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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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Understanding Your Alternator

Educating yourself about various engine parts helps you to be a more informed car owner and allows you to avoid large expenses by recognizing little issues before they become big problems.

While your battery gives your car the power it needs to start, it's the alternator that keeps it running and powers various components like headlights and door locks. It also performs the vital service of charging your battery as the car is running. A failing alternator may leave subtle clues at first, causing a brief hiccup in power, or its belt may make a screeching sound in the…

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What You Need to Know About Belts and Hoses

Belts along with pulleys work engine accessories like the air conditioner compressor, air injection pump, alternator, fan, power steering pump, water pump and more. Hoses along with steel lines send brake fluid, coolant and gas through the vehicle.

Belt or hose failure can cause engine overheating, power steering loss, loss of the electrical charging system and more. The cooling system can be impacted too if a hose leaks coolant or the belt manipulating the water pump breaks.

Eventually your belts and hoses will crack and dry out. You can protect against expensive repairs and failures

 

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Hydroplaning Prevention Strategies

Hydroplaning can result in a serious accident. Indeed, every year people are injured and even killed in accidents caused by hydroplaning. There are a number of hydroplaning prevention strategies that you need to bear in mind.

In rainy weather, you need to lower your motoring speed to prevent hydroplaning. You need to turn off cruise control. You also need to avoid sharp turns and sudden stops to prevent hydroplaning.

Proper tire service and maintenance are also crucial when it comes to preventing hydroplaning. This includes everything from maintaining proper tire pressure to regular 

 

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Applying Touch-Up Paint

The scratch on your door may appear superficial, but you may have a much deeper wound on your hands. The first step in getting the best touchup job is to take a good, hard look at the scratch.

Imperfections that do not show bare metal are typically viewed as light scratches that can be covered with a bit of paint. On the other hand, those marks that bare the vehicle's metal are deep infractions that may not go away with a quick touchup job. You may need to take more time to prepare the area if the scratch is…

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Flat Tire? Stay Safe With These Tips

No matter how often you change your tires, you will most likely experience at least one blowout or flat tire in your lifetime. That is why all drivers need to know exactly what to do during one of these potentially dangerous situations.

Your primary goal following a blowout is to make sure that everyone in your vehicle stays safe. As soon as you notice any issues with your vehicle, you must slowly pull off the road and find a safe area to park. You can then place triangle reflectors or warning flares a few yards behind your vehicle. If you…

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How to Jump Start Another Car More Easily

In order to jump-start one car by way of another, you'll need to make sure you have safety gloves, protective eye-wear, and a wire brush.
  • After the car noses are touching, open the hoods and clean the corrosion off the batteries if they have any signs of corrosion.
  • Place one of the red jumper cables on the negative battery first, then the good battery.
  • The black cables go to good battery first, then you take the last cable and place on a metal surface anywhere in the engine compartment of the car with the dead battery.
  • Start the one…
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Knowing the Facts and Myths About Motor Oil

One very important thing about the automobile is the motor oil. It is important to know the truth about motor oil in relation to your vehicle. Unfortunately, there are a lot of myths running around that can throw a lot of drivers off.

One such myth about motor oil is that if it is black, it needs to be changed. One thing you have to consider is that most of the motor oil that is made today is designed for cleansing. Therefore, dark oil is a sign of effectiveness. Other myths include the need to change the oil every 3…

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Why Purchasing A Used SUV Is A Great Choice

A used SUV will be easier on your wallet to purchase. It will also provide you with plenty of other benefits that other smaller vehicles lack. Here are some of them.

An SUV is safer by nature due to its larger size and heavier weight. It means you will be less likely to get seriously hurt in the event of a collision.

SUVs are the perfect car to carry lots of people. If you have a large family, then the SUV may make sense for you. You can easily transport up to seven people with one vehicle. A sedan or…
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Planning for Your Summer Road Trip

Having a summer road trip is an experience that everybody should be able to experience at least once. Here at Lithia Subaru of Great Falls, we want to help you make sure that you are able to experience the joy of a road trip this summer and create memories that will last a lifetime. The following tips will hopefully be able to assist you in planning and embarking on this adventure.

Make sure to get a pretty good idea of all the stops you want to make, and how long you are going to spend at each one. You don…

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