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What maintenance does my medium duty truck need?

Maintaining a medium-duty truck is essential for ensuring optimal performance, longevity, and safety on the road. To simplify this process, we've compiled a comprehensive maintenance checklist that covers all the crucial aspects of keeping your medium-duty truck in top-notch condition. Follow this guide regularly to identify and address potential issues before they become major problems. 1. **Engine Checks:**    - Regularly inspect your truck's engine for any signs of leaks, unusual noises, or changes in performance.    - Check and change the engine oil according to the manufacturer's recommendations.    - Inspect the air filter and replace it if it's dirty or clogged. 2. **Fluid Levels:**    - Monitor the levels of essential fluids, including coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and power steering fluid.    - Top off fluids as needed and address any leaks promptly. 3. **Tire Inspections:**    - Conduct ... read more

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Medium Duty

Why should I change my engine oil

Why should I change my engine oil

Your vehicle's engine is a marvel of engineering, but even the most robust engines need proper care to ensure longevity and optimal performance. At the heart of this care routine is the simple yet immensely important task of changing your engine oil.  1. **Lubrication and Friction Reduction:** Engine oil serves as the lifeblood of your vehicle's engine, providing vital lubrication to various moving parts. As your engine runs, these parts generate heat and friction. Clean and fresh oil forms a protective layer, reducing friction and preventing excessive wear and tear. Regular oil changes ensure that this protective layer is consistently maintained, preserving the health of your engine. 2. **Engine Cooling:** In addition to reducing friction, engine oil plays a crucial role in cooling the engine. As it circulates through the engine, oil absorbs heat generated during combustion. Over time, this heat absorption can cause the oil to break down and become less effective. Cha ... read more

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Oil Change

Why is my car's heater not working

Why is my car's heater not working

As the temperature drops, a functioning car heater becomes a crucial comfort feature. However, discovering that your car's heater has suddenly stopped working can be both inconvenient and chilly. 1. **Low Coolant Levels:**    Insufficient coolant levels can affect the heating system's performance. The heater core, responsible for warming the air, relies on a proper flow of hot coolant. If the coolant levels are low, it can lead to inadequate heating. Regularly check and maintain the recommended coolant levels to ensure optimal heater operation. 2. **Airlock in the Cooling System:**    Air bubbles trapped in the cooling system can disrupt the flow of coolant, preventing it from reaching the heater core. Bleeding the air from the cooling system is essential to restore proper circulation and heater functionality. 3. **Faulty Thermostat:**    The thermostat regulates the flow of coolant through the engine and heater core. A malfunctioning thermostat ... read more

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Heater

Why should I replace my ball joints'

Why should I replace my ball joints'

While many vehicle owners are diligent about regular oil changes and tire rotations, the often-overlooked ball joints play a crucial role in the overall safety and performance of your vehicle's suspension system. In this blog post, we'll explore why changing your ball joints is not just a maintenance suggestion but a fundamental aspect of ensuring the safety and longevity of your vehicle. 1. **Steering Precision and Responsiveness:** Ball joints are pivotal components of your vehicle's steering system, connecting the steering knuckles to the control arms. As you turn the steering wheel, the ball joints allow for smooth and controlled movement. Over time, these joints can wear out due to constant movement and exposure to road debris. Changing your ball joints ensures that your steering remains precise, responsive, and free of any unnerving clunks or vibrations. 2. **Enhanced Tire Wear and Alignment:** Worn-out ball joints can lead to improper wheel alignment, causing une ... read more

Why did my car start shaking

Why did my car start shaking

Experiencing vibrations or shakes while driving can be disconcerting, raising concerns about your vehicle's performance and safety.  1. **Wheel and Tire Imbalances:**    One of the most frequent reasons for a car to shake is imbalances in the wheels and tires. Uneven distribution of weight or tire wear can lead to vibrations, especially at higher speeds. Regular tire rotations and wheel balancing can help prevent this issue. Tire rotations should be done every 5,000 miles.  2. **Wheel Misalignment:**    Misaligned wheels can cause uneven tire wear and result in vibrations. If your car consistently pulls to one side, it's a sign of potential wheel misalignment. Aligning the wheels properly can eliminate shakes and improve overall handling. We recommend an annual alignment for you vehicle. Pot holes and other hazards can cause your alignment to be misaligned.  3. **Worn or Unbalanced Tires:**    Tires with uneven wear or those that ... read more

What options do I have for Snow Tires?

