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Defining the Timing Belt and Why You Need to Stay on Top of It

It's funny how often you hear about parts on a vehicle - like the timing belt - but might not know what it all means. We've been there, too. Blue Knob Auto Sales doesn't want you to be uninformed because owners should know their vehicles inside and out. Let's define the timing belt.

Timing belts are exactly what they sound like, they are belts. Their function is to make sure the vehicle's crankshaft and camshaft are working together. The engine's valves and pistons depend on this synchronicity to keep your vehicle running.  

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Tips for Keeping Your Vehicle Pet Hair-Free

Blue Knob Auto Sales loves vehicles and all the things you can do with them, including giving your dog a joy ride. The only problem is dealing with the hair dogs shed as you drive around town. The following are a few tips to keep your upholstery clean.

  • Use the static electricity from a blown up ballon to pick up hair.
  • Spray a thin layer of water all over your vehicle, and use a rubber glove to pick up hair. 
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Detailing Tires is More Than Just About Appearances

If you drive around day after day, you are accumulating dirt and grime as well as brake dust in your tires and wheels every time. Small bits of metal and carbon are being shaved off your rotors and brake pads as you use them, creating a caustic powder than can damage tires in the long run.

Take the opportunity to grab a brush and some detergent for tires and wheels and give them a good scrubbing. There are a wide variety of brushes and soaps. Spend some time finding the one that will do the best job for your particular…

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Get Rid of Odors in Your Vehicle Now

There are all sorts of creative ways to get odors out of your vehicle. At Blue Knob Auto Sales, we can help you get rid of pet odors, cigarette smoke, and so much more.

Start by removing everything from the vehicle. This includes trash, anything in the ashtray, as well as the floor mats. Vacuum throughout the interior. Then, focus on cleaning up any spills. It’s always best to get ahead of spills so that the stains don’t set. Use some basic interior cleaning products to get rid of obvious dirt and stains. 

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Material and Design Make Big Difference in Winter Tires

Although winter driving is more treacherous in some states, ice and snow on the roads can provide danger in just about any locale. The type of vehicle, experience of the driver, and selection of winter tires can all make a big difference in both confidence and safety.

If you haven't considered winter tires for your vehicle, it may be time to do just that. Tires are no longer simply made of the same type of rubber all around anymore. 

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Learning the Easy Way How to Make a Winter Survival Kit

In an effort to ensure our local drivers are safe this winter season, the team at Blue Knob Auto has come up with a few tips for filling a winter survival kit for your vehicle.

Make sure to pack at least one thick blanket in your kit in case the heat breaks or the vehicle dies. Trapped inside with no heat, that blanket could be all the difference in passengers suffering hypothermia until help arrives.  

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How Temperatures Make it Harder for Batteries to Work Correctly

Selling vehicles is only part of what we do at Blue Knob Auto. In addition, we want to teach you about the cars or trucks that you buy. You may have noticed that batteries tend to die during the winter months. This is because batteries can be negatively impacted by extreme temperatures.

Therefore, it is also possible for batteries to die or otherwise become inefficient during the summer. The age of a battery can also play a role in determining whether it will work properly during times of extreme heat or cold.  

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The Purpose of a Timing Belt

One of the factors that a vehicle needs in order to work is for everything to work in good timing. One thing that can help with that is the timing belt. The timing belt has been put in place in order to keep the crankshaft and camshaft working in a synchronized rate.

The reason that these components need to work at a synchronized rate is that once they lose sync, then they are going to damage your engine which can cause the need for a costly repair. Your engine will stop all of a sudden. You won't be able…

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How to Dispel Common Motor Oil Myths

Depending on the make and model of the vehicle that you have purchased from us here at Blue Knob Auto, your oil will need to be changed at specific intervals to maintain the integrity of your car. Every manufacturer recommends different time and mileage points for changing oil, and you can find this information in your vehicle handbook. Unfortunately, there are some shops that pass out improper information as a way to try and get customers back in for oil changes more often than they need to be. Let's dispel some of these motor oil myths that we've…

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Your Battery is Charged, so Why Won’t Your Car Start?

There are many reasons for a car not starting. Most of them show different symptoms. For instance, when you turn the key and there is a clicking sound from the engine, you can be fairly certain that your battery is dead. Another symptom is the starter cranking without turning the engine over which could mean a faulty timing sensor.

The ignition switch is the item in the ignition system that you use most; it is the component with which you are most often in contact. A common sign that your ignition switch is faulty comes when you turn the key…

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