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Tips for a Successful Test Drive

We here at Auto Express KIA want to help you to be an informed vehicle owner, and find a vehicle that will be a perfect match for your family, hobbies, and driving conditions. Here are a few things to consider when test driving vehicles.

Set aside a whole day to test drive many vehicles. This way you will not be trying to squeeze it on your lunch break. You will have time to relax and go over the details of each car and take them on a thorough test drive.

How the car feels to you is one of the…
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The Importance of Regular Maintenance for Your Vehicle’s Differential

A differential is a mechanical device that helps transfer power from the engine to the wheels. It is also responsible for allowing the wheels to turn while the driveshaft is still spinning. Properly maintaining your vehicle’s differential will help you avoid major mechanical problems down the road.

Due to the complexity of modern differentials, most experts agree that maintenance should be left to experienced mechanics. If you have recently noticed that your car whines while you drive around Erie, then you should contact our service department for a comprehensive inspection. You...

 

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Signs Your Suspension Is Ready for Some Maintenance

The lifespan of a vehicle’s suspension depends on a wide variety of factors including the make, model, and type of driving that took place. Most suspensions are designed to last for years, but you still need to keep an eye out for any early warning signs that your suspension might need to be repaired or replaced in the near future.

A well-maintained suspension will prevent your vehicle from bouncing and lurching when driving over uneven terrain. It is also going to keep your vehicle driving in a straight line when the steering wheel is not being turned.

 

 
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Tips for Avoiding a Tire Blowout


There are things you can do to your car tires to help reduce the chances of a tire blowout. Here are a few things to pay closer attention to before allowing the tires to wear unevenly.

One of the most neglected services done on the car is getting the front end aligned. This will ensure the center of the tires wears correctly and not the sides.

Your car should be equipped with tire pressure sensors to alert you when the pressure is not within the recommended range. If not, carry a tire pressure gauge in the car and check the…
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Regular Tire Rotations Are Key To Getting The Most Out Of Your Tires

Your tires work extremely hard for you. As a result of this, you are going to find that they experience some pretty heavy-duty wear and tear. But since they are such a critical component to the safety and performance of your vehicle, you will want them to be in good condition all the time. They are not a cheap item to replace, either. So it makes sense that you would want to get as much out of them as possible.

There are some things that you can do in order to maximize the length of time that you get out…

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How Long Does It Take to Test a Car Battery in Erie?

Testing your car's battery is a simple but important part of car maintenance. Over time, batteries lose power. Extreme cold and hot temperatures in winter and summer could make them lose their power faster. Low voltage could result in your car not starting.

Testing the battery only takes a couple of minutes. Open the car's hood. Use a voltage meter and connect its black probe to the battery's negative terminal. Connect the red probe with the positive terminal. If the voltage reading is less than 12.6, you probably need a new car battery.

If you don…

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Brake Problems

When you step on the brake pedal, there should be resistance. A brake pedal that depresses too easily is a sure sign of a problem. Inadequate braking systems pose a major hazard to all of the vehicle occupants. There could be any number of reasons for soft or spongy brakes. The most common cause is air in the brake line. By bringing the vehicle to our service center at Auto Express KIA, one of our technicians can bleed the line and remedy the problem.

Other possible causes include a damaged brake line, corroded brake calipers, bad wheel cylinders or a…

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Keep Your Car Smelling Great By Changing Cabin Air Filter


We are all guilty of the occasional on the road snack. A bag of onion rings, a big cheeseburger, a few tacos, all things that are tasty but carry quite a strong scent. This can cause the interior of your car to start to smell bad over time. One of the ways this is prevented is by passing the air in your cabin through what is called the cabin air filter. At Auto Express KIA, we take a look at your cabin air filter and make sure that it is doing its job and keeping your car's interior smelling…
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Getting to Know Oil Viscosity Better


An oil change is majorly determined by your driving habits. For instance, if you like driving when it is hot or cold, that affects how long your will need oil change. Again, if you are that kind of a person who travels a lot, which means long distance driving, that could have a different effect on your oil change as well.

When you drive your car in dusty conditions or when you are always on the highway maintaining sustain speeds, your motor oil also requires change on different intervals. Despite all these different scenarios, how do you ensure oil usage…
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Where Did the Term Horsepower Come From?

You've heard of horsepower if you love trucks and SUVs, but what exactly does horsepower mean when it comes to engines? Beyond the basic information of the higher the horsepower, the stronger the engine, what does it mean when you describe the horsepower of an engine?

The term horsepower came about in the 1700's, when inventor James Watt was trying to explain the power of steam engines. He took the time to watch ponies, averaging how much power they produced in a minute. Watt came up with the estimate that an average pony produced 22,000 foot-pounds of…

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