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The Basics of a Transfer Case

A lot can go wrong with a vehicle since there are so many different working parts that contribute to how it runs. A transfer case is part of your drivetrain, transferring power from your transmission over to your axles. The actual process can vary slightly, based on whether you have four wheel drive or all wheel drive. We have different transfer cases on our lot in Clarkston.

Your drive shaft is utilized to provide power, and your transfer case will work to synchronize the rotation of your front and back wheels. 

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Three Things to Be Mindful of When Traveling With a Roof Rack

For Clarkston motorists who love taking long adventure trips, few accessories are more helpful than roof racks. Roof racks significantly increase a vehicle's available cargo space, and without taking any room away from passengers. At Bowman Commercial, we want to share three things that travelers should always be mindful of when driving with loaded roof racks.

Pay Attention to the Rack's Torque Settings

Take the time to read through your roof rack's user's manual and pay careful attention to the recommended torque settings. 

 

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Can You Use Winter Tires Year-Round?

If you've got questions about your vehicle, we may be able to help at Bowman Commercial. One popular topic our customers in Clarkston inquire about is winter tires. Winter tires are beneficial for a host of reasons, which include enhanced performance in the snow and ice, but can you use them all year? Let's find out below.

Many drivers choose to get winter tires because they maintain softness and flexibility when the temperature drops. In addition, winter tires improve safety in harsh winter driving conditions because 

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Is a Car's Exhaust Leaking?

When the check engine light goes on, there could be an issue with the exhaust system. A closer investigation may reveal whether this is the case. A leaking exhaust system would likely present other signs of trouble, some of which could be difficult to ignore.

A decrease in fuel economy or a vibrating gas pedal might indicate exhaust troubles. As with the check engine light, other problems may contribute to these things. However, if the engine starts to make loud sounds, take that as a red flag. 

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Get the Facts about Automotive Recalls

We here at Bowman Commercial want every driver in Clarkston to be fully informed on a wide range of vehicle ownership matters, and one of these important matters is automotive recalls. Recalls generally involve the safety or functionality of one of a vehicle’s critical components, and they may be issued at the direction of the manufacturer or by regulatory authorities.

Some recalls are initiated because a vehicle maker or supplier discovers a problem with a manufacturing or assembly process that could affect the performance of the vehicle. Other recalls come about 

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What Does an Alternator Do?

An alternator is considered as one of the main components of the car’s charging system. Not only is it responsible for charging the battery when the car is on, it is also responsible for powering all the car’s electrical components.

The alternator is secured to the engine using a tube, and it runs using a drive belt. Immediately when the engine starts turning, the shaft also starts spinning. The spinning is what makes production of electricity possible. The electricity produced by the alternator is called Alternating Current, commonly referred to as AC.

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Tips for Determining When Your Ignition is Failing

At Bowman Commercial, we know how much you rely on your car, and you need it to remain in good working order. That's why if there is a serious problem, it is important to have it looked at quickly. If you got into your car this morning in Clarkston and had trouble starting it, you should not ignore this because the problem could be with the ignition.

Once you are on the road, you might notice your dashboard lights blinking. Another possible sign of ignition trouble is your vehicle stalling while you are driving it.

In the worst-case scenarios…

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Why You Should Have Winter Blades Put on Your Car

It may be a good idea to have winter windshield wiper blades installed on your car at the same time that you have your snow tires put on. Winter blades have fewer parts, a sturdier frame and are made from synthetic rubber that won't freeze in harsh temperatures.

The ability to resist cold temperatures may be important even when the temperature is close to the freezing mark. This is because the air in your garage may be significantly colder than the air outside. Having a thicker frame that is made from just one part means that it won't…

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Winter Tires vs. All-Season Tires: The Differences

When you live in a region known for mild climates, all-season tires might be fine throughout the year. In places where the cold season gets harsh, winter tires might be the better option. Switching from all-season to winter tires at the appropriate time is an option. Doing so could add a little extra safety to winter driving.

Heavy snow and freezing rain present troubles on the road. A street's surface could become icy, leading to hazards. Snow/winter tires help address the conditions. Careful driving remains vital, as snowy and frozen roads present dangers.

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You Should Know This About Car Wax

Here in at our dealership in Clarkston we know that drivers take pride in the appearance of their vehicles. Bowman Commercial recommends car wax to protect your vehicles finish, and here are some important things to know.

Most car wax products are made from carnauba or palm. These natural substances are then mixed with oils and solvents to create a protectant. There are also some synthetic waxes available, but most detailers seem to prefer natural products. Car wax is firm, but it becomes soft as it is worked into the finish of your vehicle.

 

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