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Remember to Clean Your Tires

When people think of vehicle maintenance, things like oil changes come to mind. What is sometimes forgotten is maintaining the tires. Cleaning your tires can help them perform at their highest level.

The process of cleaning tires is straightforward. You'll want to do this task before you go about washing the rest of your vehicle, if that's also planned. This ensures that dirty water doesn't splash up onto what you've previously cleaned. 

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Be Proactive for a Safe Back-to-School Driving Experience

Although it’s still summer, the time is right for getting your car ready for the back-to-school season. Jeff Smith Kia wants you to know how to take care of your car so that you can get off to a great start for a successful year!

When is the last time your car tires were rotated? As a general rule, your tires should be rotated at least once a year. However, if you’ve taken extended road trips throughout the summer, more than likely, you’ve added more miles than normal. 

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Your Timing Belt: What You Need to Get From it

The timing belt in your vehicle controls a lot more about the performance of that vehicle than you may even realize. The moment that you start to take something like this for granted is the moment that you have a major problem on your hands.

Let's put this simply. The timing belt controls for a great majority of the overall experience that you have when driving around in your vehicle. It makes sure that the combination of air and gas is just right in your engine to keep it running and moving along down the road just the way…

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Tips for Keeping Your Engine Cooling System Going

Whether it's hot or cold outside, it's important to keep your cooling system in working order. Part of maintaining this system involves understanding its key components, and our team here at Jeff Smith Kia is here to help you with some tips and information.

The cooling system in your vehicle moves coolant or antifreeze from the engine to the radiator where the hot coolant is cooled by the air. When you travel frequently, your vehicle can lose coolant over time and need replacing. 

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Wash Your Car to Maintain its Exterior

When you're driving, your vehicle can look as clean as possible after a good wash. This is only one of the benefits that a routine car wash provides. While you're washing your car, it provides an opportunity to view details that you might overlook otherwise, such as checking the tire pressure. You can also look to see if there are any dents that you didn't know were in your car.

There are products that you can use when washing your car to protect the clearcoat and the paint. When dirt is on your car, it can begin…

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Car Care Tips for Spring

When the days grow longer and the temperatures get warmer, it's the perfect time for you to take stock of how your car was impacted by the winter months. Salted, sandy roads and freezing temperatures can take their toll on the exterior of your car. Spring is the perfect season to repair any damage and get your car ready for the summer months ahead.

Thoroughly wash and wax your car, fixing any imperfections in your car's finish with matching touch up paint to delay rust. Shake out those sandy floor mats and run your air conditioner to see…

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Don't Let the Sun's Glare Become a Driving Hazard

It's happened to all of us. Driving into the sunrise or sunset and the glare hits the windshield. All of a sudden, you can't see due to the sun's glare. How do you react? There are effective ways to handle this driving hazard. Our driving experts here at Jeff Smith Kia offer these tips to keep you safe.

Start with a few preventative measures. Keep your windshield clean inside and out. A dirty windshield gives off more glare. Periodically check your windshield for cracks and pitting, both of which make glare worse. Don't store anything on…

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Use These Tips to Stay Safe when Involved in an Auto Accident

Jeff Smith Kia is happy to help keep your family safe this driving season. When you're involved in an auto accident, it can seem devastating. Remaining calm can seem very difficult; however, it's important that everything is handled properly to keep everyone safe.

Take care of hazards first. If there are injuries involved, call 911 at once. If there's anything that's blocking traffic or creating a hazardous situation, move your vehicle to a safe area. It's always advisable to contact the police when involved in an accident. At a minimum, be certain to get the…

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Get a Flat Tire Fixed Now

Driving is dangerous if you have a flat tire. At Jeff Smith Kia, we offer a few tips to make sure you can replace a flat tire.

The first thing you want to do is identify which tire is flat. Get out the necessary supplies, including the spare tire, a car jack, and the lug wrench. It’s also a good idea to use emergency accessories to let other drivers know where you are.

You will need to remove the lug nuts in order to get the wheel and tire off. Then, you need to put the spare tire onto…

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Make Room for Everyone on the Road

At Jeff Smith Kia, we want to help you easily navigate all driving situations you will encounter in our city and beyond. We happily offer tips today that can help you share the road with bicyclists.

All driving situations require your full attention, so never text and drive. Keep your eyes on the road. Importantly, cyclists have an equal claim to the road. When no bike lane is present, bike riders may use a car lane's full width. You can pass cyclists, but always leave a three-foot buffer, and never pass in a way that would impede other lanes…

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