Checking the Belts & Hoses in Your Vehicle

You have a number of belts and hoses throughout your vehicle that can be checked periodically for wear and tear. If you don't replace a belt before it snaps, you'll end up getting stuck in an emergency situation when the belt finally snaps.

Your timing belt should last about 80,000 miles, and you will want to have this belt checked when you get maintenance service done on your car. The serpentine belt and V-belt may both need to be replaced even sooner. Both the belts and hoses can cause problems with the performance of your vehicle if…

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Check Cabin & Engine Air Filters and Change as Needed

If you aren't sure when you changed your engine or cabin air filters last, it's important to have these inspected when you go in for a routine oil change. When you are shown a dirty air filter during an oil change, invest in a new engine air filter to protect your engine. Keep your engine running well when it is able to get the air it needs through the air filter.

Your cabin air filters keep the interior of your vehicle clean. Excess dust indicates that it is time to change your cabin air filters. If you are…

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Breakdown of Android Auto and What It Has to Offer

Android Auto is a piece of technology that allows you to connect your Android smartphone to your vehicle. This allows you to pull up your phone's applications on your vehicle's touchscreen display screen. What this gives you is the ability to peruse playlists, access navigation apps and more without having to pick up your phone.

Another great benefit of Android Auto is being able to call and text your friends and family in a hands-free fashion. Connecting your phone to your vehicle with Android Auto is easy.

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Auto Finance Terminology 101: Understanding Complex Terms

Understanding the complex terminology of auto financing can seem intimidating when you finance a car around Clarkston. However, Bowman Commercial has the breakdown you need to talk like an expert.

The first thing to know is acronyms are used a lot in auto financing.

APR stands for Annual Percentage Rate. This term represents the interest rate approved for your auto loan. However, it also includes your total cost for borrowing the money over the life of your contract. GAP means Guaranteed Auto Protection. It's an optional 

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How to Know When You Need to Fix Your Car Brakes

Since you should always have reliable brakes on your car, pay attention to them and recognize when to repair them. Driving on brakes that require service can be dangerous and lead to more expensive problems. Here are three signs for your car brakes to be fixed as soon as possible to reduce your risk of an accident.

1. Your Car Takes Longer to Stop Than Usual

You'll need repairs if your car doesn't stop as quickly as before. Friction pads wear down over time and need to be replaced. If you wait too long, they will wear out…

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How to Avoid a Tire Blowout in Clarkston

A tire blowout is a scary situation that can, unfortunately, happen to anyone. At Bowman Commercial, we want you to be aware of which steps you can take to reduce the odds of it happening to you, however. Keep the following tips in mind any time you hit the road.

Visually inspect your tires often. Tire bulge, cracks, and tears are all signs that your tires are getting worn out. 

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What to Know About Wheel Alignments from Bowman Commercial

Has your car been pulling to one direction lately when you drive? Maybe it just doesn't seem to be handling well. There's a chance your wheels could be out of alignment. Here's what you need to know.

Other common names for this service are tire alignment and front end alignment. Whatever you call it, an alignment is actually the adjustment of a vehicle's suspension and steering. This, in turn, sets the tires in the proper direction. The right alignment for each vehicle is specific to the manufacturer's recommendations for that make and model. 

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Watch for These Issues to Know When Your Ignition Requires Servicing

Starting your car may seem easy. Yet, it involves a complex set of actions that gets engine going, and it all begins with the ignition. The electrical system goes into action and starts the engine when you turn the key in the ignition. If the ignition switch malfunctions, you cannot start your car. There are a few things to look for that can be a warning sign of ignition failure. Bring your vehicle to Bowman Commercial when you notice any of these problems.

The first sign of ignition problems is the inability to turn the key in the ignition. 

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A Brief Explanation of the Transfer Case in Your Car

The transmission is a complex system of gears and shafts that transfer power from the engine to the drivetrain, where it's sent through another set of gears and shafts to a differential. The differential then sends power out to each wheel to spin at the same speed. It's an incredibly intricate system that makes your car function.

How does your car know when to send power outwards instead of letting it travel straight down? That's where your transfer case comes in!

A transfer case is essentially 

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Applying Touch Up Paint

Applying touch up paint can make your vehicle look like it is brand new. One of the most important things that you can do is ensure that you choose a color that matches. You can consult with your local dealer to find the paint that is right for your vehicle. You may also want to test the paint on a separate piece of metal in order to ensure that it is the right choice.

Proper preparation is extremely important. 

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