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How to Replace a Flat Tire

Having a basic understanding of your car and how it works has plenty of benefits, from saving you money to keeping you from being stranded for hours. Knowing how to change your tire in the event of a flat can save you both time and money.

Don't attempt to change a flat on a grassy or muddy surface. Make sure you car is parked on asphalt or similarly sturdy ground. Set your parking brake and turn off the engine before slightly loosening the lug nuts on the flat. Raise your car on the jack and loosen the lug nuts…

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Winter Tires: Made Specifically for that Season

You don’t have to change your tires from winter to summer, but you would be far better off for doing so. For those who don’t know, there are tires designed for the various seasons that occur. Winter tires are specifically crafted to have better traction on icy and cold roads.

Some people have taken this idea and decided that it might be smart to use winter tires all year long. However, that is not a good idea because of the very way that those tires are designed. Winter tires have trouble holding up when it comes time for…

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Learning How to Protect Your Car from Salt Corrosion

Salt used to melt snow and ice on the road can have the opposite impact on your vehicle. The team at The Sharpe Collection wanted to share some tips for keeping that salt from damaging your paint or undercarriage.

Make it a point to get your vehicle to a car wash at least every ten days this season. Hand washing the exterior is not enough because salt gets trapped under the vehicle and begins to corrode moving parts quickly. If left to rust, that salt will cause the brakes and suspension to fail in time, costing you far more in…

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Staying Safe and Protected with BMW Road Hazard Tire Coverage

Whether it's a new BMW or one you've owned for a while, at some point you will experience a breakdown caused by a flat tire. Most flat tires are caused by objects on the road, such as glass, metal or a nail. However, it can also be caused by a pothole, especially this time of the year.

We want you to stay safe, and to remind you that eligible BMW tires are covered for tire replacement through the BMW Road Hazard Tire Coverage. The coverage begins from the first day of tire ownership and remains in effect for…

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Get an ASE Certified Mechanic and Be Safe

Everyone knows a guy who does car repairs on the side for a lower price. Backyard mechanics like this do good work, but they do not offer a guarantee. Technicians or mechanics who work for large chains usually need to have the ASE certification, as well as ours at The Sharpe Collection.

The Automotive Service Excellence Certification exists because a group of mechanics believed they needed to improve their professions quality of service. Since the 1970s they have offered training and testing. ASE’s mission is to make sure automotive center customers get the high-quality service...

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Watching For Obstacles While Driving

It can sometimes seem like the road is not on your side while you're driving. There could be people who don't stay in their lane or something that is on the road that you don't see until you run over the object. With a dash cam that you purchase, you can have a little more protection to get to where you're going. 

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What Does an Alternator Do?

It might come as a surprise all the things that the alternator is responsible for powering. If you are not getting the charging system maintained, you run the risk of experiencing serious troubles on the road.

Getting your vehicle to the service center is the best way to keep up on charging system issues. It is easier to make the repair now then you being stuck on the road waiting for a tow truck to bring you in for an emergency repair. 

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Signs That Your Exhaust System Needs Immediate Service

When you drive your vehicle, your engine provides the power to make your car go. There is an exhaust system that is attached to your engine as a way to whisk away the loud sounds that would otherwise come from your engine. If you've ever had a problem with your exhaust system, then you know how loud the engine noises can get in the cabin of your vehicle. In addition to louder than normal noise, an leaking exhaust presents itself a number of different ways including: 

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Learn the Right Way to Change a Flat Tire on Your Vehicle

Regardless where you get a flat tire, the first thing you should do is ride the rim a few feet until off the highway far enough so other drivers will avoid you working on the car. Put the vehicle in park and set the emergency parking brake before changing a flat tire. Use the tire lug wrench to just loosen the lugs, then jack your vehicle so the flat tire is up off the ground. 

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Are You Prepared for an Emergency?

Would you know what to do if you got a flat tire in the middle of a winter snow storm? Having the right items on hand can make a dangerous situation safer and allow you to deal with a variety of small problems in order to drive your car to a safe location.

Most emergency kits should involve a set of basics such as jumper cables, first aid kit, flashlight, blanket, and triangle reflectors. Having the tools needed to fix a flat tire is also important, and some spare oil, windshield wiper fluid, and antifreeze could provide insurance against a…

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