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A Few Things You'll Be Thankful to Have in Your Car


If you've ever been driving down the road when your car malfunctioned, you were probably thankful if you had some reflective triangles to make your vehicle more visible. Having the small things makes all the difference to your safety, and at Annapolis Hyundai, we have a few tips on what to keep in your roadside emergency kit.

In the winter, you should ensure that you have a few items in case you get stuck. A shovel and some sand can help get you the traction and room to get moving if you're stuck on a patch of ice…
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Cabin And Engine Air Filters

Our team at Annapolis Hyundai want to make sure that you are getting the most out of your car and having the best possible driving experience. That is why we wanted to take a bit of time to tell you all about the importance of engine and cabin air filters and remind you to replace them regularly as needed.

An engine air filter is designed to remove things like dust, dirt and grime from the intake air required to cool the engine and help it to run efficiently. Similarly, the air filter in the cabin of your vehicle is designed…
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When to Check for Alignment Issues

Have you ever noticed your vehicle veering slightly to one side or another? If you notice that your steering wheel vibrates, and you think that your tires are wearing unevenly, then there's a good chance that your wheels are out of alignment.

Most often, wheels become out of alignment when you drive over a large pothole or run into a curb. So, if you notice any of the above symptoms directly after this happens, that's a good time to have your alignment checked. You can also have it checked whenever you get an oil change. The technician will…

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How Important Is the Radiator for the Engine Cooling System?

The radiator is the main part of the cooling system in your vehicle and has the purpose of keeping the engine coolant fluid at the proper level. The coolant circulates throughout the engine and keeps the engine components from overheating.

Cooling fins inside the radiator cool the fluid as it passes over them. Radiator hoses transport the coolant throughout the engine and need to be strong and durable to withstand the vibrations in the engine. If the radiator or hoses are compromised, then the coolant can become overheated. The engine can even be damaged as a result of these extreme…

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How to Get Precise Results When Testing a Car Battery

Voltage meters are popular tools that help motorists test the energy levels in an automotive battery. Because this device is designed with color-coded wiring that examines the power in a battery by interacting with a display panel, users must take a strategic step to gather precise testing information. If you don't want to deal with engine or electrical problems during important driving situations, you can get proper data very easily while using a voltage meter by considering a few things during each car battery maintenance routine.

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Don’t Forget to Maintain Your Transfer Case

When we think of car maintenance, what usually comes to mind are oil changes, tire rotations, and annual tune-ups. We seldom think of transfer cases, yet transfer cases are what give our vehicles the power they need to navigate through any terrain. Stop in at Annapolis Hyundai and have one of our service technicians take a look at your vehicle.

With so many things already on your schedule, you probably don’t have the time to do your own maintenance. This is particularly true with complex parts like transfer cases. We will inspect your transfer case, replace the fluid if…

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How Much Do You Need to Change Your Differential Oil?

For you to keep your differential in optimum performance, consider buying the recommended differential oil. Since most cars only have a rear differential, their owners can go for the conventional oil. However, if your car has a front differential, there is more to it than just conventional oil.

Since front differentials are built into manual transaxle, it follows that you will need differential oil that sips in better. It is for this reason that full synthetic or synthetic blend oils are recommended for front differentials. On average, you will spend between $55 and $77 for a change...

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Booking Your Routine Car Maintenance Appointments Yourself

Similar to making a reservation for dinner at a restaurant and showing up at that time with no wait, now you can do the same when you need to get any work done to your car at the local dealership. Using the online service scheduler, drivers have the ability to choose when and what time work will begin so they are not waiting around for longer than need be.

The ease in which any driver can use the online service scheduler is simple. Just access the scheduler online, pick a day you want the car to be serviced, then narrow…

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What Can a Full Tank of Gas Do for You in the Winter?

Driving to the gas station to top off is a small price to pay compared to what could happen when you are driving around with an empty tank of gas. These are a few things to consider the next time you drive by the gas station without getting fuel.

The less gas in the car, the lighter the rear. The lighter the rear, the harder it can be for the tire treads to grip slippery roads. This may result in the car sliding out of control or not being able to move forward in snowy conditions. Condensation is more likely…

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Tire treads and their effects on stopping distance

Tires have treads that vary depending on the vehicle type and life usage. These differences affect their performance while on the roads. In some cases, worn out tires are responsible for accidents. Regular check on them by professionals will keep your vehicle at the safe point. In case of wear out, it's advisable to visit the car dealership for the replacement to avoid accidents.

Fewer tires tread results in longer stopping distance on wet roads which increase risks of hydroplaning.

 

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