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How to Not Hydroplane in a Storm

Driving through rain is a challenge when the roadway doesn't drain fast enough. Water pooling on the road surface can cause your tires to lose traction. The result is like driving on ice. You can spin out or end up in a ditch.

When you notice water on the roadway, reducing your speed to five or ten miles per hour less than the speed limit will help. Also, avoid using your brakes or cruise control when you encounter water on the road. How effective these measures will depend on the condition of your tires. Worn tires are more likely…

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What is the Difference Between a Powertrain Warranty and a Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty?

Purchasing a new or certified used vehicle usually involves a great deal of research. One element that you inevitably will be asked to consider is a warranty. Having a working knowledge of what powertrain and bumper-to-bumper warranties involve provides you with one less item you need to study.

A powertrain warranty covers items that are responsible for moving your car forward or in reverse. This includes oiled internal parts, such as the engine, driveshaft, and transmission, to name a few. It does not include parts that are considered to be part of the normal wear of your auto.

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Keeping Gas in the Tank this Winter to Prevent Headaches

Driving the car in winter with anything less than a full tank of gas can be dangerous in a number of ways. Here are a few things you will want to consider when it comes to driving with a full tank of gas in winter, courtesy of our team at Volvo Cars of New Bern.

The less fuel that is in the gas tank, the more room for moisture to form. That moisture will freeze overnight as temperatures dip, and that could be problematic with frozen fuel lines. The car engine will not get gas, and you will be stuck…

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Why is the Differential Important?

If you’re operating a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicle, the differential is responsible for the rear wheels’ ability to turn. Each wheel turns at a different speed, and the differential harnesses each with a set of gears to allow them to work together.

When you make a turn, either left or right, the wheels closest to the direction of the turn are referred to as the inside. Those on the other side of the vehicle are called the outside wheels. The outer wheels travel farther and faster to keep up with the number of rotations the inner wheels make.

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Maintain Your Cooling System This Winter

Many people only seem to be concerned about their vehicle's cooling system during the summer months. However, it is extremely important that you keep your car's cooling system maintained throughout the winter months as well. In New Bern, NC, the temperatures often dip in winter. If you don't have the proper coolant mixture in your vehicle, you may be in for expensive repairs.

The coolant in your vehicle also works as antifreeze. If just plain water was in your vehicle, it would quickly freeze up in winter and damage your engine. Your vehicle needs the proper mix…

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Scheduling an Auto Service Appointment at Volvo Cars of New Bern Online

Never again are you going to have to bring the car in for servicing and find out you are stuck behind a dozen other people all waiting to get their cars on the lift. The online service scheduler at Volvo Cars of New Bern can be used to select a time that works for you, significantly reducing the wait time and getting you back on your way in short order.

Imagine making your dinner reservation and how it feels to go right to the table without having to wait in line. This is what drivers are experiencing today when they…

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What's Behind the Term Horsepower?

If you have ever wondered what horsepower is it is basically a way to measure power. Power in cars that is. Way back in the good old days a man by the name of James Watt came up with a new way to measure power.

One horsepower is the equivalent of a pony pulling 33 pounds for a minute so that can imagine just how powerful a vehicle with say 365 horsepower would be. He wanted his steam engines to be appealing to his potential customers, so he used the measurement of horsepower to describe just how powerful these engines…

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Choose a Drivetrain that Will Get the Job Done

All-wheel drive and four-wheel drive is better than vehicles that do not have these features. You'll have better traction and control in a vehicle that has all;-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. If you are not sure what you would rather drive or which vehicle has what, as a general rule, SUVs and trucks tend to come equipped with four-wheel drive. Sedans and crossovers typically have all-wheel drive.

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Drive Off Happy with Our Online Financing Option

If you've ever avoided buying a new car, truck or SUV, you'll be happy to know you can come out of hiding. Our team at Volvo Cars of New Bern has made getting a new vehicle simple and within reach for nearly everyone. Whether you have concerns regarding credit, employment or, even income, we can help.

Our new online financing application will quickly and effortlessly get you on your way to a new vehicle. Simply go online, browse our extensive inventory, and, apply for a car loan. Our financing experts will determine the best scenario for you as…

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