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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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Tips on Using a New Roof Rack

Buying a new roof rack means taking the time to plan ahead for its installation. If you want to avoid damage to your vehicle in the future, it is vital for you to pay attention to the system's installation. Keep some of these tips in mind before installing a new roof rack.

All roof racks come with specialty secure locks that prevent your cargo from slipping out during the drive. Make sure that you pay attention to the condition and capabilities of the locks in order to enjoy the most secure usage experience. 

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Back To School Service Creates Teachable Moment

Learning to drive is one of the most important rites of passage in life. Along with learning to drive the car, it is also important that the student learns the importance of service as well. Getting a back to school checkup and servicing will be a great time to teach about car maintenance basics.

Scheduling a service appointment should be a part of the yearly back to school checklist. It is also a great time to go over things such as how to change a tire, use the safety equipment, where the spare tire is located, and to familiarize them…

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Popular Motor Oil Misconceptions

While even a small child could tell you what motor oil does for a vehicle, there is a good amount of misinformation and myths that are being spread about motor oil. This is likely due to the fact that many people never really learn what makes their car tick. Some people who don't have a ton of experience with cars are also susceptible to misinformation since they have an interest in cars but do not understand them.

A scarily common thought many folks have is that you can oil use approved oil for your vehicle. Nothing could be further…

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