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What is a Timing Belt?

Keeping your engine maintained is crucial to keeping your car on the road. Although somewhat uncommon, a broken timing belt can be one of the bigger repairs that a car owner will face. That is why our team at Bowman Auto Center want to be sure you know some basic background on timing belts.

The main purpose of a timing belt is to ensure the cam shaft and crankshaft in your vehicle keep firing at normal rates. Without the timing belt, the engine would soon stall and your car would be headed nowhere fast.  

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Trading In Or Refinancing: What Is The Answer?

Sometimes, your financial circumstances change. A once affordable car payment may become too much to pay. At these times, a car owner has to consider refinancing in order to get a lower payment or trading in to get a less expensive car. What is the best route to take?

If it is possible to refinance and get a lower payment, that is often the best way to go. However, refinancing may not significantly lower payments. Lenders are often not willing to refinance cars that are older or that have a lot of miles on the odometer. 

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Games for a Peaceful Road Trip

On any road trip, the utterance of the question, "Are we there yet," is almost a foregone conclusion. At Bowman Auto Center, we want to take the anxiety and boredom out of your next summer trip by offering these fun games you and your kids can play as you head down the road.

The first option is the always-popular license plate game. This one is especially effective because it tends to last the entire trip. All you have to do is try and find license plates from as many different states as possible. 

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In Pursuit of Better Fuel Economy

For all the advancements in modern vehicles, there's still one aspect they share with their much older counterparts: they run on fuel. At Bowman Auto Center, we want to help you save money whenever we can, including when it comes time to fill up your gas tank. Here are a few tips to help you stretch your fuel as long as possible.

One tip we can all take to heart as we drive around town is to drive more sensibly. Regularly exceeding the speed limit, accelerating quickly, and other aggressive maneuvers put more wear-and-tear on your vehicle and burn…

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Tips for Reducing Glare

Driving a car requires an extensive range of skills to meet any unexpected conditions. If you've ever gone from easily seeing the road ahead to near-blindness due to bright sunshine, you'll know that acting quickly is the only way to stay in control of the situation.

Turn on your headlights so you're visible to other drivers and clear your dashboard of any papers or objects that might be making the situation worse by casting a reflection. If you have run out of window washing fluid, use road markings to direct you if you can't see properly…

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When Does the Law Require You to Leave an Open Lane?

Did you know that traffic laws require you to leave one lane of empty space in certain situations? At Bowman Auto Center, we publish articles like this one to help you drive better around our city and anywhere you go. Today, we explore these Move Over Laws.

Driving on highways sometimes includes passing accidents, breakdowns and traffic stops. Move Over Laws apply to these situations. They place an impetus on you to merge into another lane before passing. 

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Why Android Auto Should Be in Your Next Vehicle

You should always have the latest in-vehicle technology. At Bowman Auto Center, we’ll show you have Android Auto is a game changer. You can be hands-free to get directions, make calls, play music, and more.

One of the things you will have is Google Assistant. This is the chance to say, “Okay Google” followed by a voice command. It can play your favorite music, cue up an ebook, or help you chat with your friends via messenger apps as you drive. It offers a significant amount of convenience. 

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How to Use Baking Soda to Neutralize Bad Car Odors

On a long car trip, a bad smell in your car is the worst. Whether it's spilled milk or wet dog smell, you want to get it out of your car before you go on a long trip or even just your daily commute. We want you to be able to enjoy your trips in your vehicle, so we've come up with a couple of ways that you can mitigate some of the noxious odors that sometimes invade cars.

If you spill something, one of the first things that you should do is wipe it up immediately.  

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Start at the Top to Get Clean Tires

The tires on your vehicle might seem like they would be difficult to clean because of their shape, but there are some tips that you can put to use to clean them a bit easier. Begin washing your tires at the top. This will allow for the dirt and debris to slide down the area that hasn't been cleaned yet.

Use a different bucket and sponge when you clean your tires as these are areas that usually get dirtier than other areas of your car. A long brush with stiff bristles works best when cleaning your tires to remove…

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Choose Your Winter Tire According to Your Preference

There are quite a few different types of tires. Among the different types of tires that are available are the summer tires, all-season tires, and winter tires. However, as you look into the winter tires, you are going to find a lot of different types of tires within the options.

Among the choices you are going to be looking at when it comes to winter tires are studded and studless tires. The tires you should choose depend on your preference. Each of them have their sets of advantages that you should keep in mind when choosing the tire. 

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