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Are You Overloading Your Truck? Towing Versus Payload Capacity

If you're confused about the difference between the towing and payload capacity of a vehicle, you're at risk of putting too much weight into the bed of your truck. This can cause damage to the chassis, frame, tires, and suspension, so it's important to known what each number means.

The payload capacity of a truck is generally less than its towing capacity. Payload is anything that is placed between the bumpers of a truck, either in the cab or the bed, including passengers...

 

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What to Do Following a Tire Blowout

A blowout can be a stressful and dangerous event, and all drivers need to be ready for them. Taking the proper steps after a blowout will reduce your risk of a dangerous or deadly accident. Here are a few simple tips that will keep you and your loved ones safe during one of these emergencies.

After a blowout, you must immediately turn on your hazard lights and then slowly pull your vehicle off to the side of the road. Once the road is clear, you should get out and set up flares or other warning markers. If the road is…

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About Motor Oil Viscosity

Viscosity describes the thickness of the motor oil or how quickly the fluid flows. Water has a low viscosity. On the other hand, honey is thicker and thus has a higher viscosity. Motor oil containers indicate the viscosity of the oil. On a can of oil labeled as 10W40, the 10 signifies the viscosity of the oil when the engine has not been running. The 40 represents the thickness of the oil when the engine has been running.

Low viscosity oils are necessary to keep engines running when the temperature is cold outside. The oil is thin enough to quickly…

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Two Important Back-to-School Season Maintenance Tips

Now that the back-to-school season is here, there really is no better time than to take your vehicle in for servicing before a small repair becomes a costly roadside emergency.

This is the perfect time of year to get all the fluids checked or changed in your vehicle. Begin with having the oil changed, then have the technician top off the washer fluid, check or replace the engine coolant, and well as lubricate all the moving parts within.

In order to be prepared as the seasons change, start to focus on packing your vehicle with essentials for battling cooler weather…
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Tailgating Essentials


Tailgating can be such a fun experience whether you are headed to a football game with your friends or you want to enjoy the day at a park with your family. Before you head out in your new pre-owned vehicle from Earthycars, make sure you have some of the best tailgating essentials on hand to make your day perfect.

  • Plan a picnic of some sort. You can stick to cold items that you can keep nearby in a cooler, or you can use a small, portable, charcoal grill to cook up some items.
  • Keep a number of paper products on…
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Finding the Right Mechanic

Finding the right mechanic is a big decision and one we don’t want you to take lightly. We want to help you not just have a mechanic you’re comfortable around but also to be able to do some automotive things on your own in case of an emergency. Stop at Earthycars and speak to our technicians about the best ways to keep your vehicle in as good of condition as possible.

Finding the right mechanic can be difficult, especially if you’re new to an area. Getting recommendations from friends, family members and neighbors is a great way…

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Why Are Summer Tires Better Than All-Season Tires?


The team here at Earthycars have some information about your car tires we needed to share. If you are still riding on all-season tires as summer approaches you might want to reconsider.

Summer tires were specifically designed to be able to withstand the severe heat on the roads and keep you and your passengers safer by increasing handling, reducing brake time, and improving the grip the tires have on the road.

Grooves that are needed in all-season tires are not as needed on the summer tires because more tread on the road in the heat is better for traction.


 
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Get to Know Your Suspension


Your car's suspension is key in making sure you have a smooth, bump-free ride. It minimizes the vibrations you and your passengers feel. Shocks, struts and steering equipment are all key parts of your vehicle's suspension.

If all is right with your car's suspension, you really shouldn't notice it. If there's a problem, you may start to notice a bumpy ride or feel like the car is swaying as you drive. You might also feel like the front end of your car is moving downward as you brake. Fluid leaking from a shock or strut…
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The Best Ways to Avoid a Tire Blowout


Tire Blowouts can cause severe, life-threatening accidents. Fortunately, with regular tire maintenance, some tire blowouts can be prevented. Some of the following tips will help you avoid the possibility of a tire blowout and the chance of an accident.
  • Know the correct inflation amount for your tires and check them often.
  • Check the tire pressure in extreme temperature changes and adjust as needed.
  • Have the alignment of your tires checked regularly.
  • Rotate the tires on your vehicle at least every 8,000 miles.
  • Use a penny to check the tread on your tires. If you can see Lincoln's...
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Battery Testing Strategies That Boost Safety During Maintenance Routines

Because batteries use acid to generate power, practical steps must be taken during maintenance routines to increase safety. By using proper protective accessories, the process of implementing testing procedures safely won't be a hassle.

The acid that's found in the battery housing can leak. When this happens, the liquid can splash. In order to prevent injuries throughout these maintenance situations, you'll need goggles and gloves. The gloves should be made of rubber because this material doesn't impact handling during the testing process.

 

 
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