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Get Your Vehicle into Back-to-School Shape

School is starting soon. It's time to get your vehicle ready, whether you are hauling the kids to school or have a teen with a new driver's license. Here are some things you should put on your back-to-school list.

Is the vehicle up to date with maintenance? You need to have the oil changed and tires rotated according to the manufacturer's recommendations. You should also check fluid levels, windshield wiper wear, and tire pressure and tread. Change or fill as needed. Have you been postponing a repair? Get it done before the bell rings on the first…

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The Importance of Proper Tire Pressure

If you want to get the most out of your car tires, you should maintain the proper tire pressure. Your tires lose a little bit of pressure every day, especially in extreme climates, so you should check them at a minimum of once per month.

You should keep a tire pressure gauge in your car at all times. When you pull up to a gas station, you can check the tire pressure while your gas is pumping. If they are low, the station should have a place where you can fill your tires with air.  

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Make Washing Your Car a Priority

You might think that washing your car isn’t worth the time or money. At KIA Downtown Los Angeles, we’re here to tell you otherwise. When you wash your car on a regular basis, it can offer you a number of benefits.

Clean cars can actually save you money on gas. Experts have proven that fuel efficiency is improved when cars are cleaner. Essentially, dirt can cause drag, requiring you to burn more fuel. When you take your car through a car wash, it can help you with your miles per gallon. 

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Useful Tips on Applying Touch-Up Paint

Our associates at Kia of Downtown Los Angeles strive to keep our consumers informed about ways they can keep their vehicles in good condition. It is common for scratches to occur on the exterior of a vehicle, so it can be helpful if you are prepared to use touch-up paint properly.

Check the severity of the scratch. If you notice that is is accompanied with a dent, then it may need to be repaired by a professional. You can choose a touch-up color that matches your vehicle by finding out its color code.  

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Tips for Cleaning Your Tires

Did you know that every time you wash your car, you should also wash your wheels and tires? While you may think your car tires look good, there can be grime and debris that needs to be removed. You can do this just by using a garden hose each week to go over your tires and wheels. If you want to really make your tires shine, you can use something like a tire cleaner or tire gel.

Once you apply a cleaner, you should wipe down and rinse. This is why it’s best to do your tires in sets…

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Don't Let Odors Ruin Your Car

We are a dealership that wants you to be a happy and informed driver with the knowledge of how to keep your car as odor-free as possible. Whether odors come from spilled drinks, pets or traveling with children, they can really decrease the value of your car. Come to KIA Downtown Los Angeles and allow us to offer some great tips and show you what we have to offer.

The best way to eliminate odors is to clean your car regularly, which should include washing car mats, vacuuming the interior and wiping seats.  

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Eradicating Rodent Damage in Vehicles

A rodent infestation can cause a myriad of damage to a vehicle's engine and other critical automotive systems. The friendly associates at KIA Downtown Los Angeles want you to understand all of the risks to your vehicle so that you can successfully prevent damaging issues. Our team of automotive experts is on hand to answer any questions that you have.

Fortunately, there are a variety of steps that you can take to prevent rodents from causing damage to your vehicle. Specially designed rodent tape can deter these creatures from visiting. 

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A Differential: An Important Component of Your Vehicle

Keeping your car well-maintained can extend its life and help it run smoothly. At KIA of Downtown LA, we try to keep our consumers informed about ways to keep their vehicles in optimal condition. One important component of your vehicle is a differential.

A differential is a gearbox that is located between the drive wheels. Vehicles that come with four-wheel drive have a front and rear differential. A differential works with the transmission to deliver power from the engine to the axle that turns the wheels, and it is also what enables your vehicle to turn.  

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Compact Spares are Temporary Tires

Many automakers provide compact spare tires in their new vehicles. These small tires save space and increase interior room. The compact tire differs from a full-sized spare because of limits on speed and distance. The small tire does not work well with speedometers, ABS brakes, and traction control. Drivers should use them as a temporary tire.

Most drivers understand that a spare tire is an essential part of road safety. When using the compact spare, drivers must check the tire information and manufacturer information to determine the speed and driving limits for the temporary tire. 

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The Secret Behind Oil Viscosity

The viscosity number that you see on a bottle of motor oil can tell you how well the oil performs at certain temperatures. A lower viscosity is better suited for colder temperatures while a higher viscosity is better suited for warm temperatures. In many cases, one bottle of oil provides protection at both hot and cold temperatures.

Let's say that the bottle says 5W-30 on it. This means that the viscosity is five when the engine is cold and 30 when the engine is warm. Ultimately, it helps to keep engine parts properly lubricated whether the car is being…

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