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Knowing When Your Car's Belts and Hoses Need Replacement

At Land Rover Fox Valley, our service technicians encounter worn hoses and belts on a daily basis. These important parts of your car do not last forever. Knowing when belts and hoses need to be replaced can prevent an unexpected breakdown.

Most car owners know that their vehicle has many belts and hoses. These parts are a crucial part of other systems like your alternator and cooling fan. When they fail, other important parts on your car cannot perform. Pay attention to the appearance of belts. Obvious fraying or worn spots is a sign of heavy wear. 

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Hints That Your Car Battery May Need Replacement

Your car’s battery is an important component of your car; many describe it as the lifeblood of your car or truck. If it suddenly loses charge or quits working, the result may be a dead battery or even a breakdown on the road. Our team at Land Rover Fox Valley would love to offer some tips on battery care. Here are some hints your battery may need to be replaced.

• Your vehicle’s engine starts slow.
• A rotten smell under the hood may indicate the battery is leaking.
• The check engine light is on.
• You notice issues with the…
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How to Keep Your Vehicle in Good Condition This Winter

Is your vehicle prepared for winter? As the days grow shorter, having your vehicle inspected at Land Rover Fox Valley can be a good idea. Winter can cause adverse driving conditions, which include heavy snow and icy roads, and it's important that your vehicle's ready to take on winter weather. Follow these tips to help your vehicle run smoothly all winter long.

Having your vehicle's fluids and battery checked can be beneficial. A volt test can let you know if your battery needs to be replaced, and it's 

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Options for winter tires

Many vehicles these days have all-season tires that are good for driving in any season, be it the heat of the summer or the cold and snow of winter. However, winter driving does present a unique situation, and you may want special winter tires to help while driving around in Appleton.

There are two main types of winter tires: those with studs and those without. Studded winter tires literally have metal studs embedded in them that help grip the road and give you better traction on snow and ice. Most newer winter tires made these days are studless, however. That…

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What to Expect from Windshield Chip Repair

For your safety, it's important to us at Land Rover Fox Valley that you know what to do when your windshield is damaged. In some cases, windshield chip repair is all you need to safely continue driving the car. If the crack is long or in front of the driver's seat, then you'll need to replace the windshield. Here's what you can expect from windshield chip repair: the chip to still be visible, a strengthened windshield and a reduced risk of the cracks spreading.

Although your windshield will look better after windshield chip repair, the spot…

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The Truth About Motor Oil And Having It Changed

Motor oil and the ideal schedule for changing it can both be quite confusing. Many Appleton drivers have been exposed to a number of motor oil myths that are both untrue and widely circulated. Land Rover Fox Valley believes that people will fare far better in their automotive care once these myths have been properly debunked.

You Don't Have To Change Your Oil As Often As You Think You Do

Changing your oil once every 3,000 miles may be a waste of your money and time. The final authority on oil changes will always be the owner's…
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Fuel System & How to Identify Problems

Your vehicle’s fuel system is very important because its job is to make the fuel pump send fuel to the engine so the car will run as it should. If your car’s fuel system is starting to fail, it could cause you to be stranded on the road and cause damage to other parts of your car. At Land Rover Fox Valley, we want you to be an informed driver that knows how to identify problems with your car’s fuel system.

One of the first signs your fuel system may be malfunctioning is if your car is…
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Learning How to Avoid Hydroplaning in Your Vehicle

When the tires on your vehicle can't scatter rain water away fast enough, the vehicle can leave the surface of the road easily. Here are a few tips to avoid hydroplaning that are simple to implement.

Water will tend to accumulate in outer lanes, so be sure to drive the inner lanes to have more contact with the road surface.

Travel in the path of the vehicle in front of you. Those tracks will have less water, making it easier for you to maintain safer driving conditions.

Slow down in the rain, take turns slower so you are not…
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Are You Ready For Roadside Emergencies?


Whether you're taking a short trip in Appleton or an extended journey nationwide, you should have a modern kit for emergency situations. Roadside assistance isn't always available in remote areas, so you should be prepared to handle unexpected situations with composure and confidence. A basic kit must include some jumper cables that are essential for restarting a depleted battery under the hood of your car.

Dealing with emergencies at night is even worse, so remember to pack some powerful flashlights and spare batteries. A weatherproof design is highly recommended by 
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Jumping the Car and When to Stop

It is important to know when you must stop when it comes to jumping the car. After all, jumping a car is not meant to be the total solution to any issues that a vehicle may have. In some cases, the vehicle or the battery might have other problems.

Make sure that the clamps are well connected to the terminals of the batteries. The most you should try to jump the vehicle is four times. If the vehicle is not going to start after the fourth try, then it is best to stop jumping the vehicle. There are other issues…

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