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Are Your Headlamps Clean?

Headlights can become cloudy over time and not let light through in order to show you the way when driving at night. They can turn yellow, get scratched, or just get dirty.

A few methods have proven to clear the plastic of headlamps. Toothpaste can be applied with a wet rag and rubbed. This is the simplest and safest method because toothpaste won't damage any type of headlamp. Insect repellent with DEET in it is also a popular remedy. Make sure that the repellent doesn't touch your paint as it can corrode it. Do this by spraying it…

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Learn the Skills to Jumpstart a Car

Knowing how to jumpstart a dead battery is a critical skill to have since batteries can die for a variety of reasons in very inconvenient places. Doing everything properly can keep you safe and get a car started efficiently.

Attaching the cables to the proper terminals is important. Start with the positive terminal of the bad battery, then the positive of the good one. Do the same with the negative terminals. After running the functional car for a few minutes, start the dead one. The engine should come to life within three to four attempts. If the car doesn't…

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Motor Oil Myths: What's Real and What Isn't

Motor oil is one of the most commonly misunderstood aspects of owning a vehicle. People frequently cite misinformation as fact, which commonly results in thousands of dollars in unnecessary damage. To help you avoid these pitfalls, we have created a short list of the egregious offenders.

First, the W- you may think this stands for weight. In actuality, it stands for winter. The label helps people recognize a given motor oil's most effective temperature to be utilized within. Temperature affects motor oil's viscosity, which in turn can affect overall effective.

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Packing a Roadside Emergency Kit the Right Way

Taking the time to pack an emergency roadside kit can make all the difference in sitting in a stranded car for hours or safely limping to the nearest service station for immediate help.

A bag of tools is essential if you want to be able to make repairs and get moving. Things like a hammer, pliers, socket set, wrenches, scissors, or multi-knife, all can be used to make minor repairs and get the vehicle a few more miles down the road.

Not every driver is riding around with jumper cables or an empty gas can in the trunk. This is…

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What Should You Know about Transfer Cases?

Transfer cases are found in vehicles that have four-wheel or all-wheel drive. This part will transfer power from the transmission to the front and rear axles via the drive shafts. If a case breaks, then that part of the transmission won't work, which causes big problems for your vehicle.

At Shoals University Kia, our service department can identify problems with your transfer case. You may have even noticed some of the symptoms, such as a loud grinding noise or problems with shifting into gear. Once we figure out what's wrong, we'll get you all fixed up.

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Is Your Car Shifting as It Should?

When you drive your car, does your engine rev higher as it shifts? Or, do you feel jolts as it changes gears? If so, you need to have your transmission inspected and serviced as soon as possible. Transmissions contain many moving parts (including gears) that operate any time you drive your vehicle. These parts rely on clean transmission fluid to keep them working smoothly and within temperature parameters.

However, transmission fluid breaks down over time due to heat and buildup of particles within the component. As a result, it is very important to change this fluid on a normal schedule…

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Issues with Belts & Hoses

Belts and hoses don’t last forever. As a car adds on mileage, belts and hoses start to wear out. And then there are issues with damage that may be inflicted on these parts.

Depending on the type of hose or belt that malfunctions or snaps, the damage to a vehicle could be significant.

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What are Gaskets?

If you have a car that is constantly overheating, you may have a blown head gaskets. Some cars are known for blowing head gaskets more than others. The gasket is a piece of metal with holes bored through it that seals the engine block and combustion chamber. This is so that the engine can compress heat and properly propel your car forward. However, when too much heat compresses, it can form holes in the gasket that lead to problems.

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Warning Signs That Your Fuel Pump May Be Failing

Modern motors can put out plenty of power. In order to do so, they need constant supplies of gas. The fuel pump is the main component responsible for sending pressurized gas or diesel to your motor.

Most electric fuel pumps have powerful internal motors, and when these begin to lose strength they can also lose the ability to provide power at load. Thus, if you notice your engine losing power when you press the accelerator pedal or climb hills, the pump may be the culprit. 

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Emergency Safety Tips

Breaking down on the side of the road happens anywhere day or night. However, there are various ways to be prepared for the unexpected and to ensure safety. Make sure to always have a working flashlight, jumper cables, extra antifreeze, a first aid kit, water, snacks and a vehicle emergency kit available. When having to pull over, use an emergency lane or a grassy area away from traffic. Put on your hazard lights and use flares to warn other vehicles. Call for help if equipped with a mobile device. Stay in the vehicle with the doors locked and windows closed…

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