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2 Crucial Tips to Avoid Hydroplaning

Taking important safety measures to prevent hydroplaning helps keep you and others safer on the road. Hydroplaning occurs when your vehicle can't push the incoming water from rain away fast enough. It can happen without warning and take away your ability to brake or steer, making it extremely dangerous not only to you but others on the road. Two crucial tips to follow for reducing your risk of hydroplaning are regularly rotating your tires and using high quality tires.

Regardless of whether or not your tires show signs of wear, you need to rotate them every 3,000-5,000…

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Back to School Auto Maintenance Steps

The back to school season is busy; it's filled with tasks, activities, school obligations, work, and errands. The busy times put demands on the family vehicles. When an older child drives off to college, then he or she may have to take on car maintenance for the first time. Basic maintenance is essential to keeping a vehicle in good operating condition.

Calgary drivers know that it is essential to follow the manufacturer's recommendations for maintenance including oil changes, tire rotation, and engine fluids. You should prepare for the cold weather seasons by adding jumper cables...
 

 

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Save Yourself From Expensive Repairs By Keeping Your Tires Properly Inflated

Do you want to save yourself from expensive repairs on your vehicle? Most people want to, but you might not know one of the easiest ways to save yourself from those repairs. All you have to do is check your tire pressure and make sure all four wheels are properly inflated.

When tires are underinflated, they're more likely to wear unevenly because the weight of the car will be on the outer walls. This can cause blowouts, and your vehicle will be less able to absorb the impact when you hit a pothole. This can cause damage to your…

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Motor Oil and Whether or Not to Change it Before a Long Trip

Long trips require a lot of planning. If you are planning on going for a long ride, you have to make sure that everything is taken care of in your vehicle. One thing you have to look at is your oil. It helps to separate fact from fiction

One of the popular myths when it comes to motor oil and long trips is that you should always change your oil before going on a long trip. However, it is more important to think about when you are due for an oil change. If you are not in need of an…

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Headlight Restoration: DIY, Or Help From The Pros?

Headlights are a feature that says a great deal about the overall condition of your car. Since headlights are at the front of a vehicle, they are one of the first things other drivers notice. That positioning also exposes them to many elements. Bugs, rocks, road tar, and weather can dull the appearance of headlights. They can also make the light less efficient, and that can become a hazard when driving at night.

It’s always nice to drive around a city like Calgary with headlights that are aesthetically pleasing, and have a brilliant spectrum for avoiding obstacles. Restoring headlights…
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Signs Your Exhaust is Leaking


?Many people neglect to take notice that their exhaust is in need of repair. Many times, people don't even know the signs to look for. When it comes to your exhaust, damage can cause much more than just a little louder noise from your engine. You could also experience some pretty decreased fuel efficiency. There are some other issues that you can keep a look out for including:
  • Moisture weeping from the rear of your exhaust pipe. The trickle could be very slow, or you might notice a large amount come out just as your vehicle is started.
  • People…
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How to Quickly Test Your Car's Battery


​There is nothing worse than a dead car battery. It's frustrating and very inconvenient. But, you can quickly conduct a battery test right from home!

A battery test is conducted by using a voltmeter, which measures the battery's state of charge at any given moment. A digital voltmeter will give you a more accurate reading than an analog voltmeter, as well as being easier to use. To test your battery, you should make sure that the ignition is in the off position and the car lights are off. Proceed by connecting the red cable to the positive battery…
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Climate Temperatures and Vehicle Batteries

The acid content in batteries fluctuates in extremely cold or hot weather. In the winter, the capacity may drop by 20 percent or more, depending on the temperature. During the sweltering summer months, the capacity of battery acid increases. However, in either scenario, the different reduces the life of the battery despite the length of time the battery should last.

Many motorists have endured the unpleasant experience of having a battery fail to crank the engine during winter. The problem lies in the reduced acid capacity along with energy needed to start the vehicle...

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Avoiding a Tire Blowout

Having a flat tire or a tire blowout can take the fun out of any trip, whether it’s a long journey or just around the block. Tire blowouts are not just inconvenient but can also be very expensive, especially if you need to have your vehicle towed to a service station. Come to South Trail Kia and speak with our technicians about tire maintenance.

Tire blowouts are something we seldom see coming until it actually happens. Here are a few things you can do to avoid a tire blowout.

• Tires should have good tread and be properly inflated.
• Wheels…

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