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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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Traveling with Pets

Pets are often beloved members of a household, so it makes sense that people would want to travel with them. In fact, some of our customers at Doug Smith Kia shop for vehicles with their pets in mind. We have a few recommendations for making travel safer and easier.

With modern air bags located in the front passenger seat, it's a good idea to keep pets in the back. Just like we keep our children away from the front row, pets should also stay away because of the strength of any potential airbag deployment. Likewise, restraining them with a…
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Testing the Battery By Yourself

As with various other tasks with the vehicle, there are hazards that come with testing a battery. There are also different tools that you can use for testing the battery. One of the most important tools for battery testing is the voltmeter. There are actually two types of voltmeters. There is the analog voltmeter and the digital voltmeter.

You can also have a professional test your battery. They will let you know what your battery is looking like. However, if you are going to do it by yourself, then you are going to need some goggles and gloves in order…

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Test Drive Strategies for Consumers

A test drive is a process that gives a consumer a chance to examine common automotive features on the road. In order to greatly benefit from a test drive session, you'll need to consider a few things before and after you step into a cabin.

Research is very important as it can help you test drive proper automobiles that suit your daily habits. Some cars are ideal for short trips to grocery stores and department stores, and others provide performance perks throughout lengthy trips to surrounding cities and neighborhoods. If you only need a car for errands, test drive…
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About Infotainment Systems

At one time, vehicles were equipped with AM, AM/FM, cassette, eight-track or DVD players. Today's vehicles additionally offer multimedia entertainment, navigation information and communication with the outside world via the infotainment systems. At Doug Smith Kia, we have all types of vehicles offering the latest technology. Stop in and go for a test drive.

The systems include a visible screen with menus that enable users to navigate to the desired function. Knobs and buttons make the necessary adjustments...

 

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