KIA DEALERSHIP BLOG

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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The Right Way to Test Your Car's Battery


?In order to safely test the battery in your vehicle, you need to have a voltmeter, safety gloves, and protective eye-wear. Put on your glasses and gloves, open the car hood and clean off the terminals on the battery if you see any corrosion.
  • Once you have identified the positive and negative sides of the car battery, grab the voltmeter.
  • Put the voltmeter's red cable to the plus side of the car battery and secure the connection.
  • Put the voltmeter's black cable to the minus end of the car battery securely too.
  • Turn on the voltmeter, a reading…
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Signs Your Exhaust is Leaking and Needs to be Serviced


​Being able to spot signs there is an issue with the car exhaust will wind up saving you a small fortune in repair bills in the future. Here are some things to look and listen for with a leaking exhaust system in your car.

Standing at the back of your vehicle, you are going to hear loud hissing or popping noises from the tailpipe if there is any type of leak in the exhaust. These sounds will be followed by a whistle sound that can be very high-pitched.

In order to feel a vibration that warns you of an exhaust…
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Best Way to Avoid a Tire Blowout

When your tire blows out it can be a very tense situation. If you are traveling at a high rate of speed it can even be life-threatening. While tire blowouts are not always 100% preventable- there are many steps you can take to mitigate the chances of a blowout happening on the road. Follow these tips to dramatically decrease your chances of a tire blowout.

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