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How to Test Your Car Battery

Your battery is a vital part of your car, powering the various electrical systems you rely on. But how do you know when it needs to be replaced?

Before testing your battery, you should make sure that the ignition key and lights are off, and wear the proper protective equipment as well.

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A Closer Look at Front-Wheel Drive Vs Rear-Wheel Drive

The drivetrain of a passenger vehicle is available as front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. Each mechanical installation has its own benefits and some disadvantages, so let's take a closer look at them.

A front-wheel drive is very common in compact cars, sedans and hatchbacks. This component is relatively economical and easy to maintain in the long term. However, a FWD system is somewhat fragile and vulnerable to major damage during a front-end collision. 

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What Made the Tire Pressure Light Come On?

Tires must be properly inflated to work the right way. Correct inflation levels support the safely handling of tires. A tire pressure monitoring system works to inform drivers when the tires need more air or a little let out. Different factors contribute to the causes of pressure monitor going off.

Holes in the tires won't exactly help keep tire pressure stable. As air escapes from the tire, the air pressure sensors pick up on the loss.

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The Nature of Gaskets Revealed!

I’ve driven the streets of Tampa, seeing all too many breakdowns where the drivers clearly can’t identify the problem. Trying to be a good person, I stop and help when I can. Almost always, mysterious failures are because gaskets fail. These seem to understandably mystify people, so I’d like to clear up what these things really are.

What in the world are these things?

The short answer is, they’re just seals. They’re mostly made of flexible metals (We recommend steel ones, but copper ones are ok too), and there’s usually a rubbery coating on…

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Lincoln MKT Performance Features

Initially launched in 2010,the Lincoln MKT continues as a popular midsize crossover SUV. Included among the many performance features are the available turbo-charged engine and its Intelligent AWD sensors. The Lincoln MKT from Parks Lincoln of Tampa is a luxury SUV that also delivers on performance.

The available twin-turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine is equipped with 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. It remains fuel efficient while producing a powerful performance platform. The MKT model’s Intelligent AWD utilizes traction monitoring sensors. 

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Take the New Lincoln MKZ Hybrid for a Test Drive

Our team here at Parks Lincoln of Tampa is so excited to announce the arrival of one of the most popular midsize sedans on the market today: the 2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Its adaptive cruise control with start and stop technology is one of the most fascinating performance features about this car. It allows you to set a desired speed and then, without having to use the brakes, will slow you down if a car is in your way. It will then return you to your original speed once the obstacle is clear, all without you ever lifting a finger…

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Why Do Cars Suddenly Stall While Driving Down the Road?

Most drivers think of the ignition system as the starter activation at the initial moment of ignition to start the vehicle. Though this concept has the element of being factual, it is not an all-inclusive concept. Your ignition is continually firing after while your car is running sending spark after spark into your combustion chamber. 

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Importance of The Timing Belt

Being a vehicle owner comes with the responsibility of making sure routine maintenance is being performed on your car’s engine ensuring that it is safe to drive. One part that is often overlooked is the timing belt, below are two signs that the timing belt may be going bad and needs to be replaced:

  • Engine Misfire- One indicator that the timing belt may be going bad is the engine will misfire. 
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Maintaining Control in the Rain

The old saying that the brakes stop the wheels but the tires stop the car is especially true when driving on wet pavement. If you have ever had a sensation of gliding while driving through standing water, you were hydroplaning.

Remember that your car's connection with the road is limited to four spots of rubber a little bigger than the palm of your hand. 

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Important Roadside Emergency Preparation Tips

The best time to handle any sort of roadside emergency is to do so long before the situation arises. Keep these tips in mind to avoid serious trouble on the highway.

  • If your car has experienced a blowout, never stop the vehicle while still on the road. 
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