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Tag: Automotive Maintenance

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(…)

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Maybe you just realized that that your bumper sticker from the last Presidential election is a little outdated.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(…)

Car Fuses Guide

Automotive fuses aren’t as tricky as a lot of the electronics on your car or truck. They are actually very easy to replace, and you should always check your fuses first if some of your car or trucks electrical systems are not working. What Do Truck and Car Fuses Do? Truck or car fuses help protect your vehicle’s electronics from power surges or short circuits. When your car has a short circuit,(…)

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 Detail a Car for Under $50

Learn how to detail a car for under $50 with Blain’s Farm & Fleet. Remember the first day you looked at that brand new, shiny car on the dealer’s lot? Over time, normal wear and tear start to affect the appearance of your vehicle. Things like driving conditions, weather and even accidents can physically add a little age to your car. But nobody wants to spend hundreds of dollars just(…)

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(…)

What is a Catalytic Converter?

A catalytic converter (or “cat”) is the part of your car or truck’s exhaust that takes the pollutants out of your exhaust. Some vehicles have more than one, and diesel cars and trucks has a type of converter that uses diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) to cut emissions. How Does a Catalytic Converter Work? When your engine burns fuel, it makes a vapor that’s toxic to the environment. The raw exhaust that comes from your engine carries(…)

How To Install a Bug Deflector

A bug deflector cuts down the amount of bugs that hit your vehicle as you drive. It does this by creating a slight slipstream that bugs get caught up in and carried over your vehicle. They can reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning your hood and windshield, and they also look stylish. When you buy a bug deflector, you should look for: Durability – A deflector made of aerospace-grade acrylic(…)

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