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Understanding More about Gaskets

Have you ever been told not to blow a gasket? We all know what this term means in everyday speech, but the severity of the real thing is no joke. More often than not, blown gaskets lead to more breakdowns than any other vehicular malfunction.

These mysterious devices are a seal that keeps air and fluids where they belong and prevents them from mixing, escaping or invading places they shouldn’t be. The most important parts of your vehicle depend on the help of gaskets to do their jobs right – the oil pan gasket keeps oil supplied to the crankshaft…

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Ways to Stay Safe During a Roadside Emergency

What are you supposed to do if you had been traveling just fine and suddenly your vehicle has a problem, and you are stranded at the side of the road? There are some things that you can do to stay safe in such a situation.

If your car leaves you stranded at the side of the road, be cautious of those who stop to help you. Stay in your car and crack the window to talk to those who come to help you. If you are stranded at the side of the road because of an accident, do not move…

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Misalignment Can Cause Issues with Your Vehicle

When a vehicle is out of alignment, it can cause problems with steering and handling the vehicle while driving. The tires can begin to wear in an irregular manner that may possibly cause the tires to fail, which can be dangerous when the vehicle is in motion.

Your vehicle can become misaligned if it hits any objects on the road, drives over large potholes or runs over a curb. When the vehicle is out of alignment, you will notice that the vehicle tends to drift over to the side when the wheel is straight. This misalignment needs to be corrected…

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The Basics of Jump Starting a Car

The major reason why you would need to jump start a car is because your car battery died. This may happen because you accidentally left your lights on overnight or because your battery is simply old and needs replacing.

You will first need jumper cables and a second car. Put both cars in park with the engine off. The red clamps should go on the positive end of your battery. The black clamps connect to the negative ends. 

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Dealing With Low Tire Pressure

Tire pressure systems may either be located in the tire or fed information about the tire from sensors throughout the car. When the tire pressure gets below a certain threshold, a light may appear on your dashboard. At the very least, you should stop your vehicle and check the tire pressure at the next possible opportunity.

It is possible that a sensor could have malfunctioned or that the tires are just slightly below what the manufacturer considers to be safe. In such a scenario, it may be safe to continue driving to work or school. 

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Your Differential Helps Keep Your Vehicle Rolling

Not many people know of or have even heard of a vehicle's differential. Lucky for you, we here at Car Express in Chattanooga, TN are here to give you the basics so you can take the best possible care of your car.

The differential in your vehicle is a gearbox that is located near the axles of your vehicle if you have four wheel drive or on a single axle if you have rear or front wheel drive. The engine and the transmission work together with your differential to help turn the axles of your car and make it…

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Tire Markings 101

The Department of Transportation is the authority in tire specifications for auto-manufacturers. They set the standard that tire manufacturers must abide by for safety. Driver can choose many types of tires on the markets for their vehicle.

Tire markings provide important details about the tires safety features to the consumer, technicians, and auto-manufacturers. Most cars and trucks utilize P tires that mean passenger vehicle. The section width specifies the width of the tires for traction. Aspect ration compares the height of the tire in relation to its width. 

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Why is Horsepower Used in Comparing Vehicles?

The term "horsepower" comes up quite often when discussing and comparing vehicles and it is interesting to learn where the term came from. During the 18th century the noted inventor, James Watt, was looking for a way to communicate the power of his steam engines to his customers. The steam engine at the time vastly improved the efficiency of farm work when it came to harvesting and threshing.

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Experience the Differences between Our Available Drivetrains

If you've been thinking of getting a safer vehicle, you may want to check out our new all and four-wheel drive vehicles. While many people equate all-wheel (AWD) and four-wheel drive (FWD) with vehicle performance, the ultimate result is added safety as well. Our team at Car Express is happy to provide you with more information so you can see if these features are right for you and your family.

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Use the Right Wiper Blades in Chattanooga This Winter

Winter wiper blades are important to have because they will not only last and hold up to the harsh winter conditions of the cold season, but they will perform much better than your normal wipers will. Winter wiper blades are flexible, durable, and made to last through the snow and ice. They are even designed to repel ice and snow from building upon them.

You could use your summer wiper blades in a pinch, but you can expect to throw them out by the end of winter because the ice and snow will destroy the rubber on the blades and…

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