Signs to Watch Out for if Your Tires Need to Be Replaced

Many parts of your vehicle will require maintenance or repairs over the lifetime of your automobile. Tires are commonly replaced because of normal wear and tear. Unfortunately, many people neglect their tires. It's ideal that you give them a once-over every so often to see how they're doing. Charlie's Pre-Owned has some signs that you watch out for if you're trying to determine if a new set of tires is in your future.

-Check tire tread using the penny test. Insert a penny upside-down into the tread of your tires. 

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Intro to Your Car's Alternator

Car batteries get all of the attention, but that's probably because most people think they're responsible for powering each car's electrical systems. In fact, it's the alternator that juices your car during its daily cruises through Augusta. Here's a brief rundown on alternators from our dealership's factory-trained service team.

Your Car's Heartbeat

An alternator fuels your car's entire electrical system and recharges your car's battery as you commute. It harnesses mechanical energy from your car's moving wheels, forcing electrons through an electrical circuit to create power. 
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Credit Score Tips for You

Of course, our credit partners review your credit score when you apply for an auto loan with us at Charlie's Pre-Owned. Use our advice to improve your chances of leaving our lot with the vehicle you love.

Become actively involved in your credit health. Free apps exist that can help you raise your credit score. Download the one that appeals to you. You'll be surprised at the amount of fun some of these apps provide.

Also, wisely use any credit you currently have. 

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Get Your Car to the Mechanic If You Notice Any of These Signs

If you're vehicle is making a lot of noises, you should have it checked out by an experienced mechanic. Ideally, your vehicle should only be humming softly when the motor is turned on. Any squealing or popping sounds should be checked out immediately so that you can avoid more costly repairs. At Charlie's Pre-Owned, we want to help you avoid expensive repairs, so here are a few things that you should know about when to change your belts.

Your serpentine belt is transfers power from the crank shaft to the accessory components, but after many years of use…

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Getting Your Car Ready for Spring

Spring is the time of year when most drivers think of auto maintenance. After a long winter of old days, snowy travels and salted roads, cars are more than ready for some good spring car maintenance. We at Charlie's Pre-Owned want you to be knowledgeable about what your vehicle needs and how to best prepare it for spring and warm weather driving.

• Check windshield wiper blades
• Check and fill all fluid levels (windshield washer, transmission fluid, brake fluid, etc.)
• Remove winter tires and replace with summer or all performance tires
• Check air pressure
 

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Synthetic Oil: What Is So Special About It?

Synthetic oil is special, but people don't always understand why. It is oil made from artificial compounds that became quite popular with racing teams years ago. At first, this type of oil was primarily only used by sports and racing vehicles, but it has gone mainstream since that time. It is not uncommon to see everyday passenger vehicles using this type of oil today.

The price of synthetic oil tends to run higher than conventional oil, but that is because it has a longer lifespan and can withstand more heat and the like. 

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Winter Road Salt Protection

Road salt is a necessary evil during the winter in order to melt ice and enhance traction. But, the substance has damaging effects on the finish of vehicles. There are many tactics that help prevent potential corrosion. Repair and paint chips or scratches. Make sure to apply a coat of wax before winter.

Any rust allowed to remain on a vehicle promotes rust formation. Washing the vehicle at regular intervals prevents damage. Along with washing the sides and bottoms of the vehicle, make sure to wash the undercarriage. Wash the vehicle when the outdoor temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit 

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Does Your Truck Need Studded Tires?

Is your truck having trouble commuting during the harsh winter weather? If so, we have a solution for you. Here at Charlie's Pre-Owned we can get you equipped with a set of our Light Truck/SUV studless ice and snow tires.

The Light Truck/SUV studless ice and snow tires are equipped with a design to help you navigated in snowy and icy weather without the harsh, noisy and road-damaging studs. These tires are available for your heavy-duty pickup trucks, full sized SUV's, and many more. This allows you to commute back and forth safely while hauling along…

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Motor Oil: Myths Masquerading as Fact

Your car needs it, so you faithfully follow whatever motor oil rules you've heard. The problem is, you could be following a myth.

Avoiding synthetic oil because it causes leaks is a myth. That used to be true back in the 1970s, but for most autos, there is no leak problem to worry about. However, older vehicles might have leaks, but that's because the oil could reveal seal cracks that are already there. Don't beat yourself up if you've let your car go past that 3,000-mile oil change. Truthfully, you may be getting oil changes…

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How to Correctly Shift Into Four-Wheel Drive: 4H vs 4L

Here at Charlie's Pre-Owned, we want you to be an informed truck or SUV owner. We are here to give you the scoop on how to shift in and out of four-wheel drive correctly. Do you know the difference between 4H and 4L? Let's go over both gears to give you a better understanding.

4L

Using 4L is for higher torque and slower speeds. For that reason, you don't want to drive too fast when in this gear set. A good recommendation is to keep your speed under 35 mph when in 4L.

?4H

Always remember to…

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