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Do You Know How to Read Tire Ratings?

There are many ratings that are shown on the size of a tire that can help you decide if the tire is right for your driving needs in Ashland. The wheel diameter is show in inches, and making sure that you have the right sized rim is the first step to selecting the proper tire for your vehicle.

There are several safety ratings that are shown on a tire. When you're hauling heavy loads, it's important to have tires that have a load index that is high enough. Also displayed will be the maximum inflation pressure.

 

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Understanding Different Models of Child Car Seats

As a child grows, they will need different types of car seats in order to keep them safe and secure in your car. Basic Auto Sales will make sure that your car seat fits into your vehicle properly so that you can have peace of mind whenever you drive.

Reading the owner's manual for a car seat is important. It will educate you on the size your child needs to be to use it, and you'll also learn how to properly install and remove it from your vehicle. Whether you have a baby in a rear-facing seat or…

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Why Freezing Water Bottles is a Good Idea for Tailgating

While many people settle for coolers when it comes to tailgating, there are other things you can do in order to make sure that you have something cool to drink. After all, the ice will melt, and drinks will warm up. This is why other ideas should be considered for tailgating.

One good idea for tailgating is to freeze water bottles. This is very useful for when all of the ice has melted. For one thing, this will leave you with some cold water to drink even with the melted ice. As long as it is in the cooler and…

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Understanding a Truck's Towing and Payload Capacity

Confusing a truck's towing and payload capacity can cause a lot of damage to a vehicle. The towing capacity is the rating most often advertised and tends to be larger than the payload capacity. The difference between the two doesn't have to be confusing.

The towing capacity is simply any weight that you're towing behind the truck with a hitch. The hitch can be attached either in the bed of the truck or under the bumper to the frame, and both locations have the same rating. The payload capacity limits the amount of weight that can be…

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Why Buy A Crossover?

Do you have a lot of people to drive around throughout the course of one week? It could be your kids that you are taking to and from school each day. Do you carpool with some of your co-workers? What about road trips with the family? If you are in the market for a new vehicle and want to select something that will allow you to efficiently drive around with other people, you might want to think about buying a crossover as your next vehicle.

The great thing about a crossover is that you get plenty of interior space, but…
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All-Season or Summer: Best Tires for Hot Weather

All-season tires work year round, but they aren't ideal in all weather conditions. Do you know when to swap them out for summer tires and why?

Summer tires are a better choice when the weather's hot because their tread design includes sticky additives that helps the tires grip the road when it's hot, damp or wet. It also helps tires keep their shape, which means minimal rolling resistance on hot pavement. On the contrary, summer tires aren't safe in snow or ice because they don't have winter traction. All-season tires are a summer...

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Concerned About a Blowout? Here’s What You Can Do

The thought of an unexpected tire blowout puts many drivers on edge. If that’s true for you, it’s important to know the steps that you can take to minimize the chances of misfortune on the road.

Although it may seem counter-intuitive, insufficiently inflated tires are one of the most common causes of blowouts. Tire pressure should be monitored regularly, and this is especially critical if outdoor temperatures have fluctuated recently. Tires should also be rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles and replaced in accordance with manufacturer recommendations....

 

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How do extreme temperatures affect car batteries?

With summer officially in full swing, the temperatures are hotter which might be bad news for your vehicle's battery. Lead acid batteries have been carefully crafted to be used in a wide range of temperatures for cold to hot. However, the level of your battery's performance may suffer in freezing temps. The capacity of your battery could drop up to 20 percent when the temperature falls into the freezing range. The capacity dips even further to around 50 percent of its normal functioning range if the battery is used in temperatures below -22 degrees Fahrenheit...

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Get Prepared for Your Next Off-Roading Trip

We at Basic Auto Sales love helping new adventurers with all of their questions when gearing up for off-roading. Vehicle knowledge and emergency preparedness are great ways to stay safe and be able to get back on the road if there is a problem.

Knowledge of your vehicle, how to care for any modifications you've made, and what to pack for your trip are the best ways to prepare for the trails. The ability to communicate without a GPS...

 

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Turn Your Dashboard into a Phone with Apple CarPlay

Apple CarPlay is the easiest way to access your iPhone and all of its features while driving. As long as your iPhone is hooked up to your car, you can transform your dashboard into your iPhone screen and switch between your apps. This is mostly available on newer cars. If your dashboard is also a touch screen, you can manage Apple CarPlay with a simple touch.

Thanks to the Siri technology in Apple CarPlay, you can use your voice to scroll through contacts to make calls or send texts. You do not have to worry about using your hands while…

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