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What to Put in Your Vehicle Emergency Kit

At Kia of Laurel, we want you to be safe when driving on winter roads. If you are ever stranded, having an emergency kit could be the thing that saves your life. It is important that you have a blanket or some other means of staying warm while stuck in winter weather.

If you do have to run the vehicle, be sure to keep the window open a crack to avoid carbon monoxide buildup. It is also important to have a flashlight, water and nonperishable food available.  

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Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors: Protecting Your Eyes at Night

There are many available vehicle safety features today. Our team at Kia of Laurel wants you to know as much as you can about all of them so all your driving experiences can be as safe as possible.

Bright headlights in your rearview mirror can impact your vision and reaction time for as long as 1.4 seconds. Auto-dimming rearview mirrors can restrict the amount of light from following vehicles to cut down on such blinding incidents.

Fighting intense glare by darkening themselves, these rearview mirrors use a process called electrochromism. 

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What's the Difference Between Oversteer and Understeer?

When you're driving and you have to take a sharp turn, your car may not respond the way you think it will. In some cases, if you put too much pressure in either direction, you will oversteer, causing your vehicle to steer off sharply. This is problematic whenever you are driving because it means that you are likely steering into the wrong lane to avoid something.

When you understeer, it's the lack of response from your steering wheel that causes you to take a turn too wide. In this case, you'll end up going off the road…

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The Science Of Psychoacoustics—Why Mufflers And Exhausts Sound the Way They Do

What makes some car engines purr like a kitten, other vehicles roar like a lion, and still others sound like a sack of alarm clocks in a cement mixer? It’s the exhaust system, specifically, the muffler.

How a muffler controls engine noise

An engine creates pulses of alternating high and low pressure when an exhaust valve opens and a blast of vapor enters the exhaust system at high pressure.  

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The Importance of Keeping Your Vehicle's Timing Belt in Good Shape

Keeping your car maintained is the best way to extend its life. At Kia of Laurel, our team always tries to keep our consumers informed about ways they can keep their vehicles in tiptop condition. The timing belt is an important component that helps your engine function properly, but what does it do?

Your vehicle's timing belt turns the camshaft and crankshaft simultaneously so that each cylinder will fire at the same time, and it controls the pistons and valves inside the engine cylinders.  

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Useful Information About Motor Oil Viscosity

When you bring in your vehicle for an oil change at Kia of Laurel, our service technician recommends a motor oil with a certain viscosity. Viscosity is the measurement of how much that particular motor oil can resist flow. The more viscous an oil is, the slower it will move.

Picture orange juice being poured out of a bottle, which is low viscosity, versus maple syrup, which has high viscosity. The numbers and letters you see on motor oil containers, such as 10W-30, indicate its specific viscosity rating.  

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Your Donut Tire Isn't Safe as a Replacement

A common misconception among vehicle owners is that their "donut" tire is a replacement tire. Donut tires are temporary tires intended to get you to the mechanic for a proper replacement tire. It's not safe to drive for long on a donut tire.

Donut tires, the nickname for compact temporary tires, have a speed limitation for safety reasons. They hinder traction control, speedometer operation, and ABS. You need to be careful and highly alert while driving with the donut tire. And you should only use the compact temporary tire to get to the dealership without having to tow the…

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ASE Certification and Why It Matters

Becoming more informed as a car owner can only help to save you money in the long run. Choosing a car dealer with ASE Certification can make a difference in the quality of automotive care you receive.

For more than 40 years, the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence has maintained minimum standards for automotive technicians so that their work on your vehicle meets certain levels of expertise.  

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What You Need to Know About Your Vehicle's Air Filters

We have a goal at Kia of Laurel in Laurel, MS to keep you informed about how to keep your vehicle in superior condition. The engine and interior are equipped with air filters that play an important role in how your car operates. To find out more about air filters, read our summary below.

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Suspension


With tons of pounds weighing down on the frame of your vehicle each day, this puts a lot of wear and tear on certain parts of your vehicle. The suspension sees a lot of damage and wear from the weight of your vehicle. There will inevitably be repairs that need to be done to your suspension over time. If you notice one or more of these issues presenting themselves then you might have a suspension issue that needs to be addressed by our technicians here at Kia of Laurel:
  • Uneven tire wear on or more tires is cause for concern…
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