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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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How to Read Tire Sizes

For many drivers, the letters and numbers on tire sizes are a foreign language. They only know that their vehicle needs a specific size. Once you understand what those letters and numbers mean, it's pretty easy. Here is what goes into tire sizing.

The first letter indicates what kind of vehicle. In other words, P is for passenger, while LT is for light truck. Next is the width of the tire in millimeters and then the aspect ratio, which is the height of the sidewall. Another letter comes next to designate the speed rating. It may be followed by…

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Should you choose a hatchback?

Shopping for a new vehicle isn't always easy. Finding something that works for your personal needs can be tricky. Have you considered choosing something stylish? Maybe you want something with extra cargo space. If you're searching for a car that's going to make an incredible difference in your life, it's time to think about a hatchback.

A hatchback offers a unique design that provides both space and versatility. Hatchbacks are stylish and provide plenty of cargo room for all of your important belongings. Never leave home without your necessities when you have a hatchback. 

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Applying Touch Up Paint

Small chips are inevitable on any automobile. These little dings can look unsightly and can lead to rust. But with a little work and some advice from us, a little touch up paint can go a long way to keep your vehicle in show room appearance.

The first step is to find the right paint for the vehicle. Simply buying blue paint from a parts store isn’t the right way, as manufacturers have innumerable shades of blue.There is an easy way to find the manufacturer’s color. It often requires little more than opening the driver side door…
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Keeping Your Vehicle Organized This School Year

With a hectic school schedule, it's not uncommon for vehicles to become a haven for lost items. We here at Kia of Laurel want you to take care of your car so that you can stay safe. Here are some tips on how to stay organized.

The first thing you should do is be aware of where all your vehicle essentials are. If an emergency pops up, you're going to need access to your owner's manual, spare tire, and safety equipment. Find where all of these items are and keep them safe. For everything else, you can…

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Making a Road Trip Affordable

With summer in full swing, millions of people are hitting the road for an epic road trip. All this fun comes at a cost. Fortunately, there are a lot of things that budget-conscious travelers can do to make any journey affordable. By planning your route ahead of time, you will guard yourself against unnecessary spending. Taking your vehicle in for a maintenance check prior to leaving can also help ensure that you won't be stranded with avoidable expenses on the road. 

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