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Why Use a Clay Bar When Detailing Your Vehicle?

The team at Kia of Downtown Los Angeles wants to provide you information on an alternative to traditional detailing. Here is how the clay bar can transform the look of your vehicle.

Each day you drive your vehicle, contaminants of all sorts are sticking to the exterior of the vehicle. Washing with water gets most of these particles, but many remain and eat away at the coating on the paint. The clay bar acts as a magnet when used for detailing, and the remaining particles stick to it instantly.

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Soft Brake Pedal Needs Attention

Your brakes are important, and you use them often. Your safety depends on solid braking. When your brake pedal feels soft and spongy, then that may be a sign of problems, and it is a time to have an expert take a look.

Local drivers know the importance of reliable brakes. Stops can be planned or sudden, but they keep us from colliding with vehicles and objects on the roadway. A soft pedal is not firm, and it can be inconsistent. A frequent cause of the soft pedal is too much air in the brake line so that the hydraulic…

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Endless Opportunities for Using a Vehicle Dashcam

There are so many opportunities to use a video camera in this day and age. Whether it’s something that we learn from or something that gives us a very good laugh, video cameras have helped us in so many ways!

Have you considered owning a vehicle dashcam?

A vehicle dashcam is a great idea to use if you’re planning a long-distance road trip. You get to extend the trip for viewing pleasure when you get to your final destination or when you return. It also adds more excitement and adventure to your trip.

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Floor Mat Considerations: What Type Is Right for You?

Floor mats are not typically something people spend a lot of time thinking about. But floor mats are important when it comes to protecting your car's interior and keeping it clean. Our shoes drag in all sorts of outside pollutants that can damage or stain your car's interior carpet. Factory floor mats can often lack the size and durability needed to protect the carpet underneath adequately. Luckily there is a wide variety of aftermarket floor mat options available.

The most important consideration when choosing between the two most common types of floor mats, all-weather rubber mats...

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Understanding Vehicle Warranties

Vehicles typically have bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties. Powertrain warranties cover the components that supply power to the wheels to make the vehicle move. As the coverage is less extensive, the warranty is less expensive. Bumper-to-bumper warranties cover powertrains and more.

The comprehensive bumper-to-bumper warranties are more expensive as they cover the vehicle parts that are designed to last longer. They do not cover wearable parts that include braking system components, tires or the exterior surfaces of the vehicle. They may not cover hoses or certain...

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Do You Need a Vehicle with Front or Rear Wheel Drive?

Knowing a little bit about the pros and cons of the front and rear wheel drive vehicles can make the task of picking out the vehicle that is right for you so much easier. Which choice is best for you will depend a lot on your driving habits and conditions as well as your budget.

Rear wheel drive vehicles are made for speed and superior handling. Police cars, race cars, and sport style cars are usually rear wheel drive. These vehicles are designed to take a lot of heavy-duty driving without suffering any serious damage. But because they are made…

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Take Some Simple Steps to Maintain Your Vehicle's Tires

Your tires are the one piece of equipment on your vehicle that is actually designed to make contact with the road while you drive. As a result of this, it is only natural then that they would suffer from some of the most severe wear and tear. That is why it is particularly important to pay close attention to them when it comes to maintenance.

One area that your focus needs to be on is your tire tread. Your tire tread is what gives you traction on the road, so it is important to monitor it closely. If you notice…

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What Exactly is a Transfer Case?

When you own a four-wheel-drive (4WD) vehicle, you have many benefits. You have the flexibility to drive in inclement weather while many are grounded, take a more challenging course than a two-wheel drive can, and help your friends out of tough situations. That’s all due to the transfer case, or rather to the gears housed inside.

Situated behind the transmission, the transfer case gears transfer wheels out of two-wheel and into 4WD. That works through the driveshafts of the front and rear axles slowing down the speed so that each wheel rotates at the same time.

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When's a Good Time for an Oil Change?

Years ago, most vehicles needed to have an oil change about every 3,000 miles. This is no longer the case today, but a number of drivers still use this principle as a way to care for their cars.

Typically, modern cars can go about 7,500 miles before an oil change is necessary. There are even some cars that can go every 10,000 miles without having to get an oil change. These days, it's best to change the oil less often, since the chemistry of oil has changed and most cars run better on synthetic oil. The…

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What Does Horsepower Really Mean?

Everyone has heard the term horsepower before, usually in reference to a car's performance, but what does it really mean? The term Horsepower is quite old, stretching all the way back to the late 18th century, and its inventor, James Watt. Like with most machinery, a rating system is excellent for comparing the performance of one system to another and leaving a strong impression on the customer.

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