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How To Recognize Starter Problems

In order to drive your car, you need a starter that functions. If you are having problems starting your vehicle, and not sure what the symptoms are for a starter problem, here are a few tips that may help you get on your way. A smart thing to remember before we start is to never touch the starter yourself unless you have unhooked the negative side on the battery terminal.

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Checking Your Tread and Pressure

As the only thing between you and the road at 65 miles per hour, the health of your tires is vital. A worn tread or low pressure can cause a blowout or reduce your gas efficiency, and since both of these will cost you money, keeping your tires in fit condition is in your own best interest.

A penny will show you if your tread is low. Insert one into a tread with Lincoln head-first. If you can see his entire head, your tread is too low. Check your owner's manual for the correct pressure your tires require, and…

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Exhaust Leaks: Know the Warning Signs

An exhaust leak is not a vehicle problem to be taken lightly. Over time, a leaking exhaust system can cause serious damage to your vehicle and even pose a significant safety risk to you and your passengers. Here at Susan's Auto Mall, we want you to know the warning signs of an exhaust leak. Here are some things you might notice if your vehicle's exhaust is leaking:

  • Your steering wheel, foot pedals, and seats are shaking.
  • You hear a hissing, popping, or whistling coming from the vehicle's tailpipe.
  • Your vehicle seems to be losing power. 
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Be Choosy When it Comes to a Car for Your Teen

If your teen is ready to hit the open road, you've got an important decision to make: what type of vehicle will get them there? While there are plenty of pre-owned vehicles to choose from, it's essential to consider cars that will lead to success for your teen driver. Here are a few factors to consider.

Above all else, look for a car with electronic stability control. For any driver, but especially an inexperienced teen, this feature could mean the difference between life and death.  

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Should Your Refinance Your Car?

At Susan's Auto Mall, we do our best to make sure our customers make informed vehicle purchases. Two options you have if your monthly car payment is too much are refinancing and trading in. Which is best depends on your unique situation. Our team can help you go over your options and find the solution that's right for you.

Refinancing your car will let you keep the car while reducing your monthly payments. If there is room for negotiation on your car loan term or the rate, then refinancing may be a good choice.  

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Things to Keep in Mind When Driving in Heavy Rain

After you make a successful purchase of a vehicle, you may face a variety of adverse conditions while driving to the places that you need to be. It is the hope of the staff at Susan's Auto Mall that you always remain safe on the road. To help ensure this, please be aware of how to handle driving in heavy rain conditions.

If you ever find yourself driving through heavy rains, keep in mind that getting to your destination is far more important than how fast you get there. Reducing your vehicle's speed helps to reduce the chance…

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Tips for Taking a Test Drive

Before you buy a car, you need to take it for a test drive. There are a few things to look for while you have the car on the road. Check the tire pressure to ensure that the tires are properly inflated. Look for any lights that might come on in along the instrument panel, especially the check engine light.

When you're test driving the car, you want to monitor the oil pressure gauge and the temperature gauge. After driving a few miles, find a parking lot so that you can check the details under the hood of the…

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How to Remain Safe When You See a Bicyclist on the Road

Safety is your first priority when you are out on the road. You should care about your own safety and the safety of those around you. If you happen to come upon someone who is out on a bicycle on the road what should you do? There are a few things to bare in mind about this.

Give them a safe amount of distance. You are required by law in most areas to give at least four feet of separation between your vehicle and a bicycle. That is considered to be just enough space to keep everyone safe. 

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Follow Our Tips for Replacing a Flat Tire

Whether you only drive around town or you regularly venture far from our area, you should know how to change a flat tire. This knowledge can save you time. We at Susan's Auto Mall wish to offer a few tips for replacing a flat today.

A safe tire change begins on firm, level pavement with the car's engine off and its parking brake engaged. Before you jack up your car, partially loosen the flat tire's lug nuts. The ground's leverage will assist you. After you swap tires, start your spare's lug nuts with the car…

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