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Nighttime Visibility in Scottsbluff

There are a number of factors that contribute to the high nighttime accident rate in the Scottsbluff area, things like drowsy driving and a higher rate of impaired driving. Without a doubt, visibility is a major contributor. Let's focus on visibility…It's said that 90 percent of our driving decisions are based on what we see. Nighttime driving has the effect of reducing 20/20 vision to the equivalent of 20/50 vision. What you could clearly see at 50 feet in daylight can't be seen until you are just 20 feet away at night.Too make sure your headlights are giving you the greatest visibility, visit us at Twin City Auto, located at 1802 E Overland Suite #4, Scottsbluff, NE 69361. Please give us a call to make an appointment: 308.635.7404.Accident avoidance is dependent on reaction time. Reaction time deteriorates measurably in low light conditions. One thing we can do to improve visibility is to make sure our headlights are as bright as they can ... read more

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Headlamps

Scottsbluff Air Conditioning Service

Working up a sweat is a great thing to do in a gym around Scottsbluff, but not in your vehicle. When Scottsbluff residents' vehicle AC Systems have a problem, they'll often feel it right away. The question is, how long do you put up with it? You know, the old comfort versus cost dilemma. But a more comfortable drive around NE has a lot of benefits, and keeping the AC System well maintained can help prevent repairs.A common cause of AC failure is water and air in the system. The system does not work as well with air in it. And water can cause rust that leads to damage of the A/C components. Also refrigerant, the stuff that makes the air cold, can leak out, reducing the efficiency of the system and making it work harder to try to cool the air. That is why periodically evacuating the air conditioning system and recharging it keeps the proper amount of clean refrigerant in the system for Scottsbluff residents, so it cools better and lasts longer.Scottsbluff drivers shou ... read more

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Air Conditioning

Scottsbluff Road Trip Preparation

People from Scottsbluff, NE, love their cars. And nothing goes with cars better than a NE road trip. Freedom from daily schedules, new sights and the open road – it's great! But there's nothing like car trouble to bring the fun to a grinding halt.You can't always avoid problems, but you can take steps to reduce the probability of getting sidelined on your trip. Heading out on a NE road trip? Stop by Twin City Auto before you head out to make sure everything is in good repair. Let's look at some of the auto maintenance related problems you might encounter on a road trip in NE and what you might do to avoid them.The most common vehicle component to fail is the tires. Of course, you can't always avoid a road hazard that leads to a flat, but you may be able to head off some maintenance-connected tire problems.A good tire inspection at Twin City Auto will start with looking over the cond ... read more

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Inspection

Serpentine Belt Service at Twin City Auto in Scottsbluff

Don't you hate it when you hear that squeal from under the hood when you're zipping down a busy Scottsbluff road? It usually means there is a problem with the serpentine belt. The serpentine belt powers a lot of engine accessories. It runs the alternator - which charges the battery; the water pump - which cools the engine; the air conditioning and the power steering pump. All are pretty important parts. It is called a serpentine belt because it snakes around a bunch of engine components. Serpentine belts are amazingly tough. They can last for years and go long distances. Like all moving parts, however, they eventually wear out. If your belt breaks while you are driving around Scottsbluff, everything will come to a halt within minutes. You need to stop the vehicle immediately or it will overheat, potentially causing engine damage. You can be sure that it won't happen at a convenient time or place. (As if there was a convenient time or place!) You might even need to get ... read more

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Parts

Keeping Your 'Old Faithful' Auto Running

At Twin City Auto we've had a lot of Scottsbluff customers asking how they can make their vehicles last longer. These questions are actually a reflection of a trend that's been building for several years in NE. The median age of personal vehicles is now over nine years. And 33 percent of all vehicles on the road have over 75,000 miles (120,000 km) on them. It looks like it's going to keep heading in that direction for a while. With high fuel prices, a lot of NE folks are putting off buying a new car. So let's say you're one of the average in the Scottsbluff area; you've got a nine-year-old car with 80,000 miles (130,000 km) on the odometer. What can you do to make it last another year or two?Let's start with the premise that there's no reason that a modern car can't run for 200,000 miles (320,000 km) with proper care in Scottsbluff. The engineering and manufacturing quality is there.Of course, some parts will wear out along the way, but there's no reason for ... read more

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Maintenance

How Do You Save Gas in Scottsbluff, NE?

