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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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What Does an Alternator Do?

The alternator in your vehicle is providing power to all those devices you depend on when you drive. Most people think the car battery is the part that powers these devices, but it falls squarely on the lap of the alternator.

Getting the charging system maintained each year will make certain that the alternator is in working order. The alternator failing could cause one or all of the following systems to fail.

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Crossovers Are Perfect for Families on the Go

Crossover vehicles have essentially replaced the minivan as the go-to vehicle of choice for families. For people who enjoy the capabilities of a traditional SUV but may want better gas mileage and tighter turn control, crossovers are the perfect choice. Today's crossovers are more stylish than ever, too, which is a definite plus.

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Here's How to Clean Your Car Quickly

We here at Kia Downtown Los Angeles want you to be proud of the car you drive. Fortunately, it's easy to keep your car looking freshly detailed even when you're pressed for time. Here's how to clean your car in just five minutes.

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Back to School Car Care Tips

\Whether going across town to high school or across the country to college, you want your vehicle to be in top working order. Before school starts, make a point of performing maintenance or having your car, truck or SUV inspected at Kia of Downtown Los Angeles. Take care of the basic maintenance needs that include an oil change and tire checks. Rotate or replace the tires if needed. Evaluate the brake, coolant and transmission fluids and fill them as needed. Check the condition of the windshield wiper blades, which are inexpensive and easy to replace. 

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Putting Your Vehicle's Roof Rack to Good Use

If you have a roof rack on your vehicle, you should know how to use that and you should always put it to good use. The team here in Los Angeles wants you to know how to best use every part of your vehicle, including the roof rack.

When you are using your roof rack, make sure that your properly secure those items that you are stashing on top of it. You do not want anything flying around when you put your car in motion. Always read the instructions that go along with any feature of your car before you…

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