Tips for Brake Safety

When you get behind the wheel of your car, you want to feel confident that you can operate it safely. Your brakes are critical to that safety, so you need to know the signs that they might not be working optimally.

If you come to a stop in Jasper and you hear a squealing or grinding noise, it may be time to bring your vehicle in to us at Ruxer Truck Center for an inspection. Another sign to watch out for is vibrations in the pedal or steering wheel or the car tugging to one side when you brake.

 

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Correcting a Slide in the Winter in Jasper

Ruxer Truck Center wants to make sure that you're completely safe in your new vehicle once the snow starts to fly in Jasper. The roads can get pretty slippery and visibility can be difficult. If you feel your vehicle start to slide when you hit a patch of icy or snow, here are some of the actions that you should take to remain safe and prevent an accident.

It's common to oversteer your vehicle as a way of trying to correct your vehicle. 

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Transmissions

The engine is the part of a car, truck, or SUVs drivetrain that gets all the attention, but the transmission is also important. It controls the gear of the engine, which is necessary for it to function properly at different speeds.

Most people don't pay much attention to their transmission because it is automatic and doesn't require any input from the driver. However, the transmission plays a role in how the car feels at higher speeds and when there is an incline or decline in the road. More advanced transmissions have more speeds, which translates into a smoother…

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How do brake pads work?

Brake pads were invented as a substitute for drum brakes, which were extensively used in the 19th century; they were highly inefficient and costly to maintain. Further modifications have been made over the years to improve brake pads performance. Organic brake pads have been one of the most remarkable breakthroughs through this technological journey.

Organic brake pads.

Organic brake pads are made from a combination of rubber, glass, and carbon compounds. They are commonly fitted in cars that are used for everyday driving and commuting. 

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Front-Wheel Versus Rear-Wheel Drive

At Ruxer Truck Center, we have a variety of vehicles. They all come with different advantages, and sometimes, people wonder what's the difference between front-wheel and rear-wheel drive. It can be a little confusing, so here well present some basics about these two drivetrains.

For the most part, more standard vehicles will have front-wheel drive. This configuration is relatively efficient and compact, and it can be cheaper to build. Because most of the mechanical weight is in the front and over the wheels that steer, traction in the snow can be improved.

 

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The Importance of Having a Front and Rear Dash Cam On Your Vehicle

As you drive around Jasper, you will face many difficult driving situations that could put you and your passengers at risk. If one of these situations results in a crash, it is vital that you have dash cams installed so that you can prove to your insurance company what happened. At Ruxer Truck Center, we recommend installing two dash cams instead of one so that you can capture the entire incident from beginning to end.

Rear Dash Cam

A rear-facing dash cam can help capture the other motorists behavior before they collided with you. It can help show if they…
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What You Should Know About Gaskets

You may have heard of a part of your vehicle called a gasket. If you don't know what it is, don't worry. Here, you'll learn what a gasket is, what it does, where it is located, and when it should be replaced.

What Exactly is a Gasket?
A gasket is a protective sealant that is located in hundreds of parts of your vehicle. These gaskets will protect one component of your vehicle from outside contaminants. For instance, a water pump gasket will prevent dirt and brake dust from getting into your water pump.

Where are the Gaskets…

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How an Automobile's Battery Charges

The battery inside of your vehicle will lower in its charge when it's being used for things like your radio, air conditioning or the startup of your vehicle. As long as the engine is running at some point in the near future, your battery will be recharged thanks to your alternator. As you drive faster, the battery will charge faster.

There are situations where people draw power from their battery without charging it. Once the battery is dead, you're not going to be able to rely on your alternator for a charge. You'll have to use an…

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How You Can Get Involved With Off-Roading

What will you do when you decide that you want to start off-roading in your favorite vehicle? The answer you should have ready is that you will take the time to meet others interested in the same hobby and get information from them. The best thing to do is to check out some Internet forums on the topic as well as checking in with local off-roading clubs for those interested in the world of off-roading and everything that you can do.

Those who have already been into off-roading for some time will know which National Parks to go to for…

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Fuel Pump Warning Signs

Nobody wants to be stranded when driving around Jasper, so it's important to know the symptoms of part or system failure. Your fuel pump provides a constant stream of fuel to keep your engine going. If it starts to fail, you might notice these signs:

- Sputtering at high speeds
- Engine overheating
- Lower fuel pressure vs. what your owner's manual recommends
- Loss of power when climbing a hill, hauling or towing
- Surging randomly while driving
 

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