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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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Metallic, Ceramic or Organic: Which Brake Pads Serve You Well?

When it comes you to your brake system, you can't be too careful. Understanding the different options available for brake pads goes a long way for making the right selection when replacements are necessary. Here at Lithia Kia of Anchorage, our auto service station team would like to help you make an informed decision as to which brake pads to choose when it's time for a replacement.

Metallic pads are made from metal shavings including copper, brass, and steel which are bonded together with resin to create a more durable product. 

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Consider Servicing Your Headlights

Happy New Year from all of us here at Lithia Kia of Anchorage! We know the weather has turned colder and the last thing you feel like doing is heading out to get your vehicle routinely serviced. Sure, repairs are one thing, but if you are in need of some basics things like oil changes or having a headlight bulb changed, many people tend to put this off. We want to make the process easy for you and we want you to understand how important it is that you get these routine items taken care of, starting with your headlights…

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Prevent Frozen Fuel Lines This Winter

It is always wise to keep your gas tank full rather than let to reach empty before filling it up again. If you do that you are much more likely to have car trouble. The reason is that the more air that you have in your gas tank (due to the lack of gas) you are going to also have more condensation.

Condensation is bad to have in your gas tank because it will eventually make its way to your fuel lines and if it gets cold, it will freeze. If it freezes then the gas in your tank will…

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