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How the Tire Pressure Monitoring System Works

As important as it is to check the tire pressure on your vehicle regularly, today’s newer cars come equipped with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to do the work for you. If you have questions on how the TPMS works or would like your tires checked, stop at Palm Springs Kia and let our certified technicians help.

Understanding how the TPMS works can help you understand if your air pressure is good. 

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Why Your Vehicle’s Engine is Overheating

An engine is one of the most important components of your vehicle. If it doesn’t function properly, it will hinder performance and could lead to costly repairs. When your vehicle starts to overheat, it is advised to visit a mechanic as soon as possible for an inspection. To learn why your vehicle’s engine may be overheating, read further.

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Are You Prepared to Change a Flat Tire?

Flat tires can happen at any time, and it is important to be prepared and know how to handle it. Before one happens, it's a good idea to practice using the tools and changing a tire at home. This will help keep you calm and confident when a flat happens on the road.

Begin by getting your vehicle off of the road to a safe spot and setting the parking brake. 

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Educating Our Customers on Gaskets

At Palm Springs Kia in Cathedral City, CA, we want to be certain that you know all that you can about your vehicle so that when one of our experienced automotive technicians is explaining a repair, you'll be comfortable. That's why we're explaining one of the types of parts on your vehicle: a gasket.

There are several gaskets on your vehicle, including the head gasket, exhaust manifold gaskets, and intake manifold gaskets. 

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Keep Your Engine Running Right: Check the Timing Belt

As a car owner you have the responsibility of making sure your car engine is receiving the routine maintenance it needs to run smoothly and safely. One part that needs to be checked is the timing belt. Below is a description of what the timing belt does and how often it should be replaced:

  • Timing Belt- The timing belt is responsible for making sure that the crankshaft and the camshaft of an engine are working together with the proper timing.
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How Can You Tell If Your Ignition Requires Servicing?

The ignition of your vehicle has one very important function: to transmit the electrical current from the battery to create a spark that is used to ignite fuel and thus start your car. If it is not working properly, then your car won't start. That is why we here at Palm Springs Kia of Cathedral City, CA want to ensure that you can recognize some common issues that would result in a failed ignition.

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Checking Your Tire Tread and Pressure Helps Avoid Tire Blowouts

Two of the largest contributing factors to tire blowouts are improper tread on tires and improper tire pressure. That is why we here at Palm Springs Kia of Cathedral City, CA are here to tell you why they are both so vital to avoiding blowouts.

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How to Stay Safe When Dealing with a Roadside Emergency

You always hope that you will reach your destination safely and without incident, but there are times when something bad will happen and you will be in a bad situation. Make sure that you know how to get through a roadside emergency in a safe way.

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Are You Using the Right Oil for Your Engine?

In vehicles, motor oil is an important fluid for maintaining a healthy engine. Yet in order to identify the effectiveness of a particular oil, it must be measured by thickness and temperature. This is known as the motor oil viscosity index. A motor oil’s viscosity is measured with a viscometer.

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How Do Brake Pads Work?

Since brake pads are required to have such resilience, they are created out of metals, such as steel, graphite, iron, and copper that are mixed together. In order to withstand the heat from the energy used to stop a moving vehicle, they must consist of a combination of elements to form a surface that’s both durable and cost effective.

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