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exhaust, car repairs, vehicle repairs, noise, muffler, first gear

Explaining the Exhaust System

It’s an important component of your vehicle, but do you understand all of the things that your exhaust system does? First Gear explores the three major jobs of the exhaust; control noise, carry gases away, improve engine & fuel consumption. We will also explain all the main parts of the system and why it is…
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What to Ask When Buying a Used Car

Buying a vehicle is an exciting experience. However if you don’t know what questions to ask it can also be a stressful one. Used car sales men tend to have a sneaky reputation because they often work on commission so need to sell you a more expensive car in order to make more money. Whether…
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Amsoil. What’s the Big Deal?

Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle, without it the engine will not work. In an earlier article we looked at the difference between regular and synthetic oil. First Gear uses Amsoil for our synthetic choice. Today we are asking what’s the big deal with Amsoil? And is it really better than other synthetic brands?…
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Spare Tires ~ Understanding Your Type

In our last article we went step by step on how to change your spare tires. But did you know that there is more than one type of spare tire? Today, First Gear goes over the different types of spares and what each one is capable of. Space Saver/Donut These tires are smaller than your…
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How to Change a Tire. First Gear’s Step by Step Guide

It is something that we will all experience at some point in our driving lives, a flat tire. It always seems to happened at the worst possible moment and is never an enjoyable experience. Calling CAA or a friend to come and assist you is extremely helpful, it may not always be an option. If…
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suspension, shocks, struts, car maintenance, first gear

Gotta Bounce ~ The Importance of Your Vehicles Suspension System

Your vehicles suspension system is one of the most important systems in your car. It’s job is to provide comfort to the cabin, make sure the car stays in contact with the road and that the driver has control over the tires at all points. This is achieved by the tires having contact with the…
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Did you know that there are two different types of brakes systems that your vehicle may have? One is known as a disc brake system and the other is known as a drum brake system. In this article we will explain the different components to each system, what each part does and the best practices…
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How To Use Your Emergency & Parking Brake

The term “emergency brake” is a bit misleading. In an absolute emergency the auxiliary brake may be used.  but it is still more useful as a parking brake.  Emergency and parking brakes that aren’t used can rust. Rusty brakes don’t work properly. First Gear recommends using your parking brake EVERY time you park to help…
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Brake Line Failure

The brake system is arguably one of the most important components of the vehicle for keeping you safe. When your brakes fail to work it can be a terrifying experience. Not being able to stop you car can put you and others in a dangerous situation. The brake line is one of the most important…
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Introducing First Gear’s Get to Know Your Vehicle Package

We rely a lot on our vehicles. We count on them to get us to work, school, run errands, go on road trips, visit loved ones. Let’s face it, most of us would be lost without our cars & trucks. Yet there are many people who do not know the basic maintenance of their vehicle.…
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