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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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Transmission Maintenance is Crucial for Your Vehicle

Your transmission is one of the most complex and critical systems on your entire vehicle. That is why it is so important to be diligent in maintaining this box of gears. That is proven all the more true if you have ever seen the price tag for a repair or replacement. Paying for the routine maintenance services can potentially save you a ton of money in the long run. A typical transmission service usually involves the following:

  • Draining the old transmission fluid
  • Removing, examining, and cleaning the pan
  • Replacing the filter
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Keep Your Headlights in Optimal Shape

If you haven't given your headlights much thought, it may be time to get them serviced at our Kenosha, Wisconsin location. You need to keep your headlights bright even if you don't do much night driving.

You depend on your headlights to help you to see when your visibility is limited and you also need your headlights to keep you visible to the…

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The Value of Windshield Wiper Fluid

There is nothing worse than driving along in a messy winter storm in Kenosha, WI. Your windshield is covered in slush and salt, and when you go to utilize your windshield fluid, you find that it is empty. Just like maintaining your vehicle's oil levels and other fluids, windshield wiper fluid is important as well, and you should make sure that your reservoir is full throughout the year.

In addition to your windshield wiper fluid cleaning your windshields, it is also beneficial for other reasons. 

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