Car Doctor: Warning of Belt & Hose Problems

Have you noticed your engine is overheating lately? Failures in belts and hoses can cause major problems for your engine and other parts of your car. For example, faulty or cracked serpentine belts can lead to the loss of power steering. Split or worn out teeth on a timing belt can lead to an engine backfire or failing completely.

Coolant hoses may also leak, causing major problems for your car’s radiator and cooling system. While overheating is typically the first sign of an issue, you may also hear squealing or simply notice that your car is sluggish to respond…

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Steps of Testing Your Car's Battery

Knowing how to test your car's battery is very important. It is also important to understand that change of weather conditions can cause your battery to get low. To determine if your battery is fully charged, you should measure your battery's state of charge with a voltmeter. Once you have done this, there are a few steps you should take to test your battery.

The first step is to make sure that all of your vehicle's lights and the ignition are turned off. Once you have completed the first step, you should then connect the positive voltmeter…

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Why Your Engine May Be Overheating

An engine overheating can cause damage to the engine. Several things can cause an engine to overheat, and our technicians at Hixson Lincoln of Leesville can give you tips on what might be causing the vehicle to overheat. Here are some possible causes for engine overheating.

  •  Low Coolant Level – This is probably the biggest cause for engine overheating and is usually caused by a coolant leak, and happens most often during the hot summer months. Check the coolant level periodically.
  •  Thermostat, Pump, Hose and Fan Malfunctions...
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The Importance of Brake Pads on Your Vehicle

Brake pads are a crucial part of your braking system; you must know how they work so that you stay on top of servicing them.

Braking Basics

There are three parts to the disc brake system; discs, pads and calipers. The brake disc spins along with the wheel with two brake pads sitting on each side waiting to be squeezed into the disc by the caliper when the driver presses on the brakes. 

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Tips for Making a Winter Survival Kit

When the winter weather hits, you run the risk of being stuck in your vehicle. Whether you've broken down or the weather has caused you to be stranded, there are some items that you should have in your vehicle to make survival easier. Check these items each year, and you should replace what is perishable or no longer useful.

Bottles of water will help you stay hydrated, and you should also bring along some snacks. Non-perishable food items include granola bars, power bars, and bagged snacks. A small bag of tools can also be useful if you're handy…

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Could Extreme Weather Be Causing Your Car Problems?

It’s not uncommon to experience problems with your car occasionally. If you are dealing with issues on a regular basis, it could be a sign that something more serious is wrong with the vehicle. Extreme weather may be the culprit. Both hot and cold weather can put a strain on your vehicle’s engine and the battery. It can even leave you stranded in Leesville, LA.

Hot weather makes it harder for your engine to run and causes it to draw more power from the battery. This can wear the battery down much faster and drain it. Extremely cold…

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Technology Behind Auto-Dimming Mirrors

Auto-dimming mirrors have been around for some time, and they are a great feature to have when the driver behind you forgets to dim their lights. The blinding glare reduces your ability to see the road in front of you, and this can be dangerous. Even though they seem simple, there is some advanced technology behind this feature.

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The Proper Way to Install a Child Safety Seat

A child safety seat is an incredibly important addition to any vehicle. Children from birth until around the age of 10, will require some form of a seat in order to keep them safe. There are infant carrier seats, five-point convertible seats, and booster seats. 

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Tips to Help You With a Roadside Emergency

If you find yourself stalled and stuck on the side of the road, make sure that you don't panic. We here at Hixson Lincoln of Leesville understand that this can be a stressful situation. You probably are running late to get somewhere, or you might be in a location that you are unsure of. If you've purchased a vehicle within the past couple of years, you might have roadside assistance from the manufacturer or dealership. This will provide you with assistance in a short amount of time. Here are some other tips: 

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Get Ready for the Back-to-School Season With Some Simple Car Care Tips

Are you getting ready for the chaos of back-to-school season, or are you getting ready to send an older child to college? No matter what the case may be, going back to school is the right time to make sure your car is ready for the year ahead. With these simple tips, the whole process becomes much easier.

Perform Basic Maintenance Tasks

Before heading back to class, be sure to get your tires rotated, get your oil changed, and perform other basic upkeep on your vehicle. Check your important fluids and top them off if required. 

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