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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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Towing vs. Payload: What's the Difference?

Understanding the nuances of how your truck functions allows you to use it to its full capacity. Most truck owners choose this vehicle class because of its ability to haul loads, but understanding your vehicle's cargo load limit is a vital part of owning it.

While towing and payload may sound like the same thing, each term defines a specific capability of your vehicle, and the two words are not interchangeable. 

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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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The Difference Between Temporary and Full-Size Spare Tires

All cars typically come with a spare tire. However, compact tires and full-size spares are completely different. Compact, temporary tires are not meant to go on long drives. These are emergency tires that typically can go about 50 miles, which is just enough to take you from the side of the road to the shop. At the shop, mechanics can tell you if you need a new tire or just a patch for the old one.

Driving on a compact, temporary tire is a dangerous solution if you go on longer commutes. 

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Troubleshooting Ignition Issues

Although it is tempting to assume that a dead battery is to blame for a vehicle not starting, it is often the ignition which is the culprit. To determine if it is the starter that is to blame, it is helpful to look at some common faulty ignition warning signs.

The most obvious sign is grinding noise coming from the engine. If you crank the engine and are only met with a whirring sound, it is possible your starter gear is freewheeling, which is another cause for concern. 

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Gasket Health Means Engine Health

Gaskets are a key component of your engine; gaskets are used in a number of places in your engine to form a seal that keeps gases, fluids, and other liquids from leaking. Faulty gaskets can wreak havoc on your engine and a small problem could potentially become a much bigger--and much costlier--problem if not serviced promptly.

You can help keep your gaskets in good condition by changing your oil and vehicle coolant at regular intervals, using manufacturer-recommended coolant, and by maintaining proper torque on head bolts. Despite your best efforts, though, sometimes gaskets fail. 

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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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