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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Time to Replace Windshield Wiper Blades: When, Why?

Have you ever wondered exactly what causes your windshield wiper blades to squeak, chatter or leave your windshield looking a streaked mess? Windshield wipers such as these need replacement. In general wiper blades should be replaced at least once annually or every six months. Here's why they break down and what to look for.

Windshield Wiper Blades 101

According to the seasoned team members of our Ruxer Truck Center service department, windshield wiper blades are basically automatic squeegees. Their main components are rubber and metal.

Like any natural and synthetic materials...

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All-Weather Floor Mats vs. Carpet

Keeping the interior of your car clean is an important part of preserving its value and making your ride all the more comfortable. Using additional floor mats helps to keep debris and liquids off of the original floor carpets.

You may find yourself choosing between all-weather car mats and carpet mats. The all-weather car mats are generally the way to go if you think that you will be in contact with plenty of dirt and liquid in your regular travels. They clean up fairly easily and do an effective job of trapping dirt and water before it makes a bigger…

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Understanding the Operation of an Alternator

There is a certain level of confusion that is commonplace in regard to the how the electrical elements in a car are powered. Many people think the battery powers the electrics in a vehicle. In fact, the battery provides power to the starter motor which in turn activates the car. While the engine is running, the alternator provides the energy for the electrical elements of the vehicle and to charge the battery.

Historically, the alternator was called the generator because it functions in much the same way. The crank wheel on the alternator spins to create energy.

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When Should You Replace Your Tires?

National Tire Safety Week is at the end of May each year. This is a great time to learn about the different ways that you can tell if your tires need to be replaced at this point in time. Ruxer Truck Center has compiled a list of some helpful tips.
  • You can measure what's left of the tread on your tires. You should see a minimum of 1/16th of an inch of depth.
  • Check to see if all four of your tires are wearing down at the same rate. One or two tires that are showing a lot…
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Distracted Driving Is Dangerous And Real

Distractions are easy to come by in the car, but they must be avoided and controlled at all costs. Being a distracted driver is not only dangerous to the driver, but it poses a real threat to everyone on the road.

It is recommended that you store your cell phone away in a safe area where you cannot access it unless there is an emergency. You need to do this just while you are actually driving, but it is still important. Yes, there are some special emergency circumstances in which you may need it, but that should be literally the…

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