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Posts by Vicki Bradley

Wiper Blades

Today at Auto Pro we’re going to talk about windshield wiper blades. Now that may seem like a pretty mundane topic, but think about how important your vision is: We protect our eyes. If we need contacts or glasses, we taken care of them too. And, well, wiper blades are critical to our vision when…

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Exhaust

We’ve all heard a car or truck that needs a new muffler.  But there’s more to the exhaust system than just the muffler.  The exhaust system has three main functions: To safely get hot exhaust gas from the engine out the tailpipe Treats the exhaust to remove harmful pollutants Muffle the engine noise Exhaust gas…

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Evaporative Emissions Control

The oil and fuel in your vehicle give off vapors that are very harmful to the environment. Evaporative emissions control systems – EVAP for short – are mandated in all cars and trucks. The EVAP system is there to capture these vapors and direct them into the engine to be burned – kind of an…

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Auto Pro Tech Question on Tire Wear

Auto Pro Tech Question:My name is Dan. My vehicle tires wore out early and I had to replace them. What can I do to make my tires last longer? Auto Pro Answer:Dan’s problem – premature tire wear – is very common for Tampa residents. Here are several ways to lengthen the life of your tires:…

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Your Nose Knows Gasoline

Each time we fuel up our vehicles, we get a little whiff of gasoline, so the smell is very familiar. There shouldn’t be any gasoline smell in or around your vehicle when you are away from the gas station. When you do smell gasoline away from the gas pump, the cause ranges from something simple…

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The Auto Pro Guide to Buying a Used Vehicle

The Auto Pro Guide to Buying a Used Vehicle Used vehicles are certainly an economical choice for budget-conscious drivers. But how can we know we’re getting a good used vehicle and not just inheriting someone else’s problems? There are good used vehicles for sale. Cars are sold when families upsize, when families downsize or even when…

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Transmission Service

Question: My friend just had a very expensive transmission repair. How can drivers like myself avoid transmission trouble? Auto Pro Answer: Florida drivers may have noticed a trend of engines becoming more and more powerful in recent years. At the same time, fuel economy has been improving in nearly every motor vehicle segment in FL. More…

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Wheel Alignment

Drivers need to be concerned about wheel alignments for two primary reasons: safety and money. When your wheels are out of alignment, they can pull to one side, maybe pretty hard. A moment of inattention could put you into on-coming traffic on a busy street.  A bad alignment will chew up your tires very quickly. We had one guy in…

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Transmissions

Transmissions are heavy duty pieces of equipment that are designed to last a long time for most Tampa drivers. But like any other machine, they’ll eventually wear out and need repair. So let’s focus on what FL drivers can do to push that day off as far as possible. The first thing Tampa drivers can do…

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Items Most Stolen From Vehicles

What item is most often stolen from vehicles? Is it: (A) Stereo (B) Wheels (C) Air Bag (D) DVD System Well, if you said stereo – you used to be right. But airbags have now surpassed stereos as the biggest target for theft – approximately 50,000 a year nationally in the United States. New airbags…

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