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What Is a Blind-Spot Monitor?


Blind spot monitors have become more popular in the past five years. With the addition of sensors and cameras on vehicles, you can now get warnings that help you drive along any road and in any traffic conditions. Blind spot monitors are sensors and cameras that track motion and help you see where you can't, which is especially important for larger vehicles.

On big SUVs, trucks, sedans, and other vehicles, you'll find that blind spot monitors can save lives. You may not be able to see every point on your vehicle...
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Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors Increase Night Driving Safety


If you've ever glanced in your rearview mirror while driving at night, only to be blinded by the glaring headlights of the vehicle behind you, you'll appreciate the function that auto-dimming mirrors, also called electrochromic mirrors, perform. Our service technicians at Porsche Monterey wanted to provide a quick explanation as to how auto-dimming mirrors work.

Auto-dimming mirrors use a process called electrochromism that darkens the mirror in order to prevent what's called the "Troxler Effect"
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Automotive Service and Maintenance for Your Muffler and Exhausts

If you are the owner of a vehicle, then you know all about the routine maintenance and repairs that come with owning a vehicle. The muffler and exhaust area of your vehicle is very important, but it can require repairs just like anything else does. When this area of your vehicle is in trouble, there are some very common signs that you can watch out for. Make sure to have your vehicle serviced quickly to avoid bigger issues.

Here are some common issues to watch out for:
  • Condensation may slowly...
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A Look at Your Vehicle's Differential


At Porsche Monterey in Seaside, we keep our consumers informed about how their vehicles function. A differential is an important component that needs to be maintained for your vehicle to run smoothly.

A differential is a gearbox that can be found between the drive wheels of your vehicle. If you have a vehicle with four-wheel drive, it probably has a front and rear differential. The differential works with the transmission to move power from the engine to the axle of the wheels. A differential also helps your vehicle turn. 
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How to Safely Load Cargo Into Your SUV

Now that you have an SUV, the team at Porsche Monterey wanted to make certain that you knew how to safely load cargo so everything arrives safely to your destination.

Try to strap down small boxes so they stay put and don't wind up in another area of the cargo bay.

When you have a decent size load, try putting heavier boxes on the floor inside the SUV. Not only will they stay in place, lighter boxes or odd shaped cargo can be placed on top of them without risking damage to either.

Before you drive away, secure any…
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Changing a Flat Tire and Staying Safe on the Roadside

Follow these steps so you can change that flat tire quickly and safely.

If your vehicle is stuck on the road, it is fine to ride the rim if you are only moving a few feet to a safer location.

Loosen up all those lug nuts on the flat tire first, a turn or two will be enough. Then jack the car into the air so the flat tire is off the ground. Remove the lugs, remove the tire, then place that flat tire off out of the way.

Replace with the spare tire, secure by tightening the lug nuts…
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How to Prevent Motion Sickness

Don't let your penchant for motion sickness deter you from hitting the road for your next adventure. Try out these tips for keeping yourself healthy on the road.

Did you know that motion sickness actually originates with a problem in your inner ear? Preventative drugs, such as Dramamine, can be purchased over the counter and are a great way to stop the sickness before it starts. If you are already on the road, try to focus your eyes on the horizon while in the front seat. This aligns your eyes with the direction of the car and can calm…
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Cars and Bikes: Learning to Ride Together Safely

Some drivers don't like sharing roadways with bicyclists, but bike riders have a right to be there. Here are some tips to help motorists and cyclists safely coexist on roadways.

What do you do when there isn't enough room on the side of your lane for a bike rider? Wait for your chance to pass them. When space is limited, the cyclist gets to use the whole lane. As soon as the other lane is clear, you have an opportunity to safely pass the cyclist. Another safety tip is to slow down, and follow the speed limit. That…

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The Ins and Outs of Your Vehicle’s Suspension

The service team here at Porsche Monterey believes that every driver should understand all of the basic components of a vehicle, and that includes the suspension. A well-informed driver will be able to catch minor suspension issues before they become expensive problems. Here is a closer look at the ins and outs of your vehicle’s suspension system.

Your vehicle’s suspension system includes the tires, shock absorbers, springs, and linkages. The primary goal of that system is to provide consistent handling. A well-maintained suspension system is also going to...

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Benefits of a Dash Cam

Dash cams are dash-mounted cameras you have in your vehicle to monitor and record everything around the vehicle. Most new cars today have dash cams already installed in the vehicle because they are such a popular addition to vehicles. Stop at Porsche Monterey and get all the information you need on dash cams.

Dash cams are more than just a luxury in your vehicle and have many benefits.

• Can prove an accident wasn’t your fault
• Can help you improve your driving habits
• Can help you monitor how your teen driver is driving
• Can capture beautiful scenery while you’re…

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