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What Is Synthetic Oil?

You have the option of choosing from conventional or synthetic oil for your vehicle. Synthetic oil is made up of artificial compounds. People prefer synthetic oil over conventional oil because it is often marketed as being the superior type of oil. There is evidence to back up the claim that synthetic oil is superior to conventional oil. The American Automobile Association conducted tests on synthetic oil and determined that the synthetic oil was 47 percent more efficient than the conventional oil.

Synthetic oil is also designed to last longer than conventional oil. 

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Tips for Cleaning Your Tires

Cleaning a vehicle tire is a vital process that must be done every week. Some people usually ignore the idea of cleaning a tire, but when the wheel hits the ground, whether tarmacked or any other kind of a road, a lot of dust is immediately seen on the brake pads. It is, therefore, essential to ensure that the tires are maintained.

Cleaning is a process that involves putting all the materials and equipment in place. You need to have cleaning products, buckets, wheel brushes, and clean towels.

Start your cleaning by putting the detergent in the bucket. Using a…

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Swap Your Winter Tires for Summer Tires at Maple Hill Volvo

It’s that time of year again, when the snow melts, the weather warms, and it is time to embrace the warm months ahead. Be sure your vehicle is as prepared for the new season as you are by ditching those winter tires for a set of rubber that is more suited for the warmer conditions. Maple Hill Volvo is here to help with a selection of quality new tires that will elevate your summer drives.

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What Your Alternator Does

The alternator isn't always a vehicle part that we often talk about. That is unless it fails. When your alternator doesn't work, you can't even drive, nor can you power your electrical systems in your vehicle. 

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The Benefits of Using Winter Wiper Blades

The winter months feature cold weather, ice and snow that can be too much for a regular windshield wiper blade to handle. Therefore, it may be in your best interest to install a winter windshield wiper blade on your vehicle as they have thicker rubber and can withstand lower temperatures.

This minimizes the chances that the blade will stick to your windshield or that the rubber will become brittle and fall off. Furthermore, the stronger wiper material will remove ice and snow without leaving any streaks on the glass that can make it harder to see.

 

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Importance of Tire Rotations

Car tire rotation is the periodic change of each tire position on a vehicle. The tires should be rotated after every 5,000 miles, as instructed by manufacturers or during the oil change. Therefore, this will allow you to inspect the tires manually for any damage, thread depth, and air pressure.

The process ensures that the wear and tear of the tires is evenly distributed on all four tires. When the thread tear is kept uniform, it will help keep the traction and consistency in handling all four tires. It will improve the braking performance and cornering of the car…

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How Do Continuously Variable Transmissions Work?

If your vehicle has an automatic transmission, you've probably never give much thought to the fact that your car changes gears perhaps dozens of times during every trip around Kalamazoo. This process is one of the most foundational parts of how your vehicle operates, though. To give you better insight into the operation of your vehicle, we at Maple Hill Volvo Cars offer this basic guide on how continuously variable transmissions operate.

Unlike a conventional transmission that uses a series of gears to provide varying amounts of power to the drive train, a continuously variable

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Your Engine's Gaskets Could Be Telling You Something

Gaskets are among several key parts of every engine that require occasional inspection. They prevent fluids from leaking from components by providing a seal where enclosures meet. Maple Hill Volvo Cars in Kalamazoo, MI is here to help you understand more about them so you can avoid engine problems if they malfunction.

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