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The Primary Symptoms of a Malfunctioning Gear or Differential

The most common symptoms related to a failing gear or differential oil is a noisy differential or transmission. Once the lubrication oil becomes excessively dirty or runs low, the gears start howling and whining when you maneuver turns.

These noises are a red flag that tells you the differential needs lubrication. You will notice the volume of the noise increases as you speed off. It is important to have your car inspected as soon as you hear any whining or howling noise. That way, you will prevent serious damage to essential car components.

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How Horsepower Got Its Name

Horsepower is an often used barometer used to describe how much power a vehicle has to offer. The term came about during the 18th century when the famous inventor, James Watt needed a way to describe the power of his steam engines to his potential customers. He wanted a way to equate the power of the steam engines in a way that could be understood.

The main source of transportation at the time was the horse, so that would be the common denominator of how people could understand the power of a machine. Watt was observing some ponies at work…

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Get the Facts Straight on Four-Wheel-Drive and All-Wheel-Drive

Many people don't know the difference between four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive. The mostly think that these two definitions are talking about the same thing. And that is partially true because they both describe the process of providing power to all four wheels of a vehicle in order to increase traction.

Four-wheel-drive configurations use a lower gear ratio and a split differential to get to get the power to the four wheels. It is found in pickup trucks and larger off-road SUV vehicles. These vehicles are used for off-road and rugged terrain use.

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Pay Attention to Your Dashboard Warning Lights

When something goes wrong with your car, it shouldn't be ignored. But how are you supposed to know when something isn't right with your vehicle? Although this isn't always the case when your vehicle has a problem it can let you know by displaying a warning light on your dashboard. When a warning light comes on, you may not know what the symbol means. So how do you fix the problem?

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The Importance of Windshield Wiper Fluid

Windshield wiper fluid is very important in keeping a driver safe by cleaning the windshield, but did you know that it also does more than that? Windshield wiper fluid also serves as a lubricant to other mechanical elements in your vehicle. Even if you don't use it that often to clean the windshield, it is always important to keep it topped off for this reason. Windshield wiper fluid is important to your vehicle's safety, but unfortunately many people prefer to use water. This is not a good alternative due to the following:

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Planning for Trouble on Your Upcoming Road Trip

Planning for potential trouble during your upcoming road trip while you are safely sitting at home will help to get you to that destination safely. Consider these tips from our team at Cabral Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram before you pack the car and leave for the journey:

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Smart Drivers Keep Halloween Safe


Smart drivers keep Halloween safe and fun. Kids are out in bunches on the spookiest night of the year. They travel in large groups. They travel in small groups. It's important to remember these kids are excited. They may already have extra energy because of the sugar or adrenaline. That means they might not obey all traffic rules.

It's important as drivers that we use extra caution. We can drive much slower than the posted speed limits. This is true especially in residential areas. Kids don't always have glow sticks or lights. They often wear very dark…
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