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How to Replace a Flat Tire


Even though you might prefer to let a professional change a flat tire, you might have to do it yourself if you're left stranded on the side of a highway somewhere.

First of all, you should always try to pull off to the side of the road if you can. You obviously can't go very far, but you should be able to make it to a safe shoulder on three good tires. Once you're someplace safe, use your emergency brake to secure your vehicle, and get out your spare jack and tire tools. Check your owner's…
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How to Identify Warning Signs Your Car Belts & Hoses are Failing


One of the advantages of being able to identify warning signs of failing hoses and belts in the car is you can eliminate the issue before it leads to bigger problems.

The hoses have the job of moving coolant from the engine to the radiator and through the cooling system. If the hoses are bloated or show cracks in the rubber, they could be close to bursting and that would leave the engine vulnerable to overheating.

The belts have to power many things on the motor like the water pump and radiator fan. Once the belts break, many of those…
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Important Warning Signs Your Tires Need Replacement

There's no need to experience a tire blowout or being stranded due to a flat tire when you can recognize the warning signs that a tire on your vehicle needs replacement. Our service center technicians at Apex Imports offer the following warning signs that new tires should be a priority for your car.

Tire tread depth is a good indicator when a tire has become too worn to be safe. You can measure it with a gauge or insert a Lincoln head penny to determine if there is at least 1/16 of an inch in tread depth left…

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What Is Different Between Bumper-To-Bumper And Powertrain Warranties?


Knowing the difference between a powertrain warranty and one that is bumper-to-bumper can determine whether or not you should buy a new or used car. Anyone who has experienced trying to decide will appreciate this simplified explanation.

Powertrain Warranty

The powertrain is what propels a vehicle when the engine is operating and the transmission engaged. Other components of the powertrain include the differential, driveshaft and velocity joints. In a nutshell, the powertrain has nothing to do with the comfort or good looks of a vehicle and everything to do with getting you down the...
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Certified Pre-Owned Inventory -- The Quality of Brand New, The Price of Used!

At Apex Imports, we strive to provide an extensive inventory of high-quality, certified pre-owned cars for drivers in our service areas of Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary. To prove our commitment, we stock over one hundred certified pre-owned vehicles from over twenty different makes, resulting in an inventory sure to provide precisely the vehicle best suited to your budget, needs, and desires! 

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Why Buy Used?

Used cars often face the unfortunate stigma that they are inferior to new cars purely based on age and previous ownership. However, especially in the case of certified pre-owned cars, the primary difference between the two is price, and a few mere miles. 

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Keep Your Windshield Wiper Blades Reliable

Do you no longer have any faith in your windshield wipers? That may mean that you need to invest in windshield wiper blade replacement as soon as possible. Routine wiper blade replacement is par for the course for drivers. It can help you maintain excellent visibility on the road.

If you frequently drive in the snow or in rain, superior visibility is always your best friend. You should aim to get your windshield wiper blades replaced a minimum of two times per year. Do so during the spring months. 

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Car Alignment: Essential for Your Safety

When a vehicle alignment is not up to specification, your ability to operate the vehicle is not only significantly challenged but also unsafe. Often times, a vehicle that is not aligned to specifications will show obvious signs of pulling from one side which puts you and other drivers on the road in unsafe driving conditions.

A wheel alignment should always be done when tires are replaced. However, due to certain road conditions in Apex, NC there are times when a wheel alignment becomes necessary even if tires are not replaced. 

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Independent vs. dealer shops for car repair

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Independent vs. dealer shops for car repair

A Consumer Reports survey shows how dealerships and independent shops compare by brand

Published: January 22, 2015 06:00 AM
Dealerships trailed independents, but overall satisfaction with their work was still high.

For most of us, taking the car to the mechanic ranks right up there with getting root canal surgery. But there’s a way to ease the pain. Our latest survey of…

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Prolinging Engine Life: The Role of Oil

During each and every minute of operation your engine pistons revolve thousands of times. If not for the engine oil surrounding these parts, they would almost immediately fail. But your oil does more than just protect your motor. It can also prolong the life of your engine if you use oil of the proper viscosity rating for your vehicle. Oil viscosity is a measure of how it responds to conditions in your motor during operation.

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