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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Sharing the Road Safely with Bicyclists

Many motorists get irritated by bicyclists riding on the road with them. When everyone follows safety precautions and rules, everyone can safely be in the vicinity of one another. Here are some tips that Bowman Commercial would like to share that will make it simple to share the road with bicyclists.

Left turns are one of the more dangerous maneuvers to make if there's someone nearby on their bike. Make sure you're paying close attention, and be cautious when making a left hand turn.

Even after you've parked, take a look in your mirrors 

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Why Do Some Shoppers Choose a Used Car?

When looking to buy a car, going with a used model could be the best purchasing decision for some. For many, the used car market opens doors to buying a better vehicle than the one they currently drive. When limited by budget, a person might not have as many options with new cars, as is the case with used models. Buying used could lead to purchasing a sportier, more luxurious, or even safer vehicle.

Some may even opt for a bargain-budgeted used model, and that would save significant money. Perhaps the insurance costs would be less expensive on a used…

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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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