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Extreme Temperatures and Car Batteries - What's the Story?

Car batteries should typically last for several years. Unfortunately, factors like extreme temperatures can drastically affect the life of your car’s battery. Reach out to our professionals at Step One Automotive Group for any battery-related questions or concerns you may have.

Extreme temperatures, particularly cold temperatures, can drain the life out of your battery and shorten its life span. There are factors that can contribute to the battery going dead.

• The battery’s age
• The external temperatures (too hot or too cold)
• Lights left on inside the vehicle
• Battery’s not...

 

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A Solid Tread on Your Tires Will Save You From Hydroplaning

You've always been told that it's important to have good tread on your tires, and it's a good piece of advice. This is especially true in a heavy downpour when water pools on the road. Defined tread on your tires can prevent you from hydroplaning. But there are a few other things that you can do to prevent the unsafe situation of hydroplaning.

Beyond making sure that your tires have a definite tread and are rotated properly so that the wearing is even, you can also buy tires that are specifically suited to wet conditions. As far…

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Headlights Not As Bright As They Used to Be?

As your car ages, many of its moving parts wear out and need to be replaced, but it's not just moving parts that wear out. Your headlights wear out, too. The constant abrasion of dust and dirt hitting your headlights at high speed causes them to become cloudy instead of clear. The result is dimmer headlight beams.

One way you can clear up worn headlight covers is to scrub them with toothpaste. The abrasive grit in the paste will polish the surface when applied to a wet cloth. With a little elbow grease, you'll notice the difference on…

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Don't be a Tire Blowout Statistic

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA), over 78,000 car accidents are caused each year from tire failure, including blowouts and flat tires. With driving season quickly approaching, there are several things you can do to avoid becoming a statistic this year.

First, verifying and adjusting tire pressure to proper levels is the simplest thing you can do to ensure that your tires are maintaining their proper structure, grip, and integrity. 

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Drive in Style With the 2018 Ram 1500 Big Horn

Are you in the market for a new pickup truck in the Ft. Walton Beach, FL area? Well, consider the 2018 Ram 1500 Big Horn. This truck is a great combination of practical, functional features and eye-catching style.

This trim package includes UConnect with an 8.4-inch touchscreen. It's like taking your office on the road with you. You can customize your Driver Information Display so that you can track the performance metrics that are most important to you. The five-link coil spring rear suspension ensures you'll always drive in comfort.

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Ram Tops Consumer Reports' Pickup ratings for the First Time

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Larry P. Vellequette
Automotive News
July 16, 2013 - 6:00 am ET -- UPDATED: 7/16/13 11:16 am ET

The re-engineered 2013 Ram 1500 has topped Consumer Reports' ranking of full-sized pickups, the first time that a Chrysler-made pickup has done so.

The Chrysler Group half-ton pickup scored a 78 in the magazine's road testing, nine points above the second-place Toyota Tundra and 10 points higher than the Ford F-150.

Consumer Reports said it is still testing the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and will release results this summer.

The Ram scored two…

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