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The Purpose of Gaskets

Our vehicles are made up of big items like motors and transmissions as well as many kinds of fluids and gases, which are held in check by gaskets. Despite their small size, gaskets play a very important role in helping your vehicle function as it should. Stop at our Kia parts center in Newton, NJ if you’re in need of gaskets or have some auto-related question.

Automotive gaskets can be made of rubber, copper or steel. Regardless of the material, the purpose is the same: to hold things together. Without gaskets, many parts under the hood would fall apart…

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What are the Main Parts of Mechanical Ignition Systems?

The mechanical ignition system managed cars for more than 75 years before the high-tech revolution brought in the use of electronics. The primary component of the mechanical ignition system is that of direct current. In other words, the current runs directly from the positive pole of the battery through the various parts of the ignition system to return via the negative ground to the battery. Along the way, the current travels through numerous parts.

 

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Should You Buy a FWD or RWD Vehicle?

Ah, the choices we must make when selecting a new or used car. It can become frustrating trying to figure out which is the best for us. This does not have to be a stressful situation if you educate yourself on the benefits. For instance, you may be wondering if you should buy a front-wheel or rear-wheel vehicle. This auto guide might help.

Front-Wheel Drive

With the major components of the drivetrain located in the front of a vehicle with front-wheel drive, this type of vehicle provides a good deal of traction for staying on the road when driving in…

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Tips for Towing a Vehicle

If you have a larger SUV or van, chances are you use your vehicle to tow trailers and recreational vehicles. Proper towing involves paying attention to a few rules, including paying attention to towing weight limits listed by the manufacturer for your vehicle. Exceeding the manufacturer's recommended weight will make your vehicle's transmission work harder and can also result in other damage that you'll need to address at a qualified car repair and maintenance facility.

Prior to towing, make sure that you install a hitch that fits your vehicle. 

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Signs That Point to an Exhaust System Leak

Your vehicle is designed with an exhaust system which will move the sound coming from your engine and expel it out of the back of your vehicle. If this system didn't exist, you would find it very difficult to drive because the sound would be so loud. So if an issue occurs with your exhaust, such as if there is a leak in the system, you may notice a lot more sound coming from your vehicle than normal. There could also be some other signs that something is wrong, such as:

  • Condensation leaking out of the exhaust pipe
  • Smoke…
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Why Consider an SUV for Your Next Family Vehicle?

Although sedans and coupes are quite popular, SUVs offer many advantages that these vehicles cannot. Here are three reasons drivers often upgrade to SUVs:

  • Off-road capability: Many drivers have become frustrated with the difficulties they experience when they try to take their cars outside the confines of paved streets. With an SUV, this won't be an issue. 
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Keep Your Engine Cool With A Properly Maintained Cooling System


Your car, truck, or SUV's engine runs at super-hot temperatures. That is by design. But there is a threshold to every engine that if crossed, can cause potential damage. That is why your vehicle has a dedicated cooling system built in.

Your coolant runs through the system working to keep the operating temperature of your engine at the appropriate level, so over time the liquid that performs this task can get sludgy and need to be replaced.

When that happens, all of the coolant should be drained and properly disposed of. Then a proper flush of the system with…
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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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