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What You Should Know About Tire Rotations

Rotating tires is more important than you may realize. Sometimes people push this to the side as they have come to trust their tires to withstand the test of time. Indeed, a lot of tires are built to last these days. However, that does not mean that you should ignore the need to get them rotated on a regular basis. It is still important to allow the wear on your tires to be distributed evenly.

A tire rotation is recommended approximately every 5,000 to 7,500 miles for most tires. There are some exceptions for certain tires that are…

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Car Batteries Need to be Changed Out Regularly

Proper car care demands that you keep the car battery itself running smoothly. A lot of people overlook this aspect of operating a motor vehicle for whatever reason, but they do so at their own detriment. The modern car battery controls a massive number of operations within your vehicle. If you allow it to go beyond about 3 years or so, you could have serious trouble.

There are a lot of roadside service calls that go out to mechanics every day seeking assistance because a vehicle has a damaged battery.  

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Back to School Car Preparation

If you are going to be driving your children back and forth to school this year, you want your vehicle to be in great shape. If you have a child who is going to be driving while at college, a vehicle in good shape is a must. Now is the time to get the car ready for the school year.

The first step in getting the car ready for back to school time is regular maintenance. You should get the oil changed and the air filter changed if needed. Make sure that all of the fluids are checked and filled…

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Tire Cleaning Tips

When it comes to tire maintenance, things are pretty simple. Keep them clean, check for damage and wear, and maintain the right tire pressure. You can do all of these tasks on your own, but if you need a resource, we're available at Kia of Laurel.

When you clean your tires, use a cleaner designed for your type of tires and wheels. If you have standard components, most commercial products should work. For those who are about to do a full car wash, remember to address the tires and wheels first. These keeps the dirt and grime that you…

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Wash Your Car Weekly to Keep it Looking Great

Whether you use an automated car wash or you clean your vehicle by hand, it's important to wash dirt and debris off of your vehicle once a week. When you want your car to look and feel new for years, a good cleaning inside and out will make the difference.

When you take care of the cleanliness of your vehicle, you have better air to breathe. In addition, your car is going to be safer to drive. You won't have any debris in the vehicle that could hurt you in an accident. With clean windows, you will have…

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Get Your Car Ready this Spring

If you are looking forward to some travel this summer, it's important to spend some time this spring getting your car ready. Start by reviewing your owner's manual to see if any maintenance is on schedule. Take out the heavy boots, shovel and gloves, storing them until the next winter.

Clean both the interior and exterior of your car so that the road treatments are no longer stuck to your vehicle. Get your car ready for your trip by giving it a good overhaul, cleaning it inside and out. Look over your tires and have the oil changed…

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Maintain Your Vehicle to Reduce Fuel Consumption

If you want to improve your fuel economy while driving, one of the first things you need to do is ensure that your tires are properly inflated. Tires that don't have enough air in them won't make smooth contact with the road, which means that you're going to use more fuel to navigate curves and turns.

Another tip would be to drive as efficiently as possible. This means that you should avoid speeding while on the road. Maintain your car as well so that it's in the best shape mechanically. When everything works as it should…

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Knowledge is Power - How to Replace a Flat Tire

If you had a flat tire, would you know how to replace it with the spare tire? If no, then this information is for you! Kia of Laurel is committed to keeping everyone in our town informed with as much information as possible to stay safe.

First, you should know that replacing a flat tire is relatively easy. Before raising the vehicle, by using the jack supplied from the manufacturer, you need to loosen the lug nuts. There are five lug nuts. Using the lug nut wrench, loosen, and then remove them one by one. Then, remove the flat tire…

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Choose Tire Cleaner Carefully for Best Results

Tire and wheel cleaning is an important task that car owners should take seriously. Dirt, grime and brake dust can all build up on your wheels, degrading their performance as well as being unsightly. However, before you start scrubbing away, pay attention to the material that you are cleaning and the specialty detergents available.

Wheels made from roughcast aluminum and chrome are able to tolerate strong detergents. However, painted, coated, or anodized wheels require a more gentle soap.  

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Reducing Car Damage From Rodents With These Two Tips

Have you ever seen a mouse or rat in your garage? You might think that it's not that big of a deal as long as they stay out of the house, but rodents can cause a lot of damage if they get under the roof of your car. Rodents love the shelter and ample chewing material that's near your engine, but they can do serious damage to your wiring. Here are a few ways that you can discourage or even eliminate the pests.

Put peanut butter in humane traps around your garage. Mice and rats love peanut butter…

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