How Weather Affects Your Car Battery

Our Lithia Nissan of Eugene service department often encourages customers to schedule seasonal checkups to address possible oil changes, tire rotations and battery issues. People often wonder why, especially about batteries. Batteries, even new batters, are apt to work inefficiently or fail entirely in summer and winter. Why? Here's why.

All About Electrolytes

Just like your muscles cramp and shut down when you lack electrolytes, something similar happens to your car battery. It produces electricity when lead and lead dioxide on its interior plates react 
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Why an alternator is vital to vehicle operation

A battery alone is not enough to provide electrical power to your vehicle. Besides accessories such as lights, stereos and power windows an electrical charge for spark plugs to ignite internal combustion. A battery can be drained in a matter of minutes without a charging source.

This is where the alternator is vital. The alternator is a form of generator that uses engine revolutions to continuously recharge the battery. A belt is connected from the driveshaft to the alternator which allows is to spin and generate electricity. 

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What Does A Vehicle History Report Contain?

The more you know about a used vehicle, the better of you will be in making a smart purchasing decision that meets your budget and desired features without sacrificing quality and safety. Whether you are buying from Lithia Nissan of Eugene or somewhere else, the vehicle history report is your best tool to find out critical information about the used vehicle that has caught your eye.

While free vehicle history reports are available, they often contain limited information that will not be of much use. It is best to get a copy of a paid vehicle history report that provides…

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The Reasons You Need Your Tires Rotated

If your vehicle takes a daily pounding during work commutes and errands, having your tires rotated is a must. Tire rotations keep your tires in optimal health, extend your tires' life and gives your ride maximum traction on Eugene roads and beyond.

Back, Forth, Left, Right

Tire rotations just mean that a trained service department tech changes each of your tires from their existing position on your car to another position: back tires to the front or front tires to the back, for example. Some rotations call for tires to swap sides and move from front to back/back to…

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The Tax Benefits of Owning the Nissan LEAF

If you're interested in purchasing a powerful, popular electric vehicle, consider the Nissan LEAF. The Nissan LEAF is one of the most popular and well-regarded electric vehicles on the streets today. A number of tax benefits accrue to a person who buys, owns, and drives the Nissan LEAF.

If you purchase a Nissan LEAF, you enjoy the possible benefit of obtaining tax incentives of different types. For example, you may qualify for tax incentives and tax credits from different sources. You may be able to access tax credits or other incentives on the local, state, and federal levels.

 

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Two Nissan Kicks Accessories That Eugene Drivers Are Sure To Love

The Nissan Kicks is a new subcompact SUV that's designed for comfort, style, efficiency, and convenience. This spacious vehicle offers ample cargo space, plenty of room for passengers, and an exciting array of standard features. For drivers who want to customize their rides, the Nissan Kicks can also come with a number of impressive accessories. At Lithia Nissan of Eugene, we're eager to help you explore all that this vehicle has to offer.

Avoid Hit And Run Accidents With An Innovative Impact Sensor

Advanced automotive technologies are making it increasingly easier for 

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What About Winter Car Care?

weather isn't always kind to a car or truck. Owners should take steps to protect their vehicles from harm when winter arrives. Little things such as not cleaning snow off the body could lead to surprising problems over time. Salt could corrode the paint. And there are other issues of concern.

Check your battery with a volt test device. Better yet, let a professional do it. Cold weather can kill a battery even when it has a good charge. Find out if your battery needs replacing long before the thermostat shows frigid weather.

Coolants protect the engine from suffering…

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Different Types of Winter Tires

Winter driving can be treacherous, and our team at Lithia Nissan of Eugene wants you to be informed about the best type of winter tires. Even in the best of driving conditions, snow and ice can be problematic if you don’t have the right kind of tires on your car. Come and see our selection of winter tires and learn what tires will best meet your driving habits. Here are the three types of tires and when they’re best used.

• Studded winter tires – They’re very good on snow but not as good on ice unless the studs…
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Take Care of Your Chipped Windshield Before It's Too Late

Lithia Nissan of Eugene wants to take a moment to tell you how important it is to take a chipped windshield seriously. You might not realize it, but such a chip can really create problems down the road. The problem will not go away on its own, so you will want to look at getting it repaired as soon as you can.

You will be pleased to know that chip repair can be done in under 30 minutes in most cases. That is as long as you have it taken care of before it is allowed to expand and impact…

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Understanding Gaskets

There are many gases and fluids circulating in a vehicle at all times. Learning what gaskets do is essential to maintain the longevity of your vehicle. If any of the gases and fluids escape from your vehicle, this can potentially be detrimental to your vehicle and can also be dangerous.

One sign that your gasket is failing is when you observe foaming and bubbling within the radiator. You may also notice white smoke coming from the tailpipe. These are both indicators that your gasket is failing.

 

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