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Tire Sizes are Easy to Read

We here at Hatfield Volkswagen often get asked how to read tire sizes, and we're happy to announce this isn't nearly as difficult as it seems. Check the beginning of the size number for a letter or two. If it starts with a P, then this is a standard passenger vehicle tire. LT-type tires are made for light trucks.

The digits before the forward slash indicate the width of the tires measured in millimeters. For instance, if you had a P200 tire then your tire is 200 millimeters wide. The next two digits represent a ratio of the…

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Understand What the Viscosity of Your Motor Oil Means

You have probably seen some numbers and letters on a bottle of motor oil at some point. For example, you may recall a particular brand of motor oil being listed as 10W-30. These numbers actually mean something. They refer to the property of the oil, more specifically, the viscosity.

Viscosity is a measure of how slowly the liquid moves or flows. A high viscosity indicates that a liquid is thicker and moves more slowly. 

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An Alternator Keeps You Fully Charged

Modern vehicles are full of technology and electronics. All of these new devices require a source of electricity in order to operate properly. Your battery also requires a recharge after each start or it will not work the next time you go to start your car. So where does all of this power come from? Your vehicle's alternator.

The alternator has always been one of the most important parts of any vehicle, but with the increased demand for electricity in modern vehicles, they have become more important than ever. 

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The Role of Your Tire Pressure Sensor Light

Air does not stay permanently locked inside of a tire. Normal use, damage to the tire or change in temperatures can all lead to a loss of tire pressure. In some cases, a tire may be deflated to an unsafe level. This is when your tire pressure sensor will light up on the dashboard.

Most vehicles have sensors within the tire itself that will send reports to the car's internal computer. 

Cooling Tube Clogs and Overheating

Your engine cooling system has many things in common with a biological circulatory system. It has a pump, liquid-carrying vessels, and even virtual capillaries. These capillaries are actually called radiator core cooling fins. These relatively tiny members of the cooling system family combine their forces to help remove heat from the surface of radiator cores. While not easily accessible, these small parts can be damaged, and this can lead to overheating.

Two common sources of cooling fin damage are physical trauma and clogs. 

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Can Brake Pad Noise Indicate Severe Wear?

Brake pads are small, sometimes rectangular components that fit around your rotors, which are spherical metal parts attached directly to the wheels. While brake pads might be physically small, they have big jobs to do in keeping you and your family safe during your Columbus, OH adventures.

When you press your brake pedal, brake fluid surges down your lines to your brake calipers. The calipers then transmit this pressure to the pads, which then transmit friction to the rotors. This cascade of events works to slow your vehicle down. 

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Schedule Timely Maintenance of Your Car's Filters

If you had a chance to visit us at Hatfield Volkswagen, then you understand how valuable cabin and engine air filter replacements are. In order for your cabin to maintain its dust-, debris-, or pollutant-free state, you will have to ensure that a working air filter is in place. The same concept applies to an engine filter that is protecting your motor.

Both of these filters are replaceable once your car has endured 20,000 to 30,000 miles. 

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Keep Your Fuel Topped Off This Winter

There are many motorists who have not heeded our advice, placing themselves in undesirable driving situations. We want our Columbus, OH Volkswagen customers to make sure to keep their vehicle's fuel tanks filled with fuel in the winter time.

Don’t be like the motorists that had to find out firsthand the importance of keeping adequate fuel in the tank. 

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Don’t Waste Oil or Money

Changing your oil at 3,000 miles doesn't help it any if it is a newer car. It doesn't add to the performance, efficiency, or overall reliability of the vehicle. What changing your car's oil every three thousand miles does do is create an excessive waste of oil supplies. It also adds to your budget in regards to gas money needed to travel to the service center to get your oil changed and time spent waiting for it to be replaced.

The 3,000 mile myth might sound like a good one because people may buy into…

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