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Coolant Level and Mix Ratio

The antifreeze coolant that flows through your car or truck’s cooling system does more than just keep your engine from freezing in the winter. It also cools the engine while you’re driving. Without coolant, your engine would overheat after only a few minutes of driving. It could freeze overnight without enough antifreeze in it. There are two things you have to things you should remember when you’re checking and topping off your(…)

Repair or Replace? When Can a Tire be Repaired?

Find out if your tire can be prepared or if you need to look at new tires for sale. You may have had a flat tire before, brought in into a repair shop to have it fixed and been told that it needed to be replaced. If you’ve ever wondered what makes a tire unrepairable, Blain’s Farm & Fleet has your answers. We’re here to help you figure out if(…)

DIY Auto Repair: Beginner’s Guide

The DIY movement is huge, and for a good reason. DIY’ers save themselves a lot of money by using their time, smarts and their own two hands to do what needs to be done. DIY auto repair can be especially rewarding. Often, the problems with your vehicle can be fixed quite easily with the right parts, tools and a bit of research. Blain’s Farm & Fleet has the tools and expert help(…)

How To Measure Tire Tread Depth

A few fractions of an inch in the depth of your tire tread can make a huge difference. It can be the difference between hydroplaning on a wet road and making your way safely through the rain. Not only will worn out tread make your vehicle less safe, it will also keep it from handling as well as it should. Especially if you have an off-road vehicle or a sports(…)

Radiator Hose Maintenance

A radiator hose carries antifreeze coolant to and from the radiator on your engine. On most vehicles, there are two main radiator hoses. The upper radiator hose carries coolant from the top of the radiator to the top of the engine to keep it from overheating. The lower radiator hose connects the bottom of the radiator to the water pump, which pumps the coolant throughout the system. Both hoses are connected(…)

Tire Pressure: How To Check It

Checking your tire pressure regularly and maintaining the correct air pressure in your car’s tires is important for your car and your safety. If you own a car made after 2005, you’re likely to have a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). Your dashboard’s TPMS light will come on, indicating your tire pressure is 20 percent below the manufacturer’s recommendation. But what if your car doesn’t have a TPMS?  Low tire pressure causes more(…)

10 Vehicle Checks for a Road Trip

Getting ready for a road trip? Follow these ten vehicle checks before you hit the road! You can find all of the products mentioned in this article at our store locations. Vehicle Checks for a Safe Road Trip Tire Check  Have all tires inspected for wear. If your tires tread is low or there are any signs of the wear bars, consider getting them replaced. If your tires are still(…)

Maintaining Correct Tire Air Pressure

Benefits of proper tire air pressure Gives the best traction, performance and handling Better long-term fuel economy Prolongs tread life Disadvantages of low tire air pressure Shortens tread life (more wear on the edges of the tread) Higher risk of tire blowouts Worse long-term fuel economy Worse performance and handling Disadvantages of high tire air pressure Rougher ride Higher risk of tire blowouts Shortens tread life (more wear in the middle of the tread) Worse traction(…)

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