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Signs Your Ignition Needs Service

Your ignition is responsible for connecting your fuel system and battery. If you have issues with your car stalling or stopping randomly, then your ignition switch may be failing. There are also a few other reasons that would be best checked by a mechanic to determine the cause and fix quickly.

Your key may also be causing the problem. Worn out or broken keys can often cause the ignition to get stuck. If you notice lights come on but the engine doesn't turn over, it might be an issue with your starter. In cases where your car stalls at…

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Signs of a Leaky Car Exhaust

Our vehicle's exhaust system is something we tend to overlook until it's in need of repair or replacement. Sometimes the first sign of a problem is that the car sounds louder than normal, which can come from a leaky exhaust. At Allegheny Toyota, our Toyota service technicians can inspect your exhaust system quickly and offer their expertise.

Problems with the exhaust can cause other issues. A leaky exhaust will not only make your car run louder than normal, but can also cause toxic fumes inside your vehicle. 

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Tips for Changing a Flat Tire

At some point, you may find yourself stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. However, changing a tire is not difficult and could save time in the long run if you do the repair yourself. Apply the emergency brake and turn on the flashers. Remove the hubcap if necessary, and use the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts by going counterclockwise. Position the jack under the vehicle as recommended.

Lift the car at least six inches from the ground. Remove the lug nuts, remove the tire and replace it with the spare. 

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Why Are Your Car's Filters Important?

Although they are often overlooked, your car's filters play an important role in the overall health of your vehicle. The engine air filter is certainly no exception. If you want your car to run at optimal levels, you need to check the air filter as often as you would check your oil.

Your car's engine air filter prevents contaminants and harmful debris from flowing through to your engine. If you fail to regularly check and replace your filter, over time it will start to fail. 

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Engine Service: Belts and Hoses

As a responsible car owner, it is necessary to do routine maintenance to keep your Toyota running safely and smoothly. A part of your car’s engine that needs to be checked and replaced is the belts and hoses. Here are some important reasons to maintain your belts and hoses:

  • Hoses - Hoses are essential to your engine because they keep fluids flowing to and from important engine components. If your car's hoses are not routinely replaced, then they may crack and leak, keeping vital fluids from flowing to important engine parts. 
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Get Your Headlights Ready for Winter

Winter is here in Franklin, PA and that means not just cold weather, snow and ice but also the sun sets sooner in the day, bringing the darkness to our doorstep for a much longer period of time. The sun also rises later and overall, winter means more darkness. Now - more than ever - making sure your vehicle's headlights are bright and clear is important. We can help.

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Windshield Wiper Fluid vs. Tap Water

Windshield wiper fluid is very important for a number of different reasons. Many people believe that you can forego the few extra bucks and just use water instead, however, this might not be the smartest idea. Here are a few reasons why windshield wiper fluid is very important and why water isn't a proper substitute.

  • Windshield wiper fluid contains detergents that help remove much more than just rain or snow from your windshield, such as bugs and road grime. 
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The Importance of Updating to Winter Wiper Blades

Winter wiper blades are specifically designed to be able to work easily in the most frigid conditions. If you do not have your winter blades yet, here are a few reasons from the Allegheny Toyota team to consider coming to the dealership to get your pair today.

The winter blades are encased in a thick rubber shell. This shell helps to keep ice from getting into that metal framework that gives the blades the ability to flex and hug the glass. 

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What are the Best Methods for Adding Winter Traction?

When it comes to adding traction to your driveway or parking space, do you choose kitty litter, sand or salt? This is the question many drivers are faced with during the winter times in Franklin, Pennsylvania. Each method offers good and bad aspects, which may influence drivers one way or the other. Let the Allegheny Toyota service team help you make your empowered decision.

Salt has the ability to melt ice, which can be thrown on driveways or streets. However, it can be harmful to the surrounding plants and animals. 

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Why Should You Consider AWD or 4WD for Your Next Vehicle?

Modern trucks and SUVs offer enhanced fuel efficiency, power and control. So what makes them stand out for Franklin, Pennsylvania drivers? For many commuters, it all comes down to All Wheel Drive (AWD) or Four Wheel Drive (4WD). While these systems certainly do share their similarities, there are also several not-so-similar aspects to consider.

For example, if you plan to travel in an area that is off-road, you can benefit from either system. Rocks, snow, mud, and sand are no worry to either an AWD or 4WD system. 

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