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Best Way to Jump-Start a Vehicle with Cables

Jump-starting a car with another is simple if you have a pair of jumper cables handy. Before you can do anything, bring the running car right to the nose of the vehicle that will be getting jumped. Turn off the engine and the lights of the car, then open the hoods of both vehicles. If the terminals on either battery have too much corrosion on them, use a wire brush to create a better point of contact.

The jumper cables have two clamps on each end, red and black go to each battery. The red goes to the plus side…

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Charging Your Phone Just Got Easier In This Volvo Vehicle!

Charging your phone can be difficult when you are on the road. Whether you are using it for directions, or you are listening to music on Spotify, it is important to ensure that your phone has a full battery when you are behind the wheel.

With this special feature in the New Volvo XC40, that is even easier to accomplish. With the wireless charging pad you can charge your compatible smartphone without worrying about wires, cords, or stress!

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Is Your Car's Exhaust Leaking?

The exhaust of your vehicle is highly important. That is why we here at Volvo Cars Erie want to be sure that you know how to spot a leak. The first, and probably most noticeable, way that you can tell if your exhaust is leaking is if you hear a hissing or popping noise coming from your tail pipe. This is usually caused by liquid that has accumulated here.

Second, if you should notice a sudden drop in the fuel efficiency of your vehicle, this can also mean that there is a leak in your exhaust. 

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Learn How to Tow Gear the Safe Way

You might have decided that this is the year you’re getting that boat you’ve coveted. Before you begin your journey to the waterway, it’s advisable to make sure the entire tow package is road worthy. First, determine what your vehicle manufacturer’s maximum weight specifications are. Establish that the added weight of the trailer, boat, and any additional cargo falls within those parameters. From there, move on to other safety concerns.

Thoroughly inspect the trailer to make sure that it’s road worthy and can carry the boat securely. Include the tires and lug nuts. 

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Roadside Emergency: Blowouts and Flat Tires

Having a roadside emergency can be an unnerving experience. There are a few things you can do to prepare ahead of time for some common emergencies.

Blowouts or a flat tire can happen if you run over a sharp object, like a nail or screw. Sometimes the tire will get a small puncture at first and slowly leak. The small tear can eventually cause a blowout.

If the tire blows out, you can drive for a short distance on the rim. For your safety, pull off the road as far as possible. Learn how to change a tire before you…

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The Value of Headlight Restoration

Whether you do your driving at night or in the early hours of the morning, it’s important that you have clean headlights. This can be done by either a routine cleaning or a restoration. Stop in at Volvo Cars Erie and we can give you tips on how you can do this job yourself.

Failure to keep up with your headlights can not only make it difficult to see but can also cause lasting damage to the headlights. The advantage to cleaning and/or restoring headlights is clear visibility, which can be a lifesaver on the road. Here are…

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How to Know When It’s Time for A Transfer Case Checkup

The next time you take your car out to be serviced, you might want to consider the benefits of having good maintenance on its transfer case. But how does it work?

A transfer case is an instrument located at the bottom of automobiles that is responsible for delivering movement to the front and rear wheels. As fuel passes to the transmission, the transfer case uses gears or hydraulics to divert power as is necessary. All-wheel and four-wheel-drive vehicles typically have varied types of transfer cases, yet all are dependent on components of the drivetrain to work.

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Let's Keep Your Car Engine and Radiator Safe

When you’ve moved places or jobs, and certainly in a new location, one of the first things you should look for is a good service repair dealership. This is critical considering your car is an investment that needs maintenance, especially the radiator and engine. You don’t want to be grounded, do you?

Instead of going to a service repair center that is just starting its business, we insist on looking for a service center that is confident in engine and radiator repairs. This is because these two factors cost a fortune when they break down completely.

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What is a Differential?

A differential is a vital mechanical element of an automobile, truck, and other types of vehicles that utilize wheels. Technically speaking, a differential permits the outer drive wheel to rotate at a faster speed than the inner drive wheel when an automobile is making a turn.

The difference in speed is necessary because it permits the outside at the outside the ability to roll faster and farther when making a turn. The increase in speed of the outside wheel is balanced or offset by a decrease in the speed of the inside wheel. This results in an effective, relatively smooth…

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