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Extreme Temperatures and Vehicle Batteries

Many have gone through the inconvenience of a dead battery in the winter. However, few realize that the extreme temperatures of summer can also pose problems. Battery cells contain acid that are susceptible to extreme temperature changes. The colder the weather, the more the fluid level drops. When trying to start a cold vehicle in winter, the thickened oil puts added strain on the battery. The same is true in summer. The warmer the weather causes the fluid to evaporate. Both scenarios decrease the life of the battery.

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How to Keep Your Vehicle From Hydroplaning

If water accumulates in front of your vehicle’s tires faster than your vehicle can push it away, your vehicle will hydroplane. When your vehicle hydroplanes, it will feel as if you are gliding. In addition, you may lose control of the brakes or steering. Anytime there is water on the road a vehicle could hydroplane, so it is vital to be prepared for wet road conditions.

One way to prevent hydroplaning is to reduce speed if you notice water on the road ahead, but be sure to gradually slow down and drive about ten miles slower than the speed…

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Why Tire Pressure Matters

Tire pressure is one those aspects of vehicle maintenance that’s often overlooked. When your car’s running fine, it’s easy to take the working parts for granted. The truth is that the tires can be the difference between your safely arriving at your destination or not.

When the tires are underinflated, it creates a situation where they must work harder than they should to contact and rotate on the road’s surface. This not only creates a need for more fuel consumption, but it also generates excess heat on the tire’s rubber. The extra wear affects the…

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Tires - Know When It's Time for Replacement

We never like having to buy new tires, but sometimes it can’t be avoided. Tires will only provide you with good service as long as they're properly inflated and maintained. Visit us at Smothers European Volvo and have our techs look over your tires or show you our full selection of tires designed for your vehicle.

Although keeping the tires properly inflated will make them last longer, you may still need to replace your tires if the following is true.

• You have poor traction.
• Your tires are wearing unevenly.
• The tire or tires lose pressure.
• Tires have bulges…

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The Features That Are Making Reviewers Like Motorweek Love the 2018 Volvo XC60

Much has changed since the original version of the Volvo XC60 went on sale, including the vehicle itself. After nine successful model years, this utility has become an American favorite, and its first generation model still is the brand’s bestseller. Now, it’s been rebuilt from the ground up, but still captures that special stuff that endeared it to so many in the first place.

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Volvo Design Boss Wins Big at AutoCar Awards

Since joining Volvo in 2012, Senior Vice President of Design, Thomas Ingenlath, has left an indelible mark on the brand’s lineup. It was his hand that penned the new designs of the XC90, S90, and more recently, the XC60. Given the numerous awards these models have won, it was only a matter of time before Mr. Ingenlath himself received such acclaim.

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Boost Your Fuel Efficiency in Santa Rosa

Trying to get the most out of one tank of gas is always a good idea. Not only does it help you drive further without interruption, but better gas mileage also eases the load on your gas budget. There are some ways you can adjust your driving and maintenance habits to boost the fuel efficiency of your Volvo in Santa Rosa. Try some of the following:

  • Bad news for your lead foot, but the faster you go on the highway, the more wind resistance your engine has to power through. That takes extra gas. If you have the time, try…
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Connect With Safety in the 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country

Ever since the latest generation of flagship Volvo models have debuted, all sorts of new buzzwords have been adopted by automotive journalists to describe them. “Tech-forward” and “semi-autonomous” have been used—which make us roll our eyes, quite frankly—but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the kind of experience the 2018 Volvo V90 Cross Country offers.

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See Everything that Volvo Accomplished in 2016!

2016 was quite the year for Volvo. Not only did they unveil the S90 and V90, as well as give us some insight into how the new design language will translate to other models, they also made fantastic inroads with autonomous tech. While there may be too much to fit into one blog post, we’ll do our very best.

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