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Replacing Your Flat Tire Like a Pro

Being capable of replacing a flat tire is crucial knowledge to avoid being stranded on the side of the road. When your tire goes flat there are some important steps you need to take to get your car back on the road again. Here are a few:

Locate Your Spare Tire and Jack

The faster you can get the spare out and ready to go the faster you will be driving again. Always inflate your spare with air now and then to ensure that it is functional.

Jack Vehicle With Care

Stop the vehicle from rolling with a rock or…
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What to Do in Case of a Tire Blowout

Do you know what to do if you suddenly have a tire blowout? At Basic Auto Sales, we want you to be an informed driver who knows what to do if you suddenly have a blowout. Here are some DIY tips every driver should know regarding procedures after a tire blowout.
 
• Hang onto the steering wheel tightly to avoid the vehicle veering out of the lane.
• Avoid slamming hard on the brakes.
• Make sure the car slows down slowly rather than all at once, which can be dangerous.
• Drive to the side of the road if possible.
• Turn the emergency…
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Common Oil Change Myths from Basic Auto Sales

What should you believe when it comes to maintenance on your vehicle? Here at Basic Auto Sales, we want you to be an informed vehicle owner. Here are a couple of automotive oil myths that aren’t exactly true.

Myth: You Don’t Always Have to Change the Oil Filter

When you change the oil on your vehicle you need to change the filter with it every time. The filter keeps all the gunk out of your engine and should be changed frequently if you want a vehicle that lasts.

Myth: If You Use Synthetic Oil Once You Always Have…

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How Often Should You Wash Your Vehicle?

Everyone has different advice when it comes to how often you should wash your car. We all know people who think the answer is never, but if you are one of them, you might be doing long term damage. Keeping your car clean is the best way to prevent rust and keep your car looking new.

Pollutants, road salt, ocean salt, bird droppings, and bugs all contain acids and other chemicals that will eventually break through the protective coating on your vehicle if not removed regularly. Sun heats the wax and breaks the protective barrier. 

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Saving The Most On Fuel

When you're driving in Ashland, you want to save as much fuel as possible. One way that this can be achieved is by avoiding aftermarket additives that you might think are giving you better fuel mileage. Many of these additives can clog your fuel filter and decrease your fuel mileage.

Try to look online before leaving home to compare the prices of fuel in your area so that you don't spend more money than necessary. You can use the details on your navigation screen as programmed by Basic Auto Sales to help you find the best deals when…

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What Are Gaskets, And How They Are Maintained

Basic Auto Sales understands that as a responsible vehicle owner, you want to know important information about your vehicle's operation. Your vehicle has a number of gaskets that are essential for your vehicle's proper operation. These gaskets need to be maintained so that your vehicle stays running properly.

Gaskets are designed to keep fluids in your vehicle and to keep fluids from mixing together. Gaskets are most often made of rubber or metal. The major gaskets in your vehicle are the head gasket, the intake manifold gasket, the exhaust manifold gasket and the oil pan gasket. 

 

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Examining Your Car After An Accident

If you're in a car accident, there are some things that you need to try to remember to do so that the proper reports are made and so that you are treated for any medical injuries. Contact the police and emergency officials so that help is on the way while you determine if you or your passengers are injured.

Don't let the officer know that the accident was your fault even if you could have been responsible. The officer will gather all of the information about the accident and file a report that is turned into your insurance…

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Should I Use Synthetic Motor Oil?

If your vehicle's owner's manual recommends synthetic motor oil over conventional motor oil, you have probably wondered what the difference is and why it's important. Can a substance that isn't natural lubricate your engine as well as one that it? The fact is,it works even better. Here's why.

Synthetic oils are created from naturally-occurring compounds but are specifically formulated to provide higher benefits than traditional oils. That means they will lubricate your engine better, have higher viscosity, less evaporation and better performance at extreme temperatures.

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An Overheated Vehicle Requires Fuel Pump Check

It can be very nerve wracking when you are dealing with signs of trouble from your vehicle. Among the issues that can bring forth warning signs in your vehicle is your fuel pump. The good news is that you will be able to have your fuel pump checked before it breaks down entirely.

If your vehicle is heating up more than it should, that could be a sign that your fuel pump needs to be looked at. When you are driving, you want to watch the temperature gauge. If you notice rising temperatures in your vehicle, then you may have…

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Back to School Carpool Safety

This back to school season, it’s time to do more than make sure your children get back to school. It’s time to make sure that they get there ready to learn. At Basic Auto Sales, our priority is your carpooling safety.

Before you make that first carpool trip, create a plan with the other parents. Make sure everyone knows the schedule, route, and rules of the road. Whether this is done by email, text, or at a face-to-face meeting, agreeing on these necessary details will make Ashland carpool trips a breeze.
 

 

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