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Keeping your vehicle’s tires at the proper pressure is simple, but needs to be checked regularly. With the correct tire pressure, you’ll have better fuel economy, your tires will wear more evenly, and you’ll have better traction and performance on the roads. It makes it well worth the couple minute’s effort to check and adjust the air in your tire.

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Lock your car doors and close your windows.

Don’t leave valuables in your car. If you do, make
sure they are kept out of plain sight; hide them under a
blanket, or better yet, lock them in your trunk.

When transporting valuables, place them in the trunk
before you get to the location where you intend to park.
Don’t transfer them at the parking place in open view of
other people.

If you have a garage, use it.

Don’t leave your garage door opener on the dashboard
or front seat. Put it in your glove box, hide it, or take it with you.

Always park in a well-lit area.

Use slide or portable mounts on add-on radios, CD/
tape decks, and telephones. When you
leave your car, put them in the trunk or take them
with you.

Mark radios, CD/tape decks, telephones, batteries,
wheel covers, and tires with an operation Identification
number. If the stolen item is found later, the number can
be traced back to you.

Remember: briefcases, sunglasses, clothing, keys, gym
bags, and small change are all tempting to a thief.

Leave only the ignition key with the parking attend
ant in a commercial parking lot.

Keep your driver’s license and vehicle registration
with you. Left with the car, the documents can be used
by a thief to impersonate you when transferring the car’s

Car keys left at home (or at your business) should
always be hidden. This will help prevent
the theft of your vehicle if you are burglarized.

There are locks made for various marketable parts of
cars. Battery locks, wheel locks, and special tape deck
lock mounts can save these items plus any damage that
may occur in the process of stealing them.

Install a locking gas tank cap to help prevent gasoline
theft and limit a thief’s driving range to one tank.

Park the front wheel turned sharply to the right or left,
making it difficult for the professional thief to tow your
car away backwards.

With front wheel drive cars: when you park pull on the
emergency brake and place your vehicle in Park. If you
have a stick shift, pull the emergency brake and shift into
forward or reverse gear. All four wheels will be locked, making
it difficult for a thief to tow your car. 

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Having a level towing setup is important! This brief video will show you how to determine the proper rise or drop needed of your a ball mount to ensure you have a safe and level towing setup.

Follow this simple formula:
Trailer Coupler Height - Receiver Tube Height = Rise or Drop Needed

For more towing information and to find the perfect hitch for your vehicle, visit our parts dept. today, or check out

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When to "Change" your cars Engine Coolant"

Some manufacturers recommend changing the coolant more often on vehicles subjected to "severe service," such as frequent towing. The schedule for many cars, is to change it at 150,000 miles regardless of how the vehicle is driven.

Many service shops, though — including some at dealerships that sell cars with "lifetime" coolant — say you should do it more often than the maintenance schedule recommends, such as every 30,000 or 50,000 miles.

Most vehicles use long-life engine coolant (usually a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze and water) that for several years will provide protection against boiling in hot weather and freezing in cold weather, with little or no maintenance.

Modern vehicles also have longer intervals between fluid changes of all types partly because environmental regulators have pressured automakers to reduce the amount of waste fluids that have to be disposed of or recycled.

Coolant can deteriorate over time and should be tested to see if it's still good, as it can be hard to tell just by appearances. Even if testing shows the cooling and antifreeze protection are still adequate, antifreeze can become more acidic over time and lose its rust-inhibiting properties, causing corrosion.

Corrosion can damage the radiator, water pump, thermostat and other parts of the cooling system, so the coolant in a vehicle with more than about 50,000 miles should be tested periodically. That's to look for signs of rust and to make sure it has sufficient cooling and boiling protection, even if the cooling system seems to be working properly. It can be checked with test strips that measure acidity, and with a hydrometer that measures freezing and boiling protection.

If the corrosion inhibitors have deteriorated, the coolant should be changed. The cooling system might also need to be flushed to remove contaminants no matter what the maintenance schedule calls for or how many miles are on the odometer. On the other hand, if testing shows the coolant is still doing its job and not allowing corrosion, changing it more often than what the manufacturer recommends could be a waste of money.


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Dan Crampton, a muscle car collector from Streator, Il. with hotshot racer Steve Quickel at the wheel of his '70 Chevelle Wagon, embarrases the GTR with a 11.27@118.99mph, as the near $100k sportscar runs an 11.50@120.46mph. Dan's Chevelle Wagon has changed hands on multiple occasions between himself and street racer king Greg "Bubba" Taylor from Rockford, Il. Dan would like to give special thanks to Rodney,Keith and Libby "The Wagon Lady" Brockman for finding the rust free wagon in Huntington Beach California while vacationing about 18 years ago! As for the wagon it's a 1970 Chevelle Wagon weighing in at a portly 4565 lbs. with a pump gas, 533 cubic inch short deck Chevrolet engine with untouched aluminum small port cylinder heads backed by a full manual column shifted turbo 400 transmission by b+c trans of Rockford and a Midwest 10 inch converter also of Rockford, Il. A gear vendors overdrive was installed and has worked flawlessly for years including a '13 Hot Rod Drag Week trip of 3500 miles towing a trailer. The wagon also features a strange brute strength Dana rear end with a 456 ratio. No power adders have been added as of yet, but are on the list! Best time to date is a 10:93 at 121 mph with Steve behind the wheel. Look for the wheels up launches this coming spring at Byron!

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The Drive's Sean Evans drives the 840-hp "Trans Am Bandit Edition," a Chevy Camaro SS-turned-Trans Am, complete with T-tops and a 7.4-liter supercharged V8. It's the product of Trans Am Worldwide, of Florida, the state that gave us Burt Reynolds and crazy, badass things of all description.

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We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our friends, family and  our Customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope you enjoy this you tube clip we found to express our thanks and appreciation for your support. Peace and Blessings to all of You.

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         "Clean terminals prevent electrical problems"
Corrosion puts added strain on your charging system and can mess with computer-controlled systems. Cleaning is your cheapest insurance against electrical problems. Check back with us for more DIY car tips.

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We had some fun with the 2016 Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro! Check out the comparison video and driving review we found, then you be the judge..

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You have just Got to Watch this American Muscle Car line up, WOW!
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