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Inexpensive Road Trips

Road trips are a great way to get away for awhile while not having to spend a lot of money. Plan the route in advance to estimate fuel needs and costs. Save money along the way by camping out at night and barbecuing or grilling meals on a portable device. However, take possible bad weather into consideration and be prepared to stay at a hotel or in the vehicle should you encounter a storm.

Other expenses you might plan for include park or attraction admittance fees. You might want to do some shopping or pick up a few souvenirs along…

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Are All-Weather or Carpet Mats Best For Your New Car?

You're getting a new car and there are many decisions to make. What type of car mats would best protect your new vehicle's interior?

All-weather mats are made from rubber and easy to maintain. While there are usually limited color choices (black, brown, and tan), if you live in a climate with an abundance of rain, snow, or dirt, rubber mats may be the perfect choice.

 

 

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How Brake Pads Work

All of your car's wheels are attached to brake rotors that spin with them. When you step on your brake pedal, devices called calipers squeeze the brake rotors to slow them and your wheels to a stop. This creates a lot of friction, and it can do some serious damage to your brakes. This is why you need brake pads placed in between the calipers and the brake rotors. These pads act as buffers between the two components and prevent damage to your brakes.

Since the brake pads are themselves under a lot of friction, they get worn down…
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How to Keep from Experiencing a Tire Blowout

Having one of your tires give out on you can be bad. It can be dangerous and it is not fun to experience. You need to do what you can to keep from going through a tire blowout. The Lion Country Kia auto service professionals can help.

You can keep from going through a tire blowout by making sure that your tires are properly inflated. Check the air pressure in them every now and then to make sure that they are in the place they should be. When your tires are not aligned properly, you may go through a blowout…

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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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