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Include a Visual Check of Belts and Hoses

When going through your maintenance routine, there is one area that is easy to overlook but is very important to pay attention to: Your belts and hoses. While they may seem tertiary, they are actually quite important because if they fail, you will find yourself on the side of the road.

Checking them is simple. It only requires a visual check. Press down on them and apply a slight bend. You will see some stress bends when you do this. Don't panic - it is normal to see some cracks, but if they are very large or go completely through…

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How Brake Pads Work

Your car's brakes need to be inspected regularly, as every car owner hears at one time or another, but why is that?

Automotive brakes function like bicycle breaks. Pads are clamped down on rotors that are attached to each wheel. The friction created by this forces the wheels to slow down. The more force is applied, the more sudden the slowdown. Also like bicycle brakes, the pads wear down from use and eventually need to be replaced. The difference with cars is that you can't see your brake pads. That's why they are designed to squeak when…

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Make Your Selection Between Various All-Wheel and Four-Wheel Vehicles

Our staff at Showalter Motor Company is well aware that there are different things people are looking for in a vehicle. Some want features that help entertain the kids on long road trips, and others prefer being able to traverse any terrain. That is why they offer a variety of choices for potential customers.

You may be looking for a vehicle that will meet all your requirements, but what exactly are those? Are you looking for a four-wheel drive vehicle large enough to provide seating for 7 and carry lots of equipment at the same time? Then a larger SUV…

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Why It Is Smart to Keep Your Vehicle's Fuel Tank Full This Winter

While it may seem to be a bit costlier at first, keeping your vehicle's fuel tank as close to full as possible will not only ensure that you can get to wherever you need to go this winter, but it will also ensure that you don't spend a small fortune having to replace the entire fuel system on your vehicle.

When you let your fuel tank get close to empty, it creates a space of empty air that, as it turns out, is very much not empty. Water vapors are inside of the space and will group together…

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The Buzz About Ford SYNC 3

There has been much speculation about what 2018 will hold for Ford. What new innovations do they have in store? How can they make life easier and driving more fun? Loyal fans and advocates for the American automaker will be pleased to learn the SYNC 3 Infotainment system has been completely revamped for the new year. Check out some of the new features.

Smart hardware. Smart software. Smart design. Voice-activated technology. Voice recognition responds when you speak. Hands-free calling. 911 Assist. Sirius XM Radio. FordPass and SYNC Connect phone app for remote administration....
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Pre-Road-Trip Checklist

When it comes to planning a long trip in a vehicle, a lot of things can be overlooked. It is very important to have a list of things that need to be completed before the trip so you do not run into any headaches on the road. One very important list to make is possible restaurants or places to eat that you can stop on the road. This is often very overlooked. Choose a set of places to eat on the road, then plan to stop and eat food. This can really decrease stress on the road. This can especially…
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Maintenance Keeps Your Car Rolling


You don't want to be the person who didn't take care of their vehicle. Cars are expensive. They should be treated as such. A vehicle is a big responsibility. Part of the responsibility includes making sure all recommended maintenance is finished.

Maintenance can be defined as anything your car needs on a routine basis to keep rolling. Some examples of this are oil changes, tire rotations, battery replacement and radiator checks. Every single vehicle faces the obstacle of wear and tear. There are recommended precautions to extend the life in every owner's manual. Vehicle owners should...
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Drive Something Fun with the 2017 Ford F-150


If you are ready to upgrade your ride, then get over to Showalter Motor Company to take a 2017 Ford F-150 out for a drive. Not only is it a rugged and stylish vehicle, but it has a lot of power to get things done. But you will find that out for yourself when you get behind the wheel of this puppy.

The Ford F-150 has been the truck of choice for many years and for good reason. It's reliable, durable, and will get the job done. It even seats up to six, so you can fit all your…
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