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Preparing Your Vehicle for a Road Trip



With warmer weather on the horizon, now is the time to get your vehicle ready for travel. Your owner’s manual has suggested service milestones that are recommended to keep your vehicle in good shape. Read your manual and see what needs to be serviced on your vehicle. If your car needs a new battery or tune-up, get those things serviced before your trip.

Tire Check

Check the tread, air pressure and wear on all…
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Why Choose the 2019 Kia Sportage at Kia of Waldorf

If you've been looking for a spacious compact SUV in the Lexington Park area, then why not check out our selection of new models? The 2019 Kia Sportage is designed with intuitive functionality, cutting-edge safety technology, and dynamic performance features, making it a great choice for the daily commuter of the Bowie area.
Discover what makes the new Kia Sportage an excellent choice for both family-oriented driving and commuting to the La Plata area.
A Well-Rounded Compact SUV for Any Occasion
When you first step into the new Sportage, Fort Washington drivers will notice that the driver's cockpit…
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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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