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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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Changing Out a Flat Tire Made Simple

No one wants to have the unfortunate experience of a flat tire. They seem to happen at the worst times. If you have a flat tire on your car, don't panic. Changing a flat tire isn't that difficult.

It's very important that you pull over to a safe location as far away from the traffic as possible. After that, remove the spare and the tire changing tools from your vehicle. Prior to lifting the vehicle with the jack, use the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts. 

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Why You Should Switch Your Cabin and Engine Filters

There are different jobs that you will choose to have completed on your car at different points in time. It is important for you to choose to have your cabin and engine air filters changed out every now and then.

The air filters that are a part of your car have important work to do and they need to be replaced on a regular basis so that they can work at their best. It is important for you to pay attention to the owner's manual for your vehicle so that you know when you should have your cabin and…

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Hose and Belt Maintenance Keep Your Car Healthy

You probably don't think about them much, but belts and hoses are an important part of your vehicle. Sooner or later, they'll wear out due to simple wear and tear. Belts and hoses are essential to the operation of many other engine parts such as the alternator, water pump, fan, power steering pump, air conditioner and more. Hoses deliver coolant, brake fluid and fuel throughout the vehicle. Over time, belts and hoses can crack or tear, leading to unexpected breakdowns that can leave you stranded on the roadside.

 

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Explore Superb Tire Options

Don't let confusion get the best of you when you're shopping for tires. Don't give in to pressure, either. The last thing you want to do is buy tires that honestly aren't a good match for your vehicle and taste. If you want to feel great about your tire purchase choice, you need to know exactly what you're doing. That’s where the Barnes Crossing Kia parts and service team can step in and assist.

Learn all about all-season tires that can keep you safe and secure 12 months out of the year. 

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Your Guide To A Successful Road Trip, From Barnes Crossing Kia!

Going on an adventure in your car can be the trip of a lifetime. It also has the potential to become a nightmare if you are not careful and prepared. Here at Barnes Crossing Kia, we want to make sure it's a trip you'll remember in the best way possible! We'd always recommend having your vehicle serviced prior to the road trip to make sure everything is in good working order so you can stay safe when you hit the road. Here are some tips you should follow before you embark on your upcoming road trip:

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