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Save Yourself Thousands of Dollars in Car Repairs By Repelling Rodents

If your mechanic has ever found evidence of rats or mice having been underneath the hood of your vehicle, you should find out how they got in there soon. Rodents aren't just a nuisance; they also can cause you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage. If you think you might have a rodent problem, check out some of these simple fixes.

One of the easiest ways to reduce the number of rodents that are drawn to your vehicle to find shelter and electrical wiring to chew is to ensure that you're not luring them...

 

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Simple Errors Can Drain a Car Battery in the Winter

Most motorists recharge or replace a battery after ice freezes everything under a hood. Although winter weather is a problem for motorists, there are easy ways to avoid battery failures that are caused by frost. For example, you can keep ice off a battery by parking your car in a heated garage. Simple errors that drain a battery are tougher to prevent because they happen without notice. However, if you follow a few steps, you can keep your battery properly charged on mildly cold days and nights.

On a foggy morning, you may need to turn on your fog lights…

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Finding a Reliable Mechanic

At some point during vehicle ownership, the car or truck may need maintenance or repairs that are beyond the ability of the owner. You must then locate a mechanic. There are many reputable technicians who provide dependable service. However, there are also many who take advantage of consumers by inflating part and work prices. They may engage in other types of fraudulent practices.

Before needing a mechanic, vehicle owners must have a basic knowledge of mechanical function. Owners are less likely to be duped if they understand the service the mechanic claims that the vehicle needs. 

 

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How Your Vehicle's Alternator Functions

If you want to gain an understanding of how your vehicle works, we can help at Reynolds' Subaru in Lyme. An alternator is an important component that works like a generator. It is important to keep it in good shape because your engine can suddenly shut down due to a faulty alternator. To learn more about your vehicle's alternator, read further.

An alternator is part of your vehicle's charging system. The charging system also includes the starter and battery, and the alternator keeps the battery sufficiently charged when the vehicle is running. In addition, an alternator also...

 

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A Simple Explanation of Your Vehicle's Timing Belt

At Reynolds' Subaru, it is important to us to keep all of our customers informed about their vehicles. Your vehicle includes a timing belt that is vital for optimal engine performance. If your vehicle's timing belt snaps or malfunctions, it could cause the engine to shut down rapidly and lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. Find out more about your vehicle's timing belt below.

Your vehicle's timing belt is important because it helps the camshaft and crankshaft turn correctly. With most automobiles, the timing belt should be changed every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. However…

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Fuel Economy Tips

We here at Reynolds' Subaru want to make sure that when you are driving to and fro in Lyme, CT that you aren't spending more time than is absolutely necessary on your car. Those vehicles are already expensive enough without having to constantly stop for gas.

In order to make sure you are getting the best efficiency out of your vehicle, there are a couple things you can do. The single most important is to make sure that you have your car plenty tuned up and ready to go. Oil changes on time, tire rotations regularly and making sure…
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Save Yourself Thousands When You Replace Your Belts and Hoses

Have you ever known someone who had to replace the engine on their vehicle? It's pretty expensive. And if you want to learn ways you can avoid ruining your engine and other parts of your vehicle, keep reading. If you pay attention to certain belts and hoses, you could save yourself thousands in repair costs.

When your timing belt brakes while the car is running, you could do serious damage to your engine. Even a refurbished engine can cost a couple of thousand dollars, so it makes much more sense to replace your timing belt if you hear a…

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Suspension


As time goes on and you use your vehicle more and more, the shocks and suspension will eventually be in need of repair. If you don't know a lot about vehicles in general, then you might not spot one of these issues. There are some common signs you should watch out for when it comes to automotive service and your suspension. Let's take a closer look:
  • Watch out for uneven wear patterns on your tires. This is easy to spot and may occur on one or more of your tires.
  • In addition to the tread on your tires…
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Useful Back-to-School Season Maintenance Tips

It's time to get ready for another back-to-school season, and priority one should be making certain that your vehicle is ready for the colder months ahead.

One thing that you can do right now to help prepare your vehicle for the new season is to get yourself familiar with the car owner’s manual. This book has a wealth of information, from learning about what needs attention after so many miles, to exactly which parts making up each system.

If you have been ignoring some of those warning light on your car's dashboard, now is the time to…
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What You Need to Stay Safe

At Reynolds Subaru -SNE, we understand the stress that can be caused by having your car break down unexpectedly. Our goal is to equip you with all of the items you need to stay safe while you get yourself and car back on the road.

Breaking down in the dark can put you risk for a collision. Having a set of triangle reflectors or roadside flares can make sure that other motorists see you and allow you to signal for help if needed. Having a reliable flashlight on hand can make getting around in the dark easier and allow you…

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