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Mysterious Breakdowns Solved – Blown Gaskets

Gaskets are a well-known component but often misunderstood. We want our customers to commute and travel in peace, so we’re going to look at gaskets and truly understand them.

So, people might know that gaskets provide seals, and this is the long and short of it. They keep fluids from escaping/mixing and keep air where it needs to be. They’re not made of rubber (though they are coated with it often). They’re actually flexible layers of steel or copper most of the time.

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Keep Your Headlights Shining Bright with Homemade Remedies

How often have you gone to look at old pictures of your car, only to notice a difference in the transparency of your headlights?

Yellow discoloration can occur from years of dirt, grime, or heat, but it doesn’t have to become a permanent fixture of your vehicle. If you find yourself in the camp of people who want to clean up the headlights on their sedan, SUV, or pickup truck, then take these few simple homemade solutions from our staff at Erie Auto Credit.

Believe it or not, but toothpaste can be a surprising go-to for quick headlight cleaning…

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Avoid Hydroplaning with a Tire Check in Erie

If you’ve driven on local roads right after it began to rain, then you have first-hand experience with one of the more unpredictable environments when behind the wheel. Hydroplaning has the potential to escalate into a dangerous situation in seconds, and you never know when conditions are prime enough for an accident to occur. When water doesn't drain from the roadway, your tires can be lifted enough that it's like driving on ice.

There are a number of driving tips that can help you avoid hydroplaning. When you see water pooling on the road ahead, turn off…

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Warning: Your Exhaust May Be Leaking

The exhaust system in your car is a vital component. The system is responsible for removing deadly gases out of the motor and releasing them into the air. It is a complex. It involves the tailpipe, which connects to the muffler than the resonator, catalytic converter, and the exhaust manifold.

It is essential to know the signs of a failing exhaust pipe. 

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Importance of Windshield Wipers

Wipers are designed to perform a number of functions in an automobile. The functions of the wipers play major roles in enhancing visibility and thus ensuring safe driving. Apart from removing dirt, water and snow on the windscreen, the wipers operate in a wide range of temperatures. The wipers must also pass the snow and load test on the windshield.

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How a Timing Belt Operates in Your Car

A timing belt is considered a key component of a standard internal combustion engine. The purpose of a timing belt is to effective synchronize the rotation of an engine's camshaft in conjunction with the crankshaft.

The timing belt operates to ensure the proper timing of the operation of valves in your vehicle. It works to ensure that the intake and exhaust in your car appropriately are timed, with valves doing their job in an effective manner. A timing belt has teeth located on the inner surface. These teeth ensure that the crankshaft properly drives the camshaft in your vehicle…

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Why Replacing Brake Fluid is Important

With the busy lives we lead, we tend to overlook auto maintenance until our vehicles break down. One example is with brake fluid, which is an important component needed to keep our brakes functioning safely. At Erie Auto Credit, we understand you’re busy and will take care of your vehicle for you.

Brake fluid can last a long time in your vehicle, but when it needs replacing, it needs replacing, or your brakes will fail to work properly. Regardless of the type of brake fluid you use, and there are different types, it will absorb moisture over time and…

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How Did the Word Horsepower Come About?

Horsepower has become a common term in the automotive industry. A car enthusiast is very educated on the word. Even people with minimal knowledge about auto mechanics have a basic understanding of what horsepower represents and how it relates to the vehicle that they may be interested in. It directly affects the sale price in most cases.

The word itself originated in the 1800's. A steam engine builder named James Watt had created a new machine and needed to market it to his customers. James had noticed while working in a coal mine that horses were doing roughly 22000…

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Why You Should Never Be Without Rock Salt & Sand Throughout the Winter

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration , every year there are approximately 30,000 fatal automobile accidents each winter in America. Likewise, statistics from the CDC show that every year about one million Americans will sustain an injury from slipping and falling on snow or ice and about 17,000 of these falls result in fatal injuries.

One of the best ways to make sure your walking areas around your home stay ice-free this winter is to use sodium chloride rock salt and sand. Rock salt works on paved areas to melt the ice and snow;

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Online Finance Application Made Easy

If you finance a vehicle, you often choose to do so because you don’t want to allocate stores of money you can’t afford to expand, or might not even own, rather than placing today’s costs under tomorrow’s bill.

When most people go to look at dealerships for financing opportunities, they dress up in business casual – sometimes business formal - to attempt to contact any representative that could offer them approval of their financing request. Having to receive an approval on your application to get a financed vehicle, it’s important you take time out of your day…

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