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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Towing Guide

Before you tow anything, you need to familiarize yourself with a number of important terms. Those terms are curb weight, gross vehicle weight, gross combined vehicle weight, gross trailer weight and trailer tongue weight. The curb weight is how much a vehicle weighs when it is empty. The gross vehicle weight is the combined weight of the entire vehicle and all of its components, such as the cargo, fuel and passengers. The gross combined vehicle weight is the total weight of the trailer and the vehicle.

The gross trailer weight is how much the trailer weighs when it is loaded…

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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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How Does IIHS Rate Vehicles for LATCH?

LATCH is short for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. It is the hardware provided for the installation of child seats and to make it easier to transport children. Ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety seek to make automakers focus more on LATCH hardware.

When evaluating LATCH, the IIHS looks at the ease of use of the lower anchor and the tether. They check the lower anchor to ensure it has a depth of less 2 cm and are visible from a 60-degree viewing angle. The lower anchor also needs to have a clearance angle of at least…

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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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All Weather Floor Mats Vs Carpet

All weather floor mats have channels that are designed to trap salt, mud, sand and water. This makes all weather floor mats easy to clean. The all-weather floor mats have also been designed to prevent cracking and curling when they are exposed to extreme temperatures. Additionally, all-weather floor mats can last for many years. They are more expensive than the carpet mats.

Carpet mats are a good option if you want to add your own personal style to your mats. Not only is there a wide selection of 

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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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