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Brakes: An Important Inspection

Depending on driving conditions, brake lines can do a lot of work. It is important to have them routinely inspected. The brake lines are made of flexible rubber tubing, and they transport brake fluid. Our service technicians here at Bob Ridings Decatur will check the lines for corrosion, brittleness, and any rips or tears. Detecting weakness in the line before a complete break will save money and time.

Old brake fluid needs to be removed and replaced from time to time, and used brake fluid needs to be properly disposed of. 

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The Two Types of Springs in Suspension Systems

Your vehicle's suspension system is actually part of the chassis, and is essentially what connects your tires to the mass of the vehicle. The largest parts of the suspension system - the parts that will most affect the handling of your vehicle - are the two main springs: leaf springs and coil springs. It is important to know the difference and what they do, so here is a helpful lesson from our service team at Bob Ridings Decatur.

Coil springs are what most of us think of when we hear the word spring. They are essentially larger versions of the springs…

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Tire Tread: How Much is Enough?

In order for a car to remain safely on the roads of Decatur, IL, proper traction must be maintained between the tires and the road. A car's tire tread that does not have enough thickness to it is not nearly as safe to drive on than one that has at least 4/32 of an inch or more of tread on it. This is the bare minimum that a tire should be driven on to consider the tire safe.

There are millions of drivers who are driving on tires that could cause them to have accidents due to navigating…

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Adhere to Move Over Laws

If you're not sure what you should do if you see an ambulance behind you, or a vehicle that needs to move to the shoulder of the road right away, it's important to learn about move over laws. These laws are in effect all over the U.S. and could help to make a potentially dangerous situation safer for everyone on the road.

When a car has its emergency blinkers on, you should change lanes so that there is an open space between the car and the side of the road. 

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How to Transport Food for the Holidays

Visits with family and friends over the holidays often go hand-in-hand with transporting food in your car. Everyone loves having freshly-made food at a party, and transporting your baked goods, drinks, or side dishes safely can ensure your car stays mess-free throughout the holiday season. Here are some tips prepared by the Bob Ridings Decatur team:

  • Tightly close all lids - you can even use electrical tape to secure them shut.
  • Keep dishes flat by putting them the floor of the backseat. If you have passengers, you can also ask them to hold dishes on their laps. 
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3 Reasons to Have Winter Wiper Blades This Season

The windshield wiper blades on your car the last few months have seen better days. Here are a few of the reasons that the Bob Ridings Decatur service team recommends that you purchase new winter wiper blades to clearly as the freezing temperatures are fast upon us.

  1. The wiper blades that were on your car for the last part of this year are designed to move water off the windshield. Those blades cannot handle the heavy load of snow, so they tend to bend and become unable to clear the glass as you drive. 
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Why Regular Fluid Checks are Important

Checking your fluids is one of the easiest ways to keep your car running smoothly and prevent future repairs. Even though most fluids are easy to check, we often overlook them until something goes wrong.

Engine oil is one of the most common fluids that we check. It's as easy as popping open the hood and checking the level on your engine dipstick. If you identify a rapid decrease in your oil level, it could indicate that your vehicle has an oil leak, which can lead to other engine problems if left unfixed.

The transmission is responsible for shifting…
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What are your options at the end of your lease?

Leasing can be a good thing for many drivers to do, but like all good things, it must eventually come to an end. When your lease is up, you have a few options to consider.

If you like the car or SUV you have been leasing, you can buy it. Lease contracts have what's called a residual value, which is a pre-determined price if you want to buy the car.

If you are done with the car and no longer want it, you can turn it in to the dealership. As long as the car is in good shape…
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Making Sure You Have Plenty Of Tire Tread In The Rain

Cars, trucks, vans, and other vehicles are great – they allow us a great deal of independence and freedom, helping us travel from place to place on our own, facilitating the getaway from or traveling to anything we want to go to.

Unfortunately, one negative aspect of owning a vehicle is having to purchase tires, as they can often run over one hundred United States Dollars per tire.

Rather than forking over money one rightfully earned to pay for an exorbitantly expensive tire, people used to perform the “penny test,” where drivers stick a one-cent coin in the grooves of...
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Pre-Road-Trip Checklist

The engine of the vehicle is arguably the most important part of your vehicle. Without it, the car is not going anywhere. A good checklist should be created before a long trip to make sure that the engine is running correctly. Looking at fluids, hearing the engine run, checking belts, and other important parts of the engine should be checked before departing on the trip. If the trip is extremely long such as going from one coast of the country to the other, you should consider having a mechanic looking over the engine to make sure that the car can…
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