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Check Your Vehicle Battery With a Simple Test

Your car may show signs that your battery is starting to fail. Clicking noises when you turn on the vehicle, or problems with dim lights while driving at night, usually mean your battery is having a problem. In a few steps, you can check your vehicle battery at home, even if you don't have testing equipment.

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Synthetic Oil Demystified

Visit our Volkswagen of Sioux City service department for vehicle maintenance, and we're likely to offer conventional or synthetic oil during an oil change. "What's synthetic?" people always immediately ask us. Great question. Here's the quick answer.

The Basics of Synthetic Oil

Synthetic oil may be fully synthetic or a blend of synthetic and conventional. Unlike conventional, a natural product of crude oil, synthetic consists of artificially created, uniform size molecules. The molecules derive from several common synthetic bases:

  • Polyalphaolefins (PAOs)
  • Polyalkaline 
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Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement

Windshield wipers are supposed to remove frost, pollen, rain and debris from your windshield. All it takes is a push of the button to operate them. They keep you safe while behind the wheel by keeping your windshield clear. However, the windshield wipers won't do you any good if they are not working properly. If they are making a chattering or squeaking noise, then it is time for you to get a new set of windshield wipers.

You may also notice that the windshield wipers make a skipping motion. Smears and streaks on your windshield are another sign that…

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Are Wheel Alignments Beneficial?

Is there something wrong with the tires or the cars suspension? Drivers won't know for sure until a technician checks things out. The examination might reveal the vehicle is overdue for a wheel alignment. Drivers might not realize the tires no longer touch the roads at the manufacturers specified wheel angles. Such a problem could wear down the treads, which may spell further trouble.

Some signs suggest a wheel alignment might be necessary. A vehicle pulling to the side, a steering wheel that won't stay straight, and rapidly wearing treads are all troubling. Maybe the driver hit the…

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Brakes

Brakes are an essential part of a vehicle and may be one of the most important areas to maintain. Having the ability to stop suddenly when needed can be a huge benefactor to preventing a potential collision. It is extremely important to make sure that your brakes are working how they should to keep you and your passengers as safe as possible.

Auto makers today have improved the quality of brakes and have even added beneficial new technology features as well. The vehicles are able to use sensors to monitor the area around them and can automatically apply the brakes…

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What Gaskets Are and What They Do

While most of the time you might not give much thought as to what goes into making your car run and work like it does, you should be aware that throughout your entire vehicle there are thousands upon thousands of parts that come together to make it, and some of these parts include gaskets. Read on to learn more.

What Are Gaskets?

Gaskets are cushiony sealing materials that joins two pieces together along with bolts to keep fluids from leaking or mixing. Some gaskets are made of rubber, while others are made of mixed materials like aluminum steel and rubber…

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Changing Your Own Flat Tire

Many of the new vehicles that we sell here at Volkswagen of Sioux City come with a roadside assistance package. However, if you find yourself stuck on the side of the road and don't want to wait for help, here are some quick steps to remind you how to change a flat tire.

Make sure that your vehicle is parked on a flat surface before you begin.

Remove the hub cap from the tire so you can loosen the lug nuts.

Place the jack underneath your vehicle and raise it up slowly. 

Remove the lug nuts completely and carefully…

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Tips on Being Fuel-Efficient

With the gas prices at the pump constantly fluctuating from one week to the next, drivers are looking for ways to be more fuel-efficient, and we want you to be an educated driver on how to save gas and money. While we may not have control over what we have to pay for gas, there are ways you can control how much you save on gas and money. Come to Volkswagen of Sioux City for some fuel economy tips.

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