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What Exactly is a Gasket?

We’ve all heard the term “blow a gasket”, but what do these things really do? As with so many things, the truth is very simple.

Gaskets are a solid, impenetrable barrier intended to keep things such as fluids from mixing or easily escaping. In short, they keep everything contained and separated similar to rubber washers and other seals.

They’re usually made of layers of steel or copper, with a rubber or silicate outer coating (to prevent corrosion or damage to other components). 

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The Transmission Needs Regular Maintenance

The transmission is a vital component of your vehicle and serves the purpose of transferring power from the engine to the wheels, via the gear system. Manual transmissions let you shift the gears yourself, while automatic transmissions do the gear-shifting for you. Either way, both types of transmissions require regular maintenance.

Today's modern vehicles are mostly powered by automatic transmissions. 

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How to Change a Flat Tire Near a Busy Road

In order to change a flat tire, you'll need multiple tools and supplies. The main items include a jack, spare tire, lug wrench. However, since a tire could roll over a sharp object at night, you'll benefit from investing in a bright flashlight as well.

Because all environments have different risks, you must implement each tire maintenance procedure in a secure spot. Depending on the situation, you may have to drive or push the vehicle to a practical location that's far away from the highway in order to boost safety during the maintenance process.

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Learn How to Jump Start a Dead Car

Knowing how to jump start your car is a practical skill that every driver should have. With a set of jumper cables, jump starting your car is simple and can save you the cost of a tow.

Connect the red jumper cable to the dead car’s and the working car’s battery terminals. Then connect one end of the black cable to the working car’s negative terminal, and the other end to any metal part in the dead car’s engine. 

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What is a Timing Belt?

When you are out and about in [city] it's going to help if you know how your car works. This includes details like just what a timing belt is and how it works. People don't realize just how important the timing belt is. When talking about the importance of the timing belt, it's not an overreaction to say that if something goes wrong here, your car is done for.

The timing belt works to keep the car’s camshaft and crankshaft turning at the same pace. 

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Dealing with Any Sort of Roadside Emergency

The best way to be dealing with any sort of roadside emergency is to prepare now while you can. Here are a few things that you can do today to make dealing with an emergency easier.

  • Be sure that you keep road flares or safety triangles in the trunk. These can be crucial for alerting drivers the car is disabled on the side of the road and you need assistance.
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A Guide to Safer and Smarter Towing

When you need to tow a boat or trailer, it's important to follow the right safety procedures and protocols. Though it may seem simple enough, it can be really easy for things to go the wrong way if you're not careful. To begin, always perform a thorough inspection of your towing gear to make sure that everything is in order. Consult the manual to determine weight loads and security checkpoints to avoid damage to your equipment.

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Spare Tire Options: Choosing Between Compact and Full-Size

A compact tire is handy in a bad situation on the side of the road. Compact, temporary tires often come standard, but these are typically smaller tire sizes than your original tires. There can be a change in performance and even alignment issues if you continue to drive on a compact spare. 

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Is It the Battery or the Alternator?

There are many classical signs that we could associate to a failing alternator, but how do we differentiate whether it’s the battery failing or the alternator?

Interesting enough, there is a test that you can do to determine the actual cause of these symptoms. If your car is dead, jump start it then remove the jumper cables and observe how the car reacts.

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Be Courteous and Yield the Right of Way When You Hear a Siren

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It only takes being alert and courteous to stop, move over, or slow down when you hear a siren while driving. States enact move over laws for the safety of everyone. When you see a first responder such as fireman, police car, or an ambulance moving fast with lights flashing and their siren blaring, it means they’re on their way to address an emergency.

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