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Do the Prep Work Before Towing a Recreational Vehicle

There is no better way to enjoy life with the family on the road than with a trailer hitched onto the back of your truck or SUV. What is the safest way to haul, though? Here are two things to consider before you bring the family trailer along on your next trip.

1. Balance both sides of the trailer

It is important that you seek to balance the weight of your trailer as it relates to your vehicle. Placing bulky items on both sides of the carrier, instead of just on one end of the spectrum, is the best way…

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When Should You Consider Service for Your Exhaust System?

Your vehicle’s exhaust system consists of pipes that sends the harmful exhaust gases into the atmosphere rather than the engine. If you have a leaking exhaust, your muffler will be loud, but there can be other warnings as well. Stop by our car repair shop in Oregon City, and we’ll inspect your vehicle and advise you of your options. Your exhaust system may still be running quietly even if it has a leak. Here are some signs that your exhaust may have a leak:

  • Popping or hissing sound from the tailpipe
  • You can visually see a leak 
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Keep Your Engine Cool

The temperature created by a running engine easily reaches 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. The cooling system is designed to offset the heat in order to prevent engine damage. The radiator, radiator cap, hoses, water pump and thermostat work together to monitor engine heat and minimize the temperature by circulating water and antifreeze through the system. However, if any of these components fail, or if there is an insufficient amount of antifreeze installed, the engine overheats.

Drivers are often alerted to the problem when the dashboard gauge registers hotter than normal. 

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Maintenance Strategies for Your Battery

Vehicle batteries don't require a lot of maintenance because the housing protects the main cells that hold energy. However, in order to maintain an efficient electrical system, you'll have to replace a weak battery whenever the most common replacements signs are detected.

When a battery is weak, your headlights will begin to illuminate the environment inefficiently. A lighting problem that's caused by a weak battery dramatically affects the intensity of the beams. If your car has this issue, the battery will generate dim light shortly after you crank the engine. 

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Reasons You May Want to Keep a Full Fuel Tank

We here at Lithia Subaru of Oregon City want to make sure that you are prepared this winter. You should have all the information you need to stay safe while you are on the road but also so that you can take good care of your vehicle while the weather is a bit trickier than normal.

The summer months don't necessarily put a lot of wear and tear on your vehicle but the winter is quite brutal. In addition to routine maintenance and oil changes, you will want to make sure you are doing a few other things, like…

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Reasons You May Want to Keep a Full Fuel Tank

We here at Lithia Subaru of Oregon City want to make sure that you are prepared this winter. You should have all the information you need to stay safe while you are on the road but also so that you can take good care of your vehicle while the weather is a bit trickier than normal.

The summer months don't necessarily put a lot of wear and tear on your vehicle but the winter is quite brutal. In addition to routine maintenance and oil changes, you will want to make sure you are doing a few other things, like…

read more

Reasons You May Want to Keep a Full Fuel Tank

We here at Lithia Subaru of Oregon City want to make sure that you are prepared this winter. You should have all the information you need to stay safe while you are on the road but also so that you can take good care of your vehicle while the weather is a bit trickier than normal.

The summer months don't necessarily put a lot of wear and tear on your vehicle but the winter is quite brutal. In addition to routine maintenance and oil changes, you will want to make sure you are doing a few other things, like…

read more

Reasons You May Want to Keep a Full Fuel Tank

We here at Lithia Subaru of Oregon City want to make sure that you are prepared this winter. You should have all the information you need to stay safe while you are on the road but also so that you can take good care of your vehicle while the weather is a bit trickier than normal.

The summer months don't necessarily put a lot of wear and tear on your vehicle but the winter is quite brutal. In addition to routine maintenance and oil changes, you will want to make sure you are doing a few other things, like…

read more

Reasons You May Want to Keep a Full Fuel Tank

We here at Lithia Subaru of Oregon City want to make sure that you are prepared this winter. You should have all the information you need to stay safe while you are on the road but also so that you can take good care of your vehicle while the weather is a bit trickier than normal.

The summer months don't necessarily put a lot of wear and tear on your vehicle but the winter is quite brutal. In addition to routine maintenance and oil changes, you will want to make sure you are doing a few other things, like…

read more

Reasons You May Want to Keep a Full Fuel Tank

We here at Lithia Subaru of Oregon City want to make sure that you are prepared this winter. You should have all the information you need to stay safe while you are on the road but also so that you can take good care of your vehicle while the weather is a bit trickier than normal.

The summer months don't necessarily put a lot of wear and tear on your vehicle but the winter is quite brutal. In addition to routine maintenance and oil changes, you will want to make sure you are doing a few other things, like…

read more
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