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Plan Ahead to Avoid Hydroplaning

Many drivers have had the unfortunate experience of hydroplaning. It is a fairly common occurrence during the winter months. Hydroplaning is the result of water build-up between the road and your tires. Most people don't even realize the danger until it is occurring. Fortunately, if you plan ahead you can avoid the hazards associated with hydroplaning.

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How to Read the Size of Your Tires

If you need new tires for your vehicle, it is important to know the correct tire size. All of this information is located on the rim of your tire.

There are several numbers and letters, each indicating something different. The first letter in the series is typically a P, identifying that it is a passenger tire. 

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Caring for the Suspension System in Your Vehicle

When you head over a bumpy portion of the road, you expect your vehicle's suspension to help you stay comfortable. It is important for you to know when that suspension system needs to be repaired or replaced.

You rely on your suspension system to not only help you stay comfortable when you are driving but to also help you maintain in control of your vehicle. 

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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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Get Your Car Ready for Back to School

Getting ready to go back to school is all about being prepared. It is important not to forget about getting your car prepared as well. As your child goes off into the world, you want to make certain that they get the best start.Teaching them the importance of regular car maintenance is an important step.

By making back to school car service an important item on the list, you are demonstrating to them its value. Allowing them to participate in the process and go along with you may help them learn about how the car works and how to…

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What to Keep in Mind When Using a New Roof Rack

When you buy a new roof rack, you can look forward to improving your vehicle's carrying capacity for long trips. The roof rack can be perfect for adventurous drivers who want to be out on the road, but it is important to learn how to use the rack correctly in order to prevent long-term damage.

During the installation itself, put a little bit of grease on the mounting bolts so that they can be easier to remove in the future without affecting their current strength. Always try to remove the roof rack when it is not in use. 

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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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