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Five Signs Your Tires Need to be Replaced

These warning signs your car tires need to be replaced could be the difference in you being stranded on the road when a tire has a blowout.
  1. If your car is equipped with a tire warning light, take action the first time this light flashes.
  2. If you notice low tire tread, you are putting yourself and other motorists in danger because the vehicle is going to have trouble gripping the road surface in bad weather.
  3. Any cracked tires is an indication of a defect or a serious failure.
  4. With wear on one side of the car tire, it could be…
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Should You Get a Tonneau Cover? We Weigh the Pros and Cons

One of the main advantages of tonneau or truck bed covers is the protection they provide. UV rays and rain can seriously damage your belongings, and when things are left in the open, they're likely to 'disappear'. However, with a solid, locking tonneau cover, drivers all over Vermont can feel more secure. Read on to learn the pros and cons of truck bed covers.

  • Pro: Although many believe tonneau covers make it harder to access their gear, several types offer easy access without sacrificing protection. For instance, a folding tonneau cover allows you to access your truck bed while…
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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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How to Make Sure That You Get a Great Used Vehicle

Have you ever bought something that was pre-owned and then found out that there was something wrong with it or that you paid too much? When you're buying a used vehicle, you don't want that to happen, and at Earthycars, we want you to have a great buying experience. This happens when buyers are informed, so we'd like to tell you about two of the most important things that you should do when you are buying a used vehicle.

First of all, have a budget and identify what kind of vehicle will work well for your lifestyle…

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Hatchbacks – A better choice than you think!

Over the years, hatchbacks have gotten something of a bum rap among the auto community. None of this negativity has anything to do with performance or reliability – any gear head in Vermont will admit they’re dependable, safe and reliable. No, they just have this unfair stigma of being unstylish.

The truth about modern hatchbacks couldn’t be any different if it tried. These modern designs are sleek and stylish, with an attractive, aerodynamic body that just commands “elegance”.

The roomy interior can comfortably carry many passengers with large windows and excellent leg room.

 

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Adding a Backup Camera

Backup cameras are becoming ubiquitous: they are required on new vehicles from the 2018 model-year or later. On older cars, they were a luxury, but it's possible to modify a used car to have a backup camera if you want one for a car that didn't have it originally.

There are two kinds of aftermarket backup camera systems. If you already have a dashboard display, then the camera itself with the proper software will cost less than thirty dollars. For a vehicle that does not have a screen, then a kit with the camera and a display for…

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How to Keep from Getting Distracted While Driving

It is important for you to do all that you can to look out for yourself and those around you when you are driving. The team at Earthycars wants you to stay safe in all of the driving that you do and avoid becoming distracted when your eyes should be on the road.

One of the best ways to keep from getting distracted when you are driving is to make a rule for yourself that you will only use your cellphone in emergency situations. Do not spend hours talking on the phone while driving. Another way to keep from getting…
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