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How to Replace a Flat Tire Quickly and Easily

This flat tire guide will have you changing a tire like a professional in a matter of minutes. Be sure your vehicle is out of the way of traffic and the engine is off before beginning. Place the emergency brake on, then loosen the lug nuts on the flat tire only a turn or two.

Jack the vehicle high enough so the flat tire is no longer touching the road. Remove the lugs, pull off that flat tire, then replace with the spare tire. Tighten the lugs on the tire bolts a few turns or until the tire is secure…

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Your Time is More Valuable Than the 3,000-Mile Oil Change Myth

It's already difficult finding the time to fit in an oil change, and that's probably something that you only do a few times each year. With work, school, and other commitments, your calendar probably already looks full. Here at North Point Volvo Cars, we can relate, and that's why we are delighted to share that the 3,000-mile oil change myth has been dispelled for good.

With older cars, more frequent oil changes were necessary. However, most modern cars can go much longer in between oil changes. 

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Get the Most From Regular Tire Rotations

Your tires are some of the most important pieces of equipment on your vehicle. As such, you want them to be in good working condition at all times. But since they work as hard as they do, you are going to notice that they do suffer from some pretty extreme wear and tear. Tires are not the cheapest thing to have to replace, so it only makes sense that you would want to get as much out of them as you can.

Fortunately there are things that you can do to help with this. 

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Use the Right Wiper Blades for the Job

Winter wiper blades are just what you need if you are going to be driving in the winter. Not only will they last the cold winter months but they will also perform better than your summer ones since they have been designed to deal with the harsh winter conditions. However, once spring hits - and it's becoming more obvious here in Alpharetta each day - you'll want to switch back to basic or all-season wiper blades.

Come see us here at North Point Volvo Cars so that we can swap out your winter wiper blades for regular ones. You will…

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Belts and Hoses Play Critical Roles in Your Performance

Your vehicle maintenance routine should definitely revolve around the big items, such as engine oil changes and transmission services. But in between those, you will want to look at and maintain the smaller items that can lead to bigger problems if left unattended. Your belts and hoses are a prime example of this.

Doing a check on your belts and hoses is fairly quick and simple. Do a visual inspection of them under proper light. Give a little squeeze and press on them looking for cracks and signs of wear. 

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Maintaining Your Cooling System Provides Engine Benefits

The extreme temperatures that your vehicle's engine experiences requires a dedicated cooling system. That is where your radiator comes in: It cycles liquid coolant through the system to keep your engine at a normal operating temperature. Without it, your engine would overheat and cause some possibly permanent damage that could even render it useless.

Over time, the cooling system will get dirty and will then require maintenance of its own. When that time comes, you will need to drain all of the old coolant out and dispose of it. 

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Your Brake System is Dependent Upon Brake Fluid

Many drivers don't actually realize that their brake system is dependent on a fluid in order to bring their vehicle to a stop. Your brake system is actually a hydraulic system that requires having brake fluid in order to work.

Brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that resides in the reservoir under the hood of your vehicle. When the brake pedal is depressed, the master cylinder pushes the brake fluid through the rubber lines that lead to your calipers. 

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How is Synthetic Motor Oil Different?

You may have heard that there are different types of oil available for your vehicle. There is the conventional motor oil that has been around for years. There is the synthetic-conventional oil blend, and then there are oils which are fully synthetic. Which one is right for your car? The North Point Volvo Cars service team can help.

Synthetic oil differs from conventional oil in a few ways. Synthetic oil goes through a more rigorous refinement process. More of the impurities are removed from the oil, allowing for it to build up less sludge. 

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Why is Your Wiper Fluid Important?

As a driver, you may only think of checking fluid levels when planning a road trip. But did you know that windshield wiper fluid is just as important as oil or transmission fluid to your car?

Dirty windows are a safety hazard in winter due to mud on roadways from melting ice or other road debris kicked up by fellow commuters. Keep fluid topped off to have clear visibility for driving in any weather. The car's windshield washer system can clear away any mud that gets splashed on the windshield from passing vehicles, without smearing, as long as there…

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Car Battery Replacement

Cars can be a lot of fun, but they can also be a lot of work. Owning a car means maintaining it, and maintenance requires time and can be very expensive. Without proper maintenance, there is no possible way that your car could live up to its full potential. Tire rotation, break replacement, oil changes, and windshield wiper replacements are just a few of the many different types of maintenance to be performed on a vehicle. Even simple things such as filling the gas tank are considered to be car maintenance. One of the more major forms of car maintenance…
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