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Prepare for Emergencies Before They Occur

The folks at Ted's Auto Sales know that you never plan on blowing a tire or running out of gas while driving in St. Petersburg. However, it is important that you have the tools needed to stay safe until help arrives. Tools such as jumper cables or a tire inflation device may make it possible to get back on the road without the need to call for a tow truck.

Road flares and reflective triangles can indicate that you are in distress and need assistance. A cellphone can also be used to call for a tow truck or for…

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Prepare for Emergencies Before They Occur

The folks at Ted's Auto Sales know that you never plan on blowing a tire or running out of gas while driving in St. Petersburg. However, it is important that you have the tools needed to stay safe until help arrives. Tools such as jumper cables or a tire inflation device may make it possible to get back on the road without the need to call for a tow truck.

Road flares and reflective triangles can indicate that you are in distress and need assistance. A cellphone can also be used to call for a tow truck or for…

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How to Clean Your Car Quickly

Cleaning your car can be a lot of fun. However, it often takes time to clean your car, and not everyone is going to have time to clean their vehicles. If you are constantly in a rush, then there are ways you can clean your car quickly.

The first thing to do is quickly get rid of all of the loose junk in your vehicle. Every bit of trash you have is to be thrown away. The next step is in making the vehicle look clean. For this step you are going to need microfiber towels, lubricant and drying agent…

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Why is Detailing the Car Such an Important Task?

Detailing your car is not to be considered a chore because of all the potential benefits you get from this little chunk of your time each week. Consider some of the following benefits.

Those tiny pieces of dirt on the car exterior mix with rain and at high speeds act like a piece of sandpaper on the paint. Those tiny scratches get deeper and pronounced the longer you go without a car.

Each time you detail the car, those tiny pieces of road tar, tree sap, dead bugs, and bird droppings, all are washed off the paint surface, so they…

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Gaskets are Critical to The Health of Your Vehicle

A vehicle requires many different fluids to operate properly. Anti-freeze helps keep the car cool and prevent it from freezing up during cold weather. Engine oil provides lubrication for all of the moving steel parts. However, while these fluids are critical to the operation of your vehicle, if they end up in the wrong part of your engine it can cause major damage. The part that prevents this from happening by forming a liquid-tight barrier is called a gasket.

Every vehicle has multiple different types of gaskets, usually composed of multi-layer steel. The most common type of gasket...

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To Lift or Not to Lift: That is The Question

You just purchased a new truck, and you are considering whether or not to purchase a lift kit, so your truck sits higher. There are advantages and disadvantages to utilizing a lift kit and in order to make an informed decision consider the information from our staff below.

If you choose to lift your truck you will undoubtedly have better visibility as you will be sitting higher. Lift kits make it easier to tow heavy loads as it reduces the possibility of the truck bottoming out. Also, using a lift kit allows you to purchase larger tires that are great…

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Do You Know What Your Differential Is?

Unless you’re a mechanic or mechanically-included, you probably don’t know much about your vehicle’s differential or even what it is. Don’t feel bad, not many people do despite the important role the differential plays in helping your vehicle perform safely and efficiently. Because of its importance, the differential should receive regular maintenance or checkups. At Ted’s Auto Sales we know the importance of keeping the differential in tiptop shape.

The differential has a few different roles for a vehicle, particularly with 4WD vehicles. Along with your vehicle’s transmission...

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What Makes Original Auto Replacement Parts More Reliable?

The replacement auto parts that you use on your vehicle should be of better quality, so you aren't spending money again in the near future to do the exact same repair. This is what plays out when you buy parts of inferior quality and the discount auto parts stores. Consider our mechanics at Ted’s Auto Sales instead for the following reasons:

It is important to understand that all of those aftermarket auto parts are not built the same. If cheaper parts are made with inferior components, they will not last very long, and you will be making this…

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Fixing a Flat Tire: What Everyone Should Know


When you have a flat tire, the last thing you want is to be stuck. If you are unable to change a tire currently, that's not a problem. It's an easy step-by-step process that will get you back on the road quickly. However, you do want to stock up on some items to prepare for a future flat tire.

These are some of the items that you will need:
  • Car jack
  • Lug wrench
  • Inflated spare tire
  • Tire wedges/wooden wedges
The first thing that you do with any flat tire situation is put the car in park and…
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The Correct Procedure to Jump Start Another Car


Before you work closely with the car battery, it is a good idea to be wearing your safety glasses and good quality work gloves.

Drive the running car as close to the disabled car as possible, the two batteries have to be close enough the jumper cables can reach.

Turn the car lights off, shut off the engine, then open the hoods of both vehicles.

Place of red clamp of the jumper cables on the positive terminal for the battery that is working. Place the other red cable to the positive terminal for the dead battery.

Place of black clamp…
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