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.

The Silencer…

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Amazing Ford Flex Technology Features Revealed

The popular Ford Flex is not like other mid-size SUVs. It offers three-rows of space, lots of cargo room and excellent carlike driving experience. The Flex is also a leader when it comes to tech features. Here are some top tech features now available on the current model Flex SUV.

The Flex offers a powerful Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system that balances the torque between the rear and front wheels to create better control and reduce wheel slip. This system will come in handy during all-weather driving conditions. Also available on the Flex is the AdvancTrac with Roll Stability 

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Notable Ford Expedition Performance Features

When it comes to performance, most people don't think about full-size SUVs. However, the popular Ford Expedition is about to change that with its many top standard performance features. Here's what now standard on the current model Expedition.

When you are on a challenging road or terrain, you don't want to feel uneasy in a big SUV packed with cargo and passengers. That's why the Expedition comes standard with an independent front and rear suspension. This system gives you better handling and a smoother ride on any road or terrain. The Expedition also knows how to…

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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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Why Your Tire Pressure Light is On

Your vehicle is likely equipped with a very important feature that will help you monitor the pressure in your tires. Your tire pressure sensors will alert you if the following is necessary.
  • Over time, your tires may need to have air added to them. This can come from the normal wear and tear of daily driving. Cold weather can also cause the air in your tires to condense.
  • There is the possibility that you have over-inflated your tires. This isn't a good idea because it can cause your tires to blow out while driving.
  • Problems with your tire pressure…
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Credit Scores And How They Influence Auto Loans

Your ability to get a great auto loan is in your hands if you just take the time to get your credit score a little bit higher. Many people struggle with this as they think only of how much effort has to be put into doing so. It is a battle to be sure, but it is one worth fighting.

Paying on your debts on time is perhaps the biggest factor in determining your credit score. If you keep your bills paid on time, then you are in a better position than ever to see an improved score and thus…

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