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Signs Your Ignition Requires Service

 

It's customary to place the key in the ignition, crank your vehicle, and go wherever you want. So, of course, it’s a bit surprising if this doesn’t happen because your car didn't start. You could immediately assume that you have an expired battery and although that there are times that assumption may be true, it might also be an issue with the ignition or starter.

Typically, ignitions do not fail to start with no indication that a problem existed in the first place. The key is to know what signs to look for: 

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Don’t Let A Dead Battery Kill Your Ride

Taking your car out for a Saturday night spin or Sunday cruise is a great way to have fun any time of the year. Unfortunately, car batteries can unpredictably die because we rely on them to simultaneously power so many systems. Brushing up on battery basics will keep you on the road instead of stranded at a Los Angeles curb.

Please don’t neglect such a critically important part of your car. While batteries do power the radio, lights, and other enjoyable amenities, they also are required for running the starter and ignition. A car that won't start is…

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Save Money on Your Upcoming Car Purchase

If you're on a budget and looking for a new vehicle, you don't have to be overwhelmed with the sticker prices that you see. The automobile industry is still one of the places that you can negotiate the price that you're going to pay for something. In addition to negotiating the purchase price of a vehicle, you can also inquire about other discounts that a dealership is providing.

While dealerships may offer discounts on vehicles during certain times of the year, there are manufacturers that will also provide options to save. You can explore our KIA incentives…

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Tips for Choosing Roof Racks for Your Vehicle

There are many benefits to having a roof rack on your vehicle. Whether you want to carry bicycles, canoes, or a cargo box, KIA Downtown Los Angeles can make sure you get the right rack for your vehicle. Choosing a rack that has the weight carrying capacity that you need is important. You'll also have to check the weight ratings for the roof of your car to avoid overloading it and causing damage.

Having a rack and accessories on your roof will add height to your vehicle. This can be dangerous when trying to get into spaces with limited…

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Need to Clean Your Car Fast? Here's How

At Kia Downtown Los Angeles, we want you to take pride in the car that you have purchased. Here's a guide on how you can clean your car when you are short on time, but still need to get the job done.

Step 1: Wash The Exterior With Water

If you don't have access to any exterior cleaning agents, water is sufficient. Rinse your vehicle off with a hose or a bucket of water. You can then dry it off with a towel; for best results spray a drying agent or specialized lubricant on the towel before drying…

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Understeering and Oversteering Problems Increase Risks

When a vehicle develops an understeering or oversteering problem, the process of reaching a certain point on a road is tougher. Both of these steering problems can be managed. However, the best way to stay safe is by letting a mechanic service your automobile shortly after it begins to understeer or oversteer.

There are two places where a vehicle can drift when it develops steering problems around a curve. If a system understeers before entering a curve, a vehicle won't clear the turn effectively unless the steering wheel is rotated multiple times.  

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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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What's the Best First Car for Your Teen?

Teens can sometimes have unrealistic expectations for a first car. While it isn't necessarily flashy or exciting, an excellent first car for new drivers would be an SUV or even a pickup truck. Solidly built, dependable and with plenty of safety features, a larger vehicle has all of the things teens need when they first start driving.

Look for a vehicle that includes safety features like electronic stability control, which can assist an inexperienced driver to maintain control of their vehicle when turning sharply or on a slippery surface.  

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Tips on Refinancing vs. Trading in Your Car

When you have difficulty paying off a car loan, it could be that you are in over your head and need to lower your interest rate immediately. There are several options to lower these payments. The best option for most car buyers is a trade-in. When you trade in your vehicle, you are asking that the dealer purchase the car from you and place your equity in another car. This works out to lower your payments if you trade in for a car that has a lower price tag, such as a different make and model or a used vehicle…

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