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Summer Vs. All-Season Tires—Which Should You Choose?

Whether you regularly commute long distances or your daily travel occurs within a limited area, choosing the right tires for your vehicle is critical. Every driver should keep in mind the differences between summer and all-season tires when making a tire purchase.

The main difference between all-season and summer tires is that all-season tires offer at least moderate traction benefits in all weather conditions while summer tires are specifically designed for enhanced performance on hot pavement and during heavy summer rain events.

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Signs Your Brake Pedal Needs Repair

When you are driving along, you will need to press your brake pedal down at some point in order to make your vehicle slow down or come to a complete stop. Just like with any other part of your vehicle, your brake pedal may need some routine maintenance or repairs, and there are ways that you can tell that something is amiss. Let's take a look at some of the signs your brake pedal needs to be repaired:

It's not smart to put off maintenance related to your brakes or brake pedal. Stop down to Griffin Kia today…

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How do you figure out the extra load you can carry?

Several publications publish the load-carrying capacity of vehicles. Consumer Report, for example, covers nearly every vehicle on the road. When looking at purchasing a new vehicle, especially one that you want to haul cargo in, you must be aware of the load carrying capacity of the vehicle so you can make an intelligent decision as to your purchase.

The key factor when looking at your load carrying capacity is the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). You can find the GVWR on the door jamb under the tire section. Subtract the weight of the vehicle form the GVWR, and you have…

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Rubber or Carpet: Which Floor Mats Are Best for You

You just bought yourself a new car, and the last thing you want to do is damage or dirty it up in any way. While you can be as careful as possible with how you drive and keeping the interior of the car clean, it is nearly impossible to prevent your shoes from tracking in dirt and debris every time you enter the vehicle. But you can prevent this type of damage to your interior carpet with an after-market floormat.

The two most common types of floormats are made of either rubber or carpet. Rubber floor mats are best for…

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Powertrain or Bumper-to-Bumper: Which Warranty is Better?

Powertrain warranties? Bumper-to-bumper warranties? Advertisements talk about them all of the time, but if no one has ever explained it to you, you might still find yourself scratching your head when it's time to sign the paperwork for your new or certified pre-owned vehicle. To help clear up the confusion, here are a few of the key differences.

A powertrain warranty covers fewer vehicle components than a bumper-to-bumper warranty; it only covers the powertrain, which is one of the costliest components on a vehicle. You might think that this is a negative thing, but it also usually lasts...

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Learn about Front-Wheel Drive and Rear-Wheel Drive

Improved automotive knowledge leads to better buying decisions. Today, we want to heighten your knowledge of front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive transmissions.

Think of front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive as opposites. While front-wheel transmissions transfer engine power to a vehicle's front wheels, their rear-wheel drive counterparts move that horsepower to back wheels. As a result, front-wheel drive pulls while rear-wheel drive pushes. Those characteristics lead to handling differences.

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Is Your Engine Starting to Overheat?

There are many aspects of your vehicle that keep it functioning and running well. One of these centers on the engines cooling and radiator system. Failure to properly maintain and service this important part of your vehicle can leave your car broken down and you stranded on the side of the road.

The purpose of your car's engine and radiator system is to circulate antifreeze/coolant to transfer heat away from the engine. If the system is not performing as it should, then your car's engine can heat to temperatures hot enough to damage and warp engine parts…

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Do You Know the Importance of Your Transfer Case?

Practical defensive and preventative strategies can help you protect a transfer case that manages general automotive drive modes. Because a transfer case is built with practical hardware components, you'll notice specific signs whenever maintenance is needed. If you want to successfully switch driving modes on the road throughout traditional and tactical driving situations, you must follow a few simple steps.

The most common operational issues are easy to detect, as a typical transfer case develops simple problems when the hardware is defective. Since a transfer case adjusts...

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Stay on Top of Your Brake System Maintenance

Brake systems rank among the most important aspects of automotive safety. Although modern cars are designed to far outlast anything that was produced even two decades ago, brake systems on modern automobiles are still subject to wear and tear.

Because the demands of different driving styles and conditions on braking systems vary tremendously, there are no hard and fast rules for how often you should take...

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Spread Awareness Regarding the Move Over Laws

Firefighters, police officers and ambulances have dangerous duties. The many locations that they have to work at can be life-threatening, but the consistency of their good-hearted actions to save as many lives as possible is an honor. When these individuals have to pull over on the side of a highway to do their jobs, they can easily get struck by an oncoming vehicle. To prevent the chances of this occurrence, the move over law was put into effect.

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