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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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Are OEM and Aftermarket Brake Pads Equally Good?

Your brake pads deliver thousands of pounds of stopping force to the surface of your brake rotors, which are discs of metal attached to your wheels. The pads must perform this stopping action without fail many thousands of times during their service-lives, and this makes the pads a vital link in the brake system.

Brake pads exist in both original equipment manufacturer (OEM) form and in aftermarket form. Manufacturers create OEM brake pads to precisely fit specific vehicles, as do aftermarket pad makers. 

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All About Oil Viscosity Ratings

Shopping for motor oil can be confusing if you aren't an expert. Motor oils are rated by viscosity, or how thick (viscous) they are. The lower the number, the lighter and more fluid the oil. A motor oil with a high number will be thicker and move slower.

It's important to use the right viscosity oil for your car or truck. If your motor oil is too thick, it makes it harder to start your engine. If it's not thick enough, it won't coat parts completely or lubricate them properly. 

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Breathe Easier With a Full Gas Tank

We at Hatfield Kia would like to remind all of our Columbus, OH customers that winter is rapidly approaching and it is important to think about keeping the fuel tank in your vehicle full as the temperature drops. Winter weather can be dangerous to drive in and it would be good for your vehicle to have a little bit of extra weight in the back from the full tank, especially if you are driving a vehicle that is rear wheel drive.

Also, you never know when you may slide off of the road and have to wait for a tow…

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Windshield Wiper Fluid Helps You Drive in Winter

The reasons to replace the water in your washer tank with windshield wiper fluid are numerous. Don't wind up unable to use your wipers to clear your field of vision in the middle of a snow storm. Get that reservoir filled with windshield wiper fluid today before the real cold gets here.

One of the things that you should consider when driving in the winter is that the temperatures can freeze everything. If water is still in the washer tank when it freezes, it will have the potential to damage the pump and other parts of the system. 

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The Benefits of Healthy Tires

Tire tread is one of the most important things to worry about when it comes to automotive care. Your tires are what keep your vehicle attached to the ground and give you the grip needed to safely navigate the roads. Having tires with the proper tread can make the difference between life and death when it comes to driving. At Hatfield Kia, we want to make sure you can stay as safe as possible, which is why we encourage you to visit our dealership to have your vehicle inspected.

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Winter Wiper Blades Make a Difference

Winter months are settling in here in Columbus, OH and that means cold weather, snow, ice and more dark hours throughout the day. With the cold weather also comes a list of winter vehicle maintenance things for you to tackle. One often overlooked item for winter car maintenance is actually one of the most vital parts to your vehicle: Your windshield wiper blades.

The windshield wiper blades serve one of the most important functions on your vehicle by removing dirt, dust and water or snow from the windshield, giving a clear view of the road. 

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