Car Wax 101 - Understanding the Basics

Here at Planet Alfa Romeo serving Miami drivers, we want to help you keep your vehicle looking nice. Car wax is an important part of detailing your vehicle. If you use wax on a regular basis, it will help keep your car clean, and it will help protect the paint. Car wax can come from numerous sources, which include carnauba plant leaves, palm waxes, and there are even synthetic waxes that come from silicone and other materials.

The primary purpose of wax is to place a protective barrier between the exterior coat and outside elements

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Important Things to Know About Gaskets

Did you know that your car or truck can have 100 or more gaskets? Planet Alfa Romeo offers the following information to help drivers in Miami learn more about gaskets and the purpose they serve.

Gaskets are molded parts which are placed between the moving and stationary parts of a car or truck. They can vary in size, and in most cases, gaskets are made of rubber or stainless steel. These parts are very thin, but they can be used to create a tight seal that will prevent the loss of fluid or lubricant.

 

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Fast Tips for Replacing a Flat Tire

You find yourself stranded on the side of the road with a flat tire. You don't have cell phone service, so you can't call your roadside assistance number for help. Even though it's been a few years since you last changed a flat tire, Planet Alfa Romeo has some fast tips that will help you recall the process of doing so.

Your vehicle needs to be parked on a flat surface before you begin.

Remove the hub cap from the tire you'll be changing. This gives you access to the lug nuts that are holding the…

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Most Common Motor Oil Myths

When the motor oils are added into the car’s engine, several things are improved. They prevent the car engine from dangerous overheating and also giving it a chance to function without issues. Some of the most common myths in the section below are:

1. Oil Should be changed when it changes color
This myth is not true and has always misled people. One cannot determine the life of the motor oil by just looking at the appearance. Several reasons cause the oil to change its color.

2. You do not have to change the oil filter every time you…

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Understanding Oversteering and Understeering Will Make You a More Informed Driver

Planet Alfa Romeo knows the importance of Miami motorists being well-informed on matters relating to driving and safety. One topic that some motorists often have questions about is the difference between oversteering and understeering. An abnormally strong engine is often present in both of these.

These terms are both related to a vehicle's sensitivity to steering. To put it simply, oversteering takes place when the vehicle turns farther than its driver intended, and understeering occurs when the vehicle does not turn as far as its driver intended. 

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How To Read And Interpret Tire Markings

Reading tire sizes definitely isn't every driver's strong suit. In fact, for most people, tire markings can be quite confusing. At Planet Alfa Romeo, we want to share information that will help Miami locals better understand all that's been printed on the sidewalls of their tires.

How To Determine A Tire's Class

You can determine a tire's class by looking at the very first letter present. The letter "P" means that a tire has been manufactured for use in passenger vehicles. Tires that are made for light trucks will be designated as such with the…
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Helpful Tips for Buying a Used Car

Have you purchased a used car in the past only to discover it wasn’t what you’d thought and definitely wasn’t worth the money? Has that experience made you apprehensive about buying used cars? At Planet Alfa Romeo, we want you to be as knowledgeable as possible when checking out cars. Stop and see us for advice, and check out these helpful tips for buying a used car.

• Take note of how much you want to spend and only look at vehicles that fall in that range.
• If possible, contact the seller to learn all you can about…

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Tire Pressure Monitoring System Alerts

There are a few different scenarios when a tire pressure light will come on inside of your vehicle. Most people assume this will only happen when there is a need for more air to be added to their tires. In fact, your tire pressure monitoring system will alert you of too much air pressure, too low of air pressure and other issues.

Running over debris in the road will likely compromise the integrity of your tire. There could also be a slow leak occurring. You can have your tire inspected and serviced through Planet Alfa Romeo to make sure that…

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Belts & Hoses - Why They're Important

If you’ve ever looked under the hood of your car, you’ve probably been amazed at the high number of belts and hoses. There are many belts and hoses under your car’s hood and, unbelievably, they all serve a purpose. They may be timing belts, brake lines, radiator hoses or a variety of other types of belts and hoses. If you have concerns about your belts and hoses, come to Planet Alfa Romeo and speak to our professionals.

These small items are important in your vehicle because if just one break, it can prevent your car from operating…

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Reasons your car battery might fail

Your battery may be a small part of your vehicle, but it has outsized importance. If your battery fails, there will be no driving around in Miami. Here are some of the reasons your battery might fail and what you can do about it.

One of the main reasons you battery fails is it has reached its useful life. Most batteries will last anywhere from 24,000-72,000 miles, depending on the quality. If you have already exceeded the estimated life of your battery, it's time to get it tested. Another reason batteries fail is extreme weather. 

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