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How to avoid a tire blowout

Of all the things that can go wrong while you are driving in Albuquerque, a tire blowout is one of the scariest. It can happen all of a sudden and make you lose control of your vehicle, which can lead to an accident. The good news is, there are some things you can do to help avoid a tire blowout.

One of the most effective ways to avoid a blowout is to make sure your tires are inflated properly. Tires that have too little or too much air are more likely to have a blowout. Another way to prevent blowouts…

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Understanding Your Vehicle's Suspension System

Your vehicle's suspension system is a key component affecting how smoothly your car operates. You will enjoy a better driving experience if you optimize the performance of your shocks and struts.

You will also enjoy a smoother ride if your vehicle is always properly aligned. Not only will this improve handling on the road, but a properly aligned vehicle will also boost the longevity of your tires. Lastly, all of your passengers will experience a more comfortable ride if you take the time to care for your suspension system. 

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Springtime Car Care Tips

Spring has sprung. As a result, the team at Pitre Kia wants you to be aware of some important car care tips for this time of year.

Perhaps most important, refer to your owner's manual and review the recommended service schedules. Confirm that you are up to date on your car's recommended service. Spring is a good time to flush and refill the cooling system. Once this is done, make sure that you regularly check the level as well as the overall condition and concentration of the coolant in the system. You will also want to check the…

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Get the Facts on Summer and All-season Tires

As their name suggests, all-season tires incorporate characteristics that make them a great choice for year-round service. They generally have deeper tread patterns and symmetrical void spaces that offer effective traction when used in moderate temperatures, average rainfall events and light ice and snow.

In contrast, summer tires are specifically formulated using materials that have been proven to perform well in extreme heat and during heavy summer storms. 

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Preparing for Worst Case Scenario with a Roadside Emergency Kit

Have you ever given thought to what you should be keeping in your vehicle in case of an emergency? Pitre Kia has compiled a list of some of the most useful items.
  • It's important that you can take care of some basic repairs on your own. A small tool kit is essential.
  • Road flares and triangle reflectors can create a protective area around your vehicle. This allows you to work on your vehicle or asses what is going on.
  • Have some items in your vehicle if you'll be stranded for a little bit while you wait for help…
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Take Pride in Your Car by Keeping it Clean

Is your newly bought car progressively getting dirtier and dirtier? At Pitre Kia, we want you to take pride in your purchase by keeping it clean. So here are a few cleaning tips to help you clean your car - and fast.

Clean On The Inside

Keeping your car clean on the inside is important in keeping your passengers comfortable. So remove those floor mats and give them a good shake. Throw away all trash and undesirables, and wipe down the interior with a damp rag.

 

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How to Maintain Your Headlights

We here at Pitre Kia want to make sure that not only are you an informed driver, but also that you and your family is safe when driving out on the road. That is why we felt that it is so important to teach you the basics of your vehicle's headlights.

The main purpose of your headlights are to not only help you to see when driving at night, but also to be seen by other vehicles out on the road. Unfortunately, dimming headlights can be just as dangerous as malfunctioning headlights, so remember to have your vehicle serviced…

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How to Maintain a Vehicle Before School Starts

Vehicles are more likely to start and run properly when they have been maintained properly. While you can do basic maintenance on your own, it may be faster and easier to have your vehicle looked at by a professional. This can be especially helpful if you think that your car or truck needs to be repaired.

During a vehicle service appointment, a technician can inspect your car's tires, brakes and electrical components. It may also be possible to check for fluid leaks or other minor problems that may need to be taken care of.  

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Why Washing Your Car is Important

When you get a car from Pitre Kia, we want to make sure you take good care of it. This is why we’re going to emphasize the importance of washing your car. Washing it a few times a month can be in your best interest.

You can avoid exterior damage by washing your car. In fact, dirt can lead to a lot of scratches throughout the exterior. Plus, certain bugs can eat through the paint job. If you don’t use a little soap to clean up periodically, your car will start to look much older than it really…

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Two Spring Car-Care Tips from Your Preferred Dealership

In the spring, many people are doing extra work around the house to keep it in tip-top shape, but you should be giving your vehicle some extra attention, too. At Pitre Kia, we want you to have all of the knowledge that you can about car maintenance so that when summer comes, your vehicle is ready. Here are our top two car-care tips for the spring.

Flush your the coolant in your radiator and refill it. There are several ways that you can ruin your engine, and having low or ineffective coolant in your radiator is one of them.  

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