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Pros and Cons of Lifting Your Truck

Lifting trucks has been popular with truck drivers for many years, whether they do it themselves or with commercial lift kits. Drivers use lifting kits for appearance, performance and functionality. If you’ve been considering a lift kit and have questions, stop and see us at our truck service center in Woodbridge and let our professionals offer suggestions.

There are pros and cons to lifting your truck, so you can weigh the differences and make an informed decision.

Pros of Lifting Your Truck Include:

  1. Easier towing
  2. Better visibility
  3. Less chance of getting stuck
  4. Lift kits are inexpensive 
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The Difference in Several Types of Truck Bed Liners

The team here at Palmery Motors wanted to help educate our audience as to the differences in truck bed liners. Take a look at the different varieties of truck bed liners available near you, and let our auto service professionals help you get the most from your pickup experience.

The drop-in bed liner is made of strong plastic and molded to fit exactly in the specific make and model truck. Once secure, the plastic will absorb impacts for years, and can easily be replaced if suffering much damage. The spray-on bed liner is like undercoating material, and coats the bed…

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Tips to Avoid Hydroplaning During Heavy Rain

Hydroplaning is a dangerous situation that can occur in Woodbridge when you lose control of your car because of too much water between the wheels and the road. When hydroplaning occurs, it feels like you can't steer or brake properly, a situation made even more frightening by the slickness of the wet road.

Fortunately, taking extra caution when driving will help reduce the chances of hydroplaning. If you notice a lot of water on the road, slow your car gradually as sudden deceleration can cause your vehicle to hydroplane. Drive five to 10 miles per hour below the posted…

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Act Quickly When an Exhaust Leak Occurs


An exhaust leak can be more than just an annoyance when it causes a lot of noise, it can also become a safety hazard. The exhaust system was designed by the auto manufacturer to move poisonous fumes away from your engine, as well as keeping them out of the interior of your vehicle.

Often times, an exhaust leak can be identified in the early stage. The first indicator is a small popping or hissing sound that comes from the exhaust system. However, if you hear a whistling or high-pitched sound, that is an indication of a restriction in the exhaust…
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Quick Pre-Road Trip Checklist to Make Your Travels Easy and Fun


Road trips can be a lot of fun, but not if you don't prepare yourself well for them. Once you are out on the road it may be easy to find snack foods and rest stops. It may be more difficult to find a repair shop if something goes wrong with your vehicle. So before you head out on your road adventure, follow this quick pre-road checklist to make sure your car is prepared for the journey.

Check your tires to make sure they have the proper amount of air in them, that their tread is good, and that…
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How To Jump Start A Car


At one point in our lives we have had that horrible realization that our car won’t start because of a dead battery. Below are some tips on how to jump start a car using jumper cables and another car:
• Make sure both cars are facing each other and are close enough for the jumper cables to reach.
• Make sure both cars are turned off.
• Attach the positive terminal (red) to the dead battery
• Attach the positive terminal (red) to the charged battery
• Attach the negative terminal (black) to the dead battery
• Attach the negative terminal (black) to a metal…
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The Importance of Regular Vehicle Alignments


Proper tire alignment plays a crucial role in the health and performance of your vehicle. When a car is not properly aligned, the tires can cause the vehicle to pull to one side, thus posing safety risks due to poor handling and control. Uneven tire wear can be a result of an improper alignment and this can lead to a shorter life expectancy of the tires. Properly aligned tires also provide a smoother, more comfortable ride. Most manufacturers recommended that a car's alignment is checked when the oil is changed. Regular alignments can prevent bigger problems further down the…
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Choosing a Front-Wheel vs. Rear-Wheel Drive Vehicle


Whether you choose to drive a front-wheel drive vehicle vs. a rear-wheel drive is up to you and what you are looking for in a vehicle. If you are looking for the ability to tow, or you want a high-performance, luxury vehicle, rear-wheel drive is for you. If you want a car that is going to work and save you some money on gas, a front-wheel drive vehicle is a better choice.

Front-wheel drive cars handle better in the snow, and are generally smaller. This makes your car more efficient with gas, and cheaper to purchase than a rear-wheel drive…
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Tips for Spare Tires: Compact or Full-Size Tire Sizes


Are you positive you have the right spare tire for your vehicle? Manufacturers often include a smaller, donut tire. These are also called compact full-diameter spare tires, which may come standard with most manufacturers. In other case, you may get a full-size spare tire.

Full size spare tires are great to replace original tires that have gone flat. You can drive on a full-size just the same as a regular tire without any performance loss. These different tire sizes also matter if you want more trunk space or if you have trouble lifting heavier tires. Smaller donut tires...
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Symptoms of a Worn or Broken Timing Belt

A car’s timing belt sometimes breaks without notice. However, under normal use and circumstances, a timing belt will gradually wear or stretch over a long period. A worn timing belt develops symptoms which a knowledgeable owner will detect.

  • Your timing belt runs through a series of pulleys that hold the belt in place and maintain tension so that it does not slip. If you hear a slight ticking noise that sounds like it is coming from inside the engine, that is the telltale sound of a slipping timing belt.
  • The timing belt connects the crankshaft and the camshaft to…
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