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Timing Belts Explained

Newer vehicles typically have timing belts while older models are equipped with a timing chain. Vehicles have a timing belt or a timing chain, which serve to rotate the camshaft and crankshaft in sync. These components enable the engine to run. When a belt or chain fails, serious engine damage may occur. A vehicle's owner manual commonly recommends having the timing belt checked and possibly changed sometime between 60,000 to 100,000 miles.

Telltale signs of possible problems with the timing belt include visible signs of fraying, spotting or staining...

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Keep Your Headlights Shining Bright For Safety

Over time you may notice that your headlights are not quite as bright as they used to be. This can create a dangerous situation for you since your headlights are what allow you see when you are driving at night as well as helping other drivers to see you coming.

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When Should Brakes Be Serviced?

Like other vehicle components, brakes have a limited useful life and will need to be serviced periodically. Signs of worn brakes include squeaking noises when the brake pedal is applied or an increased stopping distance. It may also be necessary to apply more pressure on brake pedals to get the vehicle to stop when brakes are worn.

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Look Out for Emergency Vehicles on the Roadside

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reports that 150 officers have lost their lives when struck by motor vehicles that did not move over when approaching the police car pulled to the side of the road. The more alarming issue is exactly how many people don't even realize there are Move Over laws on the book in all 50 states.

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Get Help Picking Out and Installing Winter Wiper Blades


Investing in wiper blades may at first seem like such a nuisance, but winter wiper blades are indeed one of the essential parts of your vehicle. Wiper blades play the critical function of removing any foreign particles like bugs on your car’s windshield in clear summer weather.

In winter and in extreme weather, it’s difficult to drive without having properly serviced winter wiper blades on your windshields. Be a prudent car owner and start scouting for reputable, reliable and cost-effective wiper blades before winter arrives.
 
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Tips for keeping traction this winter season


For traction in snow and ice, there are three popular options Salt, kitty litter, and sand.

Salt is the most expensive of these three options, but it melts ice at temperatures above 12 degrees and does help. But is not very good for animals and dissolves in the water. Not to mention stores often run out making it difficult to find.

Sand is the best option for driveways. It adds traction for the wheels and does not create a huge nasty mess when the ice melts. It's also the cheapest option and extremely easy to find.

Kitty litter is…
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Why the Elantra is a Great Choice For Wichita Drivers

Want a car that can change the way you drive? No need to look further than the 2018 Hyundai Elentra! The Elantra is a car that allows you to either use an automatic transmission or six speed manual depending on your preferences, already providing something most cars don't provide. The Elantra also provides luxurious features such as leather seats that can be warmed up in colder months. You can also connect your phone to your dashboard without being distracted on the road.

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Simple Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

The season is again upon us, and this year parents should be especially with letting their kids out on Halloween night. Here at Hatchett Hyundai East, we are aware more drivers are distracted this year than ever, so here are a few safety tips to make sure your children are seen:

With these Halloween safety tips in tow, you can help ensure that your kids have the best night trick or treating in the local Wichita area! For more advice before the spooky holiday, be sure to confide in our staff members today!

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