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Do You Need to Replace a Battery After Harsh Weather?

Batteries, like so many other parts inside a car, have a clock ticking next to them. In time, a battery dies out from age. Unlike many other parts, the weather can cause serious problems for a battery. Older, weaker batteries become more likely to fail, but even newer ones can, as well. Extreme weather could play a significant role in performance problems.

Cold weather is known to cause battery troubles, but why? The cold temperatures drive down a battery's capacity, so it has far less power to spare. 

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Your Tires May Be Damaged: Check For Signs Of Problems

There are always some signs that tires need to be replaced even before they get completely worn out. You should note these signs and look for them at all times to avoid any disasters out on the road. Check for cracking on the tires as well as any concerns related to cords showing.

Does your vehicle vibrate at all when you drive it? That is not something that should occur. There may be a number of reasons why this is happening, but bad tires are certainly on that list. You need to check on the quality of the tires as…

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Roadside Emergency Kit: A Must-Have Item

There are choices to be made before anyone ever gets into a vehicle and starts the ignition. One of the decisions to be made is how prepared that individual will be for the possibility of an emergency while out on the road. It is a distinct possibility that could happen at any time. It is best to be ready for such an event and to pretend like it will definitely happen no matter what. That will put you in the best possible situation to handle it if it does arise.

You will require a flashlight, a set of jumper cables…

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What to Know About Your Car's Brakes

Under normal conditions, brake pads and associated parts will last for 30,000 to 50,000 miles. If you hear a squeaking noise when you press on the pedal, it is likely that the pads need to be replaced. The same could be true if the vehicle needs more room to stop on dry roads.

There are many factors that could influence how well your vehicle's brakes work. For example, a car that has improperly inflated tires could have a harder time stopping. The same is true if a car is too heavy or was loaded incorrectly.

Ideally, you…

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Jump-starting a Vehicle

Many a vehicle owner has experienced the unpleasantness of encountering a dead battery. Jump starting the vehicle is not difficult, but requires specific steps for success. Begin by ensuring that the vehicles are nose to nose or side by side in the same direction. Turn the vehicles off and put them in park or neutral depending on whether they have automatic or manual transmissions.

Distinguish between positive and negative battery terminals. Do the same with the jumper cables. Attach the positive 

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Should You Consider an Alignment for Your Vehicle?

Do you need to schedule an alignment for your vehicle? If you start to notice that your car pulls from one side to another without steering input from you, it may be time to schedule an alignment. Of course, there could be another issue causing your vehicle to pull to one side, and we invite you to let the Lithia Nissan of Ames team help you enjoy your driving experience with regular auto maintenance.

How can you tell that your car is out of alignment, besides the obvious pulling sensation? 

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What to do if You Notice a Squeak or Leak Coming From Your Vehicle

Your car, truck or SUV guides you through the Ames, IA region as you move from one task to the next. However, your Nissan vehicle requires maintenance and repairs from time to time to keep it in working condition. Perhaps you've just noticed a squeaking sound coming from your engine or small drops of fluid collecting on your driveway. Could this be an indication of an impending service issue?

It sounds like you may need to replace a belt or hose in your vehicle. Your belts and hoses serve an important function, helping to transfer fluids, pressure and power…

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Why Should You Trust Lithia Nissan of Ames for Car Repairs?

Here at our Nissan parts and repair facility in Ames, Iowa, we have trained personnel qualified to complete all of your car repairs. It makes it easier to troubleshoot issues and carry out repairs when you know that the right people are using the right tools to get the job done. We here at Lithia Nissan of Ames also have access to proper tools and equipment required to service your car. There are also many service bays within our premises equipped with enough staff that ensures that they can handle a lot of jobs in the shortest time possible.

 

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Monitoring Your Dashboard Lights Could Save Your Life

Most technology failures are a result of human error. The biggest errors humans often make is assuming that technology doesn't have errors. That's why you should stop by Lithia Nissan of Ames as soon as you get a warning light on your dashboard. Our Nissan service professionals can test your car's safety technology and give you peace of mind that all your vehicle's warning lights are properly functioning.

You need to know when things like the anti-lock brake systems go out, or the check engine light comes on. 

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Coolant Replacement Key to Avoiding Major Repairs

It's good advice these days to keep your cool while driving in and around Ames, IA. Our team of friendly service technicians at Lithia Nissan of Ames want to remind you that keeping your engine's cooling and radiator in good working condition can also help you avoid expensive engine repairs.

Your vehicle cooling system is designed to prevent high heat levels from damaging your engine and other car components. That's why it's a smart idea to make an appointment for our Nissan service department to replace your coolant on a regular basis. 

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