Winter is here, and it's time to think about the best tires for snowy roads. Two main types are studded and studless snow tires, and each has its own strengths. Let's explore the differences to help you choose the right ones for your winter drives.  Studless Snow Tires: Quiet and Snow-Friendly Studless snow tires are made with a softer material to grip snowy surfaces better. They don't have metal studs, so they're kinder to roads. These tires work well in the snow, giving you good control and handling. Their soft rubber can bend with the snowy road bumps. Good Things about Studless Snow Tires: 1. All-Around Use: These tires work great in different winter conditions, making them good for places with lots of snow. 2. Not Too Loud: Because of their soft material, these tires don't make much noise on dry roads, so your ride is smoother and quieter. 3. Gentle on Roads: They're less likely to damage roads, which is good if you're in an area that ca ... read more

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Tires

What to put in an emergency kit for my car?

What to put in an emergency kit for my car?

Travel season is an ongoing affair, and your checklist should adapt to the circumstances. Below, we've assembled a comprehensive list of must-haves for your journeys. Oregon's climate is a diverse tapestry, with each part of the state offering its unique weather conditions. The coast is often marked by blustery, rainy weather with a touch of chilliness. The mountains introduce the challenges of snow, ice, and wind. The Willamette Valley delivers a mixed bag of meteorological surprises, including plenty of rain, wind, fog, occasional hail, and rare snow and ice occurrences. Our temperatures are typically moderate, but we do encounter a few stretches of cold weather each year. Snowfall is a fleeting guest. Venture eastward across the mountains to the high desert of central Oregon, and you'll find even colder winters, considerable snowfall, and bone-chilling temperatures. Yet, the azure skies and sunny days compensate for the frigidity. As you proceed further east, the patter ... read more

What reason should I change my spark plugs

Spark plugs are an important component of the ignition system in your vehicle. Over time, spark plugs can become worn out, corroded, or covered in deposits, which can lead to poor engine performance and reduced fuel efficiency. Here are some reasons why you might need new spark plugs: Wear and Tear: Like any other part of your car, spark plugs wear out over time. The electrodes on the spark plugs can become worn down, which can cause misfires and other engine issues. Corrosion: Corrosion can occur on the spark plug due to exposure to moisture or other contaminants in the engine. This can cause the spark plug to fail to ignite the fuel mixture properly. Deposits: Deposits can build up on the spark plug over time, which can reduce its effectiveness in igniting the fuel mixture. This is often caused by oil or fuel additives. Fouling: Fouling occurs when the spark plug becomes covered in a layer of fuel, oil, or other contaminants. This can cause misfires and other engine problems. If ... read more

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Tune Up

Why do I need to service my transmission fluid?

Changing your transmission fluid is an important part of maintaining the health and longevity of your vehicle. Here are a few reasons why you should have your transmission fluid changed: Prevents damage to your transmission: Over time, transmission fluid can become contaminated with dirt, debris, and metal particles that can cause damage to your transmission if left unchecked. Regularly changing your transmission fluid can help prevent this damage and extend the life of your transmission. Improves transmission performance: As transmission fluid ages, it can become thick and sluggish, making it harder for your transmission to shift gears smoothly. Changing your transmission fluid can help improve your transmission's performance and make shifting gears easier and smoother. Saves you money in the long run: By preventing damage to your transmission and improving its performance, regular transmission fluid changes can help you avoid expensive repairs or even a complete transmission r ... read more

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Transmission

What does my teen need to know about maintaining a vehicle?

What does my teen need to know about maintaining a vehicle?

Teaching your teenager about maintaining a vehicle is a valuable life skill that can save them money, ensure their safety, and promote responsible ownership. Here are some important things your teen should know: Regular Maintenance Schedule: Explain the importance of regular maintenance tasks, such as oil changes, tire rotations, air filter replacements, and fluid checks. Following the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule helps keep the vehicle running smoothly and prevents potential issues. Oil Changes: Teach your teen how to check the oil level and understand when an oil change is needed. Explain the different types of motor oil and why choosing the right one is essential. Tire Care: Show them how to check tire pressure and tread depth. Properly inflated tires improve fuel efficiency and handling, while good tread depth ensures safe driving in various weather conditions. Fluid Checks: Familiarize y ... read more

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Teen Driver
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