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Begin the Back-to-School Season the Right Way

It’s time for back-to-school season! Is your car ready for the new school year? Wyoming Valley Kia wanted to share a few maintenance items that should be taken care of, so that your school year begins without any car troubles.

Check all fluid levels, such as coolant, oil, transmission and windshield washer fluid, to ensure they’re at full capacity. Visually inspect your tires for any foreign objects like glass or nails. If any of those objects are detected, bring your car in to our service department for the appropriate repair. 

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The Importance of Cleaning your Wheels and Tires

Cleaning your wheels and tire may not be at the top of your maintenance checklist for your vehicle, but you may want to reconsider that. Leaving brake dust on your wheels and tires can cause them to prematurely break down and degrade. The first thing the brake dust will eat away is the protective coating on your wheels and tires. This can further lead to serious pitting and degradation.

If you want to protect from this you will need to start cleaning your wheels and tires when you clean your vehicle.  

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Car Cleanliness is Important

If you want to have a great looking car that seems almost new for years, it's time to learn about the importance of keeping your car clean. When you wash the exterior of your vehicle weekly, you are going to protect the finish on your vehicle. Any dirt or road salt that is on your car can cause damage.

Avoid scratches that can occur from dirt buildup. Pay attention to the inside of your car too, as this can cause a health hazard. While you might not clean the interior as often as weekly, keep the trash picked up…

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Enjoy Your Car After Some Spring Maintenance

Spring is a great time to give your car a little tender loving care. Check your owner's manual for any routine maintenance that is scheduled and get your car tuned up for the summer ahead. You'll want to have your tires checked, fluids filled back up, and your oil changed to get ready for long road trips this summer.

As you get your car serviced, you will also want to pay attention to the cleanliness of your vehicle. Wash the outside to remove any road salts that have built up over the winter. Vacuum and wipe down the…

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Should You Drive on Warm Pavement With Winter Tires?

You may be wondering if you should continue driving your vehicle with the winter tires still installed. At Wyoming Valley Kia, we do not recommend that you do this and here is the reason why.

Winter tires are constructed with softer rubber than all-season or regular tires and that means they will wear out faster on the warmer pavement of spring, summer and fall. In addition, some winter tires also have studs which will decrease traction on pavement even though they are intended to increase traction on snow and ice. 

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Are Rats and Mice Making Your Vehicle a Home?

At Wyoming Valley Kia, we've been hearing stories about rodents moving into our customer's cars and trucks for many years. It's particularly troublesome if you live in rural area during the winter, and it doesn't help that car manufacturers have been switching to plant-based material in recent years.

The main problem with rats or mice under the hood is that they can chew through wiring and hoses. There are a few habits you can cultivate that'll remove some of your vehicle's attraction to animals. Pick up food from the ground around your car, and…

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How to Make a Winter Survival Kit for Any Emergency

The team here at Wyoming Valley Kia wanted to take a minute to help inform our readers about how to protect themselves when traveling this winter. Here are a few essentials that should be packed in your winter survival kit.

Be sure you keep a heavy blanket in the kit in the event the vehicle loses power. If you can not run the car, you can not run the heat, and hypothermia can set in quickly. The blanket will allow the occupants to huddle and keep your body heat to protect you until help arrives. 

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Fuel Economy in Cold Weather

We all know that cold weather can be hard on our vehicles and decrease its fuel efficiency. At Wyoming Valley Kia, we want you to be informed on ways to increase the fuel economy and save money. Cold weather may make us uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean it has to cost extra money to drive our vehicles. Check out these tips.

  • Combine trips to avoid driving in cold weather.
  • Don’t allow your vehicle to idle for lengthy periods in cold weather.
  • Avoid driving on icy or snow-covered roads. 
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Discover Your Winter Tire Options

When the ground begins to get icy, slippery, and snowy, drivers need to have the right winter tires on their vehicles. As such, the team here at Wyoming Valley Kia has decided to put together a short guide to point you in the right direction.

For areas where the temperatures get low but snowfall is rare, performance winter/snow tires are the best option. These tires were originally designed for use on European highways and do a wonderful job of improving traction without sacrificing vehicle performance. 

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Motor Oil in Relationship With Road Trips

One of the common ideas about motor oil is that it has to be changed before every road trip. While it is not necessarily true or false, it does depend on the circumstances. There are plenty of factors to look at before deciding to change the oil before the road trip.

One factor is if you had recently gotten an oil change, then that can be considered as before going on the road trip. Another thing to think about is the length of time you are going to be gone and the distance you are going to travel.

 

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