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Know the different between a full-size and compact temporary spare


If you have a tire blowout, having a spare tire can get you to a tire shop without the need for a tow truck. When choosing a spare tire, you'll have to decide between a full-size spare and a compact temporary spare.

A full-size tire is the same size as the tire that you are replacing. Using a full-size spare means that you can drive normally until you get to the tire shop. A compact temporary spare, often called a 'donut,' is narrower than a full-size tire. It takes up less space in your car, however, the size and…
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How Important is a Routine Engine Cooling & Radiator Service?


The cooling system involves more than putting engine coolant in the radiator. Here are the many components that make up the cooling system in your vehicle.

The radiator has to allow air through tiny fins that cool the fluid in the engine. One blockage or damage could stop the system from operating ideally.

The water pump is responsible for moving coolant through the system, so if the bearing fails, the coolant cannot make it to the radiator to be cooled and overheating will result.

The radiator hoses allow coolant to go back and forth from engine to radiator. Loose clamps…
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Have a Spongy Brake Pedal? See Gregoris Nissan Today


If you have ever driven a car, or been a passenger in a car, you know the importance of a working brake system. One part that is often overlooked when doing brake maintenance is the brake pedal. The brake pedal is the first step in the braking processes and when you press the brake pedal it forces fluid to travel to the brake cylinders causing them to squeeze the brake pads causing the wheel to slow or stop (https://www.carparts.com/brakes.htm). Below are two issues that may occur with your car brake pedal and what they indicate…
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Testing your car battery

Are you having trouble starting your car? There may be an issue with your battery. A good battery recharges quickly and maintains its charge. If your battery is over five years old, or you suspect that it might need replacement, a battery test is a simple way to check the battery quality.

A battery test will require a voltmeter. Before starting the test, be sure to wear gloves, goggles, and protective clothing to protect yourself from battery acid. Turn off the ignition and all of your car's lights. Next, connect the red, positive battery terminal to the red lead…

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Proper Filters Boost Efficiency on the Road

When an engine helps a car reach increased speeds on the road, many mechanisms that produce energy and heat emit fumes into the environment. If a car doesn't have to properly-maintained filter, the condition of the air in and around the cabin will decrease. Horsepower and torque are affected when a vehicle needs filter maintenance, and the best way to prevent these major operational problems is by detecting minor issues in a timely manner.

By implementing inspection procedures, you can easily pinpoint general air filtration system problems. During this process...

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Decoding Your Tires


Many people are confused about how to read their tire size as one size certainly does not fit all. That is why we here at Gregoris Nissan in Valley Stream want to give you a quick lesson.

The code on the side of your tire usually starts with a "P" which indicates it is a passenger vehicle. The next number before the slash is the width of the tire listed in millimeters. After the slash, we see a number that represents an aspect ratio of the height to width of the tire. The "R" after this means it is a…
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Why Having Your Gas Tank Full in Winter Months is Smart


The best thing that you can do for your car this winter is driving with a full tank of gas. If you keep letting the tank run low during those freezing months, these are a few of the issues you might have to be dealing with.

The empty fuel tank is a lighter fuel tank. When roads are slicker in winter, a heavier car can grip the surface of the road more easily. Keeping your gas tank full helps the car from losing traction with rear-wheel drive cars.

When condensation begins to form in the tank because of the extra…
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On the fence about buying an all-wheel drive or a four-wheel drive vehicle?


No longer do people that live or work in rural areas want to deal with driving a conventional front-wheel drive vehicle and slipping and sliding in snowy conditions. Instead, they are relying on advancements in technology that allow them to traverse the roads more efficiently and safety. For some individuals, they prefer to stay with the platform of a passenger vehicle which means that an all-wheel drive car or crossover would be the best option for them. The feel of these vehicles are very similar to that of a front wheel drive...
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You Might Need Better Headlights

Your headlights are important if you drive at night. Even if you only drive occasionally you need you headlights to be nice and bright. You never want to have to put up with dim headlights. It is dangerous for you and the other drivers on the road.

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Winter is on its way. What's in your trunk for ice and snow?


No matter what type of car you drive, the winter season may have you and your automobile in some snowy, slippery situations. Not sure what to use? Keep a bag of kitty litter on hand to absorb excess moisture just like it does in a litter box, and its grit will help turn those tires on ice and snow. No cat required. Sand has the same effect, absorbing excess water and creating good traction under tires. Sand also washes away easily on driveways and roads. Salt may be the best at melting hard to get rid of ice and snow…
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