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Cutting Down on the Work Needed to Find a Good Mechanic

We at Savage Kia have quite a few tips to helping you find a mechanic that is going to be very effective in the work done as well as charging a fair price. While you may have to do a lot of homework on the mechanics in your area, there are other things that you can do in order to make sure that you are getting the best type of service at an affordable price.

One thing that will save you a lot of work is getting recommendations. The recommended mechanics are going to be the ones that have proven…

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Tire Pressure and Tread are Important to Safety


Many people believe that their vehicle's automated safety systems are responsible for keeping them safe. In reality, however, safety begins with your tires. You need to have proper air pressure along with sufficient tread to make sure that your vehicle will drive properly.

Properly inflated tires are essential. When they are overinflated or underinflated, you risk the chance of a blowout, which can result in you losing control of your vehicle, possibly causing an accident....

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Compact Spares are Temporary Tires

Today, many automakers save space and weight by using compact spare tires with their late model vehicles. The compact tires take about half the space of a full-sized spare and have a lower weight. Compact spares are excellent for getting the vehicle off the road and to a repair shop or home.

Reading-area drivers use compact spares as a temporary replacement and not as long-term replacements. Compact tires are smaller than full-sized spares, and they have different load capacities than standard tires. When using compact tires, drivers must reduce speeds and drive with extra care.

 

 

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Timing Belt Maintenance

Many things contribute towards making our car’s engine run, and the timing belt is an important component. It’s the part that makes the camshaft and crankshaft turn in perfect sync. Over time the timing belt can wear out, break and cause problems. The best scenario is the car quits, but the worst scenario can be a seriously damaged engine. Come and see us at Savage Kia and let us inspect the timing belt and provide any other automotive service you may need.

Timing belts should be inspected regularly for wear and tear and should be replaced periodically as…

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Hydroplaning

All vehicles are at risk of hydroplaning under the right circumstances. There are ways that you can avoid hydroplaning. This is a dangerous situation. We here at Savage Kia want to make sure that you are prepared so that you can stay safe while you are on the road, even in the most wet conditions.

If you see that there is an accumulation of water up ahead, you should slow your vehicle down as much as possible. Don't hit your brakes immediately. This could cause an accident involving people that are driving behind you. Slow down and let go…
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Pets On The Road: Keeping Your Furry Friends Safe In The Car

Here at Savage Kia, we know that pet owners love to drive around the world with their beloved animals. However, we also want to make sure that you do so in a way that keep your pet safe and secure at all times.

Before you ever leave your driveway, you should ensure that your pet is either securely harnessed in the back seat or contained in a crate. This will prevent the animal from distracting the driver while they are focusing on the road, and will reduce their risk of serious injury in the event of a crash. Remember, safety…

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Save Money When You Keep Proper Tire Pressure

Did you know that you can save money on gas just by keeping your tires properly inflated? Keeping your tires properly inflated can save you money in many ways. For instance, you can also save yourself money because tires that have the right amount of air in them can prevent an accident.

When tires are underinflated, the vehicle has to work harder because the weight is distributed over a larger portion of the tires which causes more friction. You'll notice the extra work that your vehicle is doing when it's time to fill up the gas tank. Also…

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Choosing Touch Up Paint for Your Vehicle

Fixing small scratches and dings is usually a straightforward project, but you need to make sure that you have the right touch up paint. Using the wrong color could make the damage stand out, and removing touch up paint is no easy task. Here are a few steps that you can take to make sure that your touch up paint is identical to your vehicle’s current color.

Even if you have great vision, it is important to realize that matching auto paint by its appearance is nearly impossible. Instead of relying on your eyes, you should take a look…

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Steps to Jumpstart a Dead Battery

When you're dealing with a dead battery, yours or someone else's, having the skills to hook the two batteries up properly can get the second car started easily. Having a quality set of jumper cables in your vehicle can help you get out of difficult situations.

After you've made sure that both cars are in a safe location, hook the positive ends of the jumper cables to the positive terminals of the batteries...

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Avoid Suffering a Tire Blowout

Avoiding an accident must remain a priority of any self-proclaimed "safe driver." Defensive driving tactics and awareness help, but never overlook proper maintenance. Caring for your tires, in particular, could reduce the chances of a dangerous blowout.

A simple visual inspection could reveal damage and wear. Visible signs of aging such as dry rot may become evident upon close examination. 

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