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What is Your Automobile's Timing Belt?

Your vehicle most likely comes equipped with a timing belt, but what is it and what purpose does it serve? At Basic Auto Sales, we would like you to have an understanding of how your vehicle functions to ensure that it runs properly. You can read our content below to find out additional information about your vehicle's timing belt.

More than likely, your vehicle's timing belt will need to be changed every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. However, check your owner's manual to see what the manufacturer recommends. If you observe fraying or hear a shrieking…

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Read Here to Learn the Importance of Your Vehicle's Alternator

The best way to keep your vehicle in the best possible condition is to understand how it functions. One important piece of equipment that is included in your vehicle is the alternator. You can learn more about your vehicle's alternator by reading our content below.

An alternator is part of your vehicle's charging system. This charging system also includes the starter and battery. The alternator will keep the battery charged when you are driving by acting as a generator. Moreover, the alternator also helps the battery keep your vehicle's electrical components, such as the...

 

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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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