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Correcting the Record: Motor Oil Myths

When it comes to the world of motor oil, there are a lot of myths and half-truths flying around. As such, the team here at Jeff Smith Kia has decided to correct the record so that our friends and neighbors can be as well-informed as possible about the running of their vehicles.

It is not at all uncommon to hear people claim that synthetic oil can cause oil leaks. However, this simply isn't true. Though some instances of leakage were noted when synthetic oil was first introduced in the 1970s, improvements in oil technology mean that this just isn…

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The Importance of Checking Your Tires

While there are so many critical components in a vehicle, tires are some of the most important. There are a few things you can do to make sure they're ready to take you around town and beyond.

With the correct tire pressure, you'll be able to drive safely and efficiently. If a tire is underinflated, the outside edges will be working harder than they should be. If a tire is overinflated, the load won't be evenly distributed across the entire tread. In just a few seconds, you can use a tire gauge to check your pressure. 

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What is a Differential?

Have you ever heard your mechanic say that your differentials need to be checked? What does that mean? The differentials are located at the front or rear axle assembly. These parts are important pieces that help your car’s wheels rotate around so you can drive properly. While differential oil doesn’t need to be replaced as often as oil, it’s important to have it checked, especially if it feels rough turning your car. 

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What Does Oil Viscosity Mean?

All cars have moving parts. To keep these parts separate, oil is used as a lubricant that creates a thin film of protection between moving parts. Without the lubricant, the parts would grind together and break. No matter where you look inside your engine, the moving parts demand oil to keep them from breaking. Manufacturers of automobiles test their engines to find the right viscosity, or thickness, of oil to lubricate the parts properly.

The Society of Automotive Engineers began testing oil viscosity in 1911. The Society passes oil through a "viscometer" to determine its viscosity.  

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Compact Spares Save Space

Today, many automakers equip their vehicles with compact spares rather than full-sized tires. The compact spare increases interior room. Saving space is an important part of the design of compact vehicles. The difference between the compact and full-sized spare also involves driving. Compact spares have limits on speed and distance. Automakers design them as an emergency tire to get the vehicle back on the road.

Most drivers know it is essential to have a spare in good condition. A full sized spare works like a regular tire.  

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How do You Touch up a Large Area with a Paint Can?

Like it or not, there are times when you must paint a larger area on your vehicle with a touchup paint to get it back to its original look. Repainting an area for around 2" to 5" in diameter is considered a large area.

The first step to touching up a large area is to match your existing color. Every car manufacturer has a different aura to their colors. By ordering a can of paint in the same color from your car manufacturer, you are assured of getting the right color. Regardless, you should always run a test before applying…

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The Right Wax for Your Car

If you're confused on the benefits of wax or how to apply it to your car, Jeff Smith Kia is ready to help. Wax is made up of hydrocarbons that are solid at room temperature that are mixed with a variety of oils and solvents. Silicones are also used to make synthetic waxes.

A protective layer between the elements and the clear coat on your car can keep your paint protected from the elements and make it easier to keep clean. 

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Why Are Gaskets Important, and What Are They?

A common topic drivers in Perry, GA ask about is what gaskets are and what’s so important about them. This is something that commonly needs clarified, and we’re happy to do just that. So, what is a gasket? It’s basically a washer-like seal, made of very flexible layers of metal (often copper or steel), with a rubbery coating. They conform and provide a seal to keep air and liquids where they belong.

The most important gaskets are your cylinder head gasket, the oil pan gasket, and the exhaust and intake manifold gaskets. 

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Things You Should Include in Your Roadside Emergency Kit

Sometimes the unexpected happens on the roads of Perry, GA. Stay ready for any situation with a little advance preparation. Keep these items packed in your roadside emergency kit so you are not helpless the next time your vehicle breaks down. Flashlights and batteries are important to keep in the roadside emergency kit because you can flag help down or light the way to make repairs.

A bag of tools of all varieties could make the difference in sitting or being able to make the small repair on your own. 

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Does Nothing Happen Sometimes When You Turn the Ignition?

A starter is an electric motor that cranks a car's engine when the ignition switch is turned. When your car's starter fails, it'll leave you stranded until you can get it replaced. There are warning signs of a failing starter that you can watch for, though.

One warning sign that your car's starter may be at the end of its life is when it fails to engage when you turn the ignition. When the solenoid that transmits electricity to the starter begins to fail, it causes the starter to lose power. This might be intermittent before…

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