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The Importance of Car Wax

Car wax is made using carnauba oil, palm oil, hydrocarbons or silicones blended with oils and solvents to make them pliable. Waxing your vehicle is necessary to create a protective barrier between the vehicle's finish and environmental elements. Pollution, road debris, UV rays and water can all damage the clear coat if not sufficiently prevented from contacting the clear coat. 

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An Overheated Car Engine Can Be Disastrous

Overheating doesn't just cause inconveniences for drivers. A car can be totaled if overheated. Experts on Quora point out the aluminum in an engine runs the risk of thermal expansion. Being aware of what causes overheating allows you to take steps to keep your car from being outright ruined.

Coolant -- formerly known as anti-freeze -- regulates the temperature in a vehicle. Or rather, the proper amount does. If coolant levels shrink, there won't be enough of the fluid to keep the engine cool. 

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Checking Out the Pros and Cons of Tonneau Covers

Our crew at Team Kia wanted to share with you all the advantages of having a Tonneau Cover installed on your truck bed.

The Tonneau Cover works like a protective barrier that is going to extend the life of the bed by keeping the weather from damaging that surface. If you are constantly hauling things in the back of the truck, you won't have to worry anymore about things disappearing. Keep your fishing tackle, camping gear, or work clothes, all in the bed under the Tonneau Cover and locked away.

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Maintain the Integrity of Your Vehicle's Gaskets

Gaskets provide an important function in helping to keep your vehicle's engine working as expected. Your vehicle has components that could be hurt by continued contact with toxic gases or fluids, and maintaining a proper level of fluids is necessary to keep everything running smoothly.

Gaskets work by providing a tight seal between surfaces to keep fluids and gases contained, prevent contamination with other substances and prevent damage to engine components. 

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Belts and Hoses Are Important Components of a Vehicle's Engine

The belts and hoses in your vehicle are not designed to last forever and will eventually need to be replaced. These items serve the purpose of delivering fluids to various engine components and providing motion to aid in powering the engine. If they are worn and cracked, problems can develop.

Belts and pulleys help move engine components such as the water pump, fan, air conditioning compressor, valves and pistons, alternator, power steering pump and other important parts. 

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Jump Starting Vehicles

Numerous vehicle owners have experienced not being able to start the engine due to a dead battery. Easily solve the dilemma by jump-starting the battery. The front of the other vehicle should be as close to the front end of the stalled vehicle as possible. With both vehicles off and in the park position, open the hoods. Attach the positive end of one cable to the dead battery and the other positive to the assistance vehicle. 

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Know Your Vehicles Timing Belt and What It Does

As a car owner, you will discover over time the many components and parts that allow your vehicle to run properly. Some of these should be prioritized higher due to their function and cost of repair if they actually fail. Your vehicle's timing belt is such a part and should be examined and serviced regularly.

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Stay Safe on the Road by Avoiding a Tire Blowout

While you can't predict if you are going to hit a pothole and blow out a tire, you have some control of the shape your tires are in. When you are driving around with badly worn tires, you are at a higher risk of having your tire pop as you drive.

If you aren't sure what the tread should look like on your car, visit our service center at Team Kia and talk with one of our technicians. 

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What's the Easiest Way to Clean Your Headlights?

One of the most common causes of dimmed headlights is that they have become clouded over time. This can lead to lower visibility on the road and pose an increased safety risk if not addressed. That is why we here at Team Kia of Johnstown, PA would like to show you one of the easiest ways to clean your headlights yourself.

Perhaps the most simple method to cleaning your headlights involves nothing more than a wet cloth and toothpaste. 

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Driving Habits vs. Motor Oil Change

Other than your driving habits, what are other significant factors that could render your manufacturer’s recommended oil change interval ineffective?

Unlike people who drive long distances or go for a road trip quite often, cars that are driven within the city have increased chances for oil change. 

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