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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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Steering and Knowing the Terms

Sometimes you are going to have to know certain performance-related terminology when it comes to vehicles. One of the most important aspects of driving is steering. You need to have control of your vehicle when it comes to directions so that you can get to where you need to be safely.

One set of terms that you have to think about is oversteer and understeer. Oversteer is when the vehicle turns more than the command of the driver. The understeer term deals with the opposite which is basically when the vehicle turns less than what the driver commands. 

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What Happens When One of Your Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors Stops Working?

Auto-dimming rearview mirrors consist of many parts. When one of the components fails to function, the mirror will cease to work correctly. If you notice that just one of your mirrors does not auto-dim while you are driving at night, then the issue is isolated to that mirror and not a system-wide problem.

Light sensors are attached to the back of these mirrors. If dust or another foreign substance blocks one of the sensors, the mirror will not dim properly. Reach behind the mirror with a soft cloth and clean the sensors.  

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SUVs and Why They're So Popular

Today we’re seeing more and more SUVs on the highway than ever before. Just what makes these vehicles so popular? Despite costing a little more than many sedans, many people are still choosing to buy SUVs. If an SUV is something you’ve been thinking about, come to our KIA dealership and check them out to see what they have to offer.

With the high rate of traffic fatalities, drivers often choose SUVs because they’re safer and offer more protection in the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident. Many modern SUVs will get you close…

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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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How to Safely Travel with Your Furry Friend

Seeing your pet smile or wag their tail can really brighten any pet owner's day. As such, it makes perfect sense that any owner would want to spend as much time as possible with their furry friend. In fact, it is not at all uncommon for pet owners to bring their animals almost everywhere with them.

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Car Seat Installation Tips That You Should Know About

Placing your child in a safety seat is necessary to ensure that they are safe when you are driving, but when the car seat isn't in its correct position, it can drastically increase the risk of injury if a collision occurs. At Kia Downtown Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA, we want to help you keep your child safe, which is why we have summarized some car seat installation tips below.

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Tips for Tailgating Like A Pro!

If you love taking your pickup truck tailgating we at Kia Downtown Los Angeles have some great tips to make your experience one-of-a-kind. Staying organized and preparing ahead are the best ways to make tailgating memorable.

Prepare as much of your food the night before to save time when onsite. Meat can be marinated, and patties can be formed. Burger toppings should all be sliced and put into containers for easy access.

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