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Mufflers and Exhausts 101

The seasoned automotive techs on our West Herr Ford of Amherst service team recommend having your muffler changed every five to seven years. The muffler, a part of the vehicle exhaust system, plays several important, critical roles.

What the Muffler Does

In most vehicles, the muffler attaches to the exhaust pipe, dampening and filtering out loud sounds from engine activity. The muffler does this by channeling engine sound waves and catalyzed gases through a series of interior holes or tubes. When a muffler begins to fail, the sound of engine activity becomes markedly louder and

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List of Different Types of Truck Bed Liners

Here at West Herr Ford of Amherst, we wanted to take a minute and get our audience familiar with all the different bed liners available for their trucks. Most pickup trucks have the drop-in style bed liner. You'll instantly recognize the form fitted molded heavy-duty plastic that is like a custom fitting tub. Once installed, this liner can last for years and can be replaced when taking too much daily abuse.

The spray-on liners for the bed create a permanent seal on the bed that shields the truck from damage. The liner creates a seal that will absorb all…

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Important Towing Tips to Make the Ride Much Safer

Whether you are towing a vehicle or a boat, the same safety rules apply. Make the mistake of cutting corners, and you put everyone on the roads in danger.

Before towing, walk around the vehicle and make certain the brake lights are all working. Disconnected wires could cause a rear-end collision when other drivers were not aware you were coming to a stop.

Be sure that you have the right mirrors and they are properly adjusted so that you can see all the way around both sides of the object that you are towing behind your vehicle. 

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Avoiding Car Overheating in Amherst, NY

Most car owners rely too much on the brand of their cars hence the notion that their cars don’t need as much care as other second-hand vehicles. However, it is not how costly a car is that determines how well it should be taken care of.

For critical overall efficiency, it is important that any car gets proper maintenance for its cooling system. Without taking this precaution, a car soon develops problems like leaking and engine overheating. Therefore, ensuring your radiator is well maintained as part of regular car service maintenance should be inevitable for you.

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Transfer Case Service: An Easy Repair for 4WD and AWD Troubles

When unpleasant noises are coming out of your car, and shifting to the four-wheel-drive mode is proving more of a hassle than it's worth, you might start wondering whether a major car repair is in your future. There's no reason to panic. Your vehicle may just need transfer case service.

The transfer case is the box in which a set of gears take care of distributing or shifting power to the vehicle's axles. The parts of the transfer case are kept lubricated by a special fluid. After miles of driving, the transfer case fluid must be replaced…

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Fluids Bring Calm To Vehicle

Fluids bring calm to your vehicle. They make everything flow smoothly and normally. Fluids are an essential part of every automobile. They help keep major components cool. They help lubricate parts so that their job is easier. Fluids can make the entire vehicle world go around.

That's why our service team never underestimates the power of fluid service. We'll start with your oil. You need to have it changed every few months. It's a vital fluid to your engine. It needs to be changed to help make sure the lubrication is solid.

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Rotating Your Tires Comes with Safety Benefits

There are definite benefits to rotating your tires, and if you haven’t considered them, now is the time. Routine tire rotation prolongs the life and drivability of your tires. You can also expect a smoother ride and better fuel economy as a result. An added benefit is that you’ll save money by not having to change tires so often.

Some experts recommend rotating tires every 6,000 miles, just about the same for an oil change. Vehicles with four-wheel drive should rotate tires even more frequently.

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Why Do I Need To Change My Oil?

Every vehicle owner has had to change their oil before. It’s a part of the driving experience, and it needs to be done regularly. However, you may wonder why. What purpose does changing your oil serve?

These are a few of the ways in which changing your oil helps your vehicle:

  • your fuel economy is improved
  • your vehicle will last longer
  • all of the sludge, and dirt particles, will be removed
  • your engine components will be properly lubricated
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Do I Choose Synthetic or Conventional Oil?

What Type of Oil?

If you are in need of getting your vehicle's oil changed you might be wondering what kind of oil you should use. This information can be found in your Owner’s Manual. Two different types of oil can be purchased. The first oil is Synthetic Oil. Synthetic Oil is an artificially created oil. Synthetic oils are purified and modified to improve the performance of the oil inside of your vehicle. Conventional oils are produced underground and are not modified. Conventional oils do not have additives added to them.

The Wrong Oil?

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