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Keep Your Engine as Clean as Your Car's Exterior

You take pride in keeping the outside of your car looking good. But, how about the inside of the engine bay? Cleaning the engine isn't difficult. The team here at DCH Kia of Temecula wants to help you with all aspects of your car care. Here's how to get your engine clean and shiny.

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Power Your Car with Your Alternator

Since the alternator in your car is an important source of power, you should know how it works. This part works in conjunction with the battery, so if one part doesn't work properly, then you'll usually notice a decrease in power or a complete loss of power while driving in Temecula, CA.

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Are Summer Tires Better Than All-Season Tires?

Picking the right tires for your vehicle means looking at all different treads, sizes, and handling characteristics. Summer tires work best in hot weather with better performance on winding, curvy roads than other tires. They work well only in warm weather as they crack and deteriorate when trying to drive in cold, frigid temperatures.

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Basic Details of Changing a Tire

Whether you're driving on a one-way street or a busy highway, there is a possibility that you'll have a flat tire at some point. This issue tends to occur when the pressure in the tire is either too high or too low or if you run over an object that gets stuck in your tire.

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Don’t Overlook Your Engine’s Hoses and Belts

Hoses and belts are essential for the smooth operation of your vehicle's engine and have the potential to strand you should they fail. Hoses transfer vital fluids and pressure between components, while belts drive the alternator, water pump, cooling fans, air condition compressor, power steering system, and more. However, temperature extremes and mileage do wear down the rubber and synthetic properties of these parts over time.

Hoses can develop small cracks that lead to leaks, affecting engine performance and even causing engine failure. 

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Do I Need New Brakes for My Car?

Brakes are all about performance. If your brakes are working fine, then it's probably not time to replace your brakes. While you should have an inspection every 12,000 miles, this doesn't mean you'll need a complete overhaul. When you get an inspection, your brake pads, fluid levels and brake lines will all be checked to see if they are in good working order.

At DCH Kia of Temecula, if you notice a problem with your brakes, bring your car in for an inspection. 

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Do You Know When to Get Your Oil Changed?

Think you’re a smart car owner by making sure the oil is changed every 3000 miles? Probably not. The popular belief about responsible auto-engine care is to have the oil changed every 3000 miles. The truth is cars and trucks that were manufactured within the last 20 years don’t need oil changes nearly as fast.

The best way to know for sure is to read the owner's manual that is specific your vehicle’s make and model. Many cars, trucks, and vans are built to need oil changes between 7,500 - 10,000 miles. Some engines require…

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Don't Take a Risk on Aftermarket Car Parts

Need a car part? Don’t want to waste money or lose time? Come over to DCH Kia of Temecula and have peace of mind by having our parts center handle your original equipment manufactured part order. Trained auto technicians can explain what you need and get the part ordered and replaced the right way.

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