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Explore the Differences Between Full-Size and Compact Spare Tires

Most vehicles that are currently on the market come equipped with a spare tire of some sort. This spare tire is located somewhere on or in your vehicle. If you experience a flat tire or other tire-related issue, you can switch that damaged tire out for your spare. This will give you some time to get your issue fixed. The type of spare tire that you have depends on the model vehicle. Some vehicles come equipped with a full-size spare tire. There are other models that come with a compact temporary option.

A compact temporary tire shouldn't be driven…

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An Alternator is a Powerful Part with Powerful Duties

With so many parts that make up your vehicle, you might be surprised to know that the alternator is perhaps the most important. The alternator is the key part that keeps your electrical system operating properly. The part acts as its own power supply for the electrical accessories in your vehicle, such as interior lights, headlamps, the navigation system, and numerous others.

However, there is another vital part that relies on the alternator, even more than the accessories. It's the battery! The alternator is a continued electrical power supply to keep your battery charged to max capacity. 

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Why Does My Car Need a Timing Belt?

Your vehicle's timing belt keeps the crankshaft and camshaft moving at a synchronized rate. The synchronization enables the engine to run. If the timing belt fails, your vehicle will shut down. You should always change the timing belt before it malfunctions. The engine will be damaged if the timing belt fails when you are driving. The damage can be very costly.

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The Skills to Read Tire Ratings and Sizes

When your vehicle is ready for new tires, knowing how to read and understand the ratings on your options can help you make an informed decision on which tires are best for your driving habits and vehicle. The first number to pay attention to is the wheel diameter that the tire will fit. This measurement is made in inches.

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Using Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings

Motor oil viscosity ratings define the type of oil for every vehicle. Manufacturers determine the types of oil that work best with their vehicle engines. The three-part label provides useful information. The first part is a number that rates the flow of the oil at low temperatures. Light oils work best in the cold. The middle section is the letter W, and the last part is the oil rating for high temperatures.

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Why You Should Consider Using a Clay Bar When Detailing

Keeping your car in optimal shape not only makes it look better, but it also maintains its value. Although most of us have heard of washing, polishing, and waxing, there is another way to detail your vehicle's exterior, which is using a clay bar. Read further to find out why you should use a clay bar when detailing.

A clay bar is comprised of resin that is designed to effectively remove any remaining dirt and particles from the exterior paint that is left behind after washing. In addition, a clay bar will also prevent the exterior from accumulating rust…

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Is a Summer Tire Better than an All-Season Tire?

When you are on the market for new tires, you may weigh and balance the pros and cons of summer and all-season tires. You may wonder if you summer tires are better than all-season tires. There are instances in which summer tires and better than all-season ones.

Summer tires outperform all-season tires on dry roadways and on streets covered in water. They do not perform nearly as well as all-season tires on snow and ice. Therefore, if you drive in a part of the country that experiences a real wintertime, you will need all-season tires during that part of the…

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The Importance of the Owner's Manual

Owning a car, whether old or new, is usually an exciting time for any driver. While less exciting, it is important for you to be aware of properer maintenance for your vehicle so it can have a long life, and function properly. One of the ways to ensure this is to be aware of the owner's manual.

The owner's manual provides a lot of good tips for your vehicle. Use it to help better your understanding of the car's recommended maintenance schedule. If it is time for a 60,000-mile service, then take it in at Tim…

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Some Fun Games to Play on a Road Trip

It often seems that you haven't traveled a single mile before the kids want to know if you're there yet. In order to have a more peaceful road trip, if often helps to have something for the kids to do while traveling down the road on summer vacation.

When you leave for your trip, make sure to have some puzzle books and games for the kids to play. Connect the dot books are a fun diversion for kids. Older kids might like crossword puzzles that are geared to their age group. 

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