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How do Extreme Weather Temperatures Affect Car Batteries?

Although many people imagine winter to be the harshest season for a car’s battery, summer actually creates more wear. Both temperature extremes can take a toll on the battery’s life and create problems for you as a driver. Keeping it properly serviced will help protect against some of the worst situations.

Cold weather thickens the motor oil in a car. It takes longer and more effort to start, which creates more work for the battery and starter relay. Winter days mean less sunlight and longer hours with the headlights on. 

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What Does an Alternator Do?

When you first turn over the key to start your car, it’s the battery that supplies the initial electrical charge. From the time your vehicle begins running, however, the alternator takes over as the generator and electrical power source. The alternator keeps all components, including the battery, charged while the car’s running, so there’s not such a huge pull on the system when it’s time to restart.

An alternator has a long life, and it is generally a maintenance-free part. Your system should alert you to initial signs that it’s about to go out. 

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Are You Changing Your Oil Too Frequently?

If your dashboard tells you it's time for service, it's probably right. If your windshield sticker says it's time for an oil change every 3,000 miles, it's probably wrong. You may be wondering how one arrives at such a conclusion. It's quite simple; technological advancements in both oil and in engines are being a little kinder to your busy schedule and your wallet. Here at Rockville Audi, we're glad to bring you this useful and money-saving information.

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Your Timing Belt is a Critical Element to Performance

It may be surprising that many parts of a modern engine still rely on mechanical parts in the age of silicon chips and sophisticated software, but in many cases, it is still the best option. When it comes to the timing of valves, when they open and close, a simple rubber belt called the timing belt is still the best option. Your timing belt keeps your engine running smoothly, and we are able to replace them here at the Rockville Audi service station.

 

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Treat Your Driveway to Improve Traction

Whenever the snow starts falling and accumulating on your driveway, it's a given that your driveway will get slippery. As the temperatures continue to drop, the snow will get packed in. But that doesn't mean that your driveway has to be impossible to get out of with a little help from salt, kitty litter or sand.

The Best Ways To Use Salt, Kitty Litter And Sand

Salt and sand are the best options for spreading across the driveway, with salt having the ability to melt ice and providing strong traction on top of it. Sand may be a…

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Get Exclusive Wiper Blades for Your Model Today

Comprised vision during your winter driving can cause you to be a liability and put your entire carload of passengers in jeopardy. You should always ensure your blades are operating against your windshield properly and rid your window of debris and particles. Your local authorized agent, like the auto service team here at Rockville Audi, can select your unique wiper blades and help you see against the glare of oncoming traffic in the winter through your windshield.

Your blades are essential to your vision in any driving situation. 

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The 2019 Audi A7 is Ready to Impress Buyers All Over the World

Audi is regarded as one of the most impressive luxury automakers on the road with their ability to constantly adapt and change to the evolving automotive market. One shining example of this adaptability is the Audi A7. The all-new 2019 Audi A7 features new exterior design and interior features that make this a more attractive sedan.

The exterior of the new 2019 Audi A7 is a fastback with a sleeker, more athletic roofline that helps this model stand out. The new thinner LED headlights in the front, 

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