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Why You Should Use a Clay Bar When Detailing

The best part about a detail is that you get service like no other, including the details that matter for the longevity of your car. When you get a clay bar treatment, you protect your vehicle from an endless array of metals, dust, and corrosive materials that fade your paint every day. Essentially, clay bar treatments are the key to keeping your car's exterior shiny and new.

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Reasons to Consider a Crossover

When you’re trying to find a vehicle that’s practical, take a long look at crossovers. These cars, which are part sedan and part SUV, are making waves in the market. After you do some research, you can see why they’re so popular with many people.

Crossovers are built on frames similar to those of sedans. That means they are relatively easy to maneuver and go fairly easy on gas consumption. 

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What is the Difference Between Front and Rear Wheel Drive?

Selecting the right new vehicle can be an important decision, and our team here at Team Kia of Bend want to make sure that you have the right information available. Let’s take a look at the difference between front and rear wheel drive systems.

One feature of rear-wheel drive vehicles is improved handling. With rear-wheel drive, you can spread the weight of the drivetrain more evenly.

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Testing Your Car's Battery with a Voltmeter

To test your car battery safely with a voltmeter, be sure you have a good pair of gloves and protective eye-wear. With the car engine off and the hood open, find the car battery and be sure to identify the positive and negative terminals. If the terminals have any corrosion, use a wire brush to get a clean point of contact.

To start, we need to take the red cable from the voltmeter and attach to the positive end of the car battery.

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The Secrets of Wax

When you're ready to keep your car looking amazing between washes, consider applying a coat of wax for additional protection from the elements.

Putting wax on your car three times a year can keep a strong barrier between harmful and damaging elements, such as UV rays and water, and the paint of your car. Wax can also fill in small imperfections on the clear coat, leading to a shiny and beautiful surface. 

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Never Overlook the Value of a Wheel Alignment

Don't dismiss the value of a good wheel alignment. Vehicle performance usually improves after a proper alignment job. In addition to extending the life of the tires, an alignment contributes to better fuel efficiency. The relatively inexpensive service ends up paying for itself.

Be mindful about the signs indicating an alignment has become past due. A vehicle pulling to the left or right really isn't normal. The problem could even be something more severe than a misaligned set of wheels. 

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Effective Tips for Avoiding a Tire Blowout

Here are a few signs the tires on your vehicle could potentially fail.

If you have recently driven your vehicle into a pothole and now the steering feels off, you may have done a number to the alignment. if this is the case, the tread on the tires could start to wear unevenly, resulting in the chances of a blowout increasing. Have the vehicle front end inspected and aligned to reduce the chances of a tire failure.

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What Causes an Engine to Overheat?

If you want your vehicle to function properly, your engine needs to be serviced on a routine basis. When an engine begins to overheat, it can cause damage to the pistons, cylinders, bearings, and valves. Here are some common reasons your engine may overheat.

When coolant levels are too low, it is common for an engine to overheat. This is because the cooling system isn’t able to work properly when coolant levels are too low. 

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What Comes Standard on the Kia Optima?

This Kia Sedan Sports Numerous Standard Features

While other vehicles charge you for essential features, this Kia model doesn’t. It offers them standard. That means you get more bang for your buck. To learn more about some of the standard features of this vehicle, read more below!

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How to Use the 2017 Kia Sorento Remote Starter

Utilize the Kia Remote Starter!

Have you ever sat in your house on a chilly morning, dreading going outside? Instead of quickly running in and out of the house to start your car, you can do so with a remote starter. Many makes and models offer this feature and it tends to make life just a bit easier.

 

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