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Auto Parts That Typically Wear Out

Most vehicles are used every day or at least several times a week. With that much wear on a car or truck, it's inevitable that some of the parts may eventually wear out. For this reason, we started this blog to inform you about vehicle parts that often need to be replaced. We aren't auto mechanics or car specialists, but we do drive cars and we wanted to become knowledgeable about the various car parts and components that typically wear out. After doing our research, we decided to share our information with others to help prevent breakdowns and expensive repairs. By reading our blog posts you'll learn which auto parts including the alternator, fuel pump, and brake components you should periodically check to make sure they're still functioning properly.




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Choosing The Right Snowplow For Your Needs And Your Vehicle

by Dale Gibson

Installing a snowplow on your truck or SUV is pretty standard if you live where the winters bring a lot of snow. For some people, a snowplow is a convenience item, and for others, it is a way to generate income. Still, no matter how you are using it, it is critical to make sure you get the right snowplow for your situation and one that correctly fits your vehicle. 

Choosing the Right Plow

Most of the snowplows on the market use mounts that allow the plow to be quickly put on or taken off during different times of the year or before and after storms. The mounting system is installed on the truck or SUV frame, so it is critical that the snowplow you select is not too heavy for the frame to support. 

Non-commercial snowplow systems are often lighter weight and can be mounted on lighter duty trucks, and these plows typically range from six to seven feet in length. They are still large enough to move a lot of snow from driveways and parking areas, but they are not designed for high-speed snow removal and pushing massive amounts of snow with one pass. 

Commercial units are often larger and can be as large as nine or even ten feet in length. Many commercial plows are v-shaped or can flex in the middle to alter the shape of the snowplow while it is used. They also may often have a snow foil on the top edge of the plow to cause the snow to roll over and fall pack in front of the plow when the operator is pushing snow at higher speeds. 

Commercial plows often require a heavier truck, one-ton or higher, so before you start looking for a ten-foot v-plow for your driveway, consider what you need and if the truck you own can accommodate the plow you are looking at.

Professional Installation

When you are ready to purchase a snow plow for your truck, it is a good idea to take the truck to the plow dealer and let them install it for you. Many dealers will do the installation free as part of the purchase, and having a technician that knows how to install the plow properly can reduce the chance of problems with the unit when you are ready to use it.

A plow that is not installed correctly on your truck can breakdown or may cause damage to the truck during use. Professional installation is the best way to avoid this, and the dealer or tech is going to be able to tell you before installing the snowplow if your truck is up to the task of plowing snow.

If you are interested in snowplows, such as Western Ultramount snowplows, contact a supplier near you.