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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What Should You Buy A Teen Driver?

Safety features draw many car shoppers to specific models. When buying a vehicle for a teenager, high safety ratings are vital. New drivers, especially young ones, don't have the luxury of 10 years of driving experience. So, high ratings for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for roof and side strength mean a lot.

And look carefully at a particular vehicle's safety features. Airbags and anti-lock brakes help, and so does electronic stability control. If the roads become slippery, this feature can lend an assist.

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Improve a Credit Score and Secure Auto Loan Financing

Has the time soon coming to buy another used car in Braddock Heights? If so, then you may need to start thinking about auto financing. Don't let your credit score worry you. Even if it is low, there are ways to improve it. Some steps are less challenging than others, but the right effort could drive the score up.

Reviewing your credit report becomes an important step. This way, you know your actual score and also learn what's dragging down your rating. Perhaps there's false information on the report, such as a "defaulted" debt that was paid…

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Take Wheel Alignments Seriously

Why is the car driving funny? There seems to be a pull to the right and the left. Take that as a sign that the car needs a wheel alignment. Unless you service the car right away, you may find yourself replacing the tires sooner than expected. Hopefully, the tires won't blow out on the road before driving to the shop.

Be cautious and take wheel alignment service seriously. Unfortunately, not everyone does. Some the car can still operate fine even when the wheels and tires are out of alignment. 

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Installing a Child's Car Seat the Safe Way

Installation of a child safety seat is very important. If you're involved in an accident with your kids in the vehicle with you, you'll be happy that you spent a few extra minutes making sure that everything was properly in place. Here are some tips from Braddock Motors to help you along.
  • Choose a car seat based on your child's age. Babies will use a rear-facing car seat. Toddlers and small children benefit from a five-point harness in a forward-facing position. Booster seats are for older kids that need a little bit of height added to their…
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Braddock Motors Wants You to Know How to Change Out Your Flat Tire

Getting a flat tire while driving is easy to do, and when it happens you want to be prepared. Here are a few tips that will help you quickly and efficiently replace your flat tire with the spare:

Chock the Wheels First Thing

The most important part of putting your car up in the air is making sure the emergency brake is engaged and placing a chock under one of the wheels to ensure that it isn't going to roll.

Remove and Replace With Ease

Loosen each lug nut before raising the vehicle completely. 
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Common Ignition Problems

When a vehicle does not start, the owner may automatically assume the problem is the battery. However, the ignition or starter may in fact malfunction. Knowing the symptoms enables owners to take the appropriate action to have the condition remedied.

A common sign of trouble involves a grinding noise when turning the key. The sound is not unlike turning the key with the engine already functioning. If left untreated, the engine's flywheel may suffer severe damage. Freewheeling is evident when hearing a whining noise when turning the key. The symptom more 

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