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4 Ways To Identify Abnormal Tire Wear

Posted by Poquet Auto on Dec 22, 2016 3:07:26 PM

You may be thinking that abnormal tire wear could be something that’s hard to spot, perhaps something only a car technician and the internet will know. Well, the truth is, with a trained eye, you can tell if something is wrong based on the wear pattern(s) on the tire.

Ready to learn how to self-diagnose a simple tire problem? Read on!

[Video] 5 Easy Tips to Prepare Your Car for Winter

Posted by Poquet Auto on Dec 22, 2016 3:02:04 PM

If it’s cold, it’s time to prepare your car for winter. Seeing as how we’re in Minnesota, we better get used to that reality and face it head on. After all, you don’t want to be stuck out in the cold more than you have to, right?

To help you do just that, we wanted to share this video from Ammo to help you get your car ready for the cold months ahead.

[Videos] Installing A Car Seat: With & Without a Base

Posted by Poquet Auto on Dec 14, 2016 4:00:28 AM

So you have a baby now, and you have to install a car seat to take your little one home. However, you’re a new parent and you’re not classically trained in car seat installation. To help solve this dilemma, we wanted to shares these two videos to help you transition into parenthood and help you and your little one get home safe.

Looking to buy a new car seat? Click here and check out this video by Magic Beans!

Let us know if these videos were helpful in the comments!

48 Electric-Car Charging Corridors Have Now Been Designated on U.S. Highways

Posted by Poquet Auto on Nov 16, 2016 4:48:05 AM

Two week ago, the White House announced a range of actions intended to stimulate and speed up the production of zero-emission electric vehicles in the U.S. This alternative fuel network plans to include 55 Interstate highways, with 48 of those designated as EV charging corridors. In total, the planned charging stations cover nearly 25,000 miles of road, with the appropriate signage along the corridors indicating where to charge up. EV owners can expect an existing or planned EV charging station within a 50-mile radius of one another.

The Federal Highway Administration has released a list of the locations of the corridors, which ones have been approved for the signage, and the type of fuels each will offer. Along with EVs, the program will accommodate vehicles that run on compressed natural gas, hydrogen, or other fuels.

The Difference Between All-Wheel Drive (AWD) & 4-Wheel Drive (4WD)

Posted by Poquet Auto on Oct 27, 2016 6:00:14 AM

Have you ever wondered what the difference was between an all-wheel drive (AWD) & 4-wheel drive vehicle? Many people do, and for good reason, as the 2 could be mistaken for one another (or appear to be the same).

However, this blog article will show you the exact difference between the 2 (because there is).

Four-Wheel Drive (4WD or 4x4)

In a 4-wheel drive vehicle, the power goes from the transmission to what is known as a transfer case. This process then splits power between the front and rear axles so that maximum torque goes to each wheel, a system that still powers brands such as Jeep.

When the transfer case splits power evenly, each wheel turns at the same speed, which is a problem. For a car to make a turn, the inside wheel has to turn more slowly than the outside wheel, which cover more ground. So, in a 4WD vehicle, the inside wheel loses traction and spins freely. However, modern 4WD systems get around this as most modern 4WD systems are only on when you activate them. That way, you can use 4WD at low speed in snow or mud, but enjoy the drivability of two-wheel drive in normal conditions.

4WD Pros

  • Best traction in off-road conditions
  • Can be turned off to improve fuel economy
  • Proven, rugged technology

4WD Cons

  • Adds weight and complexity to cars
  • Can’t be used in all conditions
  • More expensive than two wheel drive models


The biggest difference between 4WD and AWD is that an AWD drive system is on most of the time, and there are two types of all-wheel drive: mechanical and electronic.

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