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Separating Fact from Fiction About Motor Oil

If you sometimes have difficulties separating fact from fiction when it comes to your vehicle, you're not alone. There are all kinds of fictions about motor oil floating around, and some of them are even perpetuated by people who should know better. To help you out, we'll debunk one of the most common motor oil myths.

Some people believe that the "W" on the label that says what type of oil it is stands for "weight." 

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Jump Starting Another Car

If you want to help someone else jump start their car, you will need to have a set of jumper cables. It is also important to make sure that your own car is running properly. Before you start to hook up the jumper cables, make sure that both car engines are turned off and the cars are sitting in park.

Open up the hoods of both cars to find the battery. 

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Windshield Wiper Maintenance

Safe driving is achieved by obvious efforts such as driving the speed limit, refraining from being distracted and remaining vigilant for other drivers' possible mistakes. Less obvious efforts involve maintaining a vehicle's windshield wipers for maximum visibility while driving.

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Discover How the Weather in Spokane Affects Your Car Battery

Many people are surprised to learn that both extreme cold and extreme heat are bad for car batteries. In the extreme cold, the battery's capacity decreases by up to 50 percent, but the engine needs even more amps than usual in order to get going.

Extreme heat is also bad for car batteries. Some of the electrolyte evaporates after the temperature reaches 77 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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Should You Choose All-Wheel Drive or Four-Wheel Drive?

The great open road can provide us with not only convenience but also a beautiful driving experience. In many of these natural wonders, however, the elements can also throw a wrench into our plans. Lithia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT of Spokane would like to tell you about our huge selection of four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles to improve your experience. We've all heard of trucks and SUV models that offer this feature. What most of us think is that these features are "extra," and that means an increase in pricing.

 

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Salt Melts Ice but Does Not Create Traction: What Can You Do?

There are three products that are good for use in the winter but not all used for the same purpose. Salt, sand and kitty litter are all used for different purposes in the winter. While sand and kitty litter are good for getting unstuck in heavy snow or on icy roads, they do not melt ice the way salt does.

Salt is used for melting ice from steps and driveways. The type of salt used is rock salt (or sodium chloride) and it has a larger texture than regular table salt. There are drawbacks to using salt however:

  1. It is…
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Why Buying Winter Wiper Blades Makes a Safer Ride

Making the switch to winter wiper blades can benefit you ride in more ways than you may realize. These are a few things to consider about getting a set of new wiper blades as the colder weather arrives, courtesy of our staff at Lithia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT of Spokane:

The winter wiper blades have a rubber shell that covers all the bare metal moveable parts. This shell keeps ice from coming in contact with that framework and allows the new blades to easily hug the windshield and remove all that precipitation. 

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What You Should Do to Minimize Risks on Your Holiday Road Trip

Once holiday time hits, you probably want to rush to your car and hit the road, so you get as much time as possible with family at your destination. But don't rush too fast without making sure your vehicle is ready. You should have a list ready so that your road trip has no unexpected surprises.

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Booking Your Seasonal Service Checkup at Lithia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT of Spokane

In order to make it through another season without your beloved car, SUV or truck breaking down along the side of the road, it is important to always keep up on those checkups. Here is what to expect at the seasonal maintenance checkup when you visit the certified service center here at Lithia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT of Spokane!

And in addition, you can use our convenient online service scheduling tool to reserve your spot now:

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Do You Check Your Car Fluids?

There is no doubt that a major aspect of car servicing and vehicle maintenance would have to be changing the crucial fluids to its safe operation. Here at Lithia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram FIAT of Spokane, we always stress the importance of checking on fluids to our customers, as some drivers tend to ignore them. Please consider the following about your car, SUV or truck, and stop by our service department with any questions.

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