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Brake Service & Repair - Things to Know

The brakes on your vehicle play an important role because without them you would not be able to stop. The brake system consists of many parts – brake shoes, calipers, disc brakes, drum brakes, brake pads, brake lines and brake fluid. With so many different parts, it’s important to make sure they’re all doing their part. 

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Understanding the Differences Between Towing and Payload Capacity

If you are going to use your truck as it is meant to be used, you have to know the difference between towing and payload capacity. You need to know what your truck can handle, and you cannot get these two numbers confused. Reed Chevrolet is here to help you understand the difference.

The towing capacity of your vehicle is just that, the weight that your vehicle can pull behind it. 

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Creating a Roadside Emergency Kit

You need to be prepared for bad things that might come about even if you wish that your life could all be happy and easy. One of the ways that you can prepare for bad things that might happen when you are driving is by creating a roadside emergency kit.

You should have something in your vehicle that contains the essentials that you might need in an emergency situation. This should include water in case you are stranded somewhere for a long time. It should also include a flare of some sort, a flashlight, and an emergency blanket.

Preparing yourself…

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How to Test Your Car's Battery

If you are noticing issues with your lights dimming when you start up the car or your car's lights seem to change in brightness when you rev the engine, you may be having an issue with your car battery failing. It's important to check your car battery at least twice per year. For areas that experience extremely cold or hot temperatures, performing a battery check is even more vital as batteries tend to lose their charge in cold weather.

You can use a multimeter at home to check your battery easily. Multimeters can be purchased at most stores…

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You Must Change Your Oil Filter With Every Oil Change

As a car owner you want to make sure your car is running at its best and want to make sure you are keeping up with routine maintenance to ensure it is running smoothly and safely, but with all the myths about engine oil it can be confusing. Below is a common motor oil myth, followed by the truth:

MYTH:You must change your oil filter every time you change your engine oil.

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Replacing Your Windshield Wiper Blades: Here's What You Need to Know

Have you noticed your windshield wiper blades struggling to clear water from your windshield? Have you heard a strange scraping noise when you turn them on? Don't keep using your blades. These are signs that your windshield wiper blades have worn out and need to be replaced.

Many adults don't realize or know that windshield wiper blades don't last forever. 

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Spend Some Time Deciding Which Warranty Best Meets Your Needs

In planning your next vehicle purchase, have you given any thought to what happens if any component happens to fail? Vehicle repair can be expensive, especially when it's a high dollar component such as the engine. Thankfully, getting a warranty on your vehicle addresses this issue.

There are two primary warranties to choose from when looking to cover your vehicle. They are drivetrain and bumper to bumper. As its name implies, a drivetrain warranty covers components responsible for your vehicles motion. These include the engine, transmission, and other relate parts.

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What is the Difference Between a Front-Wheel and Rear-Wheel-Drive Vehicle?

There are many considerations when determining which vehicle is the right choice for you. It needn’t be an overwhelming experience, however, if you take a little time at the outset to determine which factors matter most to you. A front-wheel-drive (FWD) and rear-wheel-drive (RWD) vehicle each has benefits and limitations. Think about what you expect in a vehicle, what type of road conditions you’ll mainly be driving in, and how many miles you plan to travel.

A FWD is the most economical choice of the two. Because of its engine and drivetrain assembly combined in the front of…

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Why You Shouldn't Skip Out on Tire Rotations for Your Car

With all of the demands of work and personal life, car maintenance can be the last thing on your mind. However, if you go too long without something as simple as getting your tires rotated, you could end up paying for it big time down the line.

When your tires are rotated properly and at the right intervals, the tread will wear more evenly, which prevents accidents in bad weather and helps stabilize your driving. If you have front-wheel drive, your front tires could wear more quickly than the rear tires.

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Stay Out of the Ditch with Expert Brake Pad Replacement

Whether you stay in Saint Joseph, MO or travel far away, your brakes are much busier than you may realize. It's more than stopping the vehicle. Individual tire braking is needed for poor traction conditions. Applying the brake to a single wheel may mean the difference between a good day and a sudden slide into the ditch.

To keep a car out of harm's way, the brakes must be in good shape. Brake pads are a remarkable invention. Replacing the pads is much less expensive than replacing brakes and rotors. The pads must be tough to provide a…

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