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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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What is the Differential, and Does it Need Servicing?

The differential is a small transfer box under your vehicle that is transferring the power from the transmission and motor to the drive shaft so the wheels can move. There are a number of signs to look out for that the differential needs servicing.

The differential houses fluids that work like motor oil to keep all the enclosed parts lubricated. Just like motor oil being charged regularly, the oil in the differential will break down too and lessens the protection of all those gears. Grinding gears or the smell of burning could be the oil is not working effectively any…

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How to Decipher Tire Sizes

When you look at the side of the tires that are on your vehicle, you will notice a string of letters and numbers. You may wonder what these numbers mean. These numbers tell you the size of the tires on your vehicle.

For an example, let's say that the number on your tires is 215/70r15. The number 215 is the width of the tire from sidewall to sidewall. It is measured in millimeters. The number 70 is a ratio number. It is the ratio of the sidewall's height to its width. 

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Car Battery Service & Replacement: Auto Guide

Want to buy a new car battery before your car doesn't start? You should get your battery checked annually to ensure that it still has enough charge and is working correctly. When your battery starts to fail, you may notice that your car's lights flicker or that your car doesn't start right away. You can pick out a battery based on its cold amperage rating, battery-life, voltage, and price. If you live in areas where it gets extremely cold, you want a battery that can handle the weather so your car starts when you want it to…

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Cooling Fin Design and System Efficiency

Your motor is a large heater and produces large amounts of thermal energy while it is running. Even though your motor produces large amounts of heat, very small cooling system components have a big part in getting rid of this heat.

These cooling system parts are known as cooling fins. Usually made of copper or aluminum, cooling system fins take excess heat from the radiator core tubes and allow this heat to flow into the atmosphere. 

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Why Should You Get Your Transmission Inspected Annually?

Your transmission has a big job, yet doesn't require a ton of maintenance. To ensure that your transmission lasts as long as possible, yearly fluid level checks and filter changes are necessary. If your car is driving oddly, it's time to bring your car to Blue Knob Auto Sales for an inspection.

Your transmission needs fluid to stay cool and provide power the right power to your wheels. If the fluid leaks out, you can cause damage to your transmission while driving. Pay attention to any leaks in your driveway, and report these leaks to our technicians. 

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