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The Most Mysterious Engine Failure Revealed – Blowing a Gasket

People here in West Mifflin, PA are clever, so you know a problem is mysterious when they can’t spot it after close inspection. One of the easiest to miss types of vehicular breakdown are gasket failures, which are less obvious than spark plugs, coolant or the battery.

Gaskets are flexible, tough seals meant to keep fluids from mixing or escaping, as well as containing or locking out air. They’re made of flexible metals, often steel or copper with an outer rubbery coating. There are many types of gaskets, though the most common ones are: 

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What Functions Does Your Alternator Perform?

There are plenty of drivers who believe that the car battery is what is powering things like the lights and instrument panel. Here is how the alternator, in fact, keeps all those devices running perfectly. The car battery simply sends power to the starter motor when the key is turned, which in turn cranks over the car engine. Once the car is running, the alternator takes over powering everything that needs juice.

Similar to a generator, the alternator gets all its power from a crank wheel that spins as the motor is running. 

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Understanding Engine Oil Viscosity

When it comes to choosing engine oil, there are a lot of options. Each bottle of oil has a number on it, like 10W-30. Choosing the right oil is important for keeping your engine properly lubricated. Every engine is designed to run with a specific oil. The engine oil numbers describe the oil viscosity. Viscosity is a property of liquids that determines how easily they flow. The higher the viscosity, the more the oil resists motion.

In cold temperatures, a low viscosity is ideal so that the oil can move through the cold engine easily. 

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How to Change Your Flat Tire

Practice changing a flat tire on a level surface. Knowing how to change a tire before the actual emergency saves you time and frustration. Things you will want to have in your car are a jack, a lug wrench, and a spare tire. Get in the habit of checking the spare tire along with your regular tires monthly.

Read your owner’s manual for the exact instructions on how to change a flat. You will want to know how to release the spare tire. Sometimes the spare is locked underneath the vehicle or inside underneath panels. 

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Consider an Ignition Check

As a car owner, it is important to check your car routinely to make sure it is operating at its best. One important system to check is the ignition. Below are some signs that your ignition may be in need of service:

  • Engine Light - One indication that you may have an ignition problem is the check engine light comes on. If this warning light comes on, it is time to have your car checked by a professional.
  • Key Will Not Turn - One obvious sign of an ignition problem is the key will not turn. If this happens, it is time…
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When Should You Service Your Transmission?

Manufacturers’ vehicle service recommendations can sometimes be confusing or overwhelming. You may also get impatient during oil changes and decide to bypass transmission fluid replacement – even when the technician shows you rusty or off-colored sample fluid from your vehicle. So when is it really important to change this fluid, and what may happen if we don’t?

If it weren’t for transmission fluid, your transmission – and your car – would seize up and fail to go anywhere. Every manufacturer establishes a schedule based on when it begins to break down and become less effective. 

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Should You Upgrade or Repair Your Muffler?

As you are driving down the road, your travel companion comments that they can't hear you over the sound of your vehicle. You stop and listen for a moment and notice that maybe they are right. You probably have not noticed the increase in sound as you drive each and every day, but over time, you can develop holes and damage in your muffler or your exhausts. This can cause a slow and gradual increase of sound.

If you are someone who likes the rich sound of an exhaust system, you can upgrade to something more impressive for your…

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Road Trips: 3 Tips to Help You Prepare

As excited as you and your friends or family may be to hit the open road, there are 3 things that need to be done beforehand. Doing these things will greatly reduce the likelihood of complications during your trip outside of West Mifflin, PA.

Make sure you have your vehicle both inspected and serviced. If you do not take care of necessary repairs and maintenance before leaving town, then you are setting yourself up for problems.

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Using Our Online Service Scheduler is Easy at Century 3 Kia!

Bringing your car to our outstanding Kia dealership for a seasonal maintenance service check up after using our online service scheduling tool can help you avoid any potential troubles that could be very costly down the road to fix. And utilizing our online service scheduling tool is easy as pie and only takes a couple minutes!

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The Peril of Worn Out Tires

Tire tread depth is important whether you are driving a passenger car, truck, minivan, or SUV on the streets of West Mifflin, PA. Proper tire tread depth will allow your vehicle to have added traction on the road, will repel road debris that could potentially cause a flat tire, and will give the driver peace of mind in knowing that they and their family are safe while driving.

There are many motorists on the roads that are driving with low tire tread depth, which is below 2/32 of an inch, and these drivers are driving unsafely.

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