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Moisture In Your Taillights – No Big Deal.

Moisture In Your Taillights – No Big Deal.

You are probably reading this because:

A) You have moisture in your tail lights

B) You know someone with moisture in their tail lenses

C) You’re bored

Either way, I?m bringin? the goods for you today. I?m going to tell you how to fix one of the biggest problems that plague the custom truck industry ? moisture in your tail lights.

You know the drill: You get home from the grind to find a nice brown box on your doorstep. You open the box and your heart lifts with joy at the sight of your new tail lights. You rush outside to put them on your rig. Then you wash your truck. Later that night or the next morning you notice that one tail light is all fogged up and the other has an inch of water resting in the bottom. ?Oh no,? you say. ?I?ve got water in my tail lights!?

Before you get unhappy about buying some ?leaky? taillights, let me break down what actually happened: CSI style:

When you took off your old tail lenses you didn’t replace the little rubber/foam gasket that seals the hole that the bulb twists into. Through years of abuse, your old gasket just wasn’t up to the task of sealing against a new surface. You sealed (ha-ha) its fate when you washed your truck and poured water all over your new tail lights. That water found its way past that opening and into your tail lenses. This phenomenon actually happens all the time with your stock tail lights and it has a name: Fishbowl Syndrome.

There is a small rubber or foam gasket on your bulb socket. When you push your bulbs into the housing and twist them down, that gasket is compressed and seals the opening. This eliminates any water from entering your tail lights. This little gasket is often overlooked when installing new tail lenses. Once your stock gasket has been compressed for a while, it doesn’t spring back as much and won’t seal against a new surface.

There are two things that you can do to solve your problem:

1. Buy a new gasket. Any auto parts store worth their paychecks should carry this product for you.

2. Use petrolium jelly to seal the gasket. Spreading a small layer of petrolium jelly on the gasket will help it seal to the new surface temporarily.

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How to Find the Most Fuel-Efficient Diesel Pickup Truck

How to Find the Most Fuel-Efficient Diesel Pickup Truck

Commercial diesel may cost a little more per gallon than gasoline, but ask any diesel owner, and they’ll tell you that you get far more fuel economy for the price. Whether you’re looking for a GMC/Chevy Duramax, a Dodge Cummins or a Ford Powerstroke vehicle, follow these tips from diesel experts to find a fuel-efficient truck that still packs plenty of power under its hood.

Buy the Right Truck for Your Job

“What do you need your truck to do?” That’s the question Meridian Idaho based Gem State Diesel’s master technician Gage Burlingame asks prospective buyers first. “If you do mostly city driving and don’t haul heavy loads, you want a lighter vehicle that doesn’t need to scoop a lot of air to run efficiently. If you’re towing a lot of weight or doing mostly interstate driving, get a larger truck that can handle your needs.” All of the major manufacturers offer a range of sizes, so shop for the right size to improve your fuel economy

Consider Trade-In Value

According to another of GSD’s master diesel technicians, Shawn Musgrave, the most fuel-efficient diesel truck available today could be tomorrow’s fuel-guzzler. “The government’s fuel economy standards are tightening up, and manufacturers are responding with more efficient engines every year. The 2014 models set to go into production now will have new EcoDiesel engines that promise better economy than anything on the market today without sacrificing power.” A more efficient diesel fuel injection pump in the EcoDiesel engines lets them deliver the same power from a smaller burst of fuel. New common rail injectors also contribute to the design’s efficiency. Musgrave advises keeping your truck in good shape to maximize its resale value. “Diesel maintenance is important whether you’re keeping your truck for years or replacing next week, but the investment you make in maintenance today could mean thousands of dollars at trade-in time.”

Make Yours Manual

One trait that gas-powered and diesel engines have in common is that a manual transmission saves on fuel, especially in hilly territory. Burlingame says the difference from driving around a city like Boise to driving mountainous terrain in Stanley or Lowman could be as much as 8 percent. Manual transmissions typically have lower maintenance needs too; the less often your truck sees the inside of a diesel engine repair shop, the more money you save.

Ask the Experts

“Someone who’s selling you a truck will make that truck sound like the best on the lot,” says Musgrave, “even if it’s not quite the one you need.” Instead, he suggests talking to people who are familiar with diesel trucks yet aren’t in the business of selling them. “Ask a diesel mechanic, a station attendant or a diesel maintenance specialist about the most fuel-efficient options,” he says. “You can learn a lot from half an hour with someone who sees dozens of makes and models.” Searching online can also help, he says, but be sure your source is trustworthy. Consumer-based reports and EPA sites are a good place to find unbiased information on diesel fuel economy.

Bed Liner Truck – A Waste Of Money?

Bed Liner Truck – A Waste Of Money?

Bed liner truck accessories protect your valuable vehicle from an early grave! If your truck bed is scratched and scarred it not only looks bad, it’s subject to damage by rust and corrosion. Once the rust gets started, it’s a rapid road to ruin for your truck. Also, without a bed liner it’s hard to use your truck for hauling knowing that damaging the bed will shorten the truck life. Get a good bed liner and use your truck for hauling with no fear of destroying your expensive vehicle.

