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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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Watch Your Speed on Compact Spares

Automakers use compact spares to save space; these small tires take about half the space of full sized spares. When using compact spares, drivers must follow the instructions for speed and overall distance. Full-size spares drive like normal tires; compact spares are only an emergency solution.

Miami drivers know that the compact spare tires are only temporary. Drivers should operate with compact spares at low speeds and just long enough to get to a repair shop to fix the flat tire.
 

 

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Is Your Fuel System Failing? Come in for Service Today!

A vehicle's engine needs a steady supply of fuel to operate normally. A fuel pump must feed the fuel to the engine reliably; without an efficient fuel system, a vehicle simply won't run. If you pay attention, it's easy to catch the symptoms of fuel pump failure before they leave you stranded in Miami.

  • A stuttering or jerking engine: If your engine sputters or jerks during normal driving, a malfunctioning fuel pump may be to blame.
  • Losing power during acceleration: If the car loses power when accelerating from a stop, the fuel system may need service. Acceleration…
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Ways to Stretch Your Gas

Gas prices don’t seem to be going down too much, but there are some ways that you can save money at the pump.

You can choose to be smart about how you use your gasoline. One easy thing to do is to stop wasting gas as your engine idles. Simply roll down the windows or put on an extra sweater if you’re usually doing this to control the cabin climate. As you’re driving, you can use cruise control on the highway. This will keep you at a constant speed, which can usually help you save gas, especially…

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How to clean your car quickly

We here at Planet FIAT of Miami want you to be proud of your car but realize cleaning it is time consuming. Most people don't have time to lug their vacuum cleaner out to the car and get into all of the tight spots where crumbs or dust may have accumulated.

Instead, simply take the floor mat out of the driver and passenger seats and shake them outside of the car to remove any debris. This way, any passengers will not be burdened with a dirty floor. Also, you can spray down the outside of your car with a…
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Routine Inspections Take Guesswork Out of the Condition of Your Brake Parts

Every vehicle should have a brake inspection on a yearly basis. There are different parts that make up the brake system and any of them can become deficient at any time. Whether it’s the brake rotors, calipers, master cylinder, brake pads or brake shoes, those functioning parts are essential to the peak operation of your brake system. However, each part is on an isolated time frame for longevity.

When you have a brake inspection, a trained technician will inspect each part individually, as well as the brake lining, to determine the condition and prognosis for replacement. 

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How do the parts of an exhaust system connect?

The exhaust systems of cars are made up of five separate parts connected in a long line. Each part connects to another part until the end when the tailpipe connects to the muffler at one end and nothing on the other end. Each part connects to the other by the use of flanges. Flanges are a flare at the end of the part with matching bolt holes drilled through them.

Flanges are the section of an exhaust system that connects to the next part. Flanges are a flaring of the pipe with bolt holes that match the bolt holes in…

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