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Engine Cooling & Radiator Service

Your radiator is designed to help remove excess heat from the engine. It is a part of the vehicle's cooling system. There are several signs that you may notice if it is time for you to get your radiator repaired. You can look at the radiator and tell that something is wrong with it. If it is rusty, then it is time for you to have it repaired. Your radiator develops rust because it is exposed to moisture.

You may also notice a colorful leak coming from your car. Coolant is typically a pink, yellow or bright green color…

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Tire Care Tips: Tread and Pressure

Tires are an essential part of a vehicle that determines your drive quality, safety, and comfort. They need to be checked regularly and often replaced to ensure an excellent experience.

You should check your tires regularly for wear and tear, air pressure and balance. The air pressure in the tires should be the one recommended by your manufacturer in the manual. Anything higher or lower is dangerous to the driver and occupants, which may cause even more wear and tear and accidents. You should also check the wear patterns on the tires. Tires treads need to be at an appropriate…

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Why should I use synthetic oil?

Synthetic oil is the best thing you can do for your engine. Synthetics are made of higher quality base oils than conventionality oils, which makes them not only better to use but also a wiser investment in terms of longevity and performance.

Conventional oil will cause oxidation and acidification more easily, break down quicker, and lose those all-important protective qualities sooner. But synthetics don’t have that problem--they maintain their protective qualities through thick and thin which means they protect your engine longer, ward off damaging particles from wear on both new

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Tips for Cleaning Your Tires

The best thing that you can do to clean your tires is to choose the right cleaning agent. There are a variety of cleaners that you can use. However, you should select one that has been labeled that it is safe to be used on wheels. You will also need a good brush and a microfiber. You should only focus on one tire at a time. The first step of cleaning your tires is to rinse off the tires. You can then apply the cleaning agent. Letting it sit for a few minutes will make it easier for you to…

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Is Radiator Service Important?

As you know, your engine can heat up quickly. Moving parts create friction, and without a way to disperse the heat, your engine can quickly become overwhelmed. There are several systems that regulate the temperature in your engine, including fans and coolant. Your radiator absorbs the excess heat, protecting precision systems from damage.

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Transmissions

The transmission of your car, truck, or SUV plays a role in determining how it drives. A manual transmission will require you to use the clutch pedal and a gear shifter to move between gears.

This is uncommon in the US, but more common in Europe. An automatic transmission has mechanisms that change the gears for you. There is also a special type of automatic transmission called a continuously variable transmission, or CVT, that has no proper gears at all-- it has a belt that automatically governs the engine. 

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A Properly Functioning Differential is Necessary for Making Turns

Imagine driving your vehicle without being able to make any turns. It can happen when your differential is not working the way it is supposed to work. Many of the components in your vehicle have a specific function. The purpose of the differential is to allow you to easily make turns by allowing the pair of wheels on either side of your vehicle to rotate at different speeds.

There are three types of differentials. The Open differential is the most common and is used on many different types of vehicles. 

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Automotive Gaskets: The Basics

Most of us don't hear about automotive gaskets until they blow and it's time to replace them. Our Cox Auto Group service department encounters this scenario daily. People always ask, "What are gaskets and why are they necessary?" Here's the rundown.

Sealing the Deal


Gaskets form seals between components in your vehicle. They prevent fluids from leaking out and keep other fluids, gases and debris from getting into parts. Most gaskets have a five to 10-year shelf life. That's probably why most of us never hear about them. The gaskets you do hear about are usually…
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Maintenance Tips to Save Gas

When taking care of your vehicle, you need to make sure the tires have the proper pressure in them. When one or more of your tires has issues with the amount of air in them, it can impact the way the vehicle handles on the road, leading to more fuel usage when you're driving in Wilmington, DE.

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Importance of Belt and Hose Maintenance

Of all the parts that make up a vehicle, belts and hoses are probably the smallest parts. However, despite their size, they play an important role in keeping your vehicle safe and operational on the road. We offer a full line of belts and hoses at our shop and encourage you to come to Cox Auto Group for tips on hose and belt maintenance.

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