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The Difference Between a Hatchback and a Sedan

Do you know the difference between a sedan and a hatchback? Well, for one, a hatchback allows more room for cargo, but there are a few other difference, and at Lithia Kia of Anchorage in Anchorage, AK, we want you to make an informed decision. That's why we've compiled a few other reasons that you should consider a hatchback for your next vehicle purchase.

Did you know that many people actually like the way that hatchbacks look? 

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Protect Your Car: Cover It!

We at Lithia Kia of Anchorage love to encourage great car maintenance habits for all seasons. One of the best ways to maintain a vehicle against the elements is a car cover.

While many don't use car covers on a regular basis, the more often they are used the more they can protect a car from the weather, rocks, sun, sap from trees, bird droppings, and even theft.

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What do the Numbers on Your Tires Actually Mean?

Don't get confused with all the letters and numbers on the sidewalls of your tires. They tell you everything from type and size, to load index and speed rating. When you are looking for the size of the tire, knowing which numbers to pay attention to will save time.

The first number is the width of the tire. The three numerals following either the letter "P" (passenger), or "LT" (light truck), give you the width in millimeters. 

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The Suspension Is Important for a Smooth Ride

Reviews of vehicles will often mention the suspension and how it gives a comfortable ride to the passengers inside the vehicle. But what exactly is the suspension, and how does it work to minimize the force coming from the vehicle's contact with the road?

The suspension serves to improve the handling of the vehicle on the highway and lessen the effects of the irregularities of the road.

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Signs Your Exhaust Might be Leaking

The exhaust system is an important aspect of your vehicle’s performance. When you notice fumes or noises, it’s an indicator that the exhaust isn’t functioning as it should. There are some symptoms that will indicate it may be time to have your car serviced.

If you smell fumes, there is leak somewhere. The manifold gasket, for instance, could have worn out. 

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Be Sure to Replace Your Cabin & Engine Air Filters

Inside the cabin and the engine of your vehicle are a number of air filters that work to keep dirt and debris from affecting the quality of your ride.

The passenger cabin air filters will keep the inside air free of things like allergens and mold spores. If these filters are not cleaned, the inside air suffers and you'll be dealing with dust particles and other particulates. Clean filters mean the inside air quality is improved.

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There is a Safety Difference When Using a Spare Tire

Did you know that there is a difference in spare tires? Most vehicles are equipped with a smaller size spare tire, otherwise known as a “donut”. However, many vehicles still use a standard full-size spare tire.

With a donut, you’re limited to how far you should drive after replacing the flat. 

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Myths About Changing Your Oil

A lot of myths about motor oil abound. Some may have once been true, but technology has changed a lot, which also changes the way that you need to maintain your car. Just as today's cars are different, so are motor oils. This is what you need to know when changing your motor oil in Anchorage, AK.

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Tire pressure: Is It That Important?

Here at Lithia Kia of Anchorage, we know that tires are more than just the thing that separates your car from the pavement. The days of the wooden wagon wheel are long behind us, and you need to be prepared to make the right choices to keep your tires at peak performance for as long as possible.

Under-inflation and over-inflation of your tires will result in excessive tire stress, irregular wear, and less control. 

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Bumper-to-Bumper vs. Powertrain Warranties

A bumper-to-bumper or comprehensive warranty generally covers most of the components from one end of the vehicle to the other. The coverage includes the engine, braking system, cooling and electronic components along with the suspension and powertrain. However, they are commonly shorter than powertrain warranties.

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