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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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Reasons to Choose a Hatchback as Your Next Car

When you need a lot more cargo space, a hatchback is a wise choice. The hatchback style of vehicle could double or triple the amount of cargo that you can take with you. This is because the rear seats fold down, giving you space to use for your stuff.

The rear end of a hatch back is not as boxy as a sedan's. 

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Do It Yourself – Applying Touch-Up Paint

As we go about our daily lives in Lyme, there are a host of things that can damage the paint job of our cars, either severely or lightly. These aren’t good – not only are they an eye sore, they also allow rust and further damage to the paint to occur if left unattended.

Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to apply a touch-up to your paint job.

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Roadtrip Games to Make that Summer Vacation Journey Enjoyable

The following roadtrip games are going to help pass the time when the kids start getting a little restless in the back seats as the miles don't seem to be moving along for them fast enough. The I’m Going on a Picnic game is fun and requires players to have a great memory. Player one says an item out load they are bringing to the picnic that starts with the letter A. Player two repeats that item plus one for the letter B. Player three has to remember all those items plus one for the letter C. You…

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You Don't Have to Spend Much on a Road Trip

Taking to the road for a vacation is the dream of many people. What holds many people back is the cost. However, you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a nice road trip and a lot of fun.

One way to save money on a road trip is to find things to do that don't cost much. Enjoying the natural world is a great way to spend a road trip, and it won't cost much. When traveling, you can also save money by staying at inexpensive locations. There are many cheaper motels, and…

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