How Bad Is Pink Fluid Underneath the Car?

If you back your car out of the driveway and notice a pink fluid on the pavement, the first question you probably have is if this is a bad sign. Pink or red fluid is typically automatic transmission fluid.

Newer cars have sensitive transmissions, and even a little bit of missing fluid can cause the car to have other symptoms. If you are noticing pink fluid underneath your car and the transmission is beginning to slip, then it is probably best to call a tow truck and have it taken into the shop for repairs. A slipping transmission is when…

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How to know if your ignition system needs service

One of the most important components of your vehicle is the ignition system. If the ignition system fails, there is no way you are going to be driving. Of course, if your car won't start or your ignition system won't fire up, it's clear you have a problem. But there are signs your ignition system might be starting to fail and needs service, and it's important to know them.

Stalling is a potential sign your ignition system may be going bad. Your car may stall immediately after starting or it could go for a while before…

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Testing Your Vehicle's Battery

It's important to keep your car's battery as healthy as possible to avoid being stranded. Here at Planet Alfa Romeo, we are here to keep you as informed as possible about your vehicle.

Test Your Battery With a Voltmeter

Did you know you can test your battery yourself? All you need is a voltmeter. Start by turning the ignition off. Set your voltmeter to measure volts and touch the positive and negative test probes to the positive and negative terminals on the battery; a healthy battery should measure to 12.4 volts or higher.

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Advice for Safe Jump Starts

You might be asked by a Miami driver to help them jump start their car. Could you do it safely? The following expert advice from Planet Alfa Romeo can help you.

Begin by turning off your car, engaging both vehicles' parking brakes and finding your jumper cables. For maximum safety, use the following connection sequence. Attach your positive cable, which is probably red, to the positive terminal on the dead battery. Connect that cable to your battery's positive terminal. 

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Common causes of engine overheating

There are many things you have to be concerned about when driving in Miami, and one that is not that common is an overheating engine. Though it's not common, you do want to know what the signs are. Here are some of the reasons your engine may be overheating.

Leaks
One of the biggest causes of engine overheating is some kind of leak. It could be caused by a leak in a hose from the cooling system or a leak in your radiator.

Blockage
Another thing that could cause your engine to overheat is a blockage in the hose…
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The Importance of Belts & Hoses

Your vehicle is similar to your home vacuum cleaner in that they both won’t run without a belt. Belts and hoses must be in good condition to avoid roadside breakdowns and costly repairs, and our team at Planet Alfa Romeo can give you tips on what kind of belts and hoses your car uses as well as their function. Even in the best of condition, belts and hoses tend to wear out. Your vehicle uses a variety of different belts and hoses, all of which must be in good condition.

• Timing Belt – This belt drives the camshaft and is…

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Discover the Benefits of a Blind Spot Monitor

Our car experts at Planet Alfa Romeo like to provide Miami, FL shoppers with useful automotive knowledge. A blind spot monitor is a safety feature that uses cutting-edge technology to help you stay safe when you're behind the wheel.

A blind spot monitor uses radars, cameras, and sensors to monitor the driver's blind spot zones. When a vehicle is rapidly approaching a driver's blind spots, it will send the driver visual and audible alerts. Many blind spot monitoring systems have illuminating icons that display on the exterior mirrors. 

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Is Your Car Safe From Thieves?

At Planet Alfa Romeo, we know our customers work hard to have nice vehicles, and the thought of someone having their car stolen is heartbreaking. While you can’t control the actions of other people, there are some things you can do to keep your car a little safer and prevent thefts in Miami, FL.

A car alarm can scare off a thief and alert people that you need help. Most vehicles have alarms installed on them. You can even control some alarms with your key fob. 

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Keep Your Kids Safe When Out to Trick-or-Treat

Car traffic doesn't stop on Halloween night merely because the kids will be out and about to trick-or-treat. Therefore, as a parent, there are some important steps you need to take to ensure that your kids are as safe as possible when it comes to cars on the street Halloween night.

Outfit your kids with a flashlight, complete with fresh batteries. The flashlight can be placed light down into a treat bucket. This provides an added level of illumination and safety.  

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How to Share the Road with Bicyclists

When you're on the road with people that are riding on a bicycle, this can turn into a challenging event pretty quickly. You would hope that the person riding the bike is following a number of safety rules, but anything can happen in the blink of an eye. Here are some useful tips that will keep everyone safe:
  • If you need to pass a person that is on a bike, you should leave at least 4 feet in between the two of you.
  • Make sure that you leave enough space in between you and a bike rider if you…
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