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Should You Drive on Winter Tires All Year?

With the winter season winding down, many people are wondering if they can keep using their dedicated winter tires even during the warmer spring and summer months. The tire experts and enthusiasts at The Car Store want to guide you to make the best decision for your vehicle.

The short answer is it that winter tires are not recommended for use year-round. For example, winter tires are engineered with technology to maintain traction even on snowy and ice roads. While these features help 

 

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Basic Tips from The Car Store on Jump Starting Another Car

To jump start another vehicle isn't a challenging task, but some can be intimidated by the job's electrical nature. We want you to always feel safe when driving around Twin Falls, so we've created a short description of how to use jumper cables properly and safely.

Firstly, make sure that both ignitions are turned to the off position. Next, attach one of the red cables to the positive terminal, or the largest connection on your battery. The other red clip will fasten to the same position on the opposite battery. One of the black clamps attaches to…

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Winter Tires Bring Added Features

All-season tires handle many different weather conditions, but they aren't designed for extreme one. In some areas, the winter brings enormous amounts of snow. Roads become slick and icy, which presents accident risks. Safer driving become critical on these roads, and so might the right tires.

The tread on winter tires represents a much different design than an all-season tire. Treads help eliminate water under a tire, but all-seasons tires lack a design for wet and cold winter conditions. Winter tires also have a biting aspect in the design. Such a design helps with the grip on the road…

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DIY Headlight Restoration Is Easy

Easily Restore Headlights To Perfection

Is your vehicle a victim to fogged-up headlamps? Don't worry. We're here to give you some helpful tips for restoring your headlights, so you will be able to once again see far ahead of you in the night time. 

First, you need to determine whether your headlamps are oxidized on the outside or if they are letting moisture into the inside (or both).

Headlight Restore Kits

You can purchase a headlight restoration kit from any auto parts store that will help you de-fog the exterior of the headlamp. 

 

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What You Should Know About Car Wax

Car wax is a hard hydrocarbon that can protect your vehicle from sun and water damage. The wax that you put on your vehicle can be made from palm leaves, coal or synthetic mixtures, and it is mixed with a solvent to make it easier to spread.

One of the key benefits of car wax is that it repels a lot of the salt, dirt and other material that accumulates on your car over time. Therefore, you don't have to wash it as often throughout the year. Since wax does a good job of repelling water, you may be…

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Gaskets: Crude but Critical

Gaskets are one of the simplest components of an engine, yet they are among the most critical. Gaskets have the tough responsibility of keeping critical interfaces between various engine components sealed and aligned.

Combustion engines must contain massive pressures and high temperatures in a wide variety of conditions and gaskets are vital to keeping everything together. Gaskets are sometimes crudely cut from low-cost materials and in some cases are precisely laser cut from expensive, thermal resistant materials. However, the longevity and effectiveness

 

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What You Need To Know About Mufflers And Exhausts

If you have ever seen a car blow smoke out of its tailpipe, then you may wonder what's wrong with it. Well, that's one of the many problems a vehicle can encounter with a bad muffler and exhaust. Let's take a look at what a muffler and exhaust do for your vehicle.

Getting Harmful Gases Out of Your Vehicle
The exhaust system is responsible for transporting gases from your engine to the end of the tailpipe. This system uses a series of different components including an oxygen sensor, exhaust joints, catalytic converter, muffler, and tailpipe.

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Two Problems That You Can Easily Avoid By Maintaining The Proper Tire Pressure

Whenever auto tires are over- or under-inflated, Twin Falls drivers aren't getting the performance and protection that they need. The best way for local drivers to avoid dangerous blowouts and other problems is by regularly monitoring and maintaining their tires. At The Car Store, we want to help consumers understand why tire pressure matters.

Tire Pressure Plays A Major Role In Determining Fuel Efficiency

When tires are under-inflated, cars have to work a lot harder to both build and maintain speed. That's because under-inflated tires are soft and sagging. 
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Recommended Low-Mileage Oil Change Intervals

In the past, auto manufacturers and experienced techs like those at our The Car Store service department recommended oil changes every 3,000 miles. This recommendation still holds true, but not for every car and driver. Here are two exceptions to bear in mind.

Conventional vs. Synthetic Oil

The 3,000-mile oil change rule primarily applies to conventional oil, an oil made from crude oil. Today's synthetics contain many more additives to maintain optimal viscosity, lubrication and filtration over longer periods. 

 

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What Does an Alternator Do?

Most people think it's the car's battery that powers their electrics, but that is only true while the car's engine isn't running. As soon as you start your car, that job belongs to the alternator.

Simply speaking, an alternator is your car's generator. When a vehicle's engine is running, it cranks a wheel on the alternator to generate electricity. This is why you can play your radio while your car is running without any problems, but leaving your headlights on while your car is parked will drain your battery.

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