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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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Get Your Vehicle Ready to Tow in San Jose, CA

Being able to safely tow a load extends the functionality of your vehicle. Safe towing requires knowledge of your vehicle's towing capacity and hitch requirements. There are also some safety features to keep in mind as you prepare to tow a load.

The trailer that you tow should be equipped with lights that are in sync with your turn signals and brake lights. You may also need to have tail lights and side marker lights to increase your visibility to other drivers. Towing mirrors also help you to increase visibility.

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What is the Difference Between a Powertrain Warranty and a Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty?

One of the most stressful and exciting moments of your life is purchasing a vehicle. When you’re in the market for a new or certified used auto, you will undoubtedly be asked to consider two comprehensive warranties. Knowing the difference between powertrain and bumper-to-bumper warranty will save you some frustration as you continue on your journey.

A powertrain warranty takes care of any of the moveable parts that drive the car backward or forward. That can include the transmission, engine, and drivetrain, to name a few. It does not cover items that are considered part of the normal...

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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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Keep Your Windshield Clean This Winter

There are a growing number of people who are wondering why it is important for them to have a clean windshield. Well, the answer is easy. A clean windshield using wiper fluid allows a driver to see what is coming at them. This may be in the form of a vehicle that has changed lanes, an animal that has stumbled onto the road, or road debris left by another vehicle.

By being able to have a clean windshield, a driver will be able to take the necessary steps to also avoid any obstructions that are on the road. 

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Why Are Genuine OEM Parts a Better Option for Your Imported Vehicle?

Buying and using aftermarket parts for your car may seem like the cheaper option when searching for which parts and accessories are the best fit for your vehicle. Usually people find these parts online and then find a local service shop to complete the repair themselves, but here at United Imports, we know that this is almost always a bad idea.

 

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Seasonal Maintenance is Important for Safe Travels as the Seasons Change

Even here in San Jose, CA, when the weather changes and seasons come to an end, there are a few things that you should do to your performance vehicle as the seasons start to change, especially when travelling to cold weather states. Here at United Imports, we want your vehicle to continue to perform at the highest level long into the future, and the best way to ensure that is by bringing your vehicle into it's OEM service center…

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Move Over: It’s Now the Law

Most drivers know that when they see emergency lights in their rearview mirror, they need to pull over to the shoulder so the emergency vehicles can get past them. The reason for that is because someone’s life could be on the line. However, what most people fail to realize is that when they see a tow truck on the side of the road helping a broken down motorist, they are required to slow down and move over as well.

Now the reasoning for that is to protect the tow truck driver. 

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