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Motor Oil Lubrication Depends On Viscosity Ratings

The primary function of oil in your motor is to make sure all of the sensitive parts are properly lubricated. This means having a barrier from friction in high temperature atmospheres. Depending on the age and performance capability of your engine, a certain viscosity rating is needed to ensure good engine performance.

When oil enters an atmosphere where high temperatures exist, it naturally thins. Very thin oil has less ability to lubricate than thicker oil. Oil that has a higher viscosity rating resists thinning in these environments. 

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Sealing Engine Fluids with Healthy Gaskets

Gaskets perform an essential function in motor vehicles. They seal liquids and gasses inside the engine so that they can stay where they belong and maintain pressure. Gaskets are thin layers of material like metals and rubber that form a layer between engine sections and parts of the engine. The material that seals the cylinders is called head gaskets.

Tacoma, WA area drivers have noticed some vehicles that spew a lot of smoke as they go down the road. The typical cause of the smoke is burning oil; burning oil may come from damaged gaskets on the engine cylinders. 

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Why Your Tire Pressure Light is on the Dashboard

Spending time each week looking closer at the car tires will help to make certain your ride is safer. Here are a few little things to consider if the tire pressure indicator lights come on.

Always check the tire pressure is at the recommended number. If your vehicle is older and doesn't have tire pressure indicators, carry a small tire gauge in the car and check them in the morning when the tires are cool. Low tire pressure could cause a tire blowout. 

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How to Cruise in Style in an SUV

Looking to cruise in style and class throughout the Tacoma region? Modern SUV models give other vehicles a run for their money! If you're looking for new-to-you transportation, this may be just the car for you. The SUV has so many beneficial features that give you value for your money, including:

  • Comfortable Spacing - You no longer have to squeeze your family members into the back of your seats while traveling. The SUV range offers extra seating arrangements, plus excellent interior spacing. 
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Maintain Your Headlights With a Simple Cleaning

If you know how to fix common things around the house, then you probably do some minor maintenance to your vehicle on your own. There's nothing wrong with this as it probably saves you some time and money. An auto service shop can also help you when you need it but feel free to top off fluid levels when needed and service some minor areas of your vehicle like your headlights if need be.

Your headlights are designed to keep you safe while on the road. 

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A quick winter safety tip from GT Auto Sales: Kitty litter, salt, or sand


Winter is approaching quickly and pretty soon Tacoma will be covered in a blanket of snow and ice. This is why we at GT Auto Sales are here to let our customers know that we care about your safety and want to help you to avoid being stuck out in the cold weather trying to get your vehicle out of a ditch. Slowing down while driving and braking lightly can help, but there may come a time when you get stuck in the snow or on the ice. It is a good idea for you to have some kitty litter…
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How to Calculate Total Cost of Ownership


Cars have always been expensive, and likely will be for the foreseeable future. If you can regularly afford new, expensive vehicles, you should feel proud of yourself. However, if you’re in the majority of United States citizens who can’t, unfortunately, purchase expensive items on a regular basis, at least not while still feeling comfortable after making such purchases, it’s likely a good idea to calculate how much owning a car or truck will really cost, because such expenses could rise to unaffordable proportions.

Car payments – calculated by the total purchase price of the car...
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Why use winter wiper blades?

Winter wiper blades are special made wiper blades that withstand the harsh winter months. The rubber on traditional wiper blades warp in the extreme cold, leaving streaks and snow on the windshield. They also can get stuck when ice and snow is compacted into the joints. When that happens they do not work at all, leaving snow, ice and water all over the windshield. If the wipers are not working or working properly than the driver's visibility is low and it's unsafe to drive.

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Differentiating Between 4-Wheel-Drive and All-Wheel Drive

Differentiating between all-wheel-drive and 4-wheel drive is something many people do not do as in their minds the two definitions mean the same thing. However, they are very different and are used for different purposes. It also depends on the type of vehicle and the use of that vehicle that determines its definition.

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