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Knowing Starter Warning Signs

Although a common cause of a vehicle not starting is a dead battery, this is not the only reason why a car may not be starting. Often it is the vehicle's starter that is the culprit.

One of the first visible signs of a malfunctioning starter is the presence of smoke that may also be accompanied by a burning smell. An audible grinding noise or whining sound can be additional signals that the starter is not functioning properly. A starter that is taking on oil due to engine leaks is also a major sign of imminent malfunction...

 

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Debunking Common Motor Oil Myths

All kinds of myths about motor oil abound. If you continue to believe in them, you could end up spending needless money. The technicians in the service department at Mercedes-Benz of Santa Fe are on top of the latest motor oil trends. Here is some of the latest information available.

If you switch to synthetic motor oil, switching back to regular oil won't harm your engine. A myth persists that once you go synthetic, you have to stay with it. Another myth about synthetic oil is that it causes leaks. When synthetics were...

 

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Your Engine's Cooling System Requires Maintenance in Order to Function Properly

Due to the intensity of the heat that your engine operates it requires its own cooling system in order to prevent it from overheating and causing lasting damage. But in order to keep your engine running correctly, you will need to perform periodic maintenance on your cooling system to keep that in good working order.

Over time you will notice the coolant in your radiator become dirty and less effective. Once that happens you will want to do a coolant flush to the system. This involves first draining and disposing of all of the old dirty fluid. A hose is…

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Does Your Car Make a Lot of Noise?

Your car's muffler is the last step of its exhaust system. This part does the job of muffling the noise of processing and releasing exhaust gases. A rusted fastener, loose pipe or hole in the muffler could cause it to make a great deal of noise when you drive.

A muffler that is too loud could also be a sign of a more serious issue with your exhaust system. In many communities, a loud car could result in a fine or a ticket, along with a requirement to get it repaired. When your car starts to sound loud, an…

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Slow Down and Move Over in Santa Fe

If you have ever had to pull over to the side of the highway due to vehicle trouble or an emergency, you have no doubt appreciated drivers who were courteous enough to slow down and change lanes to make more safe room for you Not only were these drivers being considerate, but they were actually obeying the law. Here at Mercedes-Benz of Santa Fe, we care a lot about highway safety. Sadly, around 200 roadside workers are struck by oncoming vehicles each year.

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Oil Changes Every 3,000 Miles? It's Not Necessary

Many drivers dutifully take their cars to the mechanic shop to have their oil changed every 3,000 miles. Even though you might think that this is what you are supposed to do, you should know that for most modern cars, this simply is not necessary. Here at Mercedes-Benz of Santa Fe, we know how important it is for you to take good care of your vehicle and stay on top of your regular maintenance. However, we do not want for you to waste your time and money having your car's oil changed more frequently than it has to…

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What Makes Original Replacement Auto Parts More Dependable?

When you need to make some sort of repair to your vehicle, the parts you purchase can make this a one-time repair or one that goes on again and again. Get your car parts at the discount parts store, and you are dealing with inferior parts that usually do not last.

Unlike at the local parts store that needs to order those parts you need to make repairs, the dealership has them in stock and will make certain the part you need for the repair is the right one, so you are not wasting your time back and forth. The…

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Know All of the Costs of Owning a Vehicle

Buying a vehicle can be exciting, but you need to make sure that you can afford the one that you want to buy before you commit to purchasing one. You need to think about the things that you will be spending on beyond the car payment.

It is important for you to think about insurance and all that it costs. If you are going to purchase a vehicle, you need to be able to pay the car payment and the insurance plan that will protect you. You need to have money set aside for repairs that you might need to…

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