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Maintaining Your Vehicle: What Are Gaskets?

At MINI of Ramsey, we want you to know as much as possible about how your vehicle works.

What is a gasket? It's a flat seal, usually made from a multi-layered metal or rubber that forms an impenetrable bond between two surfaces. 

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Making a Winter Survival Kit for Your Car

Alleviate the worst part of breaking down unexpectedly by keeping an emergency kit in your car filled with items to fix a variety of issues or to help pass the time while you wait for assistance.

Keep a fire extinguisher, tow rope, jumper cables, warning flares, tire sealant, and a toolbox on hand at all times. 

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When Backup Cameras are Very Useful

Every vehicle can benefit from a backup camera. However, there are certain types of vehicles and activities that benefit the most from a backup camera. In these cases, the backup camera will make things a lot easier with the expanded field of view and the guidelines that appear on the screen.

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Why Proper Vehicle Alignment Matters

When you drive on the highway in Ramsey, NJ, the wheels should go in the direction that the steering wheel points them in. If a vehicle is not properly aligned, it could result in pulling to the left or right. This could put your safety and the safety of others in jeopardy.

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Ways that You Can Handle an Emergency

At some point, you are going to experience an emergency such as a blowout or another type of breakdown in which you are going to be stuck on the way to the place you are trying to get to. In this case, you are going to have to get out of the way.

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Tips for Your Headlights


It is dangerous to drive in rain, snow or darkness without working headlights. Your bulbs should be working, and you must make sure that the headlight housing unit is clean and undamaged.

You may be able to replace a burned-out light bulb by yourself as long as you have a screwdriver to detach the headlight housing unit. This is a good time to inspect the housing unit to ensure that it does not have any cracks or other damage. It keeps the light working and prevents rocks or dust from breaking it.
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Why You Can Appreciate the Powertrain Warranty

There is a lot to look for when you are looking for a vehicle. Of course, you want to make sure that the vehicle you decide on is a reliable vehicle. This is a very important thing to look into. However, even the most well-designed vehicles can be vulnerable to a breakdown. This is one of the reasons that a warranty is helpful.

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Belts and Hoses: Important For Vehicle Efficiency

Whether it's a car, truck or SUV, it's a big investment, so don't neglect proper care. Here's why those small belts and hoses need your attention.

Does your car seem that your car doesn't run as smoothly as it once did? Maybe you have an older vehicle, which doesn't run like new, but the issue could be worn out parts. Belts, such as the timing belt and serpentine belts, help synchronize and transfer power. Look at them to see if the timing belt's teeth are worn and the belt is frayed. Check the…
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What Causes Overheating?

Before driving a car that overheats, you need to determine why it's overheating. A common reason is that the coolant system isn't working properly. The coolant isn't being circulated through the engine and other components like it needs to be, resulting in the engine getting too hot.

A leak can easily develop at any point in the radiator and engine cooling system. If you have older hoses in your car, then they can deteriorate and get pinholes in them. There could also be a leak from the thermostat or closer to the engine area, allowing coolant to…

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Ways You Can Prevent Pet Hair From Building up in Your Vehicle

It is very common for pets to leave their hair in the vehicle. However, you probably do not know that you can actually take preventative measures for your vehicle. These measures can at least reduce the amount of hair that turns up in your vehicle and reduce the amount of work you'd have to do.

One thing you can do is brush your pet down before putting them in your vehicle. This is especially important for extremely hairy dogs. You can look for a FURminator that you can use in order to prevent fur from getting in the vehicle…

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