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Reasons Your Engine May be Overheating

If you are sitting in Walnut Creek traffic and you suddenly notice that your car is starting to overheat, you should know that it isn't only about the fact that you are sitting in traffic, even if the issue is that heat is beating down on your car. If your engine is overheating, it means that you are having problems either with your car's thermostat or there is a leak or problem with the coolant system in your car.

If you don't get this kind of thing fixed, and your car keeps overheating, you can see your…

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The Importance of Muffler Maintenance

Muffler and exhaust maintenance can be an often overlooked aspect of your vehicle's regular check-ups. Many motorists will only have their mechanic or technician inspect their muffler if they see, or more likely hear, some very obvious damage to it. Of course, this is not the best idea for your vehicle's long term health.

Your vehicle's exhaust system exists for two primary reasons. The obvious one is to reduce noise, but the more important one is to reduce your car's emissions. A poorly maintained exhaust system will cause your car to increase the amount of harmful…

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What are the Properties of Synthetic and Conventional Engine Oil?

Everyone knows that it is important to regularly have your vehicle engine oil levels checked and to have the fluid changed every so many miles. But do you know what type of oil that your vehicle requires? Some manufacturers require a certain type of engine oil, while others leave it up to the owner. Regardless, you need to understand the differences in engine oils.

Conventional engine oil is derived directly from crude oil. It provides lubrication for high engine temperatures, remains stable for a long period of time and is generally less expensive than other types of oil. 

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Safety Precautions to Observe When Changing a Flat Tire

Having a tire go flat on the road is a situation many drivers can handle with the right tools and a little work. However, it's important to be safe when you attempt to change a tire while stranded on the road.

It's important to maintain control of your vehicle when you have a flat tire while driving. Pull over and stop your vehicle as soon as it's safe to do so, preferably on level ground somewhere off the road, such as a nearby parking lot. Be sure the car is in park and that the parking brake…

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How Temperature Changes Can Affect Car Batteries

Temperature extremes can have a significant impact on how your car functions. When the weather gets really cold, the battery in your car can lose charge. It can be difficult for your car battery to have enough power to start your engine in extremely cold weather.

If the weather gets really hot, your battery can overheat. While this does not occur frequently, big temperature extremes within a few days can wreak havoc on how your car battery holds a charge. 

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Has Your Car Ever Hydroplaned?

Hydroplaning can be a frightful experience, especially if you are driving on a busy road or at a high rate of speed. When the rain falls faster than roads are able to drain, a lot of water can build up. When that water gets between your tires and the road, hydroplaning is the result.

When your car hydroplanes, you could lose control of your brakes and steering. Driving slowly in heavy rain lessens your car's risk of hydroplaning. You can also lessen your risk by ensuring that your tires are in good condition and have enough tread to provide…

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Don't Wait for a Blowout

A tire blowout on the freeway can be a dangerous situation, and in the city, it can leave you stranded. A number of things can be done to lower the possibility of blowouts.

Blowouts can be caused by a number of maintenance issues besides normal tire wear. For example, tires will wear faster than expected if their pressure is too low or too high. Regularly checking your tires' pressure when they're cold and adjusting the pressure as needed can eliminate a common reason for premature tire wear. 

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Move Over Laws Protect Motorists and Roadside Workers

The move over law was designed to make pulling over on the side of the highway safer for the men and women who operate vehicles with those flashing lights, like policemen, firemen and other first responders. Many deaths have been associated with motorists who speed and hit these individuals while they work. According to Mason Dixon Rolling Research, 71% of drivers are unaware of this law.

 

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Auto Service Made Easy by Online Scheduling Tool

The people of Walnut Creek, California live very diverse lives. Some people work the wee hours of the morning and prefer to sleep during the day which might be beneficial to them and their schedule, but unfortunately, many businesses and services are only available during the day during traditional business hours. We understand here at Mercedes-Benz of Walnut Creek that everyone's schedules are different, which is why we have introduced our online scheduling tool that allows you to make appointments online whenever is convenient for you.

 

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Make Your Food Safe to Transport This Holiday Season

When you have a holiday get-together you have to get to, you want to make sure any food you're taking there arrives undisturbed. Spilled food means big messes to clean up in your car, and that's probably the last thing you want to deal with while trying to enjoy the holidays. To minimize the chances of food getting spilled, you should follow a few tips from our dealership.

Safe Food Storage Tips From Mercedes-Benz of Walnut Creek

  • Put your food in a strong container that can be sealed to prevent spills.
  • Make sure your food is not sitting…
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