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Stay Up-to-Date with Your Headlights

You might not have considered it, but there tends to be more to your headlights than what meets the eye. Some vehicles use glass headlamps, which was established as a material of preference for protecting the inner workings of headlights in the earlier decades of the mainstream automotive industry. The glass was impervious to the elements and allowed light to stream through to light the way. As driving increased, manufacturers learned the art of molding glass to focus light efficiently, thus increasing applied candlepower to the place needed without increasing the amount of power used.

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Time to Change the Timing Belt

As an automobile owner you know that routine maintenance is vital to the safety and longevity of your engine, and one part that needs to be checked is the timing belt. Below is an explanation of what the timing belt is and when it should be changed:

  • Timing Belt- The timing belt is a rubber belt that is responsible for controlling the timing of the car’s engine. 
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Learn to Jump Start a Car with These Easy Steps

A dead car battery can leave you and your passengers stranded. Learning to jump start a dead batter is an easy skill to learn. With a set of jumper cables and these simple steps, you can jump start your dead battery and get your car back on the road.

Connect the red jumper cable to the positive battery terminals of the dead car and a working car. 

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Keep Your Windshield Wiper Blades in the Best Shape

Rain falls on your windshield, and right away you put your wipers to work. You rely on the blades of those wipers as you drive down the street in the precipitation. You need to make sure that you always have good wiper blades installed on your vehicle.

The wiper blades that you have in place should clear the window fully when rain or snow is falling on it. If they fail to do that, you should see about having them replaced. The windshield wiper blades on your vehicle should work well in all seasons. If you feel that they are…

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Know Which Drivetrain is Right for You in St. Louis

Do you know what drivetrain you have? If you have a sedan, it's most likely a front-wheel drive (FWD) or rear-wheel drive (RWD). However, you could also have an all-wheel drive (AWD), particularly if you have a high-end vehicle or purchased a vehicle from a dealer in northern climates.

The obvious differences between FWD and RWD are the power of placement and driving experience. In FWD, all of the power and vehicle mass is placed on the front wheels. This means that your car is pulled down the road. However, with RWD you get the opposite. The power is…

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Why Do My Tires Need to be Rotated?

If you want to get the longest possible life and the best possible performance out of your tires, you need to keep them rotated in accordance with your manufacturer's recommended schedule.

As you drive your car, slowly but surely the tread on your tires will start to wear down. The tire tread is what gives your tires a good grip on the road and allows you to have better overall control of your vehicle. Depending on whether you drive a front or rear wheel drive vehicle, either your front or rear set of tires will wear down faster than…

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Understanding How Brake Pads Work

Brake pads are essential to the way your brake system works. Brake pads are situated between the brake shoe and brake drum. The brake shoe clamps down, which slows your tires and eventually stops the car. With worn down brake pads, the calipers, rotors, and discs can also wear away. It's important to maintain brake pads so that you never have to deal with a failed rotor. It is also unsafe driving practices if your braking pads are worn down.

You may notice a worn-down brake pad when your brakes screech as you press down or if you hear…

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Don't Neglect the Tread on Your Car Tires

The tread on your car tires will give you tell-tale signs when trouble could be ready to occur. Most drivers pay little mind to their tires and they wind up wither replacing them too soon or on the side of the road with flat tires. This is why checking your tires often is recommended.

Worn areas on the tires could be a result of not having the tires rotated, and could lead to serious troubles on the highway. Not only will the car have less grip on the road, it could take longer for the car to come to a…

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Road Trip Travel Tips Checklist

Keep this road trip travel checklist handy before you leave on your journey. It could make the difference in you getting a disabled car moving again and not being stranded somewhere in the dark.

1.) Download an app on your cell phone that will help you to locate the nearest service station at any point in your travels. If you get a flat, it is helpful to know the shortest drive to get help when the car is limping along.

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Why You Should Not Change Your Oil Every 3000 Miles

Perhaps, you are a car owner that buys into the myths about cars. For example, never buy off brand gas. Always change your oil every 3000 miles. One of those myths is false. Can you guess which one? Well, there is not a significant difference between a name brand gas and an off-brand gas. However, oil technology and car engines have improved significantly over the last few years. Thus, making the 3000-mile oil change totally unnecessary.

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