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Exhaust Leaks: Why It Happens

Vibrations in the steering wheel or brake pedal could be a signal of a leaking exhaust. A rusty or leaking pipe causes vibration. Rust can build up in the muffler. Water collects in the muffler and dries out when the motor is running long enough to create heat. If the vehicle is only driven for short distances, there is not enough heat built up to evaporate the water, so the muffler begins to rust.

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Brake Pedal Repair Signs

It can be a big inconvenience to have problems with your brakes when you are far from home. Because of this, if you are planning on traveling a long distance away from home, you may want to bring your vehicle in to our service center here at Frank Boucher Mazda of Racine before you leave so we can make sure that everything is in working order, 

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When's the Last Time Your Tires Were Rotated?

Tire rotation is a confusing concept because tires rotate as you drive. However, tire rotations at our service department involve taking the tires off and moving them around. It's what helps to even out the tread wear. As you drive in Racine, WI, the tires are going to wear unevenly based on driving conditions. There's nothing you can do about it, except for scheduling tire rotations every 10,000 miles or so.

When you make an appointment at our service center at Frank Boucher Mazda of Racine, we will take excellent care of you. Let us measure the…

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Your Differential Is an Engineering Marvel

Getting power from your engine to your wheels and creates actual motion is no simple task. There are a lot of processes and gears involved in getting your car, truck, or SUV to move forward or backward.

The engine obviously generates the power needed for your vehicle to move. It works with the transmission to provide the gearing to turn the drive shaft. The drive shaft runs along the vehicle underneath and goes from the front to the back. This is what interfaces with the differential, which is what sends the power to the axles.

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Carry a Bag of Sand with You This Winter

When driving, especially in the winter it is helpful to have a few tricks up your sleeve. You should always travel with a big bag of sand, salt, or litter in the winter. If you happen to get stuck, which is likely to happen with all the ice and snow, all you need to do is spread a generous amount under and around your tires and you should have enough traction to get going again.

Hopefully, you will not have to use it, but if you do at least you will be prepared, and it is always better to be…

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Where Did the Term Horsepower Come From?

Whenever we are thinking of purchasing a car or truck the term "horsepower" comes into play at some point in the conversation. Horsepower is a measure of the amount of power the engine has in order to move the car. The more horsepower, the faster the car will go.

The term came about in the 18th century when James Watt, the noted inventor was looking for a way to sell steam engines. He was observing ponies at a coal mine as they hauled coal and he calculated that they were moving coal at the rate of 22,000 foot-pounds per…

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Some Good Reasons to Choose Your Parts from the Dealership

Just because an auto part costs less does not mean that it is of the same quality as a factory approved part. Original parts are made with the approval of the brand, and the quality control is rigidly overseen to ensure that the part will last.

Second hand and aftermarket parts are cheaper for a reason, and that reason is that they are usually not as well made and do not fall under the more rigorous manufacturing standards required of OEM parts. One has to seriously think about the warranty question when aftermarket parts are used.

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Your Vehicle Depends on All its Fluids

We are all pretty familiar with the concept of changing our engine oil every 3000-5000 miles in order to protect our engine. But what about all of the other critical systems in your vehicle that depends on the fluid in them to continue to function properly?

When going over your auto maintenance list, it can be easy to overlook things like your cooling system, brake system, power steering, and transmission. But the reality is, all of these very critical systems depend on having the proper amount of clean and unburned fluid to keep them going.

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