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What are the advantages of the crossover SUV?

Conventional hauling vehicles like the pickup truck are designed to haul loads with a balanced feel. Sedans are designed to carry passengers safely with a low center of gravity equalizing the effect of a full passenger load. The attraction of the SUV is that it offers the opportunity to carry cargo and passengers as well, often in off-road conditions. However, the original designs of the SUV did not take into account the imbalance caused by height and load.

The original SUVs were top-heavy vehicles. Loading them with cargo only exacerbated the top-heavy issue.

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Front-Wheel-Drive and Rear-Wheel-Drive Explained

What type of driver are you? Are you the type to always be in a hurry and take chances driving over uneven surfaces at a fast rate? How do you drive in inclement weather? These are good questions to ask, because they may determine what type of wheel drive you should get in your next vehicle.

Front-wheel-drive (FWD) cars are very good to drive in the rain and snow because they offer good traction, due to the front wheels pulling the vehicle. FWD drives are also less expensive to make and thus are less expensive to purchase. A rear-wheel-drive (RWD…

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What does a power-train warranty cover?

To understand a power-train warranty, you must read the warranty fine print. Generally speaking, a power-train warranty is the car warranty that provides the least amount of coverage on your new or pre-owned vehicle. The warranty only covers problems related to a defective engine, transmission, differential, and suspension.

Perhaps the best way to tackle an understanding of the power-train warranty is to know what is not covered. There are parts of your car that are considered “wear” parts. These parts are active components of your car’s system.

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What an Illuminated Tire Pressure Icon is Telling You

Most recent model cars and trucks are equipped with an important safety device, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). At our service center at Gillman Chevrolet Buick GMC, customers sometimes call us about their concern that this light comes on and remains illuminated. That indicates both good and bad news.

The bad news is that the illuminated light is signaling that one of your tires has too low pressure, creating a safety hazard when driving. But the good news is that the system is doing its job, informing you about the importance of proper tire inflation. 

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How to Jump Start the Battery of Another Car

If your car battery has died, there is a safe way to get a jump-start from another car. Follow the tips provided by Gillman Chevrolet Buick GMC to enjoy a safe and quick experience.

Have the car with the good battery move next to the front of the other car as close as possible. Turn off the engine, and open the hood of both cars. The jumper cables will be clearly marked with two black and two red clamps. One red clamp goes to the positive area on the good battery, and the other red clamp goes to the positive…

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What Does a Timing Belt Do?

Drivers might never see their timing belt since it may be hidden deep down in the engine. Regardless, once the time comes to change a timing belt, the work should be done right away. A timing belt ensures a car's camshaft and crankshaft turn at the right speed and at the same time. A snapped timing belt can cause major problems.

Depending on the engine design, the snapping of a timing belt could prove disastrous. If the timing belt breaks while driving a car with an "interference" engine, the valves and pistons may be destroyed. The engine is then…

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Get the Most Out of Your Brake Pads

Car manufacturers must engineer brakes to slow down a vehicle easily. They are built to last for tens of thousands of miles during the car's lifespan but eventually must be exchanged for newer additions from the eventual degradation of the pads itself.

As the driver's foot presses on the brake pedal, it pushes hydraulic fluid into a chain of cylinders that increase in pressure. This moves a set of pistons that cause the brake pads to clamp onto the wheel's rotor. With the help, the calipers that are located on the brake pads itself, the rotation of…

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Move Over to Emergency Vehicles and Law Enforcement

Do you know what to do when you see flashing lights on the side of the road? You might think the majority of drivers do, but in a startling statistic released by Mason Dixon Polling & Research, over 70 of the drivers in the United States have no idea what the Move Over law is.

Whether police cars or roadside workers, flashing lights mean these workers are taking care of business right alongside…

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Keep Your Headlights Shining Brightly

When you're driving in dark conditions in San Benito, TX, you need to have working headlights that provide sufficient illumination to fully light the road ahead of you. If your headlights, seem dimmer than normal, or if part of the roadway does not seem to be illuminated, then it is time to get your headlights checked out.

Most of the time, fixing the headlights is a simple process that requires that a new bulb replaces the old one. If you have a sealed unit headlight, or if you have a cracked headlight housing, that will require the replacement of…

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Don't Overlook The Importance Of Your Windshield Wiper Fluid


You might not always think of your windshield wiper fluid as being a critical component when it comes to your safety in your vehicle, but under the right conditions, it certainly can be. You need to be able to see where you are going, and this magical blue fluid can be the key to that.

Keeping your windshield clean is extremely important to your safety while driving. You'll understand this if you have ever found yourself driving toward the setting sun with a windshield full or bug guts. All that stuff on your windshield illuminates and impairs your vision…
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