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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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Can Radiator Sealants Cause Overheating?

The motor in your engine often runs at relatively high temperatures. To keep these temperatures in check, your motor relies on your cooling system to keep the motor coolant within manageable temperature ranges. Like other vehicle systems, the cooling system is subject to damage. One of the most prevalent forms of damage comes in the form of the coolant leak.

Leaks can be pesky, hard to locate problems, but they can cause serious consequences if not attended to. 

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Maintain Your Headlights for a Better View

When you think of car maintenance, do you consider your headlights to be part of that? Most people can agree that this is an easily overlooked topic. Headlights seem to be an out-of-sight, out-of-mind thing. However, headlights are probably one of the most important safety features that your car can provide.

Without headlights, evening driving would be virtually impossible. Could you imagine driving down a road that is only lit by dim street lamps? Having a broad range of visibility helps to ensure you see the entire picture when night time driving. 

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Does Your Kia Need Snow Tires or All-Seasons?

If you're wondering whether or not your new Kia needs snow tires, we here at Jeff Smith Kia in Perry, GA can provide some helpful tips for you.  While some people regard that drivers in areas with only light snowfall can get through the season with just all-season tires, we here at Jeff Smith Kia believe that investing in a reliable pair of snows tires is never a bad choice. Besides, it'll only…

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