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Safe Driving Techniques Around Bicyclists

Let's face it. You are probably going to encounter bicyclists on the road in Raleigh or somewhere else when you are driving. We at Westgate Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram have provided some tips on what to do around bicyclists when they are on the road with you.

Bicyclists do have the right to use the road and travel on it just like you do when you are driving around in a car. Therefore, treat bicyclists with respect and give them plenty of space. Keep a distance from them and don't get too close to them just because they…
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Keep Your Passengers Safe from Poisonous Exhaust Gases

While burning gasoline, your car emits poisonous gases, that are colorless and odorless. Normally, the exhaust system in your car takes those gases and safely expels them into the air. However, if the exhaust isn't working properly, those gases could get into the car cabin and cause harm to the passengers. Here are some signs your exhaust system needs immediate attention.

Your engine starts making intermittent hissing or popping sounds. This could be escaping gases coming from the exhaust manifold. You hear a hissing sound coming from the tailpipe. 
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Changing an Air Filter Can Make Driving More Comfortable

Riding in a vehicle is a lot easier when the air is free from dust and other annoying particles. While you may not notice it, your vehicle can be pelted with a lot of dust, pollen and other material while driving to work in Raleigh or even while sitting in a parking lot.

That material can float from the exterior of the vehicle into the main cabin. Unless it is properly filtered, you may have trouble breathing or notice that your skin becomes irritated. Ideally, you will have your air filter replaced every six months or so for best results…

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Overview of Automotive Timing Belts

If you open a car's hood, you'll notice several belts that are connected to important components. Made of steel and other durable materials, the belts play critical roles in the overall performance of a vehicle. For example, these installations keep an alternator running properly when the engine completes combustion. Belts also control the timing of important cycles in the cylinders and valves of an engine block. Improper tension in the belts may lead to serious problems in the powertrain. Even worse, worn-out components might snap suddenly during a high-speed drive on the highway.
 

 

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Hacks for Cleaning Your Tires


Cleaning your car tires is crucial for keeping away abrasive brake dust from chipping away at the tire coating. Having clean tires makes your car look great, and it is a cost-effective way to keep your car on the road longer.

Do not start putting any tire cleaner on your tire coating that is not made for that material. Choosing an all-purpose tire coating cleaner avoids the issue of potentially tarnishing the tire surface. Spray each tire off entirely so that the leftover cleaner does not stagnate and make the coating flake off. Try cleaning in small patches so that…
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Tips for Proper Tire Care


Proper tire care is important if you expect your care to drive smoothly without having a flat tire or a blowout. Every member of our team at Westgate Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram is here to offer you important tire care tips regarding tire pressure and tire tread. Stop and visit us so we can offer you our assistance.

Maintaining correct tire pressure is as important and having good tire tread, and you can check them both yourself. You can use a tire gauge to check the air pressure, have your service center check it or allow the car to monitor…
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What Should You Put In A Roadside Emergency Kit?


At Westgate Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, we hope that our customers in Raleigh never have to pull over for a roadside emergency. We do realize that emergencies and accidents do happen, however. Preparation is key to any emergency, and that includes emergencies on the road.

There are many things that you can pack into an emergency roadside kit, but there are only a few real essentials. One of these is a working flashlight with batteries. This will ensure you can see in the dark. Another essential to have is some spare water and basic first 
 

 

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Make Our Raleigh, NC Service Center Your Next Stop for Smooth Spring Driving

No matter what vehicle you drive, no matter how long you've had it, and no matter what season it may be, your vehicle's health is crucial to your enjoyment of the drive and your safety. We here at Westgate Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram hold your safety as our top priority and, after a full season of driving on potholes and cracks in the roads, now is the right time to get some maintenance and repairs at our service center. Fast, affordable, and hassle-free, our team of service experts won't steer you wrong.

 

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Easy Guide on How to Jump Start Another Car

While most drivers prefer to avoid falling victim to a dead battery, it’s crucial to know what to do when the moment arises. To jump-start another car, you are going to need some thick gloves, jumper cables, and safety goggles. Bring the two cars together, nose-to-nose. Turn off the engine and the car lights. Open the hood, locate both battery compartments, unravel the jumper cables.

Attach the red positive from one end to the good battery, do the same to the bad battery. Attach the black negative to negative on the good battery. Use the remaining black clamp to…

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How to Jack Up Your Car

The jack used to elevate your flat tire off the surface is usually a screw jack. Screw jacks use a screw mechanism to pull the two sides of the jack together, forcing the head of the jack higher with each twist of the mechanism. The handle used to twist the screw is bent in the middle creating a hand-hold that provides more power per stroke. Some drivers, aware of the eccentricities of a screw jack, store hydraulic jacks to use instead.

Regardless of the type of jack you use, consult your owner’s manual to locate the correct positions under…

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