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Avoiding a Tire Blowout


Tire blowouts can happen for various reasons, but they are relatively easy to avoid as long as you keep the following tips in mind.

First of all, pay attention to your tire pressure. Overinflation and underinflation are the leading causes of tire blowouts, so consult your vehicle's manual to find the ideal psi for your tires, and check the pressure often with a tire gauge. Keep in mind that tires gain or lose up to two pounds of pressure for every ten degrees of temperature change.

Second of all, you need to keep an eye on the state of…
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Signs Your Brake Pedal Should Be Repaired


The brakes of your vehicle are one of the most important things that keep your family safe. They bring you to a halt in enough time to avoid obstacles and are especially helpful in poor weather conditions. That is why we here at Lithia Hyundai of Fresno want to ensure that you know what signs to look for to know if your brake pedal should be repaired.

First, a common issue is that there is air in the brake lines of the car. If this happens, a professional can bleed the brake lines of air. Also, a damaged brake line…
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Why You Can't Afford to Ignore Fuel System Service


Your vehicle's fuel system is one of its most vital components. It ensures that fuel reaches your engine, and it keeps your vehicle running smoothly. It ensures that your engine isn't being flooded with fuel or starved for it and that it gets exactly what it needs. A failure in your fuel system could spell disaster, wreaking havoc on your engine, or simply keeping it from starting at all. That's why it's important to look out for the telltale signs of fuel pump failure.

If your engine is sputtering at high speeds, your fuel pressure seems…
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Proper Tire Pressure is Important Because It Affects Your Safety


?You would like to care for your vehicle in a way that helps it keep you safe as you drive. Inflating your tires in the right way can help you with that.

If you put too much air in your tires, you might make it difficult for you to handle your vehicle as the tires will be hitting the road in the wrong way. This will also be hard on the vehicle and may cause it to burn more gas. If you don't put enough air in your tires they will hit the road all wrong and they may…
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Keep Your Wiper Blades In Good Working Order For Safety


Your windshield wipers are one of the most important things on your entire vehicle. Without them driving in the rain can be downright dangerous. During the warm summer months, it can be easy to overlook them as they dry out and get brittle. This causes them to be stiffer and much less effective.

You want to keep an eye on this rather than be surprised by it during the first heavy rain of the season. If you end up in a situation like that you can find that the wipers will not be able to keep up which will drastically…
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Understanding The Importance of Timing Belt Maintenance

Your vehicle's timing belt is an essential piece of equipment necessary for safely operating your car. The timing belt enables the engine to run by synchronizing the turning of the car's camshaft and crankshaft. A timing belt that suddenly breaks will completely stop your vehicle and may even lead to expensive engine repairs. You can count on the service department at Lithia Hyundai of Fresno to handle timing belt replacements before an inconvenient breakdown occurs.

Check your owner's manual for recommended timing belt maintenance, including complete timing belt replacement...

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Choose the Right Spare: Compact vs. Full Size


If your car breaks down due to a flat, you always want to have a spare tire. There are a number of ways to get cheaper tires that you only have for an emergency. Compact, temporary spare tires are just that. It is a temporary solution to a flat tire that gets you from point A to point B.

Spare tires are not always marked as such. Some customers even choose to purchase a spare tire that is the exact same manufacturer and size as their other tires. Full-size spare tires are going to offer more tread and cost a…
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The 3,000-mile oil change concept is no longer applicable


Growing up you probably saw your parents or grandparents change the engine oil regularly. Often after covering a distance of 3,000 miles. While this was a good practice back then, it is no longer applicable today. Lithia Hyundai of Fresno says that modern cars have engines that are more powerful and that the oil chemistry as changed over the years.

Most new rides can use the miles for 5,000, 7,500, 10,000 and 15,000 depending on the model as well as the driving condition. If you drive on rough roads, you cover short distances and make…
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Don't Neglect These Obvious Brake Warning Signs

If you notice any of the following failing brakes warning signs, don't hesitate to take action before trouble strikes. Here at Lithia Hyundai of Fresno, our crew of mechanics can inspect the entire braking system promptly. The best way to know if you're due for service is to listen carefully to the sounds that are coming from your vehicle. From the tire region, you will start hearing grinding, squeaking, or squealing sounds; none of which are good signs for your car's performance. Your vehicle will show you when brake trouble is on the horizon.

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