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Examining The Tires for Signs of Wear

An important component of your car is the tire. If you have a blowout or if there are issues with your tires, then you usually won't be able to drive safely on the road until the issue is fixed. Fortunately, there are a few signs that indicate that your tires need to be replaced.

Low air pressure isn't normal unless there is a change in the temperatures. This could mean that there is something in your tire resulting in the pressure to drop. Another sign is uneven wear and tear. There are a few different reasons as to…

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Truck Bed Cover Features

One of the main advantages to driving a truck is the ability to carry a lot of cargo in the bed. The issue of security comes up, though, especially if you often leave your truck unattended.

If you want to prevent others from seeing what you have in the bed, you can get a tonneau cover. This can either be a one-piece product or one that comes in multiple pieces that can fold together. Some of these covers can lock, and all of them can protect your cargo from the elements. One of the downsides, though, is that they affect…

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Suspension


We here at Virginia Select Auto of Amherst want to be sure you are informed about your vehicles suspension.

The most common explanation of what the suspension of a vehicle does is that it keeps you from feeling every little bump and pothole in the road. A suspension allows you to enjoy a smooth ride in the cabin of the car even on the worst road conditions. A lesser known use of a car suspension is to help your car handle better. Cars with aging suspensions typically handle far worse and are harder to control than newer cars with upgraded…
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The Importance of Proper Alignment

If your car is pulling to one side when you're trying to drive in a straight line, or it is vibrating at high speeds, it might be suffering from an alignment issue. A vehicle with proper alignment will have all four wheels pointing in the proper direction.

Hitting potholes, curbs, or other obstacles can knock wheels out of alignment and cause a variety of problems, such as uneven tire wear and poor gas mileage. Getting your alignment checked whenever you get an oil change can help you find small problems before they grow into something serious and expensive to…

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Guide for Towing

Towing a load behind your truck or SUV is a simple process if you follow a few basic guidelines. Don't leave for a fun weekend at the lake or mountain campsite without ensuring both your vehicle and trailer are capable of carrying their load.

Never exceed the suggested weight limit your vehicle is able to tow. You'll need to factor in the weight of everything else you're bringing, including passengers, along with the weight of the item you wish to tow. Don't leave without first checking that electricity is powering your trailer's turn signals and…

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How Knowledge Can Help With Vehicle Experience

One of the best things that people can do is learn about vehicles and certain terms. Knowledge can be the very difference between a good experience with a vehicle and a bad experience. People who take the time to learn what certain terms mean and what they are talking about are going to be more likely to make sure that their vehicles remain in good condition.

One example is the common mistake that people make when they talk about towing and payload. While it is often used interchangeably, these terms actually mean something completely different to one another. 

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How to Avoid a Tire Blowout

A tire blowout may seem to happen without warning. However, there are many signs that your tires are worn or otherwise not suitable to be on the road. For instance, if you see cracks between the tread and the sidewall, you should replace the tires as soon as possible.

This is called dry rot and occurs when a car sits for long periods of time. Other signs that your tires should be replaced include a lack of tread or bubbling on the tire's surface. Tires that have been on your vehicle for many years may also need to be…

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How to get the most out of your tailgate party

Football season is fast approaching again, and so die-hard fans everywhere are preparing themselves for that great American tradition: tailgating. If you want to look like a pro at your next tailgate, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
  1.  Get there early. You want to have time not only to eat, but also to clean up before the game starts. Plan to get there three or four hours before kick off.
  2.  Prep the meat the night before. Do your marinating, prep the burgers and the skewers so they're ready to hit the grill when you get there…
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Powertrain vs Bumper to Bumper Warranties


?When you shop for a new vehicle there is a lot to consider. Your first impression is often based off of the exterior of a vehicle. From there you look at the interior. Reading the specs can provide you with valuable information about what is under the hood. When it comes to protecting the investment you are making, make sure that you question what kind of warranties your potential new vehicle would come with. Two very commonly provided warranties include a powertrain warranty and a bumper to bumper warranty.

A powertrain warranty covers all of the different power-related items under…
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Negative Signs in a Vehicle's Battery

When you perform a car battery test, knowing obvious warning signs can be one of the best ways for you to know when it is time to take the vehicle in for more serious repairs.

Always begin the testing with the appropriate safety steps. Read the instructions carefully and set the right connectors with their corresponding terminals. Watch how your battery reacts, as an older, less effective battery will not be able to hold a charge as easily as a newer one. These batteries are also unable to produce sufficient cranking amps, which means that it is not working to…

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