Let's suppose you're going to take some friends out on the boat for some water skiing at your favorite Slidell area lake. Of course, you get the boat ready, but what about your tow vehicle?

Think about it – heavy Slidell traffic, hilly terrain. Maybe some dirt roads – and it's going to be pretty hot. And all the time you'll be towing around several thousand extra pounds. That all adds up a lot of severe strain on your transmission. It's going to be working overtime, spending more time in lower gears. The internal transmission temperature is going to be much higher than normal.

Heard of synthetic motor oil but would like to learn more information on using synthetic oil in Slidell? Well, synthetic motor oil is a substitute for conventional oil.

Synthetic doesn’t gel or gum-up like conventional oil and it doesn’t vaporize as easily. It protects better in severe driving conditions like stop and to driving as well as in very hot or very cold conditions. Basically, the driving done by most people here in the Slidell area. More and more new vehicles are being delivered with full synthetic motor oil – with the recommendation to use synthetic for the life of the vehicle.

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What is the benefit of winter tires?

As your engine runs, the intake valves need to open up to allow air into the engine. They remain closed while the air and fuel is compressed and ignited, powering the piston. Then the exhaust valves open to release the exhaust. This all has to be timed very precisely. It is the job of the timing belt or timing chain to make sure all of this is synced up properly.

Timing belts are made of a very tough compound that can last for tens of thousands of miles. Timing chains are made of metal and last for a very long time as well. If your vehicle has a timing belt, your vehicle's owner's manual has a schedule for replacing the belt. If your vehicle has a timing chain, there may not be a specified schedule for replacing it, but that doesn't mean that the timing chain system is indestructible and never needs attention.

Let me tell you about an experience at a well-established Italian restaurant that had changed hands a few months ago. The previous owners were an Italian couple that used old family recipes and fresh ingredients to make their pasta and sauces from scratch. They enjoyed stellar reviews for decades.

The new owners were taking a different approach. The cooks followed the same recipes, but were required to use bagged salads, canned sauces and vegetables, frozen meat, and boxed pasta. Needless to say, there was a night and day difference between the before and after dining experience – and their online reviews reflected the decline.

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