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Your Alternator Keeps Your Vehicle Running Properly

No matter how you look at it, your alternator is an essential part of how you operate your vehicle. You need constant power to the battery, and the alternator is what generates that for you.

Alternators have been in use since at least post World War II, and they are considered absolutely critical for today's vehicles. They act as power generators for the various functions that we call upon our vehicles to perform these days. Thus, there is no question that alternators are important to keep in tip-top shape.

 

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Using Roof Racks Correctly and Safely

Roof racks offer additional storage space on your vehicle – storage space that can allow you to enjoy your travels a lot more. Although they’re more commonly found on SUVs, roof racks can also be very helpful on cars. Our team at Burdick Volkswagen want you to be as informed as possible about not just your vehicle but also any accessories, such as roof racks, and how to use them correctly.

• Read and follow all instructions that came with your roof rack.
• Observe torque setting recommendations.
• Lubricate it for easier removal.
• Remove the rack when you’re not using it…

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Check On Your Battery To See If It Needs Replacing

A quality car battery can last a decent amount of time, but expect the battery to die at some point. Replacing a car battery is routine service, and car owners need to stay on top of things. Otherwise, they may turn the key in the ignition, and nothing happens.

Purchasing a high-performance replacement car battery makes sense. Even when you have budget considerations, you can still locate a quality battery. Not all batteries come with high prices, but paying a little extra for a lithium battery might be wise. Quality contributes to longevity and reliable performance.

 

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Timing Belts: The Basics

You've probably heard of a timing belt, but do you actually know how important it is? The answer is that it's very important. Your timing belt is necessary for the vehicle to operate, and if it breaks when your engine is running, you could be looking at several thousand dollars' worth of repair or replacement bills on your engine. At Burdick Volkswagen, we want you to have a general idea about the function and importance of your timing belt so that you come in and replace it before you have problems.

Your timing belt regulates the intervals of…

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Get Ready for Winter Driving

If winter driving is a challenge in your area, you want to make sure that your tires are up for the task. Whether you have a light truck, SUV, or sedan, it is a good idea to change your tires to types made for winter driving before winter hits. You have several different options when it comes to winter snow tires.

Winter performance tires offer much better handling than clear road tires. The advantage is that they are also more appropriate or clear roads, too. This gives you an option that can work in any weather. If you live in…

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Winter Car Care Imperatives

There are a number of maintenance needs that must be met to ensure that a vehicle remains functional during the winter months. Batteries commonly fail once the weather turns colder. Vehicle owners should have a voltage test performed before winter to ensure that the battery will perform throughout the cold season. If testing indicates a weak charge, replace the battery to avoid future problems.

Antifreeze is important to prevent engine components from freezing when the temperature drops. A simple testing device inserted into the reservoir enables owners to determine if the 

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What You Need To Know About Windshield Chip Repairs

Windshields are among the most essential automotive components for Cicero drivers. These panes block wind forces and allow for a clear view of the road. Unfortunately, they are also at the greatest risk of damage. Rock chips and scratches can occur at any time. Issues like these are especially common for motorists who regularly travel on the highway. With windshield chip repairs, many of these blemishes can be greatly minimized, and without the high costs of a total windshield replacement. At Burdick Volkswagen, we want all consumers to know more about 
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Why You Shouldn't Ignore Car Washes

Washing your car is something that you can hop over after work and get done today. While you may spend a little money to get it done, it is nothing compared to the savings that you will see as a result of getting it washed. Just taking care of the grime that collects on your vehicle can help it run better and longer than it otherwise would have. That is important, and it can make all the difference when it comes to what to expect from your vehicle.

A car wash can be fun when viewed in a certain light…

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What Are Winter Wiper Blades?

While some drivers think that all wiper blades are the same, Burdick Volkswagen wants you to know that summer and winter wiper blades are different. As the winter months are approaching, you should consider changing your summer blades for winter blades so that you will be able to see clearly this winter season.

Winter wiper blades are made out of different materiel than summer wiper blades. Winter blades are made from a synthetic rubber that remains more flexible in the extreme cold.

 

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Snow Tires Handle Water and Ice

One of the most important factors for driving on snow tires is how well they handle ice, snow and everything that comes with it. There are a few variations in the different winter tires. These influence how effective these tires are going to be in driving on the snow without slipping.

While many winter tires have deeper treads with certain patterns meant to ride on ice and snow safely, there are some tires that are designed with an extra feature to help deal with a layer of water on the ice which would cause slipping and loss of traction.

 

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