What Are Gaskets?

Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center believes that every car owner in Nederland should have a basic understanding of the parts on their vehicle. Gaskets perform an important job that you may take for granted. These vital parts allow tight seals to prevent the loss of lubricants or coolant. Vehicles have many types of gaskets, and they are used on critical components like your engine.

A gasket is typically made of stainless steel or pliable rubber. When placed between two connecting parts of an automobile, gaskets help to create a tight seal. 

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How to Replace a Flat Tire

Getting a flat tire can feel like the end of the world, especially the first time, but, with a few instructions in hand, you can change a flat tire in no time.

The first instruction would be to find shelter from traffic. You're going to be outside of your car, on the ground, so you want to be away from any car that might not spot you out on the road. Next, you want to place a jack under the car and lift the car approximately 12 inches from its original spot. This will give you a better angle…

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The 2020 Ford F-150 Can Handle Your Workload

The 2020 Ford F-150 was built to be tough and is capable of undertaking some seriously heavy loads as well as being able to take some banging up and jostling around.

The Only Truck in its Class to Have These Features

The 2020 Ford F-150 is constructed with a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body and frame of high-strength steel, lending to how tough it can be when it comes to work or play.

Tow Impressive Loads

With the available second-generation 3.5L EcoBoost twin-turbo V6 providing 375 horsepower and 470 pounds-per-foot of torque, you get a maximum tow rating of 13…

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How Wax Keeps Your Vehicle Looking Great

Virtually every driver knows that to keep your vehicle looking like new, you have to periodically maintain the exterior. That means occasionally applying a coating of car wax to the exterior. What exactly is car wax and how does it work?

Car wax is all about protection. Essentially, it's a hydrocarbon that forms a hard substance at room temperature. Car waxes can be made of natural materials, such as carnauba or palm oils, or synthetic waxes formulated from silicones. All wax formulations form a layer over your vehicles paint to protect it from the elements.

 

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Replacing a Flat Tire with Ease

Changing a flat tire in optimal weather conditions is actually something that doesn't take very long. If you would rather try to change your flat yourself instead of waiting for roadside assistance, here are Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center's tips to get this done quickly.

Always park your vehicle safely away from traffic on the side of the road and on a flat surface.

Take the hub cap off completely, storing it somewhere safe for the time being.

Loosen, but don't remove, the lug nuts on the flat tire.
 

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Drivers Should Know These Facts About Gaskets

Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center believes that all drivers in Nederland should be informed when it comes to basic car parts. Gaskets are used on all cars and trucks today, and they serve a very important purpose. Here is a closer look at these vital vehicle parts.

Did you know that a car or truck can have 100 or more gaskets? It is easy to overlook gaskets because they are unseen. Gaskets are small pieces of molded material that are used to prevent leaks of fluid or lubricant. They are placed between a stationary and a moving part on a car…

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Why Tire Pressure Matters to the Protection of Your Vehicle

For our dealership, we aren't just concerned about the cars we sell; we also care about the people that drive them. To maintain your safety, we want you to be aware of best practices for your vehicle. One important way to protect yourself and your passenger are to keep your tires properly inflated. Here are the reasons why.

Over-inflation

When putting air in your tires, you may add more than what they need. This can be dangerous because it causes them to be too firm and inflexible. As you drive, they will be affected by every defect or debris…

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Low-Mileage Oil Change Recommendations

Motor oil keeps your engine lubricated and clean. Oil captures and removes debris, helping your engine work at optimal efficiency over a longer lifespan. Traditional recommendations suggest you change your engine oil every 3,000 miles, but the experts in Philpott Pre-Owned Super Center service department have a few considerations to bear in mind.

Conventional Oil

If you still use conventional oil and/or your car is more than 10 years old, have your oil changed every 3,000 miles. Use your odometer to 
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Is It Time for New Tires?

Don't make the mistake of ignoring problems with your tires. Maybe you think all those vibrations are fine, but issues with the wheels, tires, and struts could be the cause. A trained mechanic can likely figure out the reason for the mysterious vibrations. A car's owner can also check for some obvious signs the vehicle's tires are in bad shape.

Checking tread depth should be something all owners should do regularly. Use a penny to see how deep Lincoln's dead goes into the treads. If you see the top of Lincoln's head, the less depth…

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Understanding the Importance of the Alternator

The alternator is one of the most important elements of a vehicle's engine. The alternator is responsible for providing power to the electrical elements of a vehicle when it is in operation. Historically, the alternator was known as the generator.

You need to be absolutely certain that the alternator on your car, truck, or SUV is always in top-notch condition. There are some warning signs that your alternator is not functioning properly. The most obvious is the illumination of warning lights on the dashboard that read ALT or GEN. Other signs include dim lights when the vehicle is running…

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