Motor Oil Myths

Motor oil is needed to ensure that your car runs smoothly. There are several myths that can make it difficult for you to get the most out of your motor oil. The myths can also cause you to spend money unnecessarily. One of the most common myths surrounding motor oil is that you have to change it after 3,000 miles.

The 3,000 mile recommendation is an old rule. However, most vehicles can go 5,000 to 7,000 miles without an oil change. You may have also been told that you should change your oil before you go…

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Try These Tips for Better Fuel Economy

At Braddock Motors we like to help drivers in Braddock Heights save money. One way that you can save is to improve the fuel economy of your car. Here are a few tips that will stretch your fuel dollar.

Keeping your car in good working order is the first step to good fuel economy. This means sticking to scheduled oil changes and tire rotations, and having other service performed as needed. When your car is healthy there is less strain on the engine, and less strain means more miles per gallon.

 

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A Flat Tire Can Be Replaced

When you suddenly realize that you have a flat tire, your thoughts will probably turn to dread. Once that fades away, it is time to get down to business. You can replace that flat tire, but you want to do so safety and effectively. Follow these tips as you start to replace a flat tire.

The key is to park the vehicle in a safe location. Turn on your hazard lights and make sure that the vehicle is turned off and properly secured. Only when you have done these things should you even begin to think about replacing the tire…

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Knowing Different Types of Gaskets

Gaskets are located throughout your vehicle, and they each play an important role in the operation and functionality of your vehicle. However, some are more important than others. Our team at Braddock Motors want you to be aware of certain types of gaskets and their importance.

  • Manifold gaskets can be found between the exhaust manifold and the cylinder head. If these gaskets fail to work correctly, it can lead to poor engine performance
  • Intake gaskets are important for the good engine performance because they ensure the engine receives the proper amount of oxygen and fuel. 
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New to Off-Roading? Here's How to Get Started Fast

If you've ever thought about off-roading, we at Braddock Motors think that one of the best ways to prep is to understand how your vehicle works. This way you know exactly what it is capable of on the trails.

In your search for information, one of the best sources will be your vehicle manufacturer. They can be a not only a great source of information but also a place to learn about local workshops and events. They can also help you choose modifications.

Off-road parks, national forests and parks, and trail guides can all help you decide where to…

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Envision Yourself In A Nissan Titan

The Nissan Titan has become a major player in pickup truck production and for good general reasons. This full-size pickup is also very popular with a wide demographic of people. Consumers can choose from the S and SV trims. There's also seating for at least five people in its cabin.

The Nissan Titan takes advanced technology to another level. This pickup truck starts off by coming equipped with a command center, which is the brains of the operation. Bluetooth has been embedded into the system for hands-free functionality. Push Button Start provides for a fast start of the ignition…

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How Auto Dimming Mirrors Work

Bright lights aren’t just an annoyance when you glance in the rear view mirror, they can also pose a safety hazard when you return your gaze to the road ahead with a lingering blind spot caused by the headlights of the car behind you. Auto dimming headlights use an ingenious system to eliminate this issue.

Housed behind the glass of an auto dimming rear view mirror is a gel that reacts to electrical stimulation by darkening. When the mirror detects a bright light, either by using a camera or other sensor, it sends an electrical charge through the gel…

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Car Maintenance and Low-Mileage Oil-Change Intervals

If your vehicle has been sitting in the garage not running, you might be wondering when you should be bringing it into Braddock Motors for an oil change. Just because there hasn't been mileage being added to the vehicle doesn't mean an oil change isn't necessary. However, your oil-change intervals might not be what you would expect.

The average amount of time in between an oil change should be around six months. It's assumed that during this time period you were driving your vehicle almost daily. For those that don't utilize their automobile frequently, it…

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Understanding Your Vehicle's Belts and Hoses

Your vehicle is home to an intricate system of belts and hoses that work together to deliver a variety of important functions.

This network of belts drives a myriad of elements, including the alternator, water pump, power steering pump, fan, air conditioning compressor, and more. The hoses are critical in transferring coolant and brake fluid throughout the vehicle. As your vehicle ages, these belts and hoses also begin to break down. You should check with your manufacturer's guidelines about when to replace these belts and hoses so that you do not 

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Common Reasons for an Illuminated Tire Pressure Light

Vehicles come equipped with tire pressure sensors on all four tires. These sensors are designed to let you know if there is an issue with one or more of your tires. The most common reasons why your tire pressure light is illuminated includes:

  • Too much air in your tires. You can over-inflate your tires. This could lead to your tires being at a higher risk of a blowout.
  • Not enough air in your tires. Your tires will need air periodically after frequent driving. You could also be experiencing the air in your tires condensing because of cold weather.
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