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Learn about Your Car's Gaskets

Do you know what your vehicle's gaskets do? We want to help you understand gaskets, so you can be a more informed car owner. Let the Lion Country Kia parts and service team help you understand the role of gaskets in your Kia vehicle.

Your car's engine and related systems have a variety of liquids and gases moving through them. Some of these must mix to move your auto. Others must not, and that is why cars have gaskets. Manufacturers use them to create a seal between two surfaces under your auto's hood. 

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Signs Your Brake Pedal Needs to be Repaired

If your brake pedal has started feeling soft when you depress it, you should consider having your vehicle serviced. There should be some resistance when you press down, like there is enough force to shop your car. There are a few reasons why your brake pedal isn’t functioning as it should.

One of the most common problems is air in the lines. If that’s the case, it’s blocked the fluid from freely moving as it should to create the needed pressure. Another situation could be that one of the steel lines has corroded and created a small…

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How Can You Tell if it's Time to Service Your Fuel System?


There are quite a few signs that your fuel pump may need a checkup. If you find your engine sputtering at high speeds or it struggles to go uphill, if your vehicle isn't seeing the gas mileage you expected or if your fuel pressure is just a bit lower than it should be, these are all signs of a faulty fuel pump, and unchecked, these issues can cause greater problems.

If your fuel pump isn't working properly, your engine will have to struggle to work without the fuel that it needs, and if it gets bad enough, your…
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Overheating Motors: What to Watch Out For


When a car’s motor reaches temperatures over 240 degrees, damage begins to occur. An engine needs stay between the ranges of 195 to 220 degrees. Anything over that means it is overheating.

Some signs are apparent, such as a steaming engine, the warning light comes on, or the dashboard temperature gauge begins to rise. Other signs of overheating are pinging sounds coming from under the hood, or a decrease in gas mileage.

Modern engines use antifreeze as the coolant liquid. It is circulated through the motor capturing heat then dissipating it through the radiator...



 
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Learn How To Jump-Start Ahead of Time

One tool to have in your car is a jumper cable. If you have ever forgotten to turn your lights off and then discovered you have a dead battery, jumper cables are a welcome sight.

Read your owner’s manual on how to jump-start. It is better to go over the steps before you have to do them in a real-life situation. Two terminals protrude out of the top of every car battery. Identify which one is positive. It can be red or have a plus marking on it. The other terminal is negative. It is black or marked with…

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How Long Will Your Car Battery Last?


Everyone who owns a car seems to have a story about a time when their car battery died. But what exactly does the battery do when it's working? Luckily, we here at Lion Country Kia in State College are here to give you the basics.

The main function of a battery is just to provide a spark. While this may seem insignificant, you should note that without that spark, your vehicle would not be able to start. The length of time that a car battery lasts is usually dependent upon the climate that you live in and how often…
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Windshield Wiper Replacements: Make it Happen

Clearing your windshield is critical when you’re driving down the road in State College. You will use your windshield wipers when it’s raining as well as when you want to clean the windshield. If the rubber blade on the windshield wiper isn’t making sufficient contact with the windshield, it will severely affect the visibility that you have.

The windshield wiper blades can be replaced easily. Every vehicle make and model has a different size. Additionally, you may also have blades on rear wipers. Our service center at Lion Country Kia can determine the...

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Keep Your Car Running Well with a Full Gas Tank this Winter

At Lion Country Kia, we want you to be as safe as possible when you are driving in the cold winter weather. To keep your car running well, it's important to keep the gas tank as filled as possible to avoid problems with your car when you are out on the road.

Condensation is a big problem for gas tanks when the temperatures fluctuate from freezing temperatures, then up, and then way below freezing. The more room for air that is available in your tank, the more moisture your tank can experience. If your tank gets too much condensation…

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Are You Changing Your Oil at The Proper Mileage Intervals?

How often do you change your oil? If you said every 3,000 miles, then you could be overdoing it. Granted, that is still appropriate for older vehicles and an oil change every 3,000 miles was the general rule for a long time. But as modernizations have occurred both with auto engines and automotive engine oil, auto manufacturers have started to redefine the length of time that they recommend for that regular service.

Newer vehicles can now normally go anywhere between 5,000 miles and 7,500 miles in between oil changes. This will surely depend on the model…

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Understand the Costs of Owning Your Dream Car

When you are considering purchasing a car, you have to know if you can afford that or not. You need to know if you can purchase your dream car and actually afford to keep it around. It is smart for you to consider the costs of owning your dream car before you make a car purchase.

Think about the costs of insurance and look into the various options that are open to you. Figure out what you will be paying each month to keep your car insured. Consider the cost of fuel and the fuel-efficiency of the vehicle that you…

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