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Upgrade Shocks for Better Handling in Lincoln

Upgrade Shocks for Better Handling in Lincoln

Many Lincoln drivers probably don't think of their shock absorbers as an important safety system; but that's just what shocks and struts are. They're all about ride control – keeping your vehicle tires in contact with the road and managing body motion. Every time you hit a bump or pothole on a Lincoln road, your tire wants to bounce up. The bigger the bump, the higher the bounce. Your shocks or struts push down on the tire to maintain the traction you need to start, stop and turn. If you've ever ridden in a vehicle with bad shocks, you know how it wallows on corners. The front end dives when you hit the brakes and the rear end squats when you accelerate. It's not only uncomfortable, it is difficult to handle. You may have heard vehicles described as having “flat cornering." That means that when you take a corner, the body doesn't roll very much. When shocks start to get worn, your vehicle will roll more on corners. T ... read more

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Fall Driving Safety Tips: Are Wet Leaves Slicker Than Ice?

Fall Driving Safety Tips: Are Wet Leaves Slicker Than Ice?

Going for a drive when the leaves are changing is a distinct perk of autumn. But add a little rain to the mix, and those same leaves go from picture perfect to potential hazard. Some even say wet leaves are actually slipperier than ice itself, but is that true? If so, what are some fall driving safety tips to keep in mind while traveling through the painted hillsides? Ice, IceBaby Let’s break down the science behind why wet leaves might be slicker than ice, starting with the question, what makes ice so slippery, anyway? Slippage, for our purposes, is the loss of friction between the wheel and the driving surface. Less friction means more difficult traction, which is the wheel’s ability to “grab” the road. This results in all sorts of slippery scenarios, such as spinning wheels and loss of control over steering and ... read more

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Fall Driving Hazards: What to Watch Out For

Fall Driving Hazards: What to Watch Out For

Autumn is a beautiful time to take a drive, but each season has its perils. Know what fall driving hazards await you, and you’re one step closer to avoiding them. Fallen Leaves The first thing most people think of when they think of fall is, of course, the awe-inspiring array of foliage. But this vibrant, eye-catching delight can pose a danger on the road in two ways. First, it can be distracting. Second, when the leaves fall to the ground and mix with rain, you’ve got yourself a real slip trap. Rain alone poses a hydroplaning threat. Downed leaves create extra opportunities for losing traction, and they keep the moisture around longer. Not a cool combo.Fog and Frost The extra humidity combined with the changing temperature also creates perfect conditions f ... read more

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Are Funky Smells Coming Out of Your Vents?

Are Funky Smells Coming Out of Your Vents?

Ever get musky odors coming from your car's air vents? It's fairly common for drivers. Moisture can accumulate in the air conditioning/heating ventilation system allowing mold, mildew, fungus and bacteria to grow. Disinfecting and deodorizing is a process. Depending on how bad the problem is, there are a couple of approaches InMOTION Auto Care may take to get rid of the unwanted smells. For mild situations (especially on newer vehicles), a special deodorizing disinfectant is introduced into the ventilation system. This may be an aerosol or a mist application. The treatment kills the offending organisms and deodorizes the system. Sometimes in older vehicles, a good deal of mildew or other microorganisms can grow on the air conditioning evaporator which is housed in the heating/air conditioning air blend box behind the dashboard. In cases like this, InMOTION Auto Care fills the blend box with disinfecting foam that can eliminate stubborn organisms and return a fresh, cle ... read more

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Is your vehicle suspension holding up?

Is your vehicle suspension holding up?

You’re driving down the road; it’s a gorgeous evening. The temperature is warming up, maybe you have the windows down and the music turned up. Your friends fill up the empty seats, or maybe your family. You’re enjoying the weather and the company so much that you didn’t notice how quickly your turn came up. You quickly slam on the breaks to slow down the turn, but your car isn’t responding how you want it to. What should be a simple turn becomes a struggle between yourself and your car. Your car should be turning right, but instead starts to drift left, into the other lane with oncoming traffic. You don’t have full control over your car. The suspension system is like the backbone of your vehicle. Keeping it in good shape can prevent a scenario like this from happening and can keep you and all of your passengers safe. When the suspension system starts to experience wear and tear, you’ll start to experience some warning signs. Rough/Bumpy Car Rides ... read more

