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Three ways to help your Volvo run longer

It's surprising how easy and inexpensive it is to arrange for the little maintenance tasks that extend the life expectancy of your car, whether you drive a Volvo from Courtesy Volvo Cars of Chico or any other car. But it's equally surprising how easy it is to get so busy you just don't think about getting your car serviced. To remind you how important it is, here are three basics that can make a difference in how long your car can keep on running.

#1: Change your oil

This is as fundamental as it gets. Your motor…

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Should I Buy an Extended Warranty?

After making the commitment to purchase a new vehicle, the very next question that you're likely to be asked is if you'd like an extended warranty. Several factors should be considered part of your decision, and it's important to understand how warranties work and what they cover before you proceed. We here at Courtesy Volvo Cars of Chico offer the following guidance in an effort to help you make a more informed choice regarding extended warranty protection for your newly purchased Volvo.

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Top Five New Years Resolutions for Your Vehicle

New year—new you. Right? Well, sure. But how about you start off the new year by making this year’s resolution about maintaining your vehicle? Your vehicle is one of the greatest investments you can make. It does more than get you from point A to B. Your automobile can be your home away from home. It can be an extension of your style. It can be the physical aspect of yourself that you show off to the world. Taking car care seriously is more than a good idea. It is your responsibility.

 

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It's Easy to Schedule Your Next Service Online

Here at Courtesy Volvo Cars of Chico, we take service and maintenance very seriously. That's because caring for your car matters. Regular maintenance visits keep your vehicle running smoothly and help to avoid any expensive repairs in the future. We want to earn your trust and help make bringing your car in for service as easy as possible. That's why you can now schedule your next vehicle service online. Keep reading to learn more about why scheduled service visits are so important and how you can schedule your next one online.

 

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How to Know When Your Car's Belts and Hoses are Failing

If you can identify when the hoses or belts on your car are close to failing, you could avoid a serious breakdown on the roads. Here are a few warning signs to look out for, as recommended by the Courtesy Volvo Cars of Chico auto service professionals.

The belts have to power different parts of the engine, from the water pump all the way to the radiator fan. If the belts fail, then those parts fail, and the engine will certainly overheat and breakdown. Listen for a squeaking sound coming from the belts. Also, worn belts will be shredding or…

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What are Signs of Starter Problems?

When a car won't turn over in the morning, it's often the battery that gets the blame. Many times, battery problems are the reason that a car won't start. However, the starter might be the problem. One indication of a starter malfunction is called freewheeling. This means that the starter gear and the flywheel are not connecting.

Another indication of a starter problem is smoke produced when you try to start your vehicle. 

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The Role of Car Gaskets

There are several important gaskets in your vehicle. These gaskets help to keep fluids in your vehicle from improperly mixing together, and they keep oil, coolant and other fluids from leaking out of your vehicle. Major gaskets include the head gasket, intake manifold gasket and the exhaust manifold gasket. When a gasket fails, it can cause severe damage to your vehicle, and repairs may be expensive.

It's important to protect your vehicle's gaskets from malfunction as much as possible. The best way to protect your vehicle from gasket failure is to have your vehicle serviced regularly. 

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The Importance of Deep Tire Tread

When it comes to car maintenance, one of the most important things to keep in check is how much your tire tread depth measures. Replacing your tires when necessary can help prevent accidents and help you drive your vehicle smoothly.

Researchers conducted a study in which they stopped a vehicle that ran 60 mph. During the study trial, they experimented with cars that had either a 10/32 inch tread, 4/32 inch tread and 2/32 inch tread. This test concluded that the car with the 2/32 inch tread took longer to stop than the car with the…

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Is it Smart to Buy Your Parts From Courtesy Volvo Cars of Chico?


Here at Courtesy Volvo Cars of Chico, we strive to provide the best service at all times along with the most reliable parts. Sometimes the subject comes up in regard to the costs of parts. Yes, it is true that parts can be purchased more cheaply at discount parts stores, but the question comes up in regard to quality.

You have to keep in mind that aftermarket parts are not always manufactured the same. When you stop and think that the original parts that came with the car were engineered for that particular vehicle, but the cheaper parts from the…
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