The Tire Pressure Light: A Light For Safety

Maintaining the proper amount of air pressure in your vehicle's tires is an important part of maintaining a safe vehicle. Tires that are overinflated or underinflated are at higher risk of blowouts and other problems. But thankfully, there is a light on your dashboard that will illuminate when your tire does not have the proper pressure. But do you know why tires don't maintain their pressure?

Tires lose pressure for a variety of reasons, including a slow leak. But they can also lose pressure when the temperature of the air changes. When the weather gets colder, the air…

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Basics Step to Jump Start a Car

At some point, you may have to jump-start a car. Be sure to read the owner’s manual before attempting it. If done incorrectly, it could cause severe damage to your vehicle.

To begin, make sure both cars are in park with the emergency brake set. Open the hood and locate the positive terminal of the dead battery. It is usually red or marked with a plus sign. The jumper cables should be marked or colored, so you know to clamp the red to the positive and the black to the negative terminal.
  • Clamp the positive cable to the dead…
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When Should You Service Your Transfer Case?

You engage your four-wheel-drive (4WD) setting on your vehicle when you require a bit more traction to get moving. Two-wheel is moved to 4WD inside the transfer case as a result of the gears housed inside. You may need to shift the drive manually, or if you have a newer model vehicle, it does it for you automatically when it senses the terrain requires 4WD.

The general idea is that the gears work with the driveshafts of the front and rear axles to slow the wheels down and synchronize their speed, so they all rotate at the same rate. In…

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Understanding the Dangers of Improper Tire Tread

In addition to checking a tire's pressure, drivers should check the tread as well. If a tire is bald, it may not be safe to drive when the roads are covered with snow and ice. It may also not be safe to drive when the roads are wet as well.

This is because worn or bald tires have less grip on the road compared to those that have proper tread. Tires that don't have proper tread may also be at risk of losing air faster than they otherwise would. This could result in a situation where a tire…

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Why You Should Keep Fuel in the Tank During Winter

Most drivers will continue to run the car low on gas until the indication bell sounds and they scramble to find a gas station. This is a dangerous practice when the winter season rolls in, leaving the driving in a more dangerous position when temperatures are life-threatening.

Driving with little fuel inside the gas tank of the car is trouble if anything happens to disable the vehicle. Something as little as a flat tire means you could be stuck in the severe snow as the car now runs out of gas, and you can't use the heater to keep…

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Change Your Oil at Just the Right Time

It is not rare to get your oil changed every 3,000 miles, but these days it is better to get your oil changed less often. A good rule of thumb is to get your oil changed every 7,500 miles.

It is better to not change your oil as often. Changing your oil too often is not only quite an excessive and wasteful, but it can also be hard on your vehicle as well. You need to change your oil when it is saturated with dirt and debris but do not wait until it is sludgy. It is a…

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Upgrade Your Windshield Wiper Blades During the Winter

If you have ever driven in heavy snow, you know how hard it can be to see out of your windshield. Imagine if you didn't have windshield wipers. visibility would be reduced to almost nothing. Regular windshield wiper blades may not be enough to shove away heavy snow and ice.

Switch to winter windshield wiper blades when the snow starts to fall. These blades are very good at shoveling away snow because they are made of a stronger rubber. They are surrounded by a hard rubber shell that is very good at preventing the buildup of ice. These blades…

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Take Time to Learn the Cost of Owning a Vehicle

If you are looking to make a vehicle purchase, you have to make sure that you know what you will be required to pay to own that vehicle and keep it for yourself. You need to know what you will be paid beyond a car payment when it comes to that vehicle, and that’s where our team at Kia of Waldorf can come in handy for your budget.

It is important for you to realize that you will be paying for insurance to keep your car covered, and that insurance can be pricey. You may want to do an…

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