What to Ignore About Motor Oil

Part of being a responsible car owner is changing the oil on a regular basis. While many believe that you have to change the oil every 3,000 miles, this is generally not the case. Instead, try to have the oil changed every 5,000 to 7,500 miles or as specified by your owners manual.

It is perfectly acceptable to leave black or otherwise dark motor oil in your vehicle. For the most part, it means that the oil is collecting dirt and other debris so that it can't enter the engine itself. As long as you follow…

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Signs and Symptoms of a Failing Starter

Very few situations are as aggravating as going to turn your vehicle on first thing in the morning only to hear a grinding or whining noise. Those are just two symptoms of a failing starter, and you should keep an eye out for any other warning signs that your starter might be nearing the end of its service life.

If you smell or see smoke when you turn the key, then the starting circuit might be damaged. The service team here at Lion Country Kia can quickly test the starting circuit to see if that is the problem. You should…

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Be Prepared With Proactive Back-to-School Vehicle Maintenance

Typically, for most parents, back-to-school time gets very busy. Your schedule tends to get full with after-school activities and other extracurricular activities that your children enroll.

With an increase in scheduled activities, that means there's not as much time to complete the needed maintenance on your vehicle. By being proactive with vehicle maintenance, such as an oil change, brake service, coolant fluid checks, and tire rotations, you will be much better prepared throughout the school year. Additionally, you want to check your wiper blades, headlamps and taillamps to...
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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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