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Roadside Emergency Kit Basics

The proactive driver maintains a roadside emergency kit in the car. Being a proactive driver yourself, you may wonder what an roadside emergency kit should contain. The reality is that much of the advice online when it comes to a roadside emergency kit includes a long list of items, a list that proves to be impractical. There are basic things that should be included in a roadside emergency kit. These are items like jumper cables, first aid kit, tire inflation, blanket, and a flashlight. Water and some sort of food items are also advisable.  

 

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Know the Signs of Tire Wear

It’s been said that since our tires are the only part of the vehicle that touches the ground, they’re the most important. We're not sure if that’s entirely true, but there's no doubt that your tires are extremely important. It’s also important to know when they need to be replaced. Our qualified Mitsubishi service techs at Porcaro Mitsubishi can check them over and offer suggestions.

Although failure to hold air and visible cracks or bulges are sure signs you need new tires, you may have to rely on just looking at the tread and…

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The Importance of Air Filters

By maintaining the air filters in your vehicle, you'll be in the best position to keep the cabin air clean and allow the engine to maintain optimal power. The cabin air filters are working to remove all those allergens and mold spores traveling through the air that decrease the air quality in your vehicle. Keeping the air filters clean and having them replaced often will ensure the cabin air is the highest quality for driver and the passengers.

The engine air filters are working even harder to make certain nothing has a chance to get into the engine where…

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How to Drive in Rainy Environments

Proper speed management tactics can help you avoid hydroplaning problems on soaked terrains. If you typically drive your vehicle in a neighborhood that gets frequent rainstorms, different speed management routines are worth considering because the tactics can help you prevent collisions and boost safety.

During morning rainstorms, thick fog can impact the process of pinpointing puddles on the road. In order to stay safe on rural roads that have these conditions, you must use your headlights and drive carefully while maintaining a speed that's under 10 miles per hour. 

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Exhaust System Signs You Should Never Ignore

The exhaust of a vehicle may be one of the most underappreciated parts in general. That is because it is seen as loud and dirty when in actuality it keeps us safe. Its sole role is to remove toxic gasses from your vehicle's engine in order to expel it to the air around us instead of the cabin of a car. That is why our team here at our auto repair shop in Racine, WI wants to ensure that you know warning signs of a leak in your exhaust.

First, even the smallest of leaks should be noted because…

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Towing Safety Points to Consider

There may be occasions where you will want to use your vehicle for some type of towing service. Towing is commonly used with a trailer that is attached to the trailer hitch at the back of your vehicle. Before towing any large and heavy object like a trailer, however, you will need to make sure that your vehicle is equipped to safely handle the tow at hand.

First, read the owner's manual for information about the vehicle's load capacity. Perform safety checks on the tires and ensure that all the towing components are secure and in good shape…

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All About Radiators and Cooling Systems

The value of a properly functioning radiator and cooling system in a car cannot be overstated. When the radiator is not working correctly, the heat levels in a car's internal parts can get hot enough to cause lasting damage to the vehicle's engine. The five specific parts of a car's cooling system are the radiator, radiator hoses, the radiator cap, a water pump, and a thermostat. To avoid costly repairs, it is critical that all parts be working together, effectively providing the cooling function. 

 

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Do You Have the Right Level of Pressure in Your Tires?

The tires on your vehicle are more important than you may consider in getting the best performance possible. Your tires should be inflated within a certain range. If they miss this range, being either higher or lower than it should be, then the consequence will be a negative impact on safety and performance.

When your tire pressure isn't in the proper range, it is either over-inflated or under-inflated. When they are over-inflated, the result is an uneven distribution of your vehicle's weight, resulting in uneven wear of tire tread and less stability. 

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Is it Important to Know Your Brake Fluid Temperature Range?

Even small vehicles can weigh over a ton, and many larger ones weigh many tons. All of this moving weight creates a lot of heat within your braking system when you hit the brakes, and part of this heat is transmitted to your brake fluid. While most brake fluids are heat-resistant, they all have their limits. Knowing what these limits are can save your system from future damage while enhancing your safety.

In order to find the right fluid for your braking system, look through your owner and users manual about the recommended fluid ratings for your vehicle. 

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Synthetic Motor Oil vs. Conventional Oil

Many vehicle manufacturers are specifying that newer vehicles, not just performance autos, should use synthetic motor oil. Synthetic oil is a lab-created product that improves engine lubrication and provides long-lasting performance in severe driving conditions, including harsh weather and city driving.

Conventional motor oil is refined from crude oil or petroleum to remove impurities and create a smooth-flowing engine lubricant. It offers all-round engine protection, but will break down more quickly than synthetic motor oil. 

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