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Helpful Tips to Avoiding a Tire Blowout at High Speeds

Taking a closer look at your tire treads because they will give clear indications if they may be failing. Here are a couple tire issues you should pay closer attention to each week.

When your car tires hit the curb or run into potholes, it can negatively affect the car's front end alignment. The tires start to wear in areas they shouldn't, increasing the chances for a blowout. If you feel the steering is harder to maintain, schedule a front end alignment at the service center before the tires are damaged. 

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The Importance of Roadside Emergency Kits

Despite thinking we’re always prepared when we go on a trip, the truth is that we’re seldom as prepared as we need to be if we have a roadside emergency. Stop at our Volvo service center in Alpharetta, GA to speak with our great staff and get some tips on roadside emergency kits.

Roadside emergency kits have supplies to get you through an emergency. Regardless of the season, you’ll want things like jumper cables, flashlight and batteries, water, and automotive fluids. If it’s summer, you may want a cooler with supplies. 

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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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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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Prevent a Breakdown

If you own a vehicle, you may have noticed that it has a number of sensors on the dashboard (hopefully none of them are lit up!). The purpose of these sensors is to let you know when something is "up" before you end up stranded by the side of the road with no clue why you're there. It's a bit of a preventative measure to avoid that scenario all together.
So, when your check engine light comes on, it's a good idea to get it checked out right away. At times, it will come on due to…
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My Brakes Squeak! What Now?

If you hear a high-pitched squeak or a grinding sound when you apply pressure to your brake pedal, this is indicative of a serious problem. Go immediately to an authorized brake service technician and ask him to inspect and adjust your brakes.
You have a maintenance schedule for your brakes. It is included with your owner's manual. It is imperative that you maintain this schedule and keep the appointments. Otherwise, your warranty will be invalidated.
Only allow service representatives who are factory authorized inspect your brakes and brake system.
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