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The Rearward Cross Tire Rotation Demystified

Tire rotations aren't mysterious. They merely sound like they are: forward cross and X-pattern, for example. These two along with rearward cross, side-to-side and front-to-back are the most common tire rotations. Our factory-trained Earthycars techs serving customers from Burlington and surrounding areas demystify tire rotations for your benefit.

The Rearward Cross

A rearward cross tire rotation calls for moving the rear axle tires directly forward. A full-size spare takes the right rear tire position. The former right front tire takes the left rear tire position.

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What is a transfer case?

If you're wondering what a transfer case is, you're not alone. A lot of people don't know what this component of their vehicle does, but it's an important one! We'll explain what they do and how they work, and we'll also provide some tips on how to take care of them. Stay tuned!

A transfer case is a gearbox that is located between the transmission and the driveshaft. It is responsible for transferring power from the engine to the wheels. There are two types of transfer cases: full-time and part-time. Full-time transfer cases are…

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Do You Know Why Your Engine May be Overheating?

Engine issues are some of the most scary mechanical problems out there. When the engine overheats, it means a part of your cooling system has failed. This is not only dangerous, but it can potentially cause significant damage to your vehicle as well. 

The first part of the cooling system is the thermostat, which keeps track of the temperature of the engine. The thermostat allows the engine to heat up to its operating temperature then starts letting in coolant as needed. If the thermostat breaks, it may not signal that it is time for coolant, causing your engine to overheat…

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Mufflers And Exhausts

Your exhaust system is made up of several components that makes your vehicle safer to operate. It prevents dangerous fumes from accumulating inside of your vehicle. It also reduces the amount of harmful gas that is released into the environment. There are many signs that you may notice if there is something wrong with your exhaust system. For example, the muffler, which is a part of the exhaust system, may be more noisy than usual.

You may also find that you have to make more trips to the gas station. There are many things that can lower your fuel economy…

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Spring Car Care Tips

You probably look forward to taking your vehicle out when the weather is warm. You can prepare your vehicle for your outings by giving it a good cleaning. Your vehicle needs a good wash in order to get rid of the dirt and grime that it has built up during the winter. It is important to remember that a deep cleaning is different from a normal wash. A deep cleaning gets underneath the car. It is more effective for getting rid of the accumulated dirt.

You should also clean out the interior of your car. Make sure that you remove…

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Avoiding Damage From Salt Corrosion

While the mixture of sand and salt spread on icy roads makes your winter commute easier, it’s not doing your vehicle’s exterior any favors. If it’s not getting sandblasted by grit, the salt water slurry is finding its way into any exposed metal foothold and beginning the corrosion process. You can avoid lasting damage fairly easily with just a little preparation.

Your paint acts as a shield against rust, and your best way of protecting it is with a quality coating of wax. Ideally, you’ll apply this before the worst of winter weather sets in and…

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Avoiding A Tire Blowout

Tire maintenance is one of the keys to preventing a blowout. Proper maintenance means keeping your vehicle at the appropriate pressure. Find out the pounds per square inch, or PSI, that is appropriate for your vehicle. This is typically in the owner's manual. It may also be found inside of the driver's door. Check the tire pressure weekly. Keep in mind that your tires are more likely to blow out in the summer. That is why you may have to check the tire pressure more often during this time of the year.

Tire rotation is another important thing…

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Charging a Car Battery

A dead car battery can leave you stranded on the side of the road. The good news is that you can easily charge it. You need to purchase a charger. The price of the charger can vary. Check the owner's manual before you charge the car battery. It will tell you how long the battery needs to be charged and the type of charger that you need to purchase. It is important to take the proper precautions before you charge your car battery.

You need to wear gloves and eye protection when you are charging the battery. Do not…

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Essential Items For Your Winter Survival Kit

Winter weather can present unique obstacles that every driver should be prepared for. Here at Earthycars, we want to provide drivers near Burlington with the critical items you need in order to build your own winter survival kit.

To start, a good survival kit will include a number of items that will help you stay warm and supply you with nourishment in case of emergency. These items include:

  • Warm clothing and a blanket
  • Chemical hand and foot warmers
  • A pack of road flares to start a fire
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Reasons Your Tire Pressure Light is Illuminated

One of the most common problems that drivers face is a warning light illuminating on their dashboard. This may be due to low tire pressure, which can lead to unsafe driving conditions and even an accident if not corrected quickly.

Low tire pressure can lead to overheating which can make it difficult for a car to grip the road, especially in wet conditions. This causes the car to skid or slide when taking turns or braking. Furthermore, if a car's wheels are not properly aligned, it can lead to vibration and even eventual damage to the car.

The tire…

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