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Back-to-School Service Tips from Fox Grand Traverse Lincoln

Whether you're a student heading back to college or a parent gearing up for school drop-off, there are some things you should do to prepare your car for the upcoming season. Taking care of basic maintenance tasks can prevent breakdowns and keep your vehicle performing its best over the coming months.

There are a number of vehicle services that every driver will want to take care of on a routine basis. Now is as good a time as any to make sure you get an oil change, tire rotation and pressure check, battery test, brake inspection, wiper blade replacement…

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Why Wheel Alignments Matter

At Fox Grand Traverse Lincoln, our service department staff are often asked about the types of work we provide. While maintenance tasks like oil changes and brake repair are at the top of most people's lists, they often forget about the importance of others. Wheel alignments are one job that may fall by the wayside, but is actually quite important to vehicle performance and safety.

A wheel alignment, often called a front-end or tire alignment, is an adjustment that ensures your vehicle drives straight down Traverse City roads. Neglecting this essential task can 

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What Is A Transfer Case (And Why Should I Care)?

A transfer case is a small, heavy-duty gearbox that splits engine power between the front and rear wheels of a vehicle. In some cases, the transmission can send power to all four wheels. Transfer cases are found in many vehicles — from trucks, SUVs, and vans to cars with all-wheel drive (AWD). They're also used in off-road vehicles, like Jeeps and rock crawlers.

There are two basic types of transfer cases; manual (with a lever) and automatic. Manual transfer cases use a lever or button to engage or disengage different gears; automatic ones use an electric motor to shift gears…

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How to Make a Winter Survival Kit

It's that time of year again. The leaves are falling, the air is getting colder, and winter is just around the corner. Of course, you're not going to let this weather stop you from enjoying your favorite outdoor activities! But before you head out for a day in the snow or ice, make sure to put together your winter survival kit. This handy checklist will help ensure that you have all of the essentials on hand when it comes time to bundle up and brave mother nature!

1) Waterproof boots and extra pairs of thick socks.

 

 

 

 

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Taking a Roadtrip on a Budget

Whether you have taken lots of roadtrips or if you have never taken one before, you are in for a treat. It's important to have a clear head about the costs associated with a roadtrip. From gas and food to lodging in a hotel and activities, there is a lot to remember.

To make sure that you can stick to a budget, book as much as possible in advance. That means tickets, hotel rooms, and anything else you can think of. 

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How to Prepare for the Cold Weather with a Winter Survival Kit

Winter is coming, and with it comes a time of year when we all need to be prepared. Whether you're taking a winter vacation or simply staying home and hibernating, many potential dangers can strike during the cold months. These include power outages, snowstorms, food spoilage, and more. The best way to be safe during the winter is with a survival kit. The following steps will lead you through the process of assembling your survival kit for winter:

1. Prepare an inventory of what you already have

Before making a shopping list, take stock of all the items in…

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Preparing Your Vehicle to Tow a Camper

Perhaps you own a truck, or sooner you are budgeting to purchase one. Moderately, it helps haul. Are you preparing your vehicle to tow a camper? There are some key highlights to know the towing capacity of your truck.

Before purchasing a camper, you should know your truck’s pulling capacity. Both vehicles must pair with each other to avoid safety complications.

Stability

For firmness, besides the hitch attached to the camper- you may also attach another to your truck's frame. For more engine efficiency, add cold air ventilation.

Truck’s hauling capacity

You might be well conversant with…

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What is ASE Certification & Why is it Important?

The Automotive Service Excellence Certification or ASE Certification is a certification that has been around for decades. It is the most widely recognized automotive service industry certification in North America and it's one of the most respected certifications in the world. This post will discuss what this certification entails, why it's important to have, and how it can help you grow your business.

ASE Certification & Master Certifications

ASE certifications are divided into two types: ASE Certificates and ASE Master Certifications. 

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Are Summer Tires Better Than All-Season Tires?

The next time your vehicle needs a new set of tires, you will likely be met with more options than you can count. Yet, the rivalry between summer tires and all-season tires is one of the most common that you will likely encounter. Heat management, handling abilities, and temperature range preferences differ between these two types of tires.

Also referred to as "performance tires," summer tires work well in regions that do not experience intense winter elements. They perform well in geographical areas with periods of dry and wet seasons, both of which summer tires excel in. 

 

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Why Does Tire Pressure Matter?

In all the things that can go wrong with your vehicle, a flat tire can be the most demanding. After all, when your tire loses too much pressure you are forced to deal with the situation right then. By monitoring tire pressure, many flat tires and blow outs can be avoided. When the tire pressure sensor on your gauge cluster lights up, it is time to act.

When left unattended, low tire pressure can cause more damage than you might realize. When the tires on your vehicle are not inflated to the manufacturer's standards, constant wear and tear is…

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