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Car Guide: Maintaining Your Brake Pads

Do you know how your brakes work or what kind of brake system you have? Most cars have a disc brake system that uses metallic brake pads to avoid melting. When you apply pressure to the brake, the brake pads apply pressure to the rotors which slows down the vehicle. Over time, your brake pads can wear down until they need to be replaced. Car owners should have their brake pads checked regularly to avoid dangerous situations.

You may notice some sounds coming from your brakes when you press down on the brake pedal. A screeching or squealing sound indicates…

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Style And Durability Available With Aftermarket Floor Mats

A vehicle's floor mats are often one of the first parts of the interior to show significant signs of wear. A worn out and dirty floor mat can not only make your vehicle's interior look bad, it could possibly be dangerous if the mat is flimsy and could become lodged under the pedals. If you are tired of looking at your old and worn out floor mats, it is time to consider a new aftermarket option.

The first choice you will need to make when considering new floor mats is whether you want a more durable, easier to…

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Inspect Your Wiper Blades Randomly to Keep a Clear View

When your windshield wiper blades are properly maintained, you’re actually improving your safety on the road. Wiper blades have an essential role while you're driving in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and it’s not just during a rainstorm. Your wiper blades need to be operational at all times because of road debris, bugs, dirt, and grime that will usually decrease the windshield visibility. The ability to have a clear view is essential to your safety and all other drivers around you! 

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Spring Car Care for Kenosha Drivers

With the warmer temperatures starting to creep in, now is a good time to assess your vehicle and see what kind of maintenance and repairs it may need. It probably is in need of a good cleanup after all of that nasty winter weather, but some minor repairs may be needed as well. Here are some things you can take a look at when it comes to vehicle maintenance this spring:

Your tires have been driving on icy roads, through salt and slush. Take a good look at the tread and see if it is starting to run low on…

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Why Are Summer Tires Better Than All-Season Tires?

Our tire crew here at Anastos Motors want to share information about why summer tires are preferred as the warmer weather nears. In addition to improved handling and better grip on the road, summer tires also help your vehicle to stop in a shorter distance.

The unique tread pattern designs of the summer tires actually serves two purposes during the warmer months. First, the design helps with handling as the roads and tires get heated. 

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What's the Difference Between FWD and RWD Vehicles?

When choosing between front-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive, it's best to know the pros and cons of each. At Anastos Motors, we want to help you make an educated decision when purchasing a pre-owned car from our inventory.

Rear-wheel-drive powers the car through the rear axle. Rear-wheel-drive cars tend to handle better and be more forgiving if you accidentally drive through a pothole. Since the weight of the engine isn't near the rear wheels, traction can be an issue, especially with poor road conditions. 

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Ignition Problems and What They Mean for Your Vehicle

If your ignition is failing, you probably have experienced your car stalling suddenly or perhaps it never even starts to begin with. Ignition problems occur due to manufacturer defects, worn out keys, or faulty lines with the fuel system. It could also be caused by another issue with the battery or starter. Here are some ways to tell:

If lights turn on but the engine doesn't turn over, it's likely a starter problem. Failing starters won't be able to kick power to the engine. 

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How to Change Your Tire

No matter how well you maintain your tires, there may be occasion for one of your tires to become flat. Everyone should have the correct tire tools in the car and should know how to use them. The Anastos Motors service team can help.

You will need a lug wrench, a jack and a spare tire. To practice, first park the car on a level surface. Loosen the lug nuts slightly, then position the jack under the car. Jack the vehicle up until you can take the tire off the wheel. Remove the lugs with the wrench, take off the…

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An Exhaust Leak Provides You With Sound Cues

If you’ve ever had a bad exhaust system, then you already know that your car can sound like a freight train as you’re driving through Kenosha, WI. In order to know if your exhaust is leaking and might be in need of service before this occurs, you have to listen closely to catch it early. In most cases, you will hear a faint "hissing" sound, which can be anywhere within the exhaust system. This sound is an indicator of either a hole in the exhaust pipe or a loose connection in the exhaust system.

 

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Crossflow vs. Downflow Radiators

Radiators come in many basic designs, and two of the more popular ones include crossflow and downflow radiators. Their names refer to the way that they function in terms of coolant flow.

Crossflow radiators have cores with piping that run horizontally through the core. These radiators also have coolant collection tanks on each side of the core. As the hot coolant enters the crossflow radiator, the tanks route the fluid horizontally through the piping. 

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