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What Works Best? Snow Tires Or All-Season Tires?

Tires can be bought as either All-Season tires or as Snow tires. Which one to choose is dependent upon a few factors. Probably the most obvious is the type of weather you run into where you live and the basic driving conditions you experience. If you live in an area that may have only a little snow every year, and ice is not a problem, then the best option would probably be the all-weather tires. However, if you live in an area that has significant snow and ice, then Snow tires are probably the safest option.

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How To Safely Correct A Slide When Traveling On Icy Roads

Traveling icy roads is always an unnerving experience. At Doug Smith Kia, we believe that knowledge is power. If you know how to handle your vehicle in any weather conditions, you can avoid a slew of potentially dangerous problems. Skidding, sliding, and fishtailing can be easily prevented by American Fork drivers with proper tire care and a willingness to maintain reasonable and weather-appropriate driving speeds. If your car starts to slide, however, you can use the following tips to bring it safely back under control.

Resist The Urge To Brake

 
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The Kia Telluride and its Impressive Features

Our Doug Smith Kia associates are always happy to provide our American Fork customers with information about our vehicles. If you want a midsize SUV, the Kia Telluride can seat up to eight passengers, is offered in four trims, and comes loaded with features that you can explore below.

The Telluride has a 3.8L V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission under its hood. This powertrain generates 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque with a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. The Telluride offers four drive modes, which include Eco, Sport, Comfort, and Smart, for improved capability
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Highlights of the Kia Sedona

The Kia Sedona is a popular minivan that offers plenty of cargo space as well as seating for up to eight people, but that’s a few of the many things that make the Kia Sedona an ideal vehicle whether you’re one person or part of a larger family. Come to Doug Smith Kia and allow our team to show you what the Kia Sedona has to offer.

The Kia Sedona is offered in six exterior colors with four possible interior seat trims. No more fiddling in your pocket for the key to open the liftgate. If the Sedona…
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What's the Best Choice for Your Spare Tire?

Typically, our vehicles are equipped with a compact spare tire that keeps us going until we're able to get into the dealership for a repair or replacement. The benefit is that they save space and come with hardware that's easy to travel with.

An alternative is a full-sized spare tire. You may have to give up a small amount of cargo space, but you won't have to restrict your speed or get to the dealership right away. A full-sized spare should also be rotated with your vehicle's other tires during servicing. Hardware is available and can…
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Some Differences Between Synthetic And Conventional Oil


There are several different types of motor oil that you will find on the market today. You will see that synthetic, synthetic blend and conventional motor oils are available for your vehicle. These oils do have some differences from one another, and you can contact Doug Smith Kia to find out which oil is the right one for your vehicle.

Synthetic oil differs from conventional oil in that synthetic oil is made up of chemical compounds. Synthetic oil does not evaporate as quickly as conventional oil, and most types of synthetic oil has a higher viscosity level than conventional motor…
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Differences in Car Safety Ratings

Doug Smith Kia understands that there can be confusion surrounding the two different safety ratings that are given to vehicles. When you're shopping around for a car or truck to drive around American Fork, understanding safety ratings can help you make a good choice.

The two organizations that perform crash tests are the IIHS and the NHTSA. The IIHS is a non-profit organization that receives its funding from car insurance companies. The NHTSA is a government organization.

To determine a vehicle's rating, the NHTSA performs both front and side collision tests.
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Change Your Oil Consistently, Every Time

At Doug Smith Kia, people frequently ask us the question, "Is it still okay to change my oil at the 5,000 marks if I don't drive it very often?" The answer is no. You should change your oil based on the specifications provided by the car manufacturer. And every car is different. Like if you drive a diesel, for example, you will need to change your oil every 7,500 miles instead of every 5,000 miles for a gas car. However, all car manufacturers will recommend that you change the oil on your automobile every 3 to…
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Keeping the Drivers of American Fork Safe - Identifying Exhaust Leaks

At Doug Smith Kia, we believe that information is key, and that everyone should know a little bit about their vehicle. It can save time, it can save money, and above all, it can save lives. We think exhaust leaks are one of those serious problems many people aren’t even aware is a common issue.

Let’s look at four main causes/symptoms, and what they mean.
  • Small Leaks – As your car gets hot, and cools down, repeatedly, this can weaken your gaskets and seals, allowing things into the fuel, and into the exhaust.
  • Vibration – If your exhaust has…
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Why and How to Keep Your Tires Clean


There's a lot of great automotive technology on the market right now. Cars are faster and more efficient than ever before. New streamlined exteriors and LED lights are great, but it's important not to overlook your car's tires. Tires are crucial for your car's performance.

The tires are your only actual points of contact with the road. Debris can collect in the wheel wells and tires, creating possible hazards. Brake dust on your wheels and start to eat away at any coatings on them. They can even cause pitting in the metal.

 

 

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