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Have You Had a Tire Rotation Performed Recently?

There are a lot of maintenance items that you have to keep track of when you are a vehicle owner. It can be tempting to neglect some of these maintenance items to keep your schedule freed up, but this maintenance is important if you want to prolong the life of your vehicle. Tire rotations are just one of the maintenance items that you should be scheduling at some point during the year.

If you want to make your life easier, you can schedule your tire rotation along with your oil changes, topping off your fluids, etc. A tire rotation is…

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Replacing a Flat Tire Safely and Quickly

Few things can be as frustrating as being stranded some place away from home with a flat tire. At Kia on the Boulevard, we want you to be confident of what to do in that situation. Changing a tire or replacing a flat tire isn’t as difficult as it sounds. The first thing is to pull completely off the road so you’re not in the way of traffic. Put on the emergency brake. Retrieve the tire, jack and necessary tools from the trunk, and slightly loosen the lug nuts on the tire.

Jack up the car according to…

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Oversteer and Understeer: Which is Worse?

For those of you that have had multiple vehicles, it is very likely that you have experienced both understeer and oversteer. If you are wondering which is worse, then there are a few factors that you have to look at in order to determine which is more dangerous so that you can be informed.

One thing to think about when it comes to oversteer is that it is nothing to be worried about. This is something that happens all the time. The only time it could be a concern is if you are driving on wet or snowy roads. 

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Smooth Handling and Ride: Made Possible By Your Car's Suspension System

Passengers in a new car often comment on the quality and smoothness of the ride, while the driver raves about the handling and control. Get in the same car a few years later, and the ride won't be as smooth or the handling as controlled. The reason? The car's suspension system has wear and tear, which degrades ride quality and vehicle handling.

The suspension system consists of several parts including the tires, springs, shock absorbers, anti-sway bars, and linkages. If any of those parts wear out, it can compromise the performance and safety of the entire system. 

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Don't Let Your Vehicle Get Bad Marks this School Year

Back to school means a change in weather, activities, duties, and much more. While it can be a lot of fun, you'll need to make sure your vehicle is performing at its best. Getting stuck on the side of the road on the way to somewhere important is never fun. Kia on the Boulevard can help you avoid this scenario this school year.

Servicing items like tune-ups, tire rotation, oil changes, and warning light indications are best handled before the beginning of the school year.  

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Benefits of Washing Your Car

Taking the time to wash your car on a regular basis will pay dividends over the life of your vehicle and especially when you go to sell or trade in your car. One of the most important reasons to wash your car regularly is that dirt and grime can eat away at the exterior paint. This can lead to rust over time and makes for significant and expensive body damage.

Washing your car instantly improves its appearance and may even save you money at the pump because you will eliminate some drag with less dirt carried around.  

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Spring Cleaning for Your Vehicle

Different seasons require different types of car care and maintenance. The spring season presents a host of unique challenges that need to be addressed in order to keep your vehicle looking and running in optimal condition. The automotive experts at Kia on the Boulevard want you to be an informed consumer and to know how to keep your vehicle cared for properly.

It is highly recommended to read your vehicle's owners manual and to follow its maintenance schedule recommendations.  

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How to Take Care of Odors in Your Vehicle

There are times when something happens to your vehicle and suddenly you are dealing with a bad scent in it. There are times when you purchase a used vehicle and it smells. We want you to know how to deal with odors when you have a stinky car.

Remove any seat covers and floor mats that can be taken out of your vehicle and clean them while they are outside of the vehicle. Clean them thoroughly with warm soapy water. While those items are out of the vehicle, clean in the areas where they usually sit. 

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Tips You Can Use for Cleaning Your Tires

Cleaning the tires on your vehicle is just as important as cleaning the rest of your vehicle. It's important that you complete this process somewhere other than your driveway. Tire products can often leave behind some residue that could ruin your driveway or garage. Tire gel is a great product to use if your tires have started to lose their dark black color. You might not need brand new tires, just a facelift for your current set. 

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Preferences and the Type of Snow Tire

In the winter, it can be tempting to think that a snow tire is a snow tire and one is as good as the next. However, the truth is that there is a difference between certain types of snow tires. You have choices when it comes to the tires. These are the studded and studless snow tires.

With the studded tires, you have metal studs that dig into the snow for traction. However, people are coming to prefer the studless tires. One of the reasons that people are moving away from studded snow tires is that they bring a lot…

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