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Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings and What They Mean

Understanding the inner workings of your vehicle can have lasting benefits, such as saving money by knowing when it needs to be serviced before a small issue becomes an expensive problem. Choosing the right motor oil for your car is vital, as without the right lubricant, your engine won't run properly.

Viscosity is just another word for how quickly liquids flow. When applied to motor oil, it's a measure of how fast it will run through your engine according to temperature. The first number on a motor oil label, such as 10-W, tells you how fast the oil…

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Know the Limits of Your Spare

When a tire fails, we sometimes must install the spare tire. The type of spare makes a big difference. Drivers can operate as usual with a full-sized, matched spare tire. A compact spare has limitations on speed and distance. Automakers design compact spares as an emergency tire; it helps get the vehicle home or to a nearby repair shop.

Drivers understand the importance of checking the tire information on compact spares. Drivers should know the spare's speed and overall driving distance limitations. 

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Learning How to Choose Your Teen's First Car

That day is eventually going to come, the day you have to come to grips with the fact your little baby is now going to be driving a car all by themselves. To help minimize your concerns, you may want to consider the following before buying them any car.

One thing you can do for your teen is to stay away from those high horsepower muscle cars. Your child is still learning, so start them off on the right foot. The bigger the vehicle, the heavier the vehicle, the safer your teen is going to be. 

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Deciding Whether to Trade or Refinance

Many car owners come to the point of decision. They must decide whether to keep their old car or trade it in for a new or better vehicle. The advantage of trade-ins includes getting a new or newer vehicle. The advantage of refinancing is to keep your current vehicle but on better loan repayment terms. Much depends on the condition of the current vehicle and whether it still meets your needs. 

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Tailgating Tips for a Great Party!

Tailgating with friends is a great way to bond before or after the game. We at Dolan Kia want to be sure that your event is great by offering these tips to help keep tailgating stress free.

Prepare as much as possible the day prior to tailgating, so you can just load your coolers and be on your way the next day. A to-do list will help you keep all of your preparations going quickly and you will be less likely to forget items. 

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Prevent Wearing Out the Tires at a Faster Rate

It is important to make sure that you are on top of your tires when it comes to wearing out. However, you should do more than just observe when your tires are wearing. There are chances that your tires might be wearing out a little faster than they should.

If your tire is under-inflated, then it is very likely wearing out at a faster rate than it should. When a tire is under-inflated, then it is going to be softer. Also, when it is on the road, it is going to generate even more friction and heat which will cause…

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Why You Should Consider a Crossover

They used to be called tall wagons, rounded minivans, or compact SUVs, but now they're known as crossovers, and they're one of the fastest growing vehicle types around. There are several reasons why you should consider one, and Dolan KIA can help.

Since they're built on car platforms, crossovers have a very comfortable ride, not to mention better fuel efficiency. They also appeal to parents who don't like minivans, due to their good-looking exteriors and roomy interiors, with many body styles from which to choose. 

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Detailing Tips: A Closer Look at Clay Bars

Detailing your vehicle with a clay bar doesn’t need to be a time-consuming or confusing process. These bars are very easy to use, and they will quickly strip away some of the contaminants that are damaging your car’s paint. Here is a closer look at the basics of a clay bar exterior treatment.

A clay bar should only be used after your vehicle has been washed, and you will need clay lubricant to prevent smudging. After the lubricant has been applied, you should pull the bar across the surface of the car in short strokes.

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Back-Up Cameras Enhances Safety

Everyone wants to be safe on the road. When you're shopping around for your next vehicle, you can look for one with a back-up camera. More and more cars, trucks, and SUVs are coming with standard back-up cameras, and this allows you to get a better view of what's around you. 

One of the situations in which you can't see where you're going is when you're navigating in reverse. Even though you're going slowly, you can still do a lot of damage since you're in control of tons of pounds and significant power…

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How Can a Vehicle History Report Help Me?

When buying a used vehicle, it’s important to gather as many facts as possible in order to make an informed decision. A vehicle history report can contain a wealth of information about a car’s past, and every prospective buyer should have one in hand before going ahead with a purchase.

A vehicle history report includes the name, location and period of ownership for all previous owners of the vehicle as well as odometer readings that can indicate the number of miles per year that the vehicle was driven. 

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