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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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Winter Car Care Checklist

Driving in the winter involves more than just driving on slippery and snow-covered roads, and we at Wyoming Valley Kia want drivers to be informed on ways to care for their car while still making winter driving as safe and stress-free as possible. We’ve put together this checklist to help prepare you for winter driving.
• Have regular maintenance performed (oil & filter change, tune-up)
• Make sure tires are properly inflated and in good condition.
• Inspect all headlights, tail lights and warning lights.
• Check the battery to ensure its charge is strong.
• Check all filter and hoses.
• Add...

 

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Signs of a Bad Alternator

The alternator is an extremely important piece of equipment in your vehicle. The alternator powers the electrical components of your vehicle, and it supplies charge to the battery, so it can turn over the starter. If the alternator goes out, your car will eventually stop.

When the alternator is starting to have problems, you will notice that the interior lights and the headlights are dimmer than normal. You may also hear a high-pitched squeal from under the hood. Your alternator may also start to emit a smell that is similar to the smell of hot or burning rubber. 
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Some Useful Information About Your Vehicle's Timing Belt

At Wyoming Valley Kia serving Larksville, we would like to keep our customers informed about their cars, which will help their cars operate efficiently. You may have heard of a timing belt but are not sure about what it is and how it functions. It is important to have a timing belt changed routinely to ensure the camshaft and crankshaft turn effectively. To learn more about your vehicle's timing belt, read further.

To keep your engine running smoothly, you should have your timing belt changed every 60,000 to 100,000 miles. However, be sure to check your vehicle…

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How to Avoid Hydroplaning

If you live somewhere in the country that gets a lot of rain, then you probably have had an instance of hydroplaning while you were in your vehicle. Hydroplaning can be very dangerous and should be avoided if at all possible. We here at Wyoming Valley Kia have some tips on how you can avoid hydroplaning.

Make sure that your tires are in top shape. This will include monitoring the tread of your tires to make sure you have a good grip on the road. You should also have your tires rotated regularly. This will help keep your vehicle properly…
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Safety First When Traveling With Pets

There are many pet owners among the Wyoming Valley Kia staff, so we certainly understand when customers tell us they hate to leave their animals home alone when taking a road trip. We've found that a little advance planning goes a long way toward making your pets safe as well as comfortable when they are passengers in your vehicle.

Get your pet used to your car by taking short trips to the fast-food drive through or just around the neighborhood. Make certain your pets ID tags on their collars are up-to-date with accurate contact information. Make sure their microchip…

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Tire Markings Explained

Take the marking P245/45/Z/R19/98W as an example. The “P” tells you that the tire is for a passenger car. The 245 is the measurement in millimeters of the width of the tire from the sidewall on the front to the sidewall on the back. The number 45 represents the ratio of the height to the width of the sidewall. The height is then 45 percent of the 245 width.

”Z” indicates the speed rating or the maximum speed at which the tire can safely drive. “R” means the tire is a radial. The number 19 is…

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Getting Your Vehicle Ready for Another School Year

With the start of a new school year comes driving your children to school along with the neighbor children if you carpool. You want to know your vehicle is in as good of condition as possible. Stop at Wyoming Valley Kia and let us check it over and offer you some helpful tips.

Here are some simple tips on things you can do for your vehicle.

• Have tires rotated and balanced.
• Check tire air pressure.
• Wash all windows and make sure you have extra washer fluid.
• Perform all basic maintenance like oil changes and checking other fluid levels.
• Make sure…

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