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Taking Care of Your Car Battery this Winter

Taking Care of Your Car Battery this Winter

It can be a sinking feeling when you get in your car in the morning and it is struggling to start. This becomes more and more common during the cold winter months, and in most cases it's an issue with the battery itself. Freezing temperatures put a lot of extra strain on the battery and cause it to drain faster. Therefore, it's important to do everything you can to keep your car battery healthy this winter season. Here are a few winter car battery care tips from the auto repair specialists at Fox Run Auto in Bear, DE: 1. Park in Warmer Places When you are leaving your car parked for any extended period of time (especially) overnight, try to keep it out of the snow, rain and wind whenever you can. Not everybody has a garage or covered parking space, but try to find a place where the vehicle isn't fully exposed to the elements. This will help preserve battery life, even if just a little ... read more

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Is Your Car Ready for Winter?

Is Your Car Ready for Winter?

Another chilly Mid-Atlantic winter is already upon us. We hope everyone is staying safe on the roads and driving smart these next few months. A big part of this is making sure you are taking care of your car with the proper winter maintenance. This will improve handling, performance and safety while driving, and you certainly don't want to be stranded on the side of the road if something breaks down! Here are a few winter car care tips from Fox Run Auto in Bear, Delaware: 1. Replace Your Windshield Wiper Blades It's an easy task that we often overlook until it becomes a problem. Make sure you have good visibility with wiper blades, ample washer fluid and a well-functioning wiper system. Keeping an ice scraper and some fresh towels in your car at all times is also a good idea. 2. Check Your Headlights and Tail Lights Be sure that all your headlights, tail lights and runn ... read more

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4 Signs of Power Steering Problems

4 Signs of Power Steering Problems

Power steering systems play a very important part in modern car designs. Power steering has been around for decades and the technology continues to evolve. Many of today's vehicles use a very advanced electronic power steering system as opposed to the traditional hydraulic mechanics that use power steering fluid to create pressure and provide lubrication. Electronic power steering systems don't really require much in terms of maintenance. However, as newer technology with more complex components, they can be prone to problems that will require repairs. Meanwhile, traditional power steering systems do require maintenance and care, primarily when it comes to changing out the power steering fluid when it becomes old, dirty or corroded. Without fresh fluid, the system won't operate efficiently and mechanical problems can develop. It's good to know what to look for in case you do have a power steering issue ... read more

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Powertrain vs. Drivetrain vs. Driveline: The Differences You Need to Know

Powertrain vs. Drivetrain vs. Driveline: The Differences You Need to Know

When talking about the systems that power your vehicle, you’ll hear a lot about the engine and the transmission, as well. Your car won’t run if neither of those are working. However, the drive system that is often the least understood—yet is equally important—is the driveline. It is what transfers the power (torque) from the engine and transmission to the drive wheels that ultimately move the vehicle. First, it helps to understand the differences in the terms powertrain, drivetrain and driveline. The three are often used interchangeably, though they are not actually the same. Here is a quick breakdown to define these terms: Powertrain — Everything that powers the vehicle, including the engine, transmission and driveline components (differentials, axle shafts and joints that we’ll expl ... read more

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Is Your Car Struggling to Start? Here Are Some of the Most Common Causes.

Is Your Car Struggling to Start? Here Are Some of the Most Common Causes.

We’ve all been there. We get in our car in the morning ready to head to work, but it is struggling to start. Maybe it takes a few tries to get it going or perhaps the engine won’t fire up at all. Either way, it’s a sign that there may be a mechanical or electrical problem somewhere between the ignition system and the engine itself. If your vehicle is struggling to start or the engine shuts off on you at any time while idling, you will want to get it checked out by a professional auto shop like Fox Run Auto in Northern Delaware. A skilled mechanic can inspect everything and determine the source of the problem. Usually, it narrows down to the following common culprits: Dead/Dying Battery Obviously, if your car battery is dead or close to dying, you will experience all sorts of electrical iss ... read more

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