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Overview of the Basics of Synthetic Oil

Synthetic oil is a derivation of oil that contains additional chemicals that are not found in crude oil. These additional chemicals are synthetic substances added as a means of addressing lubrication issues.

Synthetic oil is used in a variety of settings, including in passenger automobiles and trucks of different types. Beginning in the 1960s in the United States, synthetic oil became more widely utilized. In addition to being added to petroleum oil, there are types of synthetic oil that are wholly synthesized. 

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Warning Signs Your Ignition Needs Service

If you notice that your car is not starting as quickly as it used or if your car stalls on start, you may have some issues with your ignition. In other cases, your key may not turn inside of the ignition, which could be because of a worn down key or a stuck ignition switch.

Flickering dashboard lights or no noise from the starter motor may mean that you have a dead or dying battery. In other cases, it could be the starter itself. 

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Testing Vehicle Batteries

From time to time, vehicle owners may choose to test the charge on the battery. The procedure simply requires using an analog or a digital voltmeter. However, digital versions are preferred as they are easy to use and are more accurate. Donning rubber gloves also protects the hands from corrosive battery acid. Before starting the test, make sure the vehicle and electronics are turned off.

Simply connect the red positive connector of the voltmeter to the positive battery post. Repeat the process with the black negative connector. 

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Can Tire Mis-Inflation Contribute to Hydroplaning?

Your tires are responsible for maintaining solid contact and traction with road surfaces. The ability of the tires to do so can be compromised by the phenomenon called hydroplaning.

Hydroplaning happens during wet weather conditions. When vehicles are traveling at speeds approaching 45-mph in such conditions, thin layers of water can form between the tire treads and the road surfaces. This hydroplaning action can rob drivers of steering and speed control. 

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DIY Headlight Cleaning Methods

Keeping your headlight lenses clean will provide better visibility, especially when you travel to areas not well-lit by street lights. It’s one aspect of maintenance that’s often overlooked, but you’ll notice a marked difference if you follow a routine schedule. There are a couple of methods of cleaning that you can try yourself.

One is to use some toothpaste and warm water on a clean cloth. Gently scrub each lens with the solution and then rinse with a clean, damp cloth. This process may take more than one attempt to clean depending on how dirty the lenses…

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What are the Signs of Exhaust Issues?

A vehicle's exhaust system, especially its muffler, plays a crucial role in keeping exhaust out and ensuring quiet operation. For greater peace of mind, the Porsche service team at Porsche Nashville can do a system check to ensure that everything is working as it should. Read on to learn several signs that it's time to schedule a service appointment.

Most of the signs of exhaust system issues are quite apparent. When a vehicle's exhaust system is working properly, it should be quiet, emit no foul odors, and offer adequate fuel mileage. 

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Understand Common Suspension System Designs

Automotive suspension systems come in a wide range of designs and specifications. Knowing a little bit about the options that are out there can empower you to make better suspension upgrade or replacement choices when the time comes. Some common suspension system designs include:

  • Double-Wishbone: So-called because of the resemblance of their control arms to wishbones, these suspension systems are common and popular. Their designs offer robust support for the wheel and related components. 
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Add Traction to Your Driveway With 3 Ingredients

If you are traveling in the winter, you need to have a few things in your car at all times. Here at Porsche of Nashville, we recommend that you consider stowing a small bag of salt, sand or fresh kitty litter in the back of your vehicle.

Why should you opt for one (or all) of these ingredients? If you get stuck in the snow or typical slush or ice, all you need to do is sprinkle some sand, salt, or kitty litter all around your tires and you'll get some traction to get out. 

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Our Online Service Scheduler Saves You Time

It seems everyone is busier these days, which can add to the stress of trying to get everything done. The good news is that when it comes to getting your vehicle serviced, you have a convenient way to schedule your appointment. Using the Porsche of Nashville dealership’s online service scheduler not only saves you time, but it also puts you in charge! You get to decide on which appointment time works best for your personal or business schedule. How’s that for stress reduction?

Scheduling an online appointment can be done right from the comfort of your Brentwood home…

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