor oil believe that it can help extend the life of the engine.

Synthetic oil is more expensive than conventional oil. The decision of whether you should use synthetic oil or conventional depends on a variety of things. 

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Prompt, Professional Service for Your Vehicle's Ignition

If you find yourself with an issue involving your vehicle's ignition, you need to obtain prompt service. If you fail to obtain timely service for an ignition issue, problems can mount.

A primary issue that your ignition needs service is a grinding sound when you try to turn on your vehicle. This noise is indicative of a failing or worn out starter drive gear. On the other hand, if you hear a whining noise, you likely have an issue involving the flywheel. This is called freewheeling. If you see or smell smoke, the ignition system could be experiencing an…

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How To Fix Minor Windshield Damage

If you have a small chip crack on your windshield, you may be thinking that you can a big repair bill ahead of you. At our service department in Select Automotive, we are able to reduce the visibility of small chip cracks without having to replace your windshield. This repair can allow you to fix the damage without a big repair bill.

So how does this repair work? Simple, our service department uses a unique liquid resin that will bond the cracked area and reduce the damaged appearance.

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How to Repair Minor Vehicle Scratches

Everyone has had them, tiny scratches on your vehicle that you can't help but notice from miles away. At Select Automotive, we feel keeping our drivers informed on how to care for their vehicle is extremely important, so we have provided the necessary information to take care of these scratches yourself.

  1. Choose the proper paint by using your vehicle's factory color code.
  2. Clean the scratch and remove any rust.
  3. Prepare the area by using 220-grit sandpaper.
  4. If the scratch is deep, first apply a primer to bare metal.
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Control Pet Hair Inside Your Vehicle

Here at Select Automotive, we want you to be an informed vehicle owner so that you know how to take good care of your vehicle. Taking pets along for the ride is sometimes inevitable. Here are some tips on how to reduce pet hair in your vehicle when you do bring the furry friends along.

Pet Hair Prevention

It's not a bad idea to have seat covers that you can place inside before you place your pet to eliminate having to clean pet hair off later. Another good idea is to brush your pet down before you take them…

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Planning a Leaf-Peeping Road Trip

Where are you headed to check out the fall foliage? During late September and early October, there are certain locations known for leaf peeping. You can find the brightest colors at their peak of the season in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine during September and early October. However, southern New England states experience seasonal fall leaves during late October and early November.

This beautiful time of year is the perfect opportunity for a road trip. Experts say that the best way to experience these changes is to head down Route 100 or travel up to Smugglers’ Notch.

 

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Keeping Your Vehicle Pet Hair Free

There are several ways to prevent and remove pet hair from your car. And why not take pride in keeping your car clean, right? Here at Select Automotive, we think so too, that's why we are giving you this article to keep you informed.

Prevent Pet Hair Altogether

Prevention is the easiest way to not have to clean up after your pets. You can start by brushing your pet before entering the vehicle. Also, covering up the areas where your pet will sit will avoid a nasty cleaning situation for the future. So whether you need seat covers or…
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Is There Something Wrong with the Fuel Pump?

When you step on the gas pedal, does something seem a little off? Maybe the fuel injectors are dirty. Or worse, there's a problem with the fuel pump. If the fuel pump isn't working properly, gasoline can't efficiently travel from the fuel pump to the engine. So, be on the alert for fuel pump trouble signs.

An engine shouldn't sputter at high speeds. The engine also should handle hills with little trouble or towing something within its weight capabilities. Sputtering or other odd behaviors when traveling indicates something is amiss.

 

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