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Are Summer Tires Better Than All-Season Tires?

Shopping for new tires can be a big task. Not only is this an expensive maintenance item for your vehicle, but buying new tires can take quite a bit of research. We here at Barnes Crossing Kia can help make the process a bit simpler for you. If you are in need of new tires or suspect you might be, stop down to see us today. We can tell you how much more time you have with your current tires, and we can help you shop for a new set of tires.

When it comes to selecting tires you can…

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Benefits of a Backup Camera

Many cars now have a wide variety of advanced features to keep occupants safe. In order to make full use of these features, it is important to have a working knowledge of them, and in some cases, how and when to use them properly.

Backup cameras are tiny cameras that are positioned such that they are able to relay an image to the driver of the space directly behind the vehicle. This image can be sent to an in-dash monitor that makes it easier for the driver of the vehicle to get a good look at what's behind them…

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How to Cut Back on Distracted Driving

If you find that you are engaging in distracted driving too often, it is important to cut back as soon as possible. Follow some of these easy tips and see how you can prevent accidents and dangerous scenarios in the future.

When possible, avoid using cell-phones entirely, even on a hands-free call. Before going on a larger family trip, be sure to secure your kids and pets in the backseat to avoid emergencies. Avoid messy foods and always snack before you get started on your trip, as food may require more attention from your hands than is recommended. 

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Car Wax Can Keep Your Automobile Paint in Good Shape

We all know that we should perform regular maintenance for our vehicle on the working parts, inside and out. However, keeping the exterior of the vehicle clean is also helpful for maintaining the outer paint and coating. Using wax during this cleaning increases the protection level and limits degradation from outside factors.

Wax is all about protection. It places a buffer between the paint and the negative outside elements such as water that contains pollutants, UV rays and anything else that may be present in the surrounding air. 

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What is the Purpose of an Infotainment System?

Are you in the market for a new car? At Barnes Crossing Kia, we want you to have an understanding of the technology features that each car you have in mind has to offer. One technology feature that is included in most of today’s cars is an infotainment system, but what is an infotainment system? Read further to find out!

An infotainment system is a term that is used to describe data, entertainment, and communications that are provided to a driver. The information is available on a touchscreen, and most manufacturers have proprietary systems. 

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Understanding the Role of Gaskets

Vehicles are complicated, and while we’re all familiar with many of the names of important components, we may not always know what they really do. It’s ok, we’re here to help! Let’s talk about gaskets for a second. Gaskets are a seal to prevent leaks, the unfortunate mixing of fluids and the hazards of air escaping or entering components of your vehicle. They’re made of layers of steel or copper, and come covered in rubber or silicone. They’re flexible, designed to fill gaps and fit obtuse surfaces.

 

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How Does Tire Pressure Affect Your Vehicle?

The second the tire pressure indicator signals something is wrong with your car tires, the sooner you should be getting to the bottom of the issue. Here are a few of the issues you could experience when you don't take corrective action to resolve this tire pressure issue.

The car tire that is overinflated can make it very hard to control your vehicle at high speeds because less of the tread is now coming in contact with the road surface. The tire tread will begin to wear unevenly, so the potential for a blowout increases. 

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How Rear-wheel Drive and Front-Wheel Drive Differ

A transmission system is either front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. Both are vital to propel a vehicle forward, but they do so in a different manner. If you want to gain a better understanding how rear-wheel drive and front-wheel drive differ, we have provided you with some key differences below.

The primary difference between rear-wheel drive and front-wheel drive is how and where the power is distributed to the wheels. Front-wheel drive uses the front wheels to pull a vehicle forward, and rear-wheel drive uses the rear wheels to push a vehicle forward. 

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How to Know if Your Ignition Needs Service

Is your vehicle going to start up for you when you put the key in and give it a twist? It is important for you to have a starter that is working right if you are going to get where you would like to go in the Saltillo, MS region.

If you hear a grinding noise as you attempt to start up your vehicle, you should seek out help for the vehicle. There may be a problem with the ignition. If you smell something burning and see smoke when you attempt to start your vehicle, you should seek out someone…

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How to Test Your Car’s Battery

If your car’s battery seems sluggish now after the long winter, it could be time to have it tested. There are a couple of ways to check your vehicle’s charging system. Before you begin, it’s recommended to make sure the cells’ fluid levels are topped off.

If you have a voltmeter, you will want to see it registering at a minimum of 12.6 volts on a charged battery. When you check the volts on a battery with the engine running, it should read 13.7 to 14.7. You can also get a general idea of…

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