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Find Out More With Your Vehicle's History Report

When you want to learn more about the history of a used car, you can check out the vehicle history report to find out the information you need to know. At GT Auto Sales, we want you to make an informed choice with all of the facts in hand.

A vehicle history report is based on a vehicle information number, or VIN. A unique VIN is found on every car. When you check the report, you can find out more information about past owners, the type of title a car has, the accident history, odometer readings and any outstanding liens…

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What is the Difference in Towing vs. Payload Capacity?

Know the difference in towing vs. payload capacity? Here at GT Auto Sales, we wanted to help clear up any confusion on this issue.

Payload capacity is often confused with towing capacity, but it is certainly different. The payload capacity refers to any added weight inside the cap or the bed, regardless of the size. The payload capacity includes placing a pallet of grass in the bed or bringing your dumbbells in the cab to the gym. 

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Does Your Ignition Need Service?

You try to turn your car on by pressing the ignition button, but it will not start. Many of us would probably assume that our car battery is dead. While that may be the case, there is the possibility that there is a problem with the ignition itself. Here are a few signs that the ignition may require service.

Grinding noises and whining noises are a definite sign that there is a problem with the ignition system and it needs servicing. This may indicate that the starter is worn out or that the gear needs repair or replacement.  

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Spring Vehicle Maintenance Tips

At GT Auto Sales, we want you to be a knowledgeable automobile owner. We want your vehicle to perform great in the winter and the summer. Your vehicle needs a thorough cleaning at least once a year. Spring is a great time for vehicle maintenance. Snow and ice are melting and warmer days are ahead of you.

Check the coolant in the radiator. Flush and refill the coolant. Refill the washer solvent and replace tattered wiper blades. Some maintenance services should always be handled by an experienced automotive technician. 

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How to Read Tire Sizes

There are a lot of numbers and letters strung together around the top of your tire. These numbers and letters stand for tire type, tire size, load capacity, and much more. Did you know the P at the start of the string stands for "passenger" tires? If the vehicle is made in the US, it has to be rated correctly. If you don't see a P, then the tire is made in Europe.

You may also notice that the next three characters are numbers. These stand for the tire width. 

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What Does the Car Alternator Do While Driving?

Many people are mistaken when they think the battery in the vehicle is responsible for powering things like the stereo, lights, and navigation system. Here is why it is important you get your car alternator tested regularly.

The alternator in your car generates the power that keeps things like the lights, stereo, and charging stations all operational. The battery has one purpose: to provide power to the starter motor. The alternator works like a little generator and gets its power from the crank wheel that spins fast when the car is running. 

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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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