Blog

You are viewing all posts for categories: service

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. 

Read More
Categories:

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…

Read More
Categories:

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…

Read More
Categories:

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…

Read More
Categories:

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…

Read More
Categories:

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. 

Read More
Categories:

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. 

Read More
Categories:

Tips to Prevent Hydroplaning on Wet Roads

Driving during huge rainstorms or on wet roads in general can present numerous challenges and potential risks, but few risks are greater than hydroplaning. Therefore, read on to learn how to avoid this extremely dangerous condition.

In simple terms, hydroplaning occurs when too much water builds up in front of your tires and thus causes them to glide on the water instead of remaining in contact with the road. Loss of control and braking both occurring in an instant to create hazardous conditions and a high likelihood of a crash. 

Read More
Categories:

Transfer Cases and What They Do

Transfer cases are found in vehicles that have four-wheel or all-wheel drive. This part will transfer power from the transmission to the front and rear axles via the drive shafts. If a case breaks, then that part of the transmission won't work, which causes big problems for your vehicle.

At Valley Imports Group, our service department can identify problems with your transfer case. You may have even noticed some of the symptoms, such as a loud grinding noise or problems with shifting into gear. Once we figure out what's wrong, we'll get you all fixed up.

Read More
Categories: ,

Is Your Car Shifting as It Should?

When you drive your car, does your engine rev higher as it shifts? Or, do you feel jolts as it changes gears? If so, you need to have your transmission inspected and serviced as soon as possible. Transmissions contain many moving parts (including gears) that operate any time you drive your vehicle. These parts rely on clean transmission fluid to keep them working smoothly and within temperature parameters.

However, transmission fluid breaks down over time due to heat and buildup of particles within the component. As a result, it is very important to change this fluid on a normal schedule…

Read More
Categories: ,
While every reasonable effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this data, we are not responsible for any errors or omissions contained on these pages including vehicle pricing. It is the customer’s sole responsibility to verify the existence and condition of any equipment or prices listed. Neither the dealership nor Dealer.com is responsible for misprints on prices or equipment. All prices, specifications and availability subject to change without notice. Contact dealer for most current information.