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Cleaning Your Car Quickly

Keeping your car clean and tidy not only reflects pride of ownership, but also helps to maintain your car's defenses against interior wear, rust and exterior road damage. Maintaining your car's appearance can also help to improve its resale value.

While a detailed cleaning is always preferable, when you're pressed for time, a quick clean in under five minutes is the way to go. First, throw away any loose wrappers or empty cups from your car. Hose down the exterior, paying close attention to any spots that are especially dirty. 

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Detailing Your Vehicle Should Not Be Considered a Chore

Getting your car detailed each week should not be considered a chore, it should be looked at like an investment in the future of your car. Keeping the car clean will help to protect your investment over the years.

Dirt on the car left for weeks mixes with heavy rains and acts like an abrasive that will in time scratch the surface of the paint to the point it could lead to the exposure of the bare metal below.

Your ride will be that much safer when you can see clearly out the windows and using your mirrors.

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The Pros and Cons of Getting a New Tonneau Cover for Your Truck Bed

The entire team here at UNITED IMPORTS wanted to pass along this information about the good and bad of owning a new tonneau cover.

One big advantage of having a new tonneau cover over your truck bed is things won't be flying out of the vehicle when you are driving. Since everything is now under the cover, it will stay in the bed.

The tonneau cover will be a deterrent to anyone trying to get stuff from the back of your truck. Once the tonneau cover is placed on the bed, your tools and other items you may need…

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Several Reasons Your Tire Pressure Light is Illuminated

These are some of the common reasons why the tire pressure indicators in your vehicle have signaled trouble with one or more of the tires.

It could be that you simply drove over something and now it is stuck in your tire. It may be embedded in the tire because of driving on it for so long, so it's difficult to spot. The longer it stays in the tire, the more air is going to simply escape around it.

A change in temperature of just ten degrees can cause the air pressure in each of the car's tires…

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Be Sure to Replace Your Vehicle's Belts and Hoses

If you hear a hissing sound while using your vehicle, it may be that you have a hose that is leaking air. If you notice that your vehicle does not run smoothly or that it just is not working as it once worked, you may have belts that need to be replaced. You should seek out help when you notice anything going on with your vehicle.

We can take on your belt and hose needs in our service center and figure out what is going on with your vehicle. You can trust our team to figure out if you have…

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Is Your Transmission in Trouble?

The transmission on your car smooths the transition between changing gears. When it becomes hard to change gears, this is usually a problem with your transmission. Jerking motions when you are driving, or a delayed engagement when you put your car into gear can mean that your transmission needs work.

If you are driving and notice that your car is more difficult to drive than normal, it's time to bring your car to UNITED IMPORTS in San Jose and have our service professionals take a look. Problems with your transmission will get worse over time, and you can end…

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Guide on the Safe Way to Jump Start Another Car

To jump-start another vehicle, you simply will need some jumper cables, gloves, and a good pair of safety glasses. Once the running car is nose-to-nose with the car that has a bad battery, turn off the car lights and shut off the engine. Open the hood to both cars and put on your gloves and glasses.

The red cable is attached to positive on both batteries, good battery first. The black cable goes to the negative of the good battery; then the other black cable must be secured to any exposed metal surface on the car getting the jump-start. Once…

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Avoid These Common Pitfalls with Your Vehicle’s Oil

Getting your motor oil changed is common sense, but there are some falsities that car mechanics and manufacturers have pushed in the past. Recent studies show that some of these facts about oil are actually just myths. Here are a few of the worst car oil myths.

You have to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles or else your engine will blow. Perhaps that last part is a little extreme, but it's true that many people believe no matter what, they need to take their car to the shop at 3,000 miles for an oil change…

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Practice Proper Transfer Case Maintenance

All 4-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles have a transfer case that is part of the vehicle's drivetrain system. On a 4-wheel drive vehicle, the transfer case allows the vehicle to shift in and out of 4-wheel drive mode. On an all-wheel-drive vehicle, the transfer case shifts power back and forth between the axles as needed for the best traction control.

Just like the other important parts of your vehicle, the transfer case will require maintenance in order for it to remain functioning properly. Whenever you have the vehicle in for an oil change, you should also have the…

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Engine Cooling & Radiator Service--Too Hot to Handle

Your car should look hot, but we don't want your car to run hot. Your car's engine can get as hot as 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. This is important for combustion, but your cars cooling system works in conjunction to maintain a safe temperature to prevent damage.

Your car's cooling system consists of radiator, hoses, and thermostat which can cause a serious problem if worn or defective. The car owner should take precautions to ensure the proper workings of their car's cooling system. Serious signs that your car's engine isn't working is fluids under the…

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