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How to Avoid Hydroplaning Your Vehicle

Every vehicle owner needs to be aware of what to do if the road conditions are hazardous due to excessive water on the road surface. The vehicle may hydroplane, which can happen if the water builds up under the tire and prevents the tire from making full contact with the road. If the tires can't maintain contact, the vehicle can begin to glide across the surface.

The first thing to do to prevent hydroplaning your vehicle is to slow down gradually if you see a large amount of water on the road ahead of you. Drive around 10 miles…

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Common Causes for Your Engine to Overheat

The reasons for the car engine to be overheating range from the simple to the costly. Here are a few popular reasons the engine may be overheating.

If the thermostat has failed, it will not be able to regulate the temperature in the engine block and will allow the system to quickly overheat. Blown radiator hoses disrupt the flow of coolant, so check the upper and lower hoses to be sure they are in tact and the connections are secure. 

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Monitor Tire Pressure to Avoid Costly Repairs

While you're driving, you don't want to see any lights on your dashboard come on because they usually indicate a problem with the vehicle. One such light is for the tire pressure. There are a few reasons as to why this light comes on, some that don't mean a problem that is severe.

If your air pressure is low because the temperature changes drastically, then the tire pressure light could come on until you put more air in the tires. 

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Let Your Suspension Take on the Blows: Get it Serviced Today

When you drive off-road or hit a pothole, you can feel your car drop down and may even feel a bit jarred by it. This hit would be far worse if it weren't for your vehicle's suspension. That is why we here at Hixson Mazda of Alexandria want to teach you all about it.

Your suspension is designed as a shock absorber for when your car suddenly drops or hits some sort of small obstacle on the road. Without it, you would feel every little bump in the road.  

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Horsepower: The Power Behind our Vehicles


Horsepower's a term that we use to describe the power behind our vehicles and many other machines such as our lawn mowers. It was created by James Watt in the 1800s and it stuck to this day. It's still used to this day to communicate whether a machine is powerful or not.

As he worked in the coal mines with ponies, he came up with the way to measure power with comparing the power that the ponies had to his steam engines. These ponies were capable of lifting impressive amounts of coal and his steam engines were quite…
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First Responder Safety: Move Over



Being a first responder is a dangerous job, but this danger increases when they respond to automobile accidents. When driving it is important to move over and slow down when approaching emergency vehicles with their lights on. Here are reasons why it is important to move over for first responders:

• Oklahoma- While investigating an automobile accident a state trooper was injured and another killed by a driver who failed follow the move…
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Modern Advancements to Oil Changes

Did you know that cars that were built in the last 20 years don't require to have their oil changed as often as cars of the past? That's right. It used to be that you needed to change the oil every 3,000 miles however that is not true with modern vehicles. Today most vehicles only need their oil changed every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. 

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