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What is the tire size of your vehicle?

We recently assisted a client in choosing tires for their vehicle. It was quite hard for them to tell their tires size, a skill we expect anyone who owns a car to have. Do you know the size of your car tires?

Tire sizes are found on the sidewall of the tire. Usually, it is a code with numbers and letters. Take this as an example, P215/65R 15. The P is for P Metric, while 215 measures the tire section width in millimeters. 65 is the percentage of the tires height to its width. This is interpreted as 65…

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Cabin Air Filters vs Engine Air Filters

There are many kinds of filters throughout your vehicle, and there are particularly two types of air filters doing two very different jobs to ensure your vehicle is performing like it should.

Engine Air Filters

Engine air filters are normally found under the hood toward the front of the engine. It's encased by a housing, which has an opening big enough to suck up mass air quantities, because if it were wide open, dirt and other debris would clog it up and keep it from filtering out things that could cause major damage to the engine. 

Cabin Air Filters…

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Varieties of Car Wax

Helping your vehicle stay as beautiful as it was the day it came off the assembly line doesn't have to be difficult. There are a lot of different products on the market that can provide assistance. Car wax is something that's designed to provide protection against UV rays from the sun, dust particles, dirt and even winter road salt. It should be applied once every four months for the best results.

With a few different varieties of car wax available, you can choose a product that provides the look and function that you prefer.

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Ultimate Summer Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

You’re not the only one feeling the heat this summer; those high temperatures are hard on your car, too. The last thing you want is to have your car sidelined by heat-related problems. Proper preventative vehicle maintenance is essential. It could also save you thousands! Think about a costly repair happening during a road trip. I bet that’s not how you planned to spend that vacation money! We’re here to keep your vehicle running as it should and to help you prevent those costly repairs as much as possible by keeping you up to date on your…
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Can You Clean Your Car's Engine?

Cleaning an engine displays another way to show pride in car ownership. Drivers might wonder how complicated cleaning a car is. As long as you follow deliberate steps and do things safely, cleaning an engine shouldn't be too tough.

Removing and cleaning covers makes sense, as they are part of the engine. That said, placing a protective cover over the electrical components becomes necessary. You don't want them getting wet. Also, be sure the engine is cool before cleaning anything.

Spray the engine with a degreaser, wiping and scrubbing it, and rinsing everything 

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Car battery failure signs to watch out for

You won't be able to drive around in Cuyahoga Falls if your car battery fails. A bad battery will leave your vehicle without any juice to get started, which is why you have to be alert to potential signs that your battery needs service or replacement.

Having trouble starting your car could be a potential sign of a battery problem. There are other issues that could be the cause, but if your starter struggles to turn over, it could be a battery issue. Another sign of a potential battery problem is issues with your electrical systems. 

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The Importance of Mufflers, Exhausts and Why They Matter

A big part of a vehicle going through a routine inspection is being able to pass an emissions test. The emissions that come from your vehicle must be kept to a minimum with the help of your muffler and exhausts. This will cut down on the pollution that your vehicle adds to our environment. When this system has issues, there are some things that you'll commonly notice.

A damaged muffler or exhaust will typically make a lot of noise. It can be a rattling, clunking or very loud rumbling as your engine runs. You may also notice that your…

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How To Restore Your Own Headlights

The headlights on your vehicle play an essential role in helping you have a clear view of the road ahead of you. It is important that you know how to properly restore your headlights so that you can ultimately improve your visibility while driving.

Using insect repellent is a simple and easy way to restore your headlights. However, there is a possibility that insect repellent can eat your paint. For this reason, you will want to find an insect repellent that contains the chemical DEET. This is a chemical that is often found in sprays to deter mosquitoes.

 

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Knowing the Importance of Gaskets

Every member of the team at Cascade Mazda want you to be an informed vehicle owner who understands what makes your vehicle run and what parts are important. Gaskets play a vital role under the hood of your car. Whether your car is traveling down the road or sitting in your garage, it’s filled with all sorts of fluids, and it’s important that these fluids don’t leak or get mixed together.

Gaskets are the tiny part that prevents this from happening. Gaskets form a bond that cannot be penetrated, preventing fluids from flowing. Gaskets come in a…
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Should I Change My Oil If I Don't Drive That Often?

As today's engines become more efficient and the quality of engine oil increases, it seems that drivers are able to push their oil change to a later date than in days gone by. While that is true, you still need to change your oil regularly, even if you haven't racked up a lot of driving miles since your last oil change.

You might think that just because you haven't driven your car, your motor oil isn't being affected. Because your engine isn't a closed system, water vapor can enter into your oil, causing sludge to…
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