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The Hows and Whys of Four-Wheel Drive

If you're in the market for a four-wheel drive vehicle, you probably already know that there are two types of 4WD. The first, four-high, lets you drive at normal speeds. Four-high is a great choice for driving in challenging conditions on normal roads. It can be a lifesaver in snowy or rainy conditions. Four-low is a totally different animal.

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Vehicle Safety Ratings—Different Tests, but Similar Ratings

When looking for a new car, you're probably going to see the names IIHS and NHTSA under different ratings for any given car. However, what exactly are these organizations and what is the difference between the ratings? Well, IIHS stands for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), while NHTSA stands for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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What to Do if You Have Rodent Damage

Rodents are practically everywhere. Are they chewing up the hoses and components of your vehicle? If you do find that you have rodent damage, then one the first things you are going to have to do is take your vehicle to Griffin Kia in order to get it fixed. The amount of money you are going to have to pay depends on a lot of factors.

One factor to the payment of your vehicle is how adequate the coverage is on your insurance policy. If you have the right type of coverage, then you are going to be able to…

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Reducing Bright Lights on the Rearview Mirrors

Driving at night with vehicles shining their light on the rearview mirror is one of the potentially dangerous aspects of driving due to the Troxler effect, which leaves you a little blind. This effect is said to slow reaction time by a little bit. Therefore, manufacturers have developed technologies that limit the glare you get from vehicles when you are on the road.

One of the technologies that has been invented is the auto-dimming rearview mirrors which has sensors in the mirror.  

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Understanding Engine Oil Viscosity Ratings


Deciphering the oil viscosity ratings can often be confusing for those not familiar with what every letter and number means. A viscosity measurement is determined by how much the engine oil can resist flow as it comes out of the bottle. Low viscosity ratings are ideal in colder temperatures while higher readings function more effectively in warmer temperatures. The number before the W is the figure at low temperatures and the number after is the viscosity when the engine is running hot.
 

 

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Crucial tips for roadside emergencies on the streets of Meadville!

Sometimes, accidents and breakdowns just happen. No matter how hard you work keep your vehicle dependable, matter how safely you drive, eventually you’re going to have a roadside emergency. Below are a few things to bear in mind that could save your life and those of other drivers.

  • The most common emergency was a blowout. When this happens, it’s actually all right to continue driving on your rim until you can safely pullover far from traffic. Rims are surprisingly durable in the short term.
  • Be sure to pullover as far away from traffic as possible, and to place…
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Applying Touch Up Paint to the Exterior of Your Vehicle

Our service center wanted to pass along a simply guide on how to touch up small chips in the paint on the exterior of your vehicle.

Begin by taking a clean cloth and dipping into a water soap mix. The goal here is cleaning out the chip of any dirt or debris. Place a dab of polishing compound on that chip, then use the dry end of the cloth to work the polish into the paint to soften the edges around the chip. Once dry, you can move to the painting step.

Use the tiny paintbrush with the touch up…
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How to Choose the Right Used Car

You may not always have the money to purchase a brand new car, or you might just feel that purchasing a used car is a better choice, overall. Whatever your reason for purchasing a used vehicle, we want you to know how to do that in a way that will help you end up with a good vehicle.

When you are purchasing a used vehicle, make sure that you have a budget and that you stick to that as you look for the right option to purchase. Take time to look into the history of a vehicle if you are…
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Best Ways to Use a Roof Rack

Understanding your car's functionality and improving its efficiency will help you to save money over its lifetime. While many car makes offer plenty of space, adding a roof rack to your vehicle can vastly improve its carrying capacity.

Load the roof rack once it's on your car, rather than loading items into while it's on the ground and having to lift the entire weight of your belongings at once. Pack strategically, putting any necessary items within easy reach when opened again. Keep in mind that your roof rack adds height to your car when driving under low…

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Back to School Vehicle Service Lessons

The time to worry about car maintenance and servicing is not when your child calls you at midnight because they are stuck on the road. Many mechanical breakdowns can be prevented by getting the car regularly serviced and inspected. This is why getting your student’s vehicle serviced should be at the top of your back to school list.

Items such as having your oil changed, having sure brakes are inspected, fluids flushed, and other regular maintenance recommended by your owner’s manual can help prevent you from having a costlier repair later. 

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