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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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