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Safe Summer Travel Tips for North Carolinians


With many people rather afraid of air travel still, highways throughout North Carolina will see an influx of travelers hitting the roads this summer. Knowing this, it's imperative that Volvo Cars New Bern extends the following advice to all Volvo owners and lessees for safe trips.

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Get to Know the Alternator

Most people are familiar with engines and batteries, the more common automotive parts under a car's hood, but what about the alternator? It's a little more obscure but no less important. What is it, and what does it do? Our New Bern, NC Volvo Cars New Bern service techs answer these and other questions received daily from customers. Here are the answers.

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Time to Switch Over to Winter Wiper Blades

With fall upon us, it is time to start thinking about winterizing your vehicle. The automotive experts at Volvo Cars New Bern are equipped with everything that you need to deliver a safe and comfortable driving experience this upcoming season, starting with winter wiper blades.

This type of season-specific wiper blades boasts a protective layer of rubber. This guard enables the blades to continue to work even if the weather conditions are snowy or icy. Conversely, a summer wiper blade will begin to freeze and stop moving during inclement weather.

Summer wiper blades are

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How do brake pads work?

Brake pads do a top effort job every day! Can you imagine a car that does never stop moving? Well, thanks to the braking system in cars composed of the brake pads, the halting of the ultimate human life saver machine is made possible.

First things first, what is the working mechanism of the brake pads? Well, brake pads, through friction, operate by conversation of kinetic energy to thermal energy. They are a part of the disc brakes. Two brake pads are contained in each disc brake. The part exposed to friction faces the rotor. 

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Inspecting and Replacing Belts and Hoses

Wear and tear impacts almost all parts in a car, truck, or SUV. Some parts wear out quicker than others, but owners should keep an eye on all items requiring inspections and maintenance. Belts and hoses are two such parts.

The life of belts range, depending on the particular belt. As they age and suffer from use, belts experience cracks and abrasions. They'll eventually snap if not replaced. A snapped serpentine belt disabled a vehicle, but a snapped timing belt may be worse. In some engines, a snapped timing belt may lead to the engines destruction.

 

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What Do Gaskets Do?

Automotive gaskets are one of the smaller parts in your vehicle, but they serve a critical function in keeping the engine and mechanical parts working properly. They work as a buffer between two surfaces in your engine and provide a cushion between them while preventing any lubricant or fluid from leaking out. The adjoining parts are usually attached by bolts.

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How to Drive Safely in the Rain

One of the most dangerous times to be on the road is when its raining or roadways are wet for other reasons. At Volvo Cars New Bern, we’re committed to your safety and offer you some thoughts about safe driving in the rain.

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Figure Out What is Leaking from Your Car

Your vehicle relies on a number of fluids to function properly. When you find fluid beneath your vehicle, start by making sure the fluid actually came from your car and not the one parked before it. Leave your vehicle parked, and place white cardboard beneath your car so that you can figure out what color the fluid is.

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