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What is brake fluid?

Brake fluid refers to a lubricant used in a car's braking system.

Types of Brake Fluids

There are two commonly used: Dot and dot 4. They are usually glycol-based, which means they absorb water from the air. It is not a useful feature when choosing a brake fluid. The containers housing the brake fluid must, therefore, stay sealed at all times. On the other hand, Dot 5 is silicon-based. The fact that it does not absorb moisture from the air means a stable braking system.

How a Car's Brake System Works

When pressure is applied to the brake…

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These Tips Make Driving in the Rain Safer

Are you a nervous driving in hazardous weather conditions? Here at Porsche Monterey, we understand and want to help our Seaside customers feel safer on the road. That's why we've put together these tips for driving in the rain.

Slow down when it's raining. This will help to prevent sliding. It will also allow you to brake more efficiently. You'll also want to eliminate unnecessary distractions so that you can better pay attention. Driving in the rain requires additional awareness.

 

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Discussing Tire Treads & Air Pressure

What happens when you put a copper penny inside a tire's grooves? If much of Abe Lincoln's head isn't visible, the tire's treads are likely fine. When you see the bulk of Abe's head, then the tread depth may be well below 2/32 of an inch. Treads that go too low aren't safe to drive on, and the car's owner probably needs to buy new tires right away.

Treads wear down for many reasons. Poor wheel alignment, low levels of air, over inflation, and other causes may cause wear. Getting tires inspected…

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A Few Tips For Proper Car Detailing

If you like to have the best-looking car on the street, you're going to need to take the time to properly detail your car, inside and out. Of course, detailing your car can actually be fun and relaxing if you know how to do it properly. At Porsche Monterey, we want everyone to be able to take care of their car properly, which is why we offer these simple detailing tips.

One important tip is to change the water in your bucket regularly when washing your vehicle. 

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What is an Alignment?

At Porsche Monterey, our automotive service department helps to make sure that drivers throughout Seaside are safe on the road. You may have heard that vehicle alignment services are necessary for car maintenance but keep reading to learn exactly why they are so important for maintaining your vehicle.

Our comprehensive vehicle alignment services ensure that your car's steering and suspension systems are in order. When your vehicle pulls to the left or the right without you turning the steering wheel, this is a sign that your alignment could be off. In addition, 

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Why Car Wax is Vital to Your Vehicle

When you buy a new car or even a good used car, you want the body to keep that "like new" appearance as long as possible. Washing your car regularly is a great way to ensure that it looks great but only for the moment. Car wax plays a much more important role in your car maintenance routine. In the past, car wax was made for various types of animal fats, but with advanced technology, that is no longer the case. Car wax is made up of natural waxes, synthetically blended chemicals and petroleum agents.

Car does more than just…

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Easy and Important Tips for Replacing a Flat Tire

You're driving when suddenly your tire goes flat. It's a common situation that most drivers in Seaside have encountered. Porsche Monterey wants to share a few simple tips that all drivers should remember when replacing a flat tire.

If a flat occurs while you are driving, getting your car safely out of traffic is the top priority. You should reduce your speed and look for a safe exit off the roadway. You can drive for a very short distance on the cars rim without causing damage. Try to find a spot that is level and firm before you…

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What are Gaskets?: A Simple Guide

The term "gasket" gets thrown around frequently when talking about vehicles, but you're not quite sure what it means. A "gasket" is essentially a catch-all term for hundreds of components that make up the inner workings of your vehicle. A gasket is a piece that forms an airtight seal between two surfaces, keeping gas or liquids from escaping.

Gaskets can be found everywhere: in the doors, in the engine, in the oil pan, and every place your car has small working parts. Gaskets are designed to withstand harsh conditions, including extreme temperatures and intense pressure. 

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How to Avoid Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning is more than just a scary situation to find yourself in while driving. It can also lead to you being seriously injured or even killed. Use these tips to help you prevent hydroplaning the next time you drive in wet conditions.

First, you should make sure that your tires are properly inflated. Flat tires or tires that are not aired up enough can be difficult to control. They also skid on excess water and are not able to be stopped quickly. You also need to slow down and go under the speed limit. Driving too fast in wet conditions…

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