A spray on bed liner is probably the most popular bed liner protection today. Spray on bed liners are usually professionally applied. With a spray on liner, you get a guaranteed 1/ to 1/4 inch coating that is permanent but repairable. These coatings are applied as a two part coating with a catalyst for almost instant drying. The finish is so thick that it can be dinged, scraped and scratched and still not be penetrated down to the metal underneath.

The only real disadvantage of the bed liners spray on finish is the cost. You’re looking at several hundred dollars depending on your dealer. But that’s a small price to pay to protect your valuable truck.

Another option, especially for older trucks is the bed liner roll on or bed liner kit.

A bed liner spray finish you apply yourself or a finish you roll on can make your truck look a whole lot better. Make your older truck bed look great with a practical finish for a reasonable price. The kit finishes are usually much thinner than a pro finish so are not nearly as durable. The do-it-yourself bedliner can really improve the looks of a truck but does not provide the protection of a professional truck bed coating.

Another option to protect your truck bed is a bed liner mat. Either a carpet mat or a rubber mat is a good choice. For beds with a cover, a carpet mat is especially well suited. For really heavy, rough hauling a rubber mat is nearly indestructible and is even great for protecting an expensive spray on liner. Why damage a permanent liner when an inexpensive mat can take most of the beating?

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Consider These Items Before You Rent a Moving Truck

Consider These Items Before You Rent a Moving Truck

Renting a moving truck has become more popular among renters today. Not only is it cheaper than hiring professional movers, it also lets you schedule your move around your own personal schedule. But did you know that there are some other criteria you should be concerned with when you opt to rent a truck? Read on to find out what other items you will want to be aware of before you decide to go off on your own and bypass a professional service.

How Large Of A Truck Do I Need

Many renters think they need the largest truck in inventory when they see the amount of stuff in their apartment home. But before you lease the largest truck, take an exact inventory of what you have. Its also a great time to throw away things that you don’t or won’t even use.

Maybe you have furniture that you intend to replace. It might be a great time to give these pieces away to charity or friends or family. Remember each large piece of furniture you give away won’t need to be loaded in the truck.

But don’t underestimate how much you want to move either. It won’t go over to well with you if you have extra stuff that won’t fit. Here is some info that may come handy.

A one bedroom apartment how will normally fit into a 10 foot truck

A two bedroom apartment home will usually need a 15 foot truck.

A three or four bedroom apartment/home will require a 20 foot truck.

Now Onto The Drive

Do you take your time getting from one point to the other. Or do you drive aggressively? Driving in urban areas, tight spots, and up hills can sure produce its own sorts of stresses. Also take into consideration bad weather.

If you need an automatic transmission request one in advance of your move. Driving a large truck is nothing like driving a car. There are many blind spots and usually trucks are slow. This can cause all kinds of issues and maybe even an accident. So take your time and don’t be in a rush. You will thank yourself.

Gmc To Launch All New Pick Ups Early

Gmc To Launch All New Pick Ups Early

Published reports are indicating that General Motors will move up the production of their updated line of GMC and Chevrolet pick up trucks by three months with the new models making their debut in October 2006. Some are calling this move an act of desperation on the part of GM which has been socked by extensive criticism over its product line, while others are hailing it as a bold, strategic initiative. Regardless, this is an unusual move for the world’s number one automaker, one that could help the company get back on its feet. Let’s take a look at the new trucks and what they will offer to you, the consumer.

High gas prices, quality problems, and a perception that the company offers products that no one wants has been plaguing General Motors for much of the past year. With plant closures coming, layoffs pending, and market share decreasing, little good news has been focused on ‘the general? by the automobile press. Fortunately, GM is battling back with fresh models set to be released including SUVs and trucks, which are the ?bread and butter? vehicles of the company. Here is what you can expect to see when the new trucks enter the market in Autumn 2006:

1.Fresh sheetmetal. All new exteriors with a modified and sportier front end.

2.Modified engines. Traditional work horse engines which have powered GMC trucks for much of the past decade are expected to return. However, displacement on demand technology, which shuts down unneeded cylinders at certain times [city traffic being one example] is expected to be incorporated on some motors. This technology effectively increases gas mileage without sacrificing performance.

3.New steering. Just as the SUVs will receive new rack and pinion steering when they make their debut in Spring 2006, the large pick up trucks should receive similar enhancements.

4.Interior upgrades. Changes to the trucks? interior as well as to packages offered will be some of the ?inside? changes noticed by consumers.

General Motors has its work cut out for itself as an eroding market share is threatening the very viability of the company. Part of the reason for the move up of production is to thwart the new models expected from Nissan and Toyota that compete directly against the GMC pick ups. Both Japanese automakers have stated that they, too, are moving up the production of their popular full sized pick ups, therefore General Motors is reacting in part to their anticipated moves.

Beyond GMC trucks, the automaker will be releasing the Saturn Sky convertible, revamping its entire line of full sized SUVs, and overhauling several other lines of vehicles in a bid to win over customers. All of these changes are steps in the right direction, but the unanswered question remains this: how will consumers respond? The answer isn’t likely to be known for at least one more year.