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Wash Your Car to Experience These Benefits

At Lithia Subaru of Great Falls, we’re always reminding people to wash their car. It’s to your advantage that you do, too. It might be added time and money to get it done, but it’s going to be what’s best.

First, it’s safer for you to have a cleaner car. If you have too much dust and dirt on your windows, it can cut down on visibility. Additionally, you want to make sure your wheels get cleaned regularly, or you’re going to deal with problems with your brake pads.

 

 

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Preparing Your Vehicle to Tow a Camper

Have you been thinking of going on a camping trip? With towing campers, you have to be careful to not damage your vehicle due to the weight of the camper. This really applies more to larger campers, but even with smaller campers, you have to check that the towing capacity matches the camper size. You can find this rating in the owner's manual. Cars and trucks have a Gross Combination Weight Rating, which includes the weight of the vehicle and the camper together. You'll need to figure out if this rating matches the capacity in the owner's…
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The Basics of Backup Cameras


Using your vehicle's safety features properly helps you enhance the overall safety of your car, whether in motion, at rest or when parking. Backup cameras help you back up your car without overreaching, crashing or running something over. We here at Lithia Subaru of Great Falls think backup cameras are the most helpful new auto safety feature since forever. Here's why.

How a Backup Camera Works

On most vehicles, putting the car in reverse activates the backup camera. The camera is often mounted in the car's trim, discreetly tucked away. It lets you see the space behind…
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How Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors Work


Who knew that auto-dimming rearview mirrors could be so amazing to behold? In fact, the technology behind this popular feature in modern vehicles is also called an electrochromic mirror. There is a bit of smart technology used in these mirrors to make them work so well when driving at night.

Driving at night can sometimes be difficult if you have sensitivities to bright lights. Since these can be blinding to some drivers, then you can use an auto-dimming mirror that helps get rid of the "Troxler Effect,"...

 

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Preventing Rodent Damage Will Protect Your Vehicle and Your Investment

Just one rodent can quickly cause a great deal of damage to your vehicle if you aren't careful. You might think your vehicle is protected because it is new, but rodents can quickly gain access to your vehicle no matter its age. Here are some tips to help protect your vehicle from damage:​
  • Make sure that you keep the interior of your vehicle clean. If you have garbage and food inside, this is going to attract rodents and bugs.
  • If you park your vehicle in the garage at night, this is a great location. Just make sure that this…
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A Winter Survival Kit: Include These Items

Creating a winter survival kit is highly recommended by us at Lithia Subaru of Great Falls. We know how important it is to have supplies when the weather changes in Great Falls and there is an emergency. Getting stuck in a storm can make anyone nervous! If you have a survival kit with you, it may help ease some of the anxiety.

Include food, water, blankets, flashlights and a portable charger for your cell phone and car batteries in your kit. You should also make sure you and your passengers wear the proper attire for the cold months. If you…
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Lithia Subaru of Great Falls Has A Set of Rules For Avoiding Sliding On Ice

We at Lithia Subaru of Great Falls have put together a useful list of things that you can do to keep your car on the right track when ice has attacked those wheels. Unexpected things happen on the road, but how we respond to them makes the ultimate difference.

When you are chugging along the road and feel those back wheels starting to slide out in a certain direction, keep your hands firmly on that wheel and softly steer in the same direction.

 

 

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Tread and Pressure Tire Care Tips


It may seem to the average driver that cars are only getting more complicated to understand, but having even a little knowledge of how your car functions can save you money in the long run. Knowing when your tires are low on air can help you to avoid a possible blowout and can even save you money on gas.

Over-inflated tires may seem to give a smoother ride, but they are causing damage by unevenly wearing your tire's tread. Alternatively, under-inflated tires also wear unevenly and are more prone to dangerous blowouts because they build up heat with friction…
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Mufflers and Exhaust are Essential to Your Vehicle's Operation

Most people don't think too much about the exhaust system in their vehicle until they need a new muffler or have failed an emissions test. Properly functioning mufflers and exhaust systems are not only better for the environment, but they're also better for the operation of your car.

Essentially, the exhaust system makes your car run smoother and quieter, in addition to running cleaner. It starts at the front of the vehicle and includes components such as exhaust manifolds, cylinder heads...

 

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Read Here to Learn About Your Vehicle's Timing Belt

We are a team at Lithia Subaru of Great Falls that strives to keep you informed about your vehicle so that it stays in optimal shape. Your vehicle's timing belt is an important piece of equipment that needs to be changed routinely to avoid damage to the engine. We welcome you to read our summary below to find our further information about your vehicle's timing belt.

Every 60,000 to 100,000 miles is how often most timing belts need to be changed, but you should always reference your vehicle's manual to be certain of how often…

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