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Low Mileage Oil Change Intervals

There is a lot of conflicting information about how often you should change your oil. If you don't drive your car much, then it can be even harder for you to decide how often you need to change your oil. The type of oil is one of the factors that will determine how often you will need to change your oil. If you use conventional oil or you have an older vehicle, then you may have to get the oil changed every 3,000 miles.

You can go for 5,000 miles without a change if your car uses…

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Tips for Cleaning Your Tires

There are only a few steps that you will need to take in order to clean your tires. You need a tire cleaner. Let the cleaner sit for a minute or two before you clean the tires. The next step is to clean the tires with a brush. You can go up and down or scrub side to side. It doesn't matter because any type of motion will get the job done.

Rinse the tires off after you have finished cleaning them. If your tires are heavily soiled, then you may need to repeat this process. Use a towel…

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What Alternators Do for your Vehicle

Fuel isn't the only thing required for a vehicle to run smoothly. Cars contain interchangeable parts, and even parts within parts, such as the engine. One of these is the alternator.

Think of it as a large, wind-up radio. To keep a wind-up radio powered on, the crank on the radio's exterior must be spun. If not, the radio would quickly shut down from a lack of generated electricity. An alternator works the same way, deriving power from a motor that spins, which drives an electric current.

Surprisingly to some, the battery doesn't charge a vehicle, so…

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What are Gaskets?

You may have heard the term "gasket" before or even been the unfortunate recipient of a malfunctioning one, but what exactly is a gasket as it pertains to vehicles? A gasket is a flat piece of material that is formed to fit between two surfaces and is secured to form a seal. The two pieces on either side of a gasket are then bolted on to ensure they stay in place.

While there are many gaskets securing parts underneath the hood of your vehicle, one of the most important ones is the head gasket. Responsible for mating the cylinder head…

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Have You Ever Asked About How Brake Pads Work?

At Richland Chevrolet we often hear people ask “how do brake pads work?” This is a valid concern since the brakes are a vital component in the control of any vehicle. Here is the answer to that question.

If you want your car to stop, or simply slow down, you must be able to control tire movement. Tires are mounted to a wheel which is connected to the rotor. The rotor is the wheel part that the brake presses on when the brake pedal is depressed. Brake pads are attached to calipers on disc braking systems. These pads are constructed…

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Simple Components of Starting Your Car

Even though starting your car might seem simple, there are several parts that need to work together to ensure that your car starts and stays running. One part is the ignition. If this part fails, there are some signs that you might notice so that you can visit Richland Motors to have the ignition replaced.

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