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What is a Timing Belt?

If you’ve noticed that your vehicle’s engine has been experiencing extreme misfires, then it may be a sign that your vehicle’s timing belt has failed. Another sign of a failing timing belt is when your vehicle randomly loses power. A timing belt is essential to maintaining a healthy engine.

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Refinance or Trade in: Which is Best for Your Needs?

At Team Kia of Bend, we want you to get the most vehicle for your money. If you suddenly find yourself in need of some emergency cash, want to upgrade your vehicle, or happen to find a lower interest rate, then refinancing your vehicle may be an option for you to consider rather than trading in your old vehicle.

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What is A Blind-Spot Monitor?

Blind spot monitors are a helpful form of technology in a lot of newer vehicles. These monitors alert a driver when a car has entered their blind spot. They help prevent crashes caused by lane drifting or changing lanes when it is not safe.

Blind spot technology is a very popular safety feature available in new cars.

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Reasons to Keep Your Car Washed

A nice car is something to take pride in. A vehicle is something that often costs a considerable amount of money, and you want to take as good care of it as possible. Team Kia of Bend in Bend, OR wants you to know that washing your car frequently is an important way to keep your car in great shape.

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Securing Your Camper Before Driving

After loading your belongings in your camper, you need to make sure they are secure. Lock all of the doors and the windows to keep them from coming open while you're driving. If your camper is larger than your vehicle, then you should consider getting additional mirrors from Team Kia of Bend that can be attached temporarily.

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Backup Cameras can Keep Drivers More Aware

Here at Team Kia of Bend, we take pride in helping our drivers and other passengers to remain safe. To this end, we often recommend certain technologies that have the potential to boost safety. One such technology that is not only popular but also mandated by law is rear-mounted video camera technology.

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Android Auto Overview

Android Auto offers a lot of benefits for drivers who want to stay safe and keep their hands on the steering wheel. While cars used to only have a radio to access, you can now access Google Assistant, millions of songs, lots of videos, messaging, and calling through Android Auto. All of these displays including the touch-sensitive icons on the center console of your dashboard. 

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The Brake Pad and Why it is Important

One of the most important aspects of the brake is the brake pad. It is the very thing that stops your vehicle. However, as you use the brakes, the brake pads wear out because of the friction that occurs when it is used. At some point is going to need to be replaced.

Fortunately, when it is time to get your brake pads replaced, you might get warning noises. 

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Vehicle Roof Rack Basics

When you have more stuff than you have room in your vehicle, the folks at Team Kia of Bend recommend the use of a luggage rack. Many vehicles come equipped with a luggage rack atop the vehicle or you can add one later.

To safely use your rack, you will need four sturdy cam-buckle straps and either a weatherproof bag or a hard-shell case.

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