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Demystifying Exhausts and Mufflers

Exhausts and mufflers are unsung car parts that serve important and interesting functions in a vehicle. What functions? We asked our Saranac Lake, NY Upstate Auto Service & Body Works Incorporated service techs this very question. Here's what they told us.

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What Is a Differential?

Modern cars are expected to produce power in an instant. What becomes of that power is up to the engine and performance components within to dictate. A differential is one of the components that takes the power that is given to it and finds a way to use it to the driver's advantage. In fact, a differential takes the energy that is sent to it from the engine and splits it up. 

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The Use of Mufflers and Exhausts

When your vehicle is running, you have a number of working parts that contribute to how efficiently and comfortably everything is working. When your engine is running, this produces a lot of noise. Rather than having all of this noise taking over the cabin of your vehicle, the muffler will muffle this noise and expel it out the back of your vehicle. 

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How to Drive Safely in the Rain

The team here at Upstate Auto Service & Body Works in Saranac Lake, NY wants every local driver to be fully informed of commonly encountered road hazards prior to taking off on a long-distance journey or a short trip across town. Hydroplaning is a phenomenon that can occur any time that heavy rainfall accumulates on the roadway, but danger can often be averted by quick thinking and defensive driving.

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Replacing Your Tires is Important. Watch Out for These Warning Signs.

Upstate Auto Service & Body Works Inc wants to make sure that you are safe while driving on the road. The current condition of your tires is important for your safety, but also for the safety of other people that are driving on the road with you. If you're not sure about the current condition of your tires, there are some tips that you can use to check your tires.

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Tips on Changing a Flat Tire

First, find a spot to change the tire that’s relatively free of road debris and away from the flow of traffic, and raise the vehicle a few inches off the ground using the jack that’s stored in the trunk or cargo area of your vehicle.

Loosen the lug nuts of the spare tire using a lug wrench.

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