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How to Make Certain Your Car's Battery Can Hold a Charge

In order to test the battery in your vehicle, you will need a voltmeter and a decent pair of protective gloves and glasses. Open the car hood, turn off the engine, and locate both battery terminals. If there is white corrosion on either battery terminal, use a wire brush to create a clean contact point.

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Rear-Wheel or Front-Wheel Drive: What's Your Preference?

"What's the difference between rear-wheel and front-wheel drive?" you ask yourself as you're shopping for a vehicle. There's actually several, and some people prefer one over the other. To help you find the option that you'll most prefer, we at Team Kia wanted to put together a short comparison of the benefits of each.

Rear-wheel drive tends to have better handling in most dry conditions, and it's also more likely to withstand jarring if you hit a curb.

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Is It Time to Get an Alignment? Here’s What You Need to Know

Taking care of your car might seem like a full-time job, but the truth is that regular maintenance is an essential part of ensuring your car runs great for many years. While you likely take your car in for tire rotations and oil changes, it's possible that you might not be getting alignments. Did you know that alignments are actually an important part of caring for your car?

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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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