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Keeping Your Engine Cool: Overview of Overheating Causes and Solutions

A key element of ensuring a long life for your engine is avoiding overheating. There are a number of more common ways in which vehicle engines overhead, including a defective radiator itself.

Beyond an issue with the radiator, a frequent cause of vehicle engine overheating is an issue with coolant. You may have too little coolant in the system. If you use a coolant that requires blending with water, you may have done that improperly. Another common cause of engine overheating is 

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Learn about Safe Jump Starts

We want to help you understand how to jump start a car at Valley Imports. You never know when a Fargo neighbor might ask you for a jump. Follow our sequence for safety.

Determine your positive and negative jumper cables. Your positive cable will feature red, yellow or a stripe. Carefully clamp one end of your positive cable to the weak battery's positive terminal. Connect this cable to your positive terminal, too. Now, clamp your negative cable to your negative battery terminal.

Never connect the remaining clamp to the weak battery during a jump start...

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Spills, Smell, and Safety for the Savvy Car Owner

As a car owner or perspective car buyer, we at Valley Imports want you to be an informed vehicle owner and to understand how to care for your particular car.

Car odors are the result of many different circumstances. A common cause is spills, whether it's coffee from your daily commute or your small child's milk. The best way to deal with spills and minimize potential odors is to take care of the spill as soon as possible. Many spills occur while driving. 

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Things that Can Cause a Tire Blowout

Knowing that blowouts happen, it is important to know what causes them so that you can do more to prevent a blowout. There are actually a lot of things that can cause you to have a blowout in your vehicle's tires.

Among the things that can happen in order to cause a blowout is a puncture in your tire. If you ride over something that punctures your tire, that can let air out of your tires. At this point, you are going to have to change your tires as soon as you can so that you can be back…

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Do Winter Tires Perform Well in the Summer?

As the weather changes throughout the year, drivers switch out their tires to something a bit safer. But is it really necessary? We here at Valley Imports want you to be informed about your vehicle's seasonal maintenance needs, so here are some reasons why you should never use winter tires during the summer.

While summer and winter tires may look similar, they're vastly different in design. For one, they're made out of a more flexible rubber. The material can conform to icy roads to provide more traction. Winter tires also have weather-specific treads that are designed to…

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Eliminating Pet Hair in Your Car

As nice as it is to travel with our dogs, the downside is that they always seem to leave behind tons of hair. We want you to be an informed driver and car owner who knows how to keep your car clean and free from pet hair. Stop over at Valley Imports and allow us to show you some of our traveling-with-pets supplies or offer some tips on hair removal.

While there are several remedies for removing pet hair, the best idea is to try to eliminate as much hair as possible. Giving your dog a thorough brushing can get…

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How to Pack Your Roadside Emergency Kit the Right Way

Packing your roadside emergency kit the right way begins with the following safety items. Place a few cans of tire fix-a-flat in your kit; it will help to get that tire up off the rim high enough to safely move the vehicle off the road and to the shoulder. Road flares are going to alert distracted drivers they need to slow down because your vehicle is disabled.

Flashlights and new batteries are essential for being able to signal for help and to navigate around the vehicle in the dark. An empty gas can would be good if you ran out…

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What is the Difference Between Conventional and Synthetic Motor Oils?

Conventional motor oils are refined from crude oil. The refining process does not eliminate all contaminants from the oil. Car manufacturers accepted the use of conventional motor oils as lubricants because there were no other lubricants available. The contaminants that reside in conventional motor oils contribute toward lubrication breakdown and eventual failure.

Synthetic motor oils have a pure base element that is free from the contaminants found in conventional motor oils. The purity of the synthetic oil base creates greater longevity. 

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The Importance of Getting Exhaust System Service

The emissions test failed. Now is the time to get the required muffler and exhaust service in Fargo, ND. Here is an introduction of the exhaust system process and why it is important to get your vehicle serviced at our auto service department.

The car exhaust pipe is one of the main systems of the exhaust manifold that helps reduce the amount of noise coming from the engines and limit harmful emissions in the environment. 

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The Importance of Your Brake Pads

Brake pads are an essential part of your brake system. Regular brake pad inspection and replacement helps your car stop safely when you need it to.

When you step on the brake, brake calipers squeeze the brake pads against rotors attached to the wheels. The brake pads supply friction against the wheels, causing your vehicle to slow down. The friction needed to stop your car also causes wear on the brake pads over time. Your brake pads routinely need to be inspected and replaced. 

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