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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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Style and Convenience are Hatchback Hallmarks

If you're one of those drivers that traditionally has bought a sedan but doesn't want to join the world of SUVs or crossover, why not consider an in-between vehicle like a hatchback? If you're looking for a distinctive look along with convenience, a hatchback could be the vehicle for you.

Hatchbacks are much more stylish than traditional sedans, and in some ways, they're more stylish than SUVs. 

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The Differences Between a Powertrain and a Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty

You face a myriad of considerations when it comes to selecting a new car. These considerations include making an educated, wise decision about a warranty. Two common types of warranties associated with a motor vehicle include powertrain and bumper-to-bumper warranties.

A powertrain warranty is a more basic option. It provides coverage for any element of a car that propels it.

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Automobile Safety Strategies for Battery Testing Routines

If automobile batteries aren't tested, important systems won't operate when they're needed during road trips. In order to test a battery properly and safely, a few procedures must be implemented before and after each test routine.

Since batteries hold electricity and chemicals, you'll need to wear various safety accessories before beginning a maintenance job. The most practical items for a basic routine are gloves and goggles because both of these items will provide protection in case something malfunctions during a test.

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Are Your Car's Brake Pads Due to Be Replaced?

Brake pads play an important role in the lifespan and effectiveness of your vehicle's disc braking system. The pads fit between the piston's caliper and the rotor for the axle. The pads absorb the intense friction that occurs when you press down on the brake pedal to slow or stop the car. After some time, those brake pads wear out.

Heavy sport utility vehicles, trucks and vans often have ceramic brake pads. Most cars and other lighter weight vehicles have semi-metal brake pads. Stop-and-go driving causes brake pads to wear out faster. 

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What is a Vehicle Tire Alignment Service?

The vehicle tire alignment service corrects issues with the steering components in the front-end of your vehicle. If you neglect this service, you could be paying more for costly repairs in the near future.

It only takes driving into one pothole or hitting one curb before the front-end alignment in your vehicle fails. The way you can tell trouble is in the near future, the vehicle is harder to keep within the lane lines and pulls to the side each time to hit the brakes. 

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