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Learn How to Use a Roof Rack

A roof rack can be a big help when traveling. They hold a lot of stuff, leaving more room inside for your passengers. However, it is important to use the roof rack properly. Check your vehicle's maximum roof weight load before installing the roof rack and loading it.

If you're loading a big item, such as a canoe or a kayak, be sure to tie it down in the front and back. Failing to tie it in these locations could result in considerable wind drag, and the item could even fall off the rack. 

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Should You Consider Buying a New Truck?

Here at Rock Road Auto Plaza, we wanted to help educate our audience as to all the reasons you should consider getting a new truck this year.

The new truck is able to do many things you couldn't do in a car. The large bed can easily handle hauling several tons of merchandise, while the towing hitch allows for pulling a trailer or camper with ease. The steel construction is designed to handle moving items or people with no trouble easily.

Your new truck is also able to make its way on the road in a number of conditions…

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Should You Get Your Vehicle Detailed More Often?

Even though the vehicle looks clean, there may be things going on that are taking away from the value of your investment. Consider these reasons to getting your vehicle detailed at least once a week.

The longer that you go between detailing, the more the dirt on the surface of the car is mixing with rain and acting like sandpaper to the surface. Those little scratches will become more evident as you skip the detailing each week.

Once you finish detailing, your mirrors and windows are polished clean and you can easily see on the road. This will improve your…

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Why Have Your Vehicle Lifted?

We've all seen the "monster" trucks that sit higher up from the road than their contemporaries. We may admire or wonder at the sight, but do we know why someone would have a lifted vehicle or what the advantages or disadvantages may be?

By using a lift kit, automobile owners can lift the body of the vehicle higher than normal. This enables the driver to see more of the road and allows other drivers a better view of you. You can place bigger tires on your vehicle for better traction. Towing is easier, as the load will not cause…

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What You Should Know about Gaskets

Your vehicle houses a wide range of gases, chemicals, and other fluids that circulate throughout the automobile when the engine is running. These substances need to stay separated, or it could result in a dangerous situation. Gaskets are used to keep these substances from escaping and mixing. To learn about gaskets, read further.

Your automobile has numerous gaskets that are designed to exact measurement specifications to effectively bond two or more surfaces, which is what keeps the fluids from mixing. Gaskets are durable and typically last a long time, but they will need to be...

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Some Common Motor Oil Myths Debunked

The bane of an informed car owner's existence are myths about your car that keep you from getting the most out of it. That is why our experienced team here at Rock Road Auto Plaza want to debunk some of the most common myths related to motor oil that has been circulating lately.

The first is that if your motor oil is black, it always needs to be changed immediately. This is false and could end up costing you some serious money if you were to abide by it. Instead, go based off of what it says in the…

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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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