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Learn How to Safely Secure Gear to Your Luggage Rack

Our team believes that you should be able to take advantage of every feature that your vehicle has to offer, and that includes the luggage rack. Improperly using the roof rack could result in damaged gear and dangerous collisions while out on the road.

Every item that is placed on your luggage rack must be strapped down and anchored to multiple points on the vehicle. If your vehicle doesn’t have anchor points that are easily accessible, then you might want to invest in crossbars or a storage box. 

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Ensuring Your Car is Ready to Get to School

It is important that you know how to care for your car. Proper vehicle maintenance can keep it in good condition throughout the school year and beyond. Ideally, you will have it inspected prior to returning to school if you study in another city or state. You should also make sure that the tires are rotated and the oil is changed.

Furthermore, be sure that you have enough windshield wiper fluid to get through the rainy and snowy fall and early winter weather. Finally, it is a good idea to have your car checked for rust or signs of damage…

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Don't Ignore a Spongy Brake Pedal

The feeling of a soft or spongy brake pedal can be a very unnerving experience, especially if it is noticed while driving. A soft brake pedal can be a sign of a minor issue or a huge problem, but in either case, it should not be ignored. Vehicle braking systems are almost exclusively hydraulic.

As such, the response of the brake pedal is typically direct feedback of what is happening at the wheels. Therefore, a soft pedal directly translates to a loose grip of the brake pads on the brake rotor. While stopping may still be possible, this is a…

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A Clay Bar Is Useful for Detailing Your Vehicle

Even if you are very diligent about washing and detailing your vehicle regularly, you still may not be cleaning the exterior thoroughly enough to protect the clear-coat over the lifetime of the vehicle. Small airborne particles can accumulate on the paint and possibly cause damage such as rust spots.

Using a clay bar to pick up these particles can prevent this accumulation and help maintain the original condition of the paint finish. You will need a clay bar and a clay lubricant. First, apply the lubricant to a small area of the vehicle. Then, rub the clay bar across the…

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Lifestyle Is Important When Choosing New Floor Mats

Rather your existing floormats are reaching the end of their life, or you are looking for something new that better suits your vehicle, aftermarket floor mats provide you with a variety of choices. The two main types, All-weather, and carpeted floor mats, both have their advantages and disadvantages to consider depending on your lifestyle and other preferences.

If you lead the type of lifestyle that often finds you outdoors, or live in an area that often has wet or inclement weather, all-weather floor mats made of rubber are probably your best option.

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Considering What a Dash Cam Offers

There are extras that you can add to the vehicle that you drive, and our staff at Kia of West Nyack wants you to understand those various extras and the way that each one can work for you. A dash cam provides you with many benefits, and it is something that you should consider for your vehicle.

A dash cam helps you record the driving that you are doing so that you can prove that you are in the right in the case of an accident and so that you can show off the good driving that you have done…

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How to Change a Flat Tire Fast

If you get a flat tire, the first thing you need to do is get to a safe spot. Try to choose a flat location on concrete, so your jack won't sink and your car won't roll. Once you're in a safe location, turn off your car, and engage the emergency brake.

Next, locate your jack, spare tire, and tools needed to change the flat. Remove wheel covers, and then loosen the lug nuts before jacking up your car.

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Important Belts and Hoses in Your Vehicle

When we think about having a problem with one of our vehicles, most people think about an engine going out or some other part malfunctioning. However, the belts and hoses on your car play a critical role in your vehicle's operation. It is important that they be properly maintained.

The serpentine belt is the belt that drives many engine accessories. If this belt breaks, your vehicle will not operate. 

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How to Jump a Vehicle


It is a good idea to learn how to jump-start a car. You will need jumper cables. They are marked or colored. Red is positive and black is negative. Set the emergency brake on both vehicles.
  • Attach the positive cable to the positive terminal of the dead battery.
  • Attach the positive cable to the positive terminal of the live battery.
  • Attach the negative cable to the negative terminal of the live battery.
  • Attach the negative cable to the negative terminal of the dead battery.
Once you begin clamping, be careful not to touch any metal or the car with the…
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Reasons Your Tire Pressure Light is Illuminated


It's tough to know how much air pressure is in your tires just by looking at them, which is why modern vehicles come equipped with tire pressure monitoring sensors. These sensors gauge your tires' pressure and tell you when it's a little too low by illuminating a handy light on your dashboard. Unfortunately, this system isn't perfect. Your tire pressure light will go on when your tire pressure is low, but it might go on for other reasons as well.

Temperature Changes

When you start your car on a cold day, the tire pressure light sometimes turns…
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