Two Quick Tips On Reading Tire Markings

Many Clarkston motorists have little experience in reading tire sizes. When it comes to making informed purchasing decisions for tire upgrades and replacements, however, being able to interpret tire markings is essential. At Bowman Auto Center, we're eager to share two tips that make understanding these markings a bit easier.

How To Determine A Tire's Class

The very first letter that you see on a tire refers to its class. Tires for light trucks bear the letters 
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How Often Should You Have Your Oil Changed If You Do Limited Driving?

Not all Clarkston motorists drive their cars every day. In fact, many locals keep their autos parked for long stretches of time, and only take them out for essential errands such as grocery shopping. At Bowman Auto Center, we want people to know just how important oil changes are for all vehicles, and just how frequently these services should be performed.

Always Check Your Owner's Manual For Service Recommendations

Older vehicles and cars that have specific engine types should usually have their oil changed once every 3,000 miles.
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Dirty Car and Strapped For Time? Check This Out!

If you've got a dirty car and are strapped for time, we at Bowman Auto Center would love to help you get your car back to looking like new. Follow these three steps for a cleaner looking and smelling car, so you can hit the road with confidence.
  1.  First, throw way your garbage and pick up loose items. You can put the trash in a bag, and throw any other items in your trunk, but be careful... you might need to utilize your trunk for some reason and you won't want to be embarrassed about all the trash…
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Some Ways to Navigate a Roadside Emergency

There is an incredible number of things to think about during a roadside emergency. Oncoming traffic indeed concerns someone worried about a collision. Yet, it might not be possible to move a vehicle onto the shoulder of the road. Walking a short mile for help could mean leaving pets or children alone in the car. If the temperature is too hot, this could place them in danger. And don't ignore any potential "stranger danger" that might arise.

Often, someone dealing with a roadside incident might feel thankful about previously learning how to use a tire jack and other tools…

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Preventing Sparks

When you're replacing your battery, there are a few things that you need to do in order to make sure the process is safe and that the battery is connected properly. Bowman Auto Center can show you which cable to take off first and which one to connect to the battery first after you've installed the replacement.

Don't drop the battery as this can damage the cells and possibly crack the exterior of the part. Make sure your vehicle is turned off when you replace the battery as this could cause a spark to occur when you…

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Understanding the Complex System of Belts and Hoses

Your vehicle's extensive system of belts and hoses is essential to the function of components such as the alternator, fan, power steering pump, water pump, air conditioning compressor, and the air injection pump. It is not unusual for this network to begin to break down after time, necessitating that they are replaced to ensure the proper function of the vehicle.

Signs of wear on these belts and hoses include fraying, cracking, splitting, and squealing sounds. In addition to looking for visible signs of wear and tear, you need to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for replacement 

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Why Buying A Used Car May Be The Right Choice

Clarkston drivers can get excellent value from our impressive inventory of used trucks and cars. In fact, there is a surprising number of benefits that local motorists can gain by choosing our used autos over new ones. At Bowman Auto Center, we're excited to share two reasons why choosing purchasing a used car could be the best choice for you.

Make Your Money Go Further

The first and most obvious benefit of choosing a used vehicle is the ability to find attractive, reliable, and in-demand options at significantly lower price points.

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Bowman Auto Center Tips for Installing a Child Safety Seat

A child safety seat should be installed properly in order for it to protect your children while driving. Depending on the make and model of seat that you purchase, Bowman Auto Center has some tips that you should use to make sure that the installation process is completed as recommended.
  • Use the included instructions to install a child safety seat. Don't assume that every seat uses the same process.
  • Double check your owner's manual to see if there are additional instructions for installing a car seat.
  • Anchors should be pulled tight so the seat doesn't wiggle or…
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The Importance of Cabin and Engine Air Filters

At Bowman Auto Center, we want to help you optimize your vehicle's performance so that you have a smooth ride when you're out and about in Clarkston. Your vehicle has two air filters, which include a cabin and engine air filter, and it's necessary to keep your air filters free of contaminants.

Your engine air filter keeps dirt and particles out of the engine intake. When your engine air filter becomes clogged, it will need to be cleaned or changed. This is because a clogged filter can cause increased fuel consumption and emissions.

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Watch for These Signs Your Exhaust is Leaking

The exhaust specialists at Bowman Auto Center wanted to pass on a few tips to save you money on repairs. Look out for these signs of trouble with your exhaust system in your car.

Popping noises from the exhaust manifold are trouble. Burned marks around the ports means it is time to get the vehicle to a mechanic. Pay attention to whistling noises from the tailpipe too, as these are almost always pressure related. When you begin to notice a drop in your gas mileage, the culprit could be the exhaust system. 

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