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Why a Car Cover is a Good Idea

For many of us, a good vehicle is a big investment. Naturally, you'll want to protect your investment, and the team here at Hatfield Kia is here to help you do just that.

With a big selection of materials and colors, car covers provide a convenient, inexpensive way to safeguard both the interior and exterior of your car. The right car cover can prevent damage to your car from everything to the weather, to chemicals used on our roads, to harmful UV rays. 

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Automobile Backup Cameras Prevent Accidents

Highway accidents happen very often when inexperienced motorists try to back up in a parking lot. The big issue is that awareness is low when a typical driver leaves a parking spot in a highly-populated zone. Besides the viewing problems, other things can also impact the ability to exit a parking zone efficiently and safety, such as distractions. Most distractions can happen inside or outside of a vehicle; however, focus usually decreases dramatically when there are distractions in a cabin since the sounds are louder and isolated. 

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Car Wax: What, When, and How You Should Use Wax

These days, most people know car wax is important in preserving their car's appearance. They just aren't sure what type of wax and when and how to use it. Our team wants you to know the basics you can make the best choice for you.

Car wax provides a barrier between your car's paint and anything that can damage it like dirt, bird droppings, water, and sunlight. By using a quality wax after washing and polishing three to four times a year, it not only protects your car, it masks small blemishes and leaves a shiny surface…

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Which Infotainment System is Best for You?

An infotainment system can serve many purposes. It can entertain, inform and assist you while you are driving. However, it can be difficult to decide just which infotainment features are best suited to your particular needs until you test them.

Automobile manufacturers have their own infotainment systems. Each of these systems run on either Linux, Android, QNX or some other operating system. Many of these systems can use applications like Spotify and Pandora, and when they are combined with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, they can run the applications on your phone. 

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Why Does A Car Overheat?

An overheated engine is never a good thing. Serious and permanent damage could be inflicted when an engine is allowed to get too hot. Why let things reach that point? Being knowledgeable about what causes overheating can allow a driver to take appropriate action in time.

If there was one single reason as to why most cars overheat, lack of coolant would be the culprit. Leaks can be blamed for the lower coolant levels. Always check coolant levels to make sure your vehicle isn't at risk for overheating. 

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Important Reasons Your Tire Pressure Light is Illuminated

The reason the tire pressure light illuminates is to ensure that the car tires keep you safe and the treads last the correct amount of time. Here is what is happening when you drive with the wrong pressure in those car tires.

When the tire pressure is too low in your car tires, more of the outer tread meets the road, making it harder to maneuver and increasing the chances the tire may blow out. The tread wears faster, the gas mileage sinks, and the tires need to be replaced more frequently. 

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Know the Differences Between FWD and RWD Models

The transmission system is an integral part of an automobile. Transmission systems are either available with front-wheel drive or rear-wheel drive. Many vehicle owners know if their vehicles are front-wheel or rear-wheel drive, but they do not know the difference. Understanding the difference between front-wheel and rear-wheel drive can help you gain a better understanding of your vehicle, so read further to learn the difference between the two.

Rear-wheel drive is more expensive to manufacture because power is transferred to the rear tires through the drive shaft. 

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Does Your Car Smoke When It Starts?

Your vehicle won't be able to start if its starter fails. The starter is an electric motor that engages a flywheel that rotates a vehicle's engine when the ignition is turned. A failed starter will strand you the next time you try to start your vehicle, but there are a few warning signs before it happens.

One sign that a starter may be close to failing is smoke. When you see smoke coming from your engine, it could be caused by a shorted starter, which causes too much current to flow through its wiring and burns the insulation…

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Push to Start: Jumping a Standard Transmission

There is no worse feeling than getting into your car, turning the key, and realizing it won’t start because you have a dead battery. Below are steps on how to jump start a standard transmission car without using jumper cables:

  • If possible, find an incline and have friends help you push your car to safety.
  • Once you are sitting in the driver’s seat, press the brake, turn the key at the same time you are pushing the clutch and putting the car into second gear. 
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Learn All About Gaskets 101

Numerous fluids travel through a vehicle’s system, making gaskets vital for ensuring none of them mix or leak out. Below are what gaskets are, what they do, and why we should be thankful for these unsung heroes.

Gaskets are generally flat and made out of multi-layered steel. Other materials include copper and rubber, as these are both capable of delivering reliable performance and or the ability to mold to any surface. 

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