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How do Extreme Temperatures Affect Car Batteries?

If your car has ever stalled in the driveway on a particularly cold morning or evening, then you know it has something to do with the weather. However, there is a perfectly good explanation for this.

Most lithium-ion and lithium-polymer batteries lose their charge over time and rapidly during the winter. This is because it's more difficult to generate electrical energy during freezing temperatures. 

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Slow Down: Prevent Hydroplaning

If you have ever driven in the rain then you know and understand the danger associated with hydroplaning. Hydroplaning occurs when water collects between your tires and the road keeping you from having control of your vehicle. Hydroplaning can happen quickly so it is important to make sure you are aware of hydroplaning and below are two tips to help you keep from hydroplaning:

  • Slow Down- If you are driving in the rain, slow down and drive at least 5 to 10 miles per hour below the speed limit. 
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How to Protect Yourself from a Potential Tire Blowout

Being able to spot potential trouble with your car tires can limit the chances of the tire blowing out at high speeds and wrecking your vehicle. Keep these things in mind each day before you drive.

  • Look at the tire side wall for anything out of the ordinary. If there are bulges, cracks, or something sticking out of the tire, don't delay on getting down to a tire center as quickly as possible.
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Can You Get Professional Results from A DIY Project?

It may catch some people off guard when they hear they can actually get greater visibility from their old, worn headlights. It's true, and what's more, there are a number of options for doing that. You can either hire a professional, or make headlight restoration a DIY project. Either way, you will be able to see better in the dark by restoring your headlights.

Here are some ways to go about that.

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What's Motor Oil Viscosity?

When you walk down the aisle of your local auto parts store, you often see rows of motor oil with various viscosity ratings like 10W-30, 5W-30, or 0W-20. What do these ratings mean?

The first number in a rating like 10W-30 represents how thick the oil is at cold temperatures and the second number is the thickness of the oil at a high temperature. 

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Kitty litter, salt, or sand: which one is best?


Kitty litter, rock salt, and sand are all used to help gain traction in snow and ice, but which is the best? All three options are good under different circumstances.

Kitty litter is wonderful for those times you find your vehicle stuck in snow, unable to gain traction. It absorbs water and gives traction when spread behind the tires, helping your vehicle get out and moving. But once it absorbs too much water it turns into a sticky mess, so probably not the best for the whole driveway.

Sand is great for the driveway. It gives traction to the tires…
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Why Windshield Wiper Fluid is Better in the Winter

The fact most drivers take seeing out the windshield for granted does not mean you should neglect to get the windshield wiper fluid added to your washer tank today. These are a few of the benefits of using the windshield wiper fluid as the winter weather fast approaches.

Driving your car in the winter means you might be dealing with snow or icy conditions. When there is water in the washer tank, it will freeze solid, and then you can't clean the windshield in the event of an emergency. Not to mention that frozen water expands and could damage…

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Follow Your Vehicle Manual for Oil Change Guidelines

Old sayings on how to take care of your vehicle can be helpful, and some are timeless. But not the old saying about changing your oil each 3000-mile period because with all the improvements in the way vehicles have been built, you could easily be changing it too often by doing that. Instead, look at your vehicle manual or call us at Tom O’Brien Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram - Indianapolis to get the correct oil change information.

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Four-Wheel Drive vs. All-Wheel Drive: Comparison


It could be said that four-wheel drive vehicles can be quite similar to all-wheel drive systems. In both, all four wheels are powered.

One of the main differences between all-wheel drive and four-wheel drive is that AWD is on all of the time or it operates on a consistent basis, while 4WD must be manually engaged by the driver.

Four-wheel drive vehicles are generally made to weather difficult terrain, such as off-roading models. Power is divided between the front of the vehicle and the rear of the vehicle. Most Jeep SUVs and Ram trucks are still made with four-wheel drive…
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