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Identifying an Electrical Problem That Does Not Include Your Car Battery

If your car hesitates to start, the natural assumption is that it’s because of a weakening or low battery. However, that is not always the case. There are two scenarios that you need to be aware of in order to distinguish between a battery or a starter problem:

  • If a starter drive has begun to wear down or it is not engaging properly, you will hear a grinding noise. The noise is similar to when you mistakenly start the engine while it's running. 
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Choosing a Truck with Towing vs. Payload Capabilities

Do you know the difference between the truck's towing vs. payload capability? Here at Mountain Home Auto Ranch, we want to pass on these brief tips for understanding the differences. 

When a truck has a certain payload, that number refers to the weight that is added into the truck. It doesn't matter if you are hauling a bed of rocks, four of your friends, or a box with a fifty pound set of dumbbells, they all qualify as a payload. Anything added into the truck is the payload. 

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Should You Change Your Differential Fluid?

Proper vehicle maintenance requires automobile owners to check their vehicle's basic components such as belts, tires, hoses and the like on a regular basis in order to correct current problems and to prevent future issues. Owners should also check and change certain fluids, like the oil and the radiator fluids. However, do you know that the differential fluid also needs replacing from time to time?

The differential, located between the drive wheels, serves the purpose of delivering power to the axle between the drive wheels of the vehicle. 

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How to Read Tire Sizes and More

There is a string of letters and numbers on your tire that mean a lot of different things. For instance, the letter at the beginning stands for the rating of the tire. If it has a P, then it is rated as a passenger vehicle. However, if there is no letter, then it is likely a European tire. If it has LT, then it is a light truck tire that has different requirements for air pressure than other vehicles. The next three numbers relate to the tire's size in millimeters.

The numbers after the first backslash stand for the…

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The 2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Is In A League Of Its Own

A midsize sedan is ideal for many different purposes. It can serve as your car to commute to work or even act as a family car because of the extra storage space. That is why our team here at Mountain Home Auto Ranch are so excited about the release of the new 2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

This vehicle will kick out up to 400 horsepower, meaning that all other hybrids will be left quickly in the dust. The fact that it is a hybrid, however, may help you to save in fuel costs over the lifetime of the vehicle. 

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2018 Jeep Compass: Performance Capability That Goes Beyond Expectations

Keeping with its legacy of providing drivers with performance capability they want, Jeep has now surpassed expectations for an SUV! The capability of the 2018 Jeep Compass begins with a 2.4-liter Tigershark MultiAir 2 engine that provides amplified performance and efficiency. The maximum 180 horsepower and 175 pounds of torque will give you further engine output to optimize performance capability.

 

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Pick up Speed in the Jeep Grand Cherokee

When compared to other SUV vehicles, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a unique option since it's equipped with next-level performance hardware. These engine components help the vehicle run quickly on the road. All of the mechanical components operate efficiently when this vehicle goes from zero to 60 miles per hour within 3.5 seconds, so the process of shifting and braking is never a hassle.

 

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RAM 2500 Powers Your Adventures

The new RAM 2500 is so much more than just a popular heavy-duty truck. It gives you the power of a 4WD truck without sacrificing comfort and style. Its many capabilities make it a truck popular with drivers of all ages and genders. Come check it out for yourself at Mountain Home Auto Ranch.

The RAM 2500 range’s gas engine gives you a payload of up to 3,900 pounds so you’ll be able to load the truck with almost anything and travel with confidence. The spring-based technology built into the suspension system will allow you to drive…

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When You See These Signs, Replace Your Tires

Driving on worn tires can be dangerous, especially in poor weather. Treads help tires maintain traction when roads are wet. Without deep enough treads, the tires cannot push ice and snow out of the way. Instead of maintaining firm contact with the road, your tires may slip and slide out of control.

You'll know that your tires need to be replaced when the tread becomes too shallow. Push the top of a penny into one of the tire's grooves. 

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Your Battery Needs Service: Are You Ready?

If the battery in your car, truck, or SUV has been performing kind of sluggishly lately, then you may want to get under the hood and check it out. The good news is that with a little maintenance, you may be able to bring it back to life and get some more use out of it.

First start by cleaning off the cables and posts. These are areas that can accumulate a corrosive build-up that will hinder performance. 

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