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The Basics of Tire Rotations

Tire rotations don't occur nearly as often as they should. That is why we here at FIAT of Portland want to teach you the basics of tire rotations. Depending on the type of drivetrain you have, your tires will wear at a different rate. For example, cars that have rear wheel drive will wear very differently than those that have front wheel drive. Because of this, you will need to switch tires in the front to the back and the tires in the back to the front.

It is recommended that this process be conducted every 5,000 to…

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How to Jump Start a Vehicle

At some point during vehicle ownership, a car or truck may not start. Jumping the battery using another vehicle may be a desirable solution.

Bring the vehicle noses as close together as possible. Turn both vehicles off. Attach the positive jumper cable to the positive post on the battery. Attach the other positive to the good battery. Then, attach the negative jumper cables to the negative post to the dead battery and the other end to an unrelated metal component. 

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Is There a Quick-Fix for a Head Gasket Leak?

A head gasket that leaks is called a blown head gasket. Blown head gaskets can allow excess air into the combustion chamber or allow oil or other fluid leaks along the seal between the block and cylinder head. Blown head gaskets are, at first, hard to diagnose. But as time passes and the pressure and heat have their way, the leaks become more substantial and undeniable.

The only real cure for a blown head gasket is to have the compromised gasket removed and replaced. 

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Your Transmission: The Unsung Hero of Your Car

Many people don't realize how a car actually gets up to speed when you are merging onto the highway or speeding up to get through that yellow light. That is why we here at FIAT of Portland want to be sure that you know the basics of your vehicle's transmission.

The transmission is what shifts gears in your vehicle as you accelerate. You can think of this like a manual bicycle that you switch the gears on once you've picked up enough speed. A manual transmission takes the work out of this process and switches the gears…

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The Benefits of Air Dams

Your car's engine is a heat-generator, and it takes many different parts to keep temperatures at manageable levels. The engine coolant must circulate through the radiator for cooling, and the fan must pump air over the radiator and the motor. These parts play big parts in the cooling picture, but there is another part that is either often overlooked or ignored. This unsung member of the cooling system team is called an air dam.

Air dams tend to sit low beneath your front bumper, and thus can be easy to miss. 

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Fluid Service Protects Your Vehicle


Fluid service is often the protector of your vehicle. It keeps your vehicle refreshed. It keeps parts lubricated. It keeps parts ready for the next challenge on the road. That's why our professional technicians value fluid service. They understand the factory recommended your fluids be replaced at specific intervals for good reason.

Our technicians are factory trained. That means they will be more thorough than other mechanics. They won't just guess at what could be wrong. They'll look at your oil. They'll analyze your transmission fluid. They'll...
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Leases Are A Big Deal


Any lease holding down a vehicle for yourself or your household will eventually come to an end, even if you just leased it today, and it’s your favorite vehicle in the world. You can end up extending the lease, although the entire point of a lease is to return the vehicle when the term is through.

You should always know what options you have in progressing from a lease to not having one, of which there are three rudimentary avenues you can traverse.

If the fair market value of your car is lower than what the lessor offers to…
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4 Key Benefits of Windshield Wiper Fluid in Your Car

Is it water or windshield wiper fluid? Both windshield cleaning options do clean it for visibility, but the difference is at the accompanying benefits. The only advantage of water is that it's cheaper than washer fluid.

Here are some of the reasons why windshield wiper fluid that using water:

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All-Wheel Drive vs Four-Wheel Drive

When it comes to buying a vehicle, you need to put your best foot forward. It is not an investment that you make in a hurry. Most people find it hard to choose between the four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. These two terms are usually used interchangeably; thus, you may not know what is best for what. 

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