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Checking Your Gaskets Is Frugal

Your car has hundreds of seals and gaskets literally. They serve to fill in gaps between parts that contain fluid or create an air seal. They can be made of layered steel, copper, or rubber, depending on their use. When one of them fails, it can cause problems with that system. For instance, if a gasket fails in the braking system, it can cause brake fluid to leak out. A gasket in that seals oil in the engine can cause overheating or engine failure.

These can be expensive problems, and having your gaskets and seals checked regularly can save you…
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Are Oil Changes Necessary on a Regular Basis?

Although work, school and other family obligations require many people to drive their cars regularly, some people only drive their vehicles every now and again. For these low-mileage drivers, are regular oil changes really necessary? We hear this question frequently at Planet FIAT, and the answer is a definite yes.

Oil plays an important role in keeping your car’s engine lubricated and cool. It prevents small particles from scratching or damaging the engines. If the vehicle isn’t driven real often, there is a better chance of the engine becoming dry and contaminated.
 

 

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Avoid Costly Repairs By Replacing Your Belts And Hoses In Your Car

At Planet FIAT we want our valued customers in Miami to be able to maintain their vehicle so that they can drive in it for as long as possible. The belts and hoses in every car are a vital part of the operation of any vehicle. They need to be replaced over time, or else the engine will fail.

One kind of belt found in a car is the timing belt. This type of belt ensures that engine parts such as the crankshaft, camshaft, and distributor work in tandem together. A damaged timing belt can cause your engine to stop…
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What You Need to Know About Cabin and Engine Air Filters

Your vehicle has many types of filters to keep pollutants and impurities out of important components. The most common filter is the engine air filter. However, the cabin of most vehicles also has a filter to keep the interior air of your car clean.

Engine filters come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the make and model of your vehicle. Located under the hood, engine filters are usually in the front of a vehicle's engine compartment. All engine filters have some type of housing, so it is not exposed to the elements. 

 

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Control Car Odors Before They Control You


You have a lot of power over how your vehicle smells and how to keep it as pleasant as possible. You just have to own it. You can do this by taking steps like using baking soda or perhaps even charcoal to absorb some of the terrible smells that linger in your vehicle now.

This is not your only choice of course, and it may turn out to be the case that you legitimately have to hire someone who is a professional at this kind of thing to work on it. You don't necessarily want to have to shell…
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How to tell the Positive From the Negative With the Battery

One good thing about the battery in the vehicles is that the manufacturers have made it easy for people to read. They not only made it relatively easier to find out which terminal is negative and positive, but they have also made it easy to know how to connect them with the color coding.

When testing the battery, it is easy to know the positive voltmeters as well as the negative voltmeters. This makes it easier for people to know how to connect the voltmeter to the battery. The red voltmeter is also the positive voltmeter. The black voltmeter is…

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Are All-Season Tires Really Good for Every Season?

Sometimes a driver will come into Planet FIAT, look at a vehicle with summer tires and then ask why they didn't just put all-season tires on it so they wouldn't have to swap anything out later. All-season tires, however, aren't always the best for every season, especially considering how hot it can get in Miami at times.

In actuality, all-season tires are a compromise that provide even performance in every season. it doesn't mean they perform great at all times of the year...
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Help a Dead Car By Jump Starting

Jump starting a car is done by connecting a dead battery to a vehicle that has a working battery. The jumper cables are red and black and have matching terminals on both car batteries. Turn off the working car and attach the jumper cables to the battery. Be careful about the clamps touching, as this will cause a spark.

Attach the jumper cables to the battery that is dead. Turn on the good car for a few minutes, allowing the dead battery to charge. Try starting the dead car. If it starts, you can take off the jumper cables. If…
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Extreme Temperatures and Car Batteries

When it comes to car batteries, there are plenty of factors that influence how long a battery is going to last. One of the factors is the temperature that the battery is exposed to. If a battery is exposed to any extreme in temperature, then it is going to be in danger.

One of the common issues when it comes to car batteries is that they go dead in the winter and the summer. One of the reasons is that extreme temperatures do things to the battery such as evaporate the electrolytes and other things. This is one of the…

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A Few Signs Your Tires Need to be Replaced

Your car tires will give indications when they might fail. Here are a few warning signs to look out for.

Be on the lookout for low tire tread. In addition to your vehicle being unable to grip the roads when wet, these tires could be a few miles from failing and leaving you stranded on the highway.

If you can notice wear on one side and not the other of a car tire, this could be an indication the alignment is off.

When you can hear of feel tire vibration in the steering wheel or when you press the brake…
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