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Decoding Wheel Alignments


Many drivers have heard about the importance of wheel alignments but don't fully understand what they are or when they should be completed. That is why we here at Hendrick Alfa Romeo FIAT of Cary want to ensure that you know the basics.

Wheel alignments are designed to put your car's wheels back into perfect balance with one another. This ensures that all tires wear at the same rate and can even keep permanent damage from occurring. While there is no set time for how often your wheels should be aligned, there are some signs you can look…
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Signs Your Brake Pedal Needs to be Repaired

If you are driving through Cary, NC and you think that your brake pedal feels a little spongy, there is a pretty good chance you are going to want to get the thing repaired. While you might think the car can be driven even if that pedal is a bit spongy, it is likely going to lead to bigger problems at some point.

The fact of the matter is that a brake pedal that doesn't have any problems is one that is going to feel firm and like it's pushing back when you depress it. If you are…

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How to Correctly Test Your Car's Battery


Being able to test your car battery safely will allow you to be in the position to know when it is about to or is failing.
  • Before you can test the car battery, the car ignition and lights must be off.
  • The car battery terminals should be clean, use a wire brush to remove any built-up corrosion.
  • Using a voltmeter, attach the positive cable on your positive battery terminal. The negative voltmeter cable will then be placed on the battery negative terminal.
  • Look at the reading, there is nothing wrong if the voltmeter shows a reading at or higher than…
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Don’t Get Shocked: Maintain Your Suspension


Car owners know that routine car maintenance is essential to the longevity and safety of their car. One system that needs maintenance is the suspension, but what is it and when does it need to be serviced? Below are some answers to your suspension questions:
  • Suspension- A car's suspension is responsible for providing stability and handling while making sure the car is comfortable to ride in. (https://auto.howstuffworks.com/car-suspension.htm)
  • Springs and Shock Absorbers- Springs and shock absorbers are responsible for compressing and cushioning when the car moves...
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Tire Conditions to Think About

Tires are important components of your vehicle, and they should be checked periodically to determine their condition. Tire tread and tire pressure are the two main things to check when looking over the tires.

The pressure of the tires can be over-inflated which can cause the weight of the vehicle to be concentrated in a narrow area in the middle of the tire. Under-inflation wears down the outer edges of the tire before the middle area and can cause the vehicle to work harder and thus decrease gas mileage. The tire's tread is important to maintain good traction on…

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Winter driving 101: Keep your vehicle's gas tank full

When the weather here in Cary takes a turn for the worse, and snow along with temperatures are falling, we here at Hendrick Alfa Romeo FIAT of Cary would like to remind you to make sure that your SUV, car, or truck has a full tank of gas in it as often as possible.

We would hate to see you stranded because you ran out of gas in bad weather and have to wait for someone to help you. This could cause you to be late to work and you do not want to start off your day having to…
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How to get better traction during the winter using kitty litter and sand

When winter arrives the storms are blasting, the wind is blowing, and every driver is in a state of confusion as well as the decisions made are comparable. Every car owner is watching clearly the winter storm and the thought of unforeseen occurrences running in everyone mind. The storms will always play a great role in reminding drivers to pack the winter kit carefully. Making a list of preferences to avoid a memory lapse is always a good idea. One of the most important commodity to pack is the kitty litter. Many drivers find themselves stuck on the winter slush…

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Why Windshield Wiper Fluid is Better Than Water


Would you ever do a load of laundry without adding laundry detergent to the washing machine? The answer is no, laundry detergent gets out stains that water will not. The same concept should be applied to your vehicle's windshield. If you are using water instead of windshield wiper fluid, you probably aren't getting all the stains and smudges off of your windshield.

Why is it important for your windshield to be clean? The cleaner your windshield is, the better you can see out of it. It is very important to be able to see well out of your…
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Reasons why People choose Dealerships

A customer has the task of having to decide whether to take their vehicle to the independent service center or take it to the dealership. For him/her to make that choice, the reason has to be stellar and unique in its way.

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