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What Are Vehicle Air Filters Used For?

Your car's air filters are an important component that needs to be maintained regularly. Fresh air is required for proper performance. Not only that, but these simple components can also help to make your ride comfortable.

There are two main air filters. The first is the engine filter. It helps to get rid of dust and other fine contaminants from the air before it reaches the engine.

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Keeping Your Dog Contained on a Car Ride

Taking your dog on road trips can be fun, but only if you do it right. We want you and your dog to stay safe on the road, so here are some useful tips for keeping your pooch contained.

The first thing you need to do is find an appropriate spot in the car. You should never put your dog in the front seat or anywhere where there's an airbag. 

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Understanding Your Vehicle's Suspension System

Your vehicle has several internal components. The mechanical parts will eventually need to be serviced or replaced. If your vehicle bounces when you are driving, there could be a problem with the vehicle's suspension. The steering and suspension system minimizes the imperfections in the road. A faulty suspension system is a safety hazard. The suspension system helps your vehicle move in a straight line.

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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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