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The Basics of Truck Bed Liners

While there are many different types of after-market bed liners you can put into your truck, it might make more sense to get something from the dealership. That way, your truck will be ready to get work done right when you drive off the lot.

There are two main types of bed liners. Drop-in liners, as the name suggests, are physically dropped into place. They're bolted down so they won't shift positions, and they're usually made out of a hard, durable plastic.  

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Maintain Your Timing Belt

Modern vehicles usually have a timing belt instead of a timing chain. If the belt breaks or stops turning, then you're left with a vehicle that doesn't run at all. Car manufacturers started replacing chains with belts because they are lighter in weight and don't get jammed as easily on parts that surround the device. 

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Back-to-School Auto Checkup

Caring for your car is always important, but back to school time emphasizes the need to make sure that your vehicle is ready for the demands of the seasons ahead. Whether you are a parent with children at home or sending one or more off to school, checking the condition of your vehicles is an essential task.

Drivers know the importance of regular maintenance. Back to school time is an ideal period to check on the oil, fluids, battery, and tires. You should check the dash for warning lights and resolve issues like tire pressure and engine service. 

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Is Having the Wrong Tire Pressure Dangerous?

Keeping your tires at the right pressure is crucial to saving fuel and keeping you safe. Did you know that when you put too much air in a tire that you force the vehicle to operate on a tiny piece of the tread? This action means that you do not have enough surface area touching the road should you need to make an evasive maneuver.

Your tires can heat up fast and wear too soon when they do not have enough air. Running them with low air can reduce your traction making it difficult in dry conditions, let alone wet…

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Using Clay Bar to Clear Contaminants from Your Car's Paint Job

Clay bar is a sticky blue product that helps remove contaminants that have become embedded in a vehicle's paint job. Brake dust, insects, paint overspray, sap, and other airborne contaminants can conspire over time to remove the brilliant shine that makes you so proud of your car. Clay bar can be used on most surfaces: metal, glass, painted plastic, chrome, etc.

While clay barring your car can help restore its finish to its original glory, it is not something that you want to do every time you wash your car. 

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Waxing Your Vehicle Will Extend the Life of the Paint

Applying car wax to your vehicle is a great way to help extend the life of the exterior paint. While it is true that the quality of the paint may not affect the vehicle's performance, it is also true that degraded paint can lead to rust and will detract from the vehicle's overall value.

Wax serves as a barrier to outside elements that can be detrimental to the paint, such as rainwater with pollutants, UV rays and other harmful materials. Using wax on the vehicle will also make the paint appear new because it fills in small scratches…

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Tire Cleaning Tips to Keep in Mind This Spring

It is important to keep an eye on your tires to make sure they are always in good shape. You should make sure that the tread is not too low on all four of your tires. The wear pattern should be about the same on all four as well. If your vehicle needs a good wash and wax, make sure to pay attention to your wheels. Here's some great tips that our professional service technicians here at State Park Motors Inc have to pass on to you:

  • Always use professional grade products to treat your wheels. Different products are…
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What is a Differential and Does it Need to Get Serviced?

The differential in your vehicle is responsible for transferring the power of the transmission and engine to your drive shafts so the wheels move. Something as simple as low fluids in the differential can turn into costly repairs the longer you wait.

The differential housing is full of gear oil, lubricating parts that have to power the vehicle. These fluids are similar to motor oil in that they do break down over time and are not as effective as they used to be. 

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Which Type of Car Warranty Should You Get?

Buying a new or used car comes with a lot of decisions, including which type of warranty to get. Some cars already come with warranties, but it is still important to know what is covered and what isn't. A powertrain warranty includes the transmission, drive train and most of what is under the car's hood. It excludes a few things such as the car's battery.

Bumper-to-bumper warranties include more of the car's systems, but they last for a shorter period of time. 

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What's Inside Your Roadside Emergency Kit?

More importantly, do you even have a roadside emergency kit in your car? Here are a few essentials you'll need to put in your safety kit. A small bag of useful tools can go a long way in making repairs. Things like a hammer, screwdriver, multi-tool, saw, scissors, and socket set, all can make your time stranded more productive.

Bring a couple containers of engine oil and a gallon of coolant in the event these fluids get low in your vehicle. 

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