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10 Tips to Help Your Vehicle Run Smoothly

10 Tips to Help Your Vehicle Run Smoothly

We all know the old saying: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Well that becomes doubly true when it comes to maintaining your vehicle, and maintenance goes beyond changing your oil. Here are 10 things that you should keep an eye on to ensure that your vehicle keeps running smoothly. Fuel filter This is an item that’s probably as important as it is overlooked. For fuel-injected cars the fuel filter essentially runs continuously, preventing impurities from clogging injectors. So, over time, replacement will be necessary. Locations vary from beneath the hood or undercarriage to inside the fuel tank itself. Since systems are often pressurized and fuel lines need to be safely crimped, you might prefer to let a technician handle it. When to replace: Every 2 years or 24,000 miles. Power-steering fluid Things don’t get much simpler in vehicles than power steering fluid. That doesn’t mean you can ig ... read more

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12 Winter Driving and Vehicle Care Tips

12 Winter Driving and Vehicle Care Tips

One of the joys of living in Nebraska is that weather is so unpredictable. I mean 72 and sunny every day in San Diego has to just be boring. Where’s the excitement? Where’s the risk? But winter is on its way and that means it’s time to prepare your vehicle. Winter driving presents a number of challenges to you and your car. Cold weather can be hard on your car and winter weather can test your abilities as a driver. It pays to be prepared. Here are our tips to get ready for snow and sleet-covered roads, and freezing temperatures. We hope you find them useful. If your car needs regular service, get it done now. Breaking down is never convenient, but it’s worse in the winter than any other time of year. Since bad hoses, belts, water pumps and spark plug wires can leave you stranded, it’s better to take care of them before cold weather really hits. It’s a far better option than spending the same amount of money after you’ve been si ... read more

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10 Things Every Teen Should Know About Auto Care

10 Things Every Teen Should Know About Auto Care

Every year thousands of parents in Lincoln are liberated from schlepping their teens to school and activities. That also means every year we see thousands of shall we say, “novice” drivers. While experience behind the wheel will eventually help, after all we were all once beginners, there are quite a few things that every new driver needs to know about vehicle maintenance and safety. That’s why we’ve put together this handy checklist for teens and parents. Here’s what you need to know when you get behind the wheel: How to change a tire You never know when you (or your teen driver) may end up on the side of the road with a flat tire. Check first to ensure that the vehicle has a spare, a shocking number of newer cars don’t even have a donut. If there is a spare, make sure you have the proper tools and a functional jack. Once you’ve established that you have the needed tools take the time to show them how to change a tire and walk them thro ... read more

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Inspection Checklist Before Your Summer Road Trip

Inspection Checklist Before Your Summer Road Trip

Summer’s here; the kids are out of school; it’s time to start preparing for vacations and road trips. We want your trip to go smoothly, and nothing will derail a trip faster than vehicle troubles. Now if something really goes wrong, take a look at our blog detailing signs of good and bad auto shops. However, you can gain some considerable peace of mind by taking care of some maintenance before you head out on your great American road trip. We want you to have a great, trouble free, summer trip, so here’s a quick checklist of things you should take a look at before you hit the road this summer. Trip Inspection Checklist Tires: While you may not be able to avoid a road hazard, you can make sure that your tires are in good condition. Check for signs of uneven tire wear, proper inflation, and overall tread depth. Brakes: You’ll want to make sure your brakes are in good shape before yo ... read more

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Tips to Find a Reputable Shop

Tips to Find a Reputable Shop

For any number of reasons you might not be able to make it into inMOTION for a car repair or maintenance. Maybe you’re on a road trip; maybe your child’s car is acting funny and they’re at school out of state; whatever the reason we’d like to share a few things we’ve learned over the years. Below is a list of things to look for that are a good sign of a reputable shop, as well as some warning signs to avoid a particular shop. 8 Good Signs To Look For Look for Certifications ASE certification, or seals of certification from ASA, AAA and other auto industry groups should be prominently displayed in a reputable shop. These seals tell you that the shop owner takes his reputation seriously. If you don’t see these kinds of certifications on display, ask why. Check the Shop’s Appearance Once you go to a shop, there’s a lot to judge just on its appearance. So take a quick look; a clean working environment keeps all of the ... read more

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