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How a Full Size Spare Differs from a Compact Temporary

At Route 46 Nissan, we encourage our customers to invest in a spare tire. It's a smart way to prevent becoming stranded at the side of the road due to a flat tire. We've found many drivers want to know the difference between a full size spare and one that is a compact temporary.

The full size temporary spare features a shallow tread depth and lightweight construction and matches your vehicle's proper tire size. A compact temporary shares these same features, but has smaller dimensions and usually requires a higher inflation pressure, around 60...

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Is It the Alternator or the Battery?


When you aren't able to start your vehicle in the morning when you're headed off to work, it might not be the battery that is the culprit. You may be having an issue with your vehicle's alternator. There are some ways to tell if the alternator may be the problem.

Usually, you will try to jump start your car if a dead battery is suspected. If you jump start the car, and then the battery dies right away after you remove the jumper cables, the alternator is probably malfunctioning. If you've noticed that your headlights or…
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3 Benefits of Winter Wiper Blades Over Regular Blades


Wiper blades might seem like an unimportant part of the car, especially in winter. However, the winter weather makes every driver realize just how vital it is to get winter wiper blades. They can make the difference between a comfortable drive in winter and a tiresome and hazardous drive.

The three primary specializations that make the winter blades efficient include:
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• They have softer rubber that is flexible even in the cold temperatures. The regular blades have a rubber that becomes brittle in winter and thereby ineffective.
• The frame is much stronger and can...
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Stock Up Your Vehicle With Winter Items

If you are getting behind the wheel this winter season, you need to make sure that you don't drive without the winter essentials. You should have an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times and not just in the colder months. Make sure that you also have a bag of sand, salt, or litter in your vehicle as well.

If you get stuck, all you have to do is dump some of your sand, litter, or salt around your tires and you should have enough traction to get out of a slippery spot. Don't forget to get…
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How to Travel Safely with Holiday Food

The holidays are often associated with food, and if you're visiting your loved ones this year, you may be asked to make one of your signature dishes to make the get-together even more enjoyable. If you're traveling with food this year, here are some important tips to keep in mind.

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Reliable Vehicle Fluids Keep You Going

Are you experiencing any difficulties or issues with the performance of your vehicle? If you are, then fluid issues could be the culprit. That's the reason it's wise to prioritize frequent fluid maintenance sessions. Mechanics who perform fluid maintenance services can analyze all of the vital fluids that make up your vehicle. These include coolant, oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid. These fluids all have their own distinct functions and purposes. They're all irreplaceable as well.

You should evaluate your power steering fluid once per month.

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Traveling With Food for the Holidays

When traveling for the holidays, you'll probably be traveling with food. If you don't want to have any spills and you are trying to keep your food nice and hot, you will have to pack your food a certain way. The Route 46 Nissan team is here to help with your travel dilemma!

Be sure to pack foods in an airtight container and one that is insulated as well. You can buy insulated bags and pouches to transport food, or you can place sealed foods in a cardboard box lined with towels.

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How Do You Determine the Total Cost of Car Ownership?

Unlike other fixed assets such as furniture that do not incur the owner any further expenses, cars are valuable assets that don’t only bear the purchasing cost to the owner but also other recurrent costs. While saving up to buy your first car or your dream car is a goal too easy to achieve in relation to your bank figures, it advisable to put into consideration some of the future motor vehicle expenses likely to be inflicted. The question of the total cost of ownership hence comes into question.

Other than the dealer’s price tag, additional costs come…
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