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Tire Pressure Monitoring System Types

If you have a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) in your car or truck, you probably know what it does. You may not know that there are a lot of different types of TPMS, though. Here’s what you need to know. Different types of Tire Pressure Monitoring System There are a few common types of TPMS that auto makers use in their cars and trucks. Knowing what type of system you(…)

Headlights: What You Need To Know

Car and truck headlights are something you can’t do without. Not only is it illegal to drive at night with headlights that aren’t working properly, it’s also dangerous. They don’t just help you see, but they help other driver’s see you. Headlights are vital to your safety while driving, so keep that in mind when you replace them. Should I Replace Both of My Headlights When Only One is Dead? It’s(…)

What is TPMS?

If you’ve ever bought a set of tires or had a flat tire on your car or truck, you’ve probably had an auto mechanic or automotive clerk ask you if your vehicle has “TPMS.” If you’ve ever wondered what TPMS is, or if you know what it is but just want to know more about it, Blain’s Farm & Fleet has the answers to your questions. TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system)(…)

How To Remove Bumper Stickers

Maybe you just realized that that your bumper sticker from the last Presidential election is a little outdated. Maybe you want to sell your car, and it would be an easier sell without the bumper stickers on it. Maybe you recently bought a used car or truck, and are not crazy about the Punisher skulls on the rear bumper. Or maybe you just got the bumper stickers peeled off, but they left(…)

Inner Tube Buyer’s Guide

An inner tube can cover up a lot of problems. It can prolong the useful life of your tire in some situations, but it can’t be used in all tires. This guide will help you match the right inner tube with your tire. When Can I Use an Inner Tube? Generally speaking, inner tubes are best suited to use on non-highway farm implement and lawn and garden tires. If you have(…)

Towing: A Beginner’s Guide

Trailers and towing can be a complicated topic, and it’s important that you tow correctly for your own safety and the safety of other drivers. If you’re looking to start towing with your car or truck, there are a few things you’ll need to know to get started. The first thing you need to know before you pick out a trailer hitch is your vehicle’s towing capacity. You can usually(…)

How to Install a Vent Visor

Have you ever wanted to open your vehicle’s windows, but it was raining outside? If you opened them, you’d get you and your interior wet, but if you left them closed, it would stay uncomfortably warm or stuffy. Well, vent visors eliminate this conundrum. They arch out over the top of your window, allowing you to partially open it without letting rain or snow in. A vent visor set can also(…)

Feeler Gauge vs. Spark Plug Gauge

It’s important to make sure that your spark plugs have the right gap when you are doing an engine tune-up. When you buy spark plugs, they may not necessarily have the right gap between their electrodes for your engine. Having the wrong gap can cause your engine to misfire, lose power, and run less efficiently, which lowers your gas mileage. Check your car or truck’s owners manual for the recommended(…)

How to Gap Spark Plugs

Many DIY auto repair mechanics aren’t aware that there is any such thing as gapping a spark plug. Some know about it, but don’t know how to gap spark plugs. Some think it doesn’t matter. At any rate, most people just assume that you buy the plug, put it in, and you’re good. In some cases, this will work. The engine will fire and run just fine. However, your engine is(…)

Exhaust: Why Is My Car So Loud?

It’s probably happened to all of us at some point. One day, you start your car or truck and it sounds like a T-Rex. After one nearly-maddening trip to and from work, you wonder: “Why is my car so loud?” You may already be thinking that it’s a problem with your muffler, but how can you be sure? Well, first it’s important to understand that there are a lot of(…)

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