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General Oversteering and Understeering Characteristics

When a vehicle maneuvers around curves, it will only stay on the road if its steering system in optimized for steep turns. The process of gliding a car around a curve is simple if it doesn't oversteer or understeer. This guide covers general information about a steering system and simple ways to detect common signs.

A steering system has various components that work together during cornering situations. The degree of a turn varies based on the drive train. If a car has front-wheel drive, power will distribute to the front tires, which is why a vehicle that has this…

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LATCH Evaluations for Automobiles

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is dedicated to doing what insurers do best: minimizing risk. Traditionally, they've been known for the crash tests they perform on new cars. These tests have led to the adoption of all kinds of safety innovations over the years, from seatbelts to airbags and more.

Recently, the IIHS has set its sights on child safety seats. To be more precise, it's focused on the way children are restrained. The acronym LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. This refers to the hardware that's used in securing child safety seats…

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Enjoy a Fun and Safe Halloween With These Driving Tips

Our Southgate Lincoln team shares a goal to help drivers and pedestrians stay safe in Southgate, MI. Halloween is a fun holiday, but it can also be dangerous.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a child is four times more likely to get hit by a vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year...

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So, What Is A Recall?

At Southgate Lincoln we want you to be informed about what's going on with your vehicle. In this section we will go over vehicle recalls; what they are, and how to handle the situation once your vehicle has been recalled.

A recall is when the manufacturer has found a safety defect in one of their automobiles after the fact.

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Keep Tire Groove and Sipes in Good Shape With Regular Rotations

Here at Southgate Lincoln, we like to help car owners get more out of their tires. One important way of getting this done is to regularly rotate vehicle tires. Drivers who do so can greatly increase the life of the sipes and groove in their tire treads.

Grooves and sipes are special patterns cut into tires that extend surface area and promote traction and control. Grooves are the deeper tread valleys that often allow for water removal, and sipes are the thinner and shallower channels cut into the grooves. Grooves and sipes that wear evenly can increase vehicle occupant safety…

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How Do You Prepare for Roadside Emergencies?

Roadside emergencies happen, and there is never a good time for one. Specific circumstances make particular emergencies worse than others. To preserve your safety, you must take smart preparatory steps to protect yourself and any passengers.

Keeping clear of traffic serves as a critical way of improving safety. Standing too close to both a disabled car and traffic is dangerous. If the car is on the side of the road, it becomes easier to avoid traffic. If you can't move the vehicle, move yourself to safety.  

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Signs Your Exhaust is Leaking

An exhaust leak can ultimately be a major safety concern for you and your passengers. The end result of an exhaust leak can even be fatal if the issue is not resolved. For this reason, it is important to know what symptoms you should look out for.

If you hear hissing or popping noises, this is the biggest indication that something is wrong with your exhaust system. It is important to observe the sounds that your vehicle makes when the engine is running to determine the extent of the issue. 

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Engine Air Filters Improve Performance

Gasoline and diesel engine blocks in passenger vehicles are paired with air filters. Combustion occurs at optimal levels only when the correct amount of fuel is mixed with oxygen. The intake system of a powertrain is engineered to draw a specific volume of oxygen from the surroundings. However, debris and pollen can quickly clog sensitive parts inside the combustion chambers of a vehicle.

Drivers should understand the significance of having a clean air filter under the hood. First of all, horsepower and torque production is maximized when the filtration system is clean.  

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The Lincoln MKZ Has Technology to Assist the Driver

The Lincoln MKZ is a luxury-class, mid-sized sedan that has enough room to comfortably accommodate five adult passengers. This is a stylish vehicle inside and out, and the Lincoln MKZ is designed with technological features that provide plenty of driving assistance.

The new Lincoln MKZ features the pre-collision assist system. This system utilizes sensors to detect if there is a vehicle or pedestrian in the path. If one or the other is detected, the vehicle will give an alert and pre-charge the brakes.  

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Check Out a Few Lincoln Nautilus Technology Features

When you are in the market for a luxury crossover, Southgate Lincoln has the all-new Lincoln Nautilus on the lot, and it comes packed with useful technology features.

The new Lincoln Nautilus utilizes the Blind Spot Information System for assisting the driver in being able to spot when another vehicle is behind in a blind spot. When this happens, the side mirror on this crossover will flash a light warning so the driver is able to know instantly which side of their vehicle has the other vehicle so they don't switch lanes too early. 

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