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How to Prepare for a Potential Roadside Emergency


Preparation is the key when it comes to surviving any roadside emergency. Here are a few things to consider today while you are home safe.
  • Be sure to keep an empty gas can in the trunk. Rather than walk to a service station, someone offering help can assist.
  • Keep a gallon of water in the trunk just in case the engine overheats. This will allow you to drive to a service station and get off the highway.
  • A roll of duct table in the toolbox can be handy for patching a hole in your radiator hose so you can drive…
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Brakes Squealing? Time To Replace the Pads

if you hear a squealing or grinding noise when you put on your brakes, it is already too late and you need to have your pads replaced. Replacing brake pads is a regular maintenance item due to regular friction and wear.

Brake pads protect the caliper from friction when the brake pedal is depressed. The caliper squeezes the rotors to stop the car. This creates an incredible amount of friction, which eventually causes the brake pads to wear out. Failure to replace your brake pads means that the friction will eventually come in contact with the calipers, causing them to…

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What is an Alternator?

Every car needs electricity to start and run even though it creates energy by burning fuel. The engine uses electricity to run, and your car's lights and cabin electronics need electric power, too. The car battery and the alternator work together to keep your car powered with electricity.

The alternator is an engine's electric generator, which runs when the engine is running. When the engine is not running, it's the car battery that provides electricity. How does the battery stay charged? That's the other job of the alternator: It recharges the battery while you drive....

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Inspect Cooling System Before Vacation Trip

Is there a vacation road trip in your future? At Tom Ahl Family of Dealerships, we recommend that owners schedule an inspection of their engine's radiator and cooling system. This is one of the easiest ways to give you peace of mind while driving on your vacation. Our experienced service department technicians in Lima, OH can catch small problems early before they develop into major headaches from overheated engines that can ruin your trip.

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AWD or 4WD? That is the Question


Here at Tom Ahl Family of Dealerships, we like to make sure our customers are informed. One of the many questions asked is what is the difference between AWD and 4WD. Then the essential choice to make comes into play as well.

When asked to explain what 4WD is the term four by four is often heard. In a 4WD vehicle, the power for the engine goes to all four wheels so that they turn simultaneously at the same speed. This can be great except in circumstances where a vehicle needs to turn a certain way, and the front wheels…
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Let Your Vehicle Empower You

If you don't know whether you should get a vehicle with all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive, you should decide what it is that you like to drive. If you like to drive crossovers and sedans, then you will end up with all-wheel drive. If you like trucks or SUVs, then you will get four-wheel drive.

Vehicles that have all-wheel drive or four-wheel drive offer better handling and control over your average vehicle that only has power to two of its wheels. If you drive a vehicle that has more power, you'll be able to do more exploring and…

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The 2017 Hyundai Tucson is a Great Family Vehicle

If you are trying to find an SUV that will work out well for your family, you will find that the 2017 Hyundai Tucson has much to offer. This is a great family vehicle because of all that it gives to you.
  • The 2017 Hyundai Tucson fits multiple members of a family, and it allows each person to ride in comfort.
  • There is leg room in the rear of the 2017 Hyundai Tucson, and the rear…
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Choose the 2018 Hyundai Elantra for Affordability and Class

Hyundai is known for creating some really upscale vehicles that come with an affordable sticker price. You get the best features both inside and out, along with power under the hood and impressive efficiency.

Hyundai vehicles, such as the 2018 Hyundai Elantra, have had some very impressive gas mileage numbers on the market. Interior features include high quality materials, the latest safety features, rearview camera technology, and plenty of leg room.

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The Pros of Getting Service at Your Dealership

Every car owner knows that regular maintenance is extremely important to the upkeep of your vehicle. Some vehicle owners may be at a loss, however, as to where they should turn for quality maintenance to keep their automobiles running smoothly. The local auto shop? Your friend who knows about cars? Your dealership is the best place to take your car for its regular services.

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