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Crucial Headlight Maintenance Tips

It’s never a good thing when your headlights aren’t working properly. Your headlights communicate with other vehicles and they provide visibility in the dark. Headlights can vibrate and become loose, they fog over and crack, and they simply wear out over time. As such, there are things you can do when replacing or repairing them.

  • Buy a trusted brand. There are a number of choices on the market with respect to brightness and light contrast.
  • Replace your headlights before they burn out. The last thing you want to experience is a headlight failing on a dark road with…
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How Temperature Extremes Lessen Battery Performance

We're often asked at Kia of Sussex in Newton why car batteries always pick the coldest day of the year to die? Our service technicians inform us that any extreme in temperatures, hot or cold, help to hasten battery demise. Most car batteries today contain lead acid and their performance is affected whenever temperatures dip or soar sharply.

It all has to do with battery capacity. Freezing temperature reduce battery capacity by as much as one-fifth to one-half, while sizzling summer temperatures actually increase capacity at the same time shortening lifespan...

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Tips for Picking a Temporary or Full-Size Tire


Care tires are expensive, which is why it is so stressful when you get a flat tire. The cost can be too much if you have to replace a tire entirely. Spare tires are great to have on hand in these situations. In most cases, you will be picking between a compact or full-size spare tire.

Compact tires are temporary fixes to a long-term problem. These are smaller tires that are often called donuts. They are quick to swap out. If you purchase from a dealer, you may also get a compact spare tire included. However, if you drive often…
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Is There a Difference in Types of Spare Tires?

There is quite a large difference between types of spare tires. A donut, or compact tire, is intended for an emergency situation only. It’s benefit is that it’s there to get you back on the road. The full-size spare is a regular-sized tire just like the others on your vehicle.

When you use a donut, it’s important to bear in mind that this sort of tire is intended for limited use to get you to a service station. Once on, it’s recommended to drive at a reduced speed, as a donut does not have the same…

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Your Timing Belt Keeps Your Engine Humming


Your engine is a complex system that relies heavily on every part of the process happening in sync at a very specific time. If that timing is disrupted the internal combustion process will not happen the way it is supposed to, causing failures.

That timing of your engine is managed by your timing belt (or in some cases it can be a chain). Your timing belt synchronizes the rotations of the camshaft and crankshaft. This synchronization insures that the valves on your engine open and close at just the right time for each cylinder's intake stroke and exhaust stroke…
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Brake Maintenance is Essential for Your Kia

The brake pads for your car operate from a hydraulic system. As you apply the brake pedal to stop, brake fluid is sent to the brake caliper almost instantaneously. The pressure that is applied will squeeze two brake pads that are located within the caliper against the brake rotors, which ultimately causes your car to stop.

This process will cause the brake pads to wear down over time. It’s not anything that can be gauged by the miles driven for you to know when they need to be replaced. 

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