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Reading Your Tire Sizes and Tire Pressure

Do you know what kind of tires you have? You mave have picked out the brand, but there are a string of numbers that mean different things on the tire than you'd expect. Tire sizes are not easy to understand with all of the different letters and numbers. However, if you look at the beginning of the string, the letter P will tell you that it is a P-metric tire, which means that it was made to meet the quality restrictions imposed in the United States for passenger vehicles.

However, if there are no letters in the beginning, then…

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Learn Motor Oil Viscosity Rating Basics

As a responsible driver, you surely know that periodic oil changes extend your engine's life, but you may not understand motor oil viscosity ratings. We can help at the Bowman Auto Center in Clarkston, MI!

To decipher viscosity ratings, you must first understand viscosity. In short, viscosity measures a liquid's resistance to flow. If we tip a dish of water, that water will instantly move. Thus, water has low viscosity. Now, consider molasses. If you tip its container, molasses reacts slowly. 

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The Alternator Keeps Your Car Starting

There are few feelings on earth worse than the one you experience when turning the key to your car and hearing the familiar whine of a dead battery. Maybe you left the lights on, maybe the door is open, but maybe it is because your alternator is not working like it should. Your vehicle's alternator is what recharges your battery after it is used to start your car.

When the alternator is not working properly, it will not recharge your battery while driving. 

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The Basics of Car Gaskets

At the Bowman Auto Center, our specialists want to ensure all car owners know the basics of their vehicle. That is why we want to educate you on car gaskets. WHat are gaskets and why are they so important for your vehicle? Read on to find out!

Gaskets create an airtight seal between two surfaces in your car which are designed to keep all engine fluids and gasses in and other fluids out, such as rain. One of the most common reasons that your car overheats is because it doesn't have enough motor oil. 

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Make Sure That Your Vehicle Is Properly Serviced Before Towing!

Proper preparations are important before towing, in order to make sure that your vehicle is up to the task, as well as ensuring the safety of everyone on the streets of Clarkston, MI, including yourself. Considering safety is one of the most important aspects of towing, and there are a number of aspects that warrant consideration.

It's always recommended that you take your vehicle in for a safety inspection prior to towing, just in case any surprises crop up. Before towing, you'll also want to make sure that your load isn't imbalanced. 

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A Flat Tire Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Day

A flat tire is a quick way to ruin your day. The good news is that even if you are not experienced in dealing with this, it is still not that big of a deal once you know and understand what to do in order to get it changed. If you haven't yet had to change a tire, then follow these simple steps:

  • Break the lug nuts loose with the lug wrench
  • Raise the vehicle up off of the ground with the provided jack
  • Remove the lug nuts completely
  • Slide the flat tire off of the vehicle 
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Pinpoint Road Hazards Easily by Maintaining Each Headlight

The bulbs underneath a headlight frame are designed with efficient technology that can effectively illuminate the surroundings on the road. However, when sunlight shines on the main housing, a yellowish stain can develop on the plastic material. Once enough flaws generate on a headlight, the beam won't shine through the housing properly.

In order to pinpoint road hazards while driving in dim environments, you must maintain your headlights so that the intensity of the illumination doesn't decrease. 

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