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Why Gaskets are Important

Blowing a gasket can be a large cause of breakdowns, and sadly most people don’t really understand what they are or why this happens. That’s nothing to be ashamed of, and we’re going to change this right now.

Gaskets keep air and liquids where they belong by providing an impassible seal. They’re made of flexible metal – often copper and steel, with a nice, rubbery coating. Of the many, the oil pan (keeping oil in where the crankshaft needs it), intake/exhaust manifold (keeping a constant temperature and air where it needs to be) and the cylinder…

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Why Should I Lift My Truck?

If you have just bought a brand new truck from German / Asian Concepts, you may consider lifting it to give you better visibility and an aggressive off-road style for your vehicle. Basically, you have a choice of two different types of lift kits, body lift kits and suspension lift kits.

Body lift kits do not change the quality of how the truck rides. they lift your truck about two or three inches higher. These lift kits will give your truck more clearance when going off the road without changing the suspension. They are time-consuming to install and can hinder performance…

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What Can Synthetic Oil Do for Your Vehicle?

Synthetic oils are available as a synthetic blend or as full synthetic oil. The synthetic blend combines human-made components with conventional oil to provide increased protection and vehicle performance. This type of oil is preferred for use in extreme temperature climates. Additional reasons why vehicles may benefit from full synthetic oil include great driving on non-paved roads or heavy towing. Full synthetic oil consists of human-made components that offer optimal engine protection vehicle performance.

Vehicle owners are commonly familiar with conventional oil...

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Look Out for the Warning of a Malfunctioning Differential

Have you begun to notice any changes in the way that your vehicle handles?

A good place to investigate lies under the hood with your differential, which can typically fall victim to a failing gear or lack of lubricating oil. If it is the latter in particular and your lubrication oil becomes excessively dirty or runs low, then you can expect to hear the gears start howling and whining whenever you hug the corners for a sharp turn.

These sorts of sounds should be seen as a warning sign for your differential needing proper lubrication. You will notice the volume…

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Dead Battery? A Jump-Start Will Get You Back on the Road

It happens to most of us at least once: we leave our vehicle's lights or other electronics on and the battery is drained. A dead battery will leave you stranded, but keeping a set of jumper cables can be a life-saver if you have another car to jump-start it with.

A jump-start is an time-honored method of getting a car with a dead battery started. Using a set of jumper cables, a good battery is hooked up to the dead battery to provide the electricity the disabled car needs to start. 

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Reasons to Pay Attention to Your Tire Pressure Light

When your tire pressure light comes on, you may think to yourself, "What do I do?" Perhaps you have never dealt with this issue on your own before and any kind of vehicle maintenance can be a bit overwhelming, especially if this is your first vehicle. When it comes to your tire pressure, you want to get a tire pressure gauge and check the levels in all four of your tires. Some tires will have the recommended levels printed on the tires themselves or you can look inside of your owner's manual. If you need air added, you should…

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Understanding Timing Belts and Your Car Engine

Did you know that a failing timing belt can "bend" your engine valves? Timing belts are crucial to your engine running correctly. They rotate your engine simultaneously from the crankshaft and camshaft working in motion, turning at the same time so that you are able to go where you want to go.

If you do not replace a timing belt in time, it can result in bigger damage to your engine, which mainly means your car engine valves. You may notice a timing belt begin to fail from a sound coming from the engine or if your engine starts to…

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Be Sure to Understand What Type of Fluid Your Brake Systems Requires

If you have never worked on your vehicle's brake system before you may not even realize that it is powered by the fluid. Your brake fluid is a hydraulic fluid that resides in a reservoir under the hood of your car, truck, or SUV. While similar to oil, it is different. You want to always make sure to replace it with the proper brake fluid and nothing else.

When you press the brake pedal the master cylinder forces brake fluid through to the system to the calipers which are where the brake pads reside. The transfer of force from…

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Which is Best: All-Wheel or Four-Wheel Drive?

If you've been looking for a new vehicle, you may want to consider a four or all-wheel drive model. In recent years, these vehicles have not only become much more common but, they're also more affordable. It's reasonable to question, whether this is really a feature that you need or not.

The benefits that these features provide is twofold. Not only do they give you more safety by providing better traction, but, they also give you better performance on rough terrain. Our team at German / Asian Concepts is able to show you on a test drive how…

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The Unique Story Behind the Word Horsepower

Modern car buyers are very well versed in the term horsepower. It is a key component in deciding what vehicle to invest money in. Shoppers are very keen on picking an automobile that will suit their specific needs. A car with a tremendous amount of horsepower may be deemed a higher quality than those with less. However, some people need more fuel efficiency and will prefer a car with less muscle.

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