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Which Tires Will Your Car Need for the Winter?

The winter season creates various challenges for drivers. You can ask Nelson Kia about high-performance tires that are optimized to roll on slippery roads.

Studdable tires are engineered to maximize traction on highways that are coated with ice or snow. Such tires have special formulations of rubber and other composite materials for optimum handling on low-friction highways. In fact, the patented materials behave differently according to the ambient temperatures. For example, some winter tires might become more rigid for better handling on hard surfaces.  

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Key Things to Know About Vehicle Infotainment Systems

If your auto sales representative tells you that a particular vehicle features an infotainment system, that term refers to all the in-car communications, data and entertainment presented to the driver on a centrally located screen. Although the term was initially used in 1980 by a group of U.K. scientists, it's only been in recent years that infotainment has become a multi-billion dollar industry, at last count almost $34 billion in 2016. 

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Why You Should Consider a Crossover Utility Vehicle

Crossover Utility Vehicles (CUVs) have enjoyed the highest sales increase in the industry and automakers are still enlarging the category with new additions. Today, there are dozens of models available in the United States.

The term "crossover" is now used interchangeably with "compact SUV," a growing segment of the family vehicle market, offering the rugged looks of an SUV with the ride, handling, stability and drivability of a sedan. In addition, crossovers with front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive are nimble enough to maneuver in crowded city traffic. 

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What are Those Multi-viscosity Figures on the Side of an Oil Can?

The viscosity of an oil is determined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) through extensive testing at various temperatures. Viscosity is the term used to describe the lubricating capability of oil. To lubricate, the oil must cover connecting parts that move, bend, and grind together. The viscosity of the oil describes the oil’s capacity to separate the parts to keep them from harm.

When the label on the side of the oil can states 5W-30, it means that the oil works like a 5-weight oil during startups under cold conditions and as a 30-weight oil when the car…

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Know the Difference Between a Compact Spare and Full-Size Spare

When you have a flat tire, you need to replace that with something. There are compact spare tires out there that are made to be a temporary solution and then there are full-size spare tires that you can put in place that will hold up well and be able to handle all kinds of situations.

It is important for you to know that a compact spare is made to be used just to get you to a place where you can get a new tire put on.  

 

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Changing Your Own Tire

Changing a tire on your car can be a very intimidating idea. However, it is actually a lot easier than you would think. You just need a few tools such as a car jack, a lug wrench and a spare tire. Afterward, you are set to change your tire as needed.

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Understanding Your Timing Belt

Having a reliable timing belt in your vehicle is important so that it doesn't break unexpected and leave you stranded in an unfortunate situation. A broken timing belt can also cause damage to your engine, including breaking pistons or bending intake valves.

The purpose of a timing belt is to keep the camshaft and the crankshaft moving at the same rate.

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Suspension Service


The suspension on your vehicle is an extremely important component. If there is something wrong with this area of your vehicle this can be a difficult issue to diagnose. If you notice one or more of the most common suspension issues, bring your vehicle in to Nelson Kia so we can quickly diagnose the problem and work towards fixing it. A damaged suspension can make your vehicle unsafe and it can quickly cause problems elsewhere on your vehicle. Let's take a look at some common signs of a suspension problem:
  • The pressure within your tires is uneven. One tire…
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What Happens If My Tires Aren’t the Right Size?

Before the service team at Nelson Kia puts new tires on your vehicle, we will first need to verify what size tires are needed. Putting the wrong tires on your vehicle could result in a myriad of complications, and that is why all drivers should spend some time learning about tire sidewall codes.

On the side of your tires, there should be a series of numbers and letters. That code tells you information such as the speed rating of the tires and their overall size. If the tires aren’t the right size, then your vehicle’s speedometer won’t…

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What Do Different Vehicle Safety Ratings Mean?

Before you make that next vehicle purchase, you want to make sure you know the car you are getting is safe. Here are a few safety rating details you'll want to get familiar with before laying out all that money on a new vehicle.

The NHTSA is a federal government organization that uses standardized testing on vehicles. One reason many people can easily identify with this rating system is that they use stars, similar to that when rating products online.

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