No one in Scottsbluff, NE, likes to spend a chunk of change at the gas pump. Rising NE fuel prices, however, have spurred Scottsbluff drivers to focus on how to improve their fuel economy. North Americans literally drive billions of miles/kilometers less each month during times of high fuel prices. But we still need to drive (we love our vehicles, after all!), so it makes sense to try and increase our fuel economy however we can.Let's look at a real life example. This man has one of those really big SUVs. Lots of kids and horses to haul around, you know. His family was planning a four day camping trip. Here's what he did to cut his fuel costs:First, he installed a new, high flow engine air filter. Then he had his service center change his oil, flush his cooling system and service his front and rear differentials along with the transfer case. He also had a fuel system cleaning, replaced his PCV valve and breather element. He also made sure his tires wer ... read more

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Fuel System

Give Your Engine Clean Fuel with a New Fuel Filter from Twin City Auto

Your vehicle requires plenty of clean fuel to run. If your fuel contains contaminants, your fuel injectors will eventually become clogged up. When this happens, your vehicle engine may not get the proper amount of fuel at the correct pressure to run at peak performance. This hurts performance as you drive around the Scottsbluff area. It can also lead to the buildup of harmful deposits on valves and in the combustion chamber.That's why all vehicles, including vehicles, come equipped with a fuel filter. The job of the filter is to clean out little pieces of dirt and contamination. The filter captures the contaminants and keeps them out of the fuel stream. Of course, like all filters, it will eventually get clogged up and need to be replaced at Twin City Auto in Scottsbluff.If your fuel filter is clogged, the vehicle engine can't get all the fuel it needs, and it may sputter at high speeds or quick acceleration. Many fuel filters have a ... read more

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Fuel System

What to Do in Case of an Accident in Scottsbluff

Screeching tires, crunching metal – it's an accident! If you've ever been in a car accident in Scottsbluff, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. It's hard to think straight and know what to do.Let's review what Scottsbluff drivers should do in case of an accident:When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Scottsbluff is considered a crime - even if it's not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your NE driver's license or even jail time.Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Scottsbluff emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.You should always file a police report. It's tempting to skip this if everything ... read more

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Automotive News

Power Steering Service at Twin City Auto in Scottsbluff

Many Scottsbluff drivers have been hearing about technological advances in power steering, specifically electric power steering. Some very high-end cars have been featuring electric power steering. Power steering fluid has the necessary hydraulic properties and the ability to lubricate the internal parts. The power steering fluid also protects vehicle components from rust and corrosion.Scottsbluff car owners should be aware that vehicle manufacturers recommend that the fluid be replaced on schedule. At Twin City Auto, the old fluid is drained and the system cleaned thoroughly. Fresh fluid is then installed.Unfortunately, many Scottsbluff drivers don't realize how important it is to service their power steering, and some may not even know that it's necessary in the first place. A neglected power steering system can develop leaks that will shorten the life of the pump.Scottsbluff drivers shoul ... read more

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Alignment

Introduction to Diesels for Scottsbluff, NE

Something you're going to be hearing a lot about around Scottsbluff, NE, is diesel engines. We're not talking about semi-trucks and buses; we're talking about diesel engine cars, pick-ups and SUVs.Most people in NE are surprised to learn that around half the cars on the road in Europe have diesel engines. Nearly all import brands offer a range of diesel engines abroad – even the ultra-luxury brands like Mercedes and BMW. For the most part, these diesel engines haven't been available in Scottsbluff, NE. But that's about to change.In the past, North American diesel fuel has had a much higher sulfur content than European fuel. Recent environmental laws have required changes in diesel formulation and emissions standards here in Scottsbluff, NE, so we are now ready to start seeing more diesel options offered over the next few years.Why are so many Scottsbluff drivers interested in diesel engines? Well first off, diesel fuel is more energy dense. There's more power in ... read more

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Fuel System