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Your Tires Can Tell You When to Replace Them

At Steingold Volvo Cars, we realize that knowing when to replace your tires may seem like a mystery, but the subject is actually straightforward. Understanding this issue can keep you happily driving around Pawtucket.

We want you to know that your tires can tell you when to replace them. Today's tires have tread-wear bars built into them. The bars run perpendicular to a tire's grooves. If you look into a groove and let your eyes travel along it for a few inches, you will find a wear bar. The rubber remaining above the bar is the amount of…

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Get to Know Your Vehicle's Alternator

Your vehicle's alternator is a main component of its electrical system. Its role is to power the vehicle's starter and to recharge the battery while you drive. Our Steingold Volvo Cars team members agree that alternators are the unsung heroes of vehicle electrical systems. Here's why.

Transforming Motion Into Electricity

Very much like a generator, a vehicle alternator creates electricity out of seemingly nothing. It corrals the power of motion from your car's spinning wheels and turns it into electricity. As you cruise through city, your car's 

 

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Testing Your Car's Battery

Car batteries have a life of about 4 years. Once your battery starts to reach this age, you may notice that you start to have problems with your battery recharging. You can measure the voltage of your battery by using a voltmeter and testing how strong your battery is.

To test your battery, make sure the car is off and the lights are turned off. Connect the red terminal first, then connect the black. Wear rubber gloves and goggles to protect yourself from battery acid. If your battery is above 12.4 volts, you don't need to get your…

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Understanding How Brake Pads Work

Brake pads are an integral part of a vehicle's braking system. Like many people, you may realize brake pads are part of the braking system but not have a clear understanding what they actually do.

In essential terms, brake pads are components of the overall braking system that push into the brake motor itself. When that occurs, friction is created that slows down the movement of the vehicle. Brake pads are composed of two elements. First, there is a metal element known as the show. Second, there is lining in the show that is what makes direct physical contact…

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Quick Tips for a Roadside Emergency

Roadside emergencies happen every single day. With a little preparation, you can ensure that your family stays prepared in the event of an accident.

There are a few things to keep in mind in an emergency. Pull your vehicle off of the roadway. Look for an emergency lane or flat grassy area. If your vehicle is disabled, exit the car and stay a safe distance from any oncoming traffic. Use road flares or triangles so that other drivers know to slow down and be alert. 

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Get your starter serviced at Steingold Volvo Cars

The ignition plays an important role in starting your car each day. But how do you know if the starter is the problem? Here are some signs to look out for when you have issues starting your car.

If you start to hear a whining noise when trying to start the engine, this could mean that the starter needs to be replaced. What happens in some cases is that the starter gear and flywheel aren’t connecting with one another.

Some can be another symptom of a problem with your starter or starting circuit. Smelling smoke could be too much…

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Knowing About Synthetic Oil and Its Effect on Vehicles

One interesting topic that often comes up is synthetic oil. There is a lot of information that goes around about it. With all of the information is going to come some of the myths as well. Knowing the truth about synthetic oil and what it does to your vehicle can help you determine whether or not you want to use it

One myth about synthetic oil is that if you use it, then you are going to have to use it all the time. Even with all of the cleansing properties of synthetic oil, you are not doing any harm…

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The Right Way to Change a Tire on Your Vehicle

Even with a flat tire, you can ride the rim to get the vehicle off the road and out of the way of traffic. Once in a safe spot, make sure the vehicle is in park with the parking brake engaged. Loosen all the lugs on the flat tire but don't remove them. Raise the vehicle with the jack high enough so the tire clears the road.

Loosen the lugs and remove them now, then take the tire off the studs. Place the spare tire on the studs and tighten the lugs by hand, then a turn with the…

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Here are a Few Helpful Tips for Avoiding a Tire Blowout

Taking a more proactive approach to the health of the car tires can have a big impact on reducing the chances of a tire blowout. It only takes the pressure in the car tire to drop a pound or more for that to increase the chances of a tire blowout. Usually, newer cars have a tire pressure monitoring system on board to assist with identifying issues with low pressure, but you can also use a regular tire gauge to check for issues weekly too.

Each time the car tires slam into a curb or into a pothole, you may be…

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Roadside Emergency Kits - What Do You Need?

Roadside emergency kits are something we hear about and think they’d be a good idea, but seldom take the time to assemble. Are you one of those individuals? Not to worry! Stop at Steingold Volvo Cars and let us give you a hand. We have a full selection of supplies and can help you out.

Roadside emergency kits should include the basic emergency supplies. These might mean different things depending on your climate, but you can’t go wrong with water, first aid supplies, batteries, flashlights and jumper cables. 

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