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Tire Rotations

It's important to keep your tires in good condition if you want to maintain your car's performance and avoid accidents. One way to do this is by performing a tire rotation every few thousand miles.

Tire rotation is the process of moving your tires from one position to another. This helps to evenly distribute wear and tear, which can extend the life of your tires. There are a few different ways to rotate your tires, but the most common is the "X" pattern. To do this, you will need

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Tips for Proper Tire Cleaning

At Willis Volvo Cars in Des Moines, IA, we love educating the public about ensuring their car is cleaned correctly. One of the dirtiest parts on the exterior of a vehicle is the tires. When they are cleaned regularly, they look great and can deteriorate slower.

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Keeping the Fluids in Your Car With Gaskets

If you don't see fluid underneath your vehicle, then you can thank the gaskets for doing their job. Most gaskets are used to seal things together so that fluid stays inside instead of pouring out of your car, such as a head gasket in your motor. Gaskets can also act as a cushion for two parts to keep them from hitting against each other.

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Dreading Winter Driving? Stay Safe Using These Tips

Do you dread wintertime because of the hazardous driving conditions? Driving during winter weather conditions can definitely be a challenge. Here at Willis Volvo Cars, we want to help you meet that challenge. Here are our tips for driving in winter in Des Moines.

First, check the weather to know what to expect. If a blizzard is coming, you may want to delay your trip. If staying home is not an option, use the weather as a guide to know what to stock your car with. 

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Be Prepared to Charge a Car Battery

Being prepared to charge your car battery is something that every driver should have the skills to do. If you don't know how to charge your car battery, you should learn a little bit right away. At Willis Volvo Cars, we're happy to show you how you can be prepared for when your car battery fails.

The first thing you should know is that you should have a set of jumper cables or a remote car battery charger in your car at all times. But you also need to know some of the basic techniques.

Firstly, when you…

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The Importance of Quality Brakes

Ideally, you will spend time and money caring for your vehicle's brakes as part of an overall vehicle maintenance routine. It is generally a good idea to have brake pads replaced every 20,000 miles or so or as directed by the manufacturer. You should also have drums and rotors dusted or cleaned to ensure that your brakes work properly.

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Why Take Your Car to the Dealer for Tire Rotation Service?

Routine maintenance is essential when you want to keep your car and its parts in good shape. Still, tire rotations might take a backseat in people's minds to oil changes and coolant exchanges, but the service is necessary. Moving tires from side-to-side or switching from the back to the front helps keep tire wear even.

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Driving in the Rain

How safe do you need to be when driving in the rain? It could literally be a matter of life and death. You need to travel on wet roads with a different set of rules than when the roads are dry.

You should try to drive slower when out on wet roads.

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