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Tips for Using Small Spare Tires

Today, many automakers install compact spare tires in their late model vehicles. The small size and lower weight help save space and reduce overall weight. The small spare is different from a full-sized tire; the compact tire is safe to use at low speeds and over a limited distance.

Calgary-area drivers know that the small tire affects steering, gas mileage, and braking. They must use extra care and get a repair or replacement for the flat tire as soon as possible. The compact is only temporary; manufacturers intend them as a way to get home or to a nearby repair…
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Read Here to Find Out the Purpose of Your Vehicle's Alternator

It can be scary if your car starts to suddenly show signs of engine damage, but if you have an understanding of how the components in your vehicle function, it can help you determine what needs to be repaired. An alternator is an important component that should stay in optimal shape to help your engine perform well. Read our summary below to learn more about your vehicle's alternator.

The battery, starter, and alternator make up your vehicle's charging system. The alternator's primary function is to keep the battery charged with the vehicle is running, but 

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Top 10 Reasons to Buy a Kia

Every year, the engineers at Kia try to develop new and innovative ways to make their vehicles stand out above the rest. They offer a wide variety of convenient, safety and technical features that make them great vehicles for everyone.
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How to Figure Out the Right Tire Size for Your Car or Truck

Almost all of the information that you will ever need about your vehicle’s tires can actually be found on their sidewalls. There should be an alphanumeric code on each sidewall, and those digits tell you exactly what type of tires you are going to need next time you stop by the service department at Eastside Kia.

Your tires most likely have two or three letters on their sidewalls, and those letters almost always indicate class, speed rating, and construction type. As for the numbers, you should focus on the first two sets. Those first two sets are generally separated…

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How to Choose the Best Car Seat for Your Child

Although most parents always keep their children in car seats when they drive, there are many who have their children in the wrong car seat that isn't suited for their age or size. Read further to learn how to choose the right car seat for your child.

It is important that you don't move your child to the next car seat too soon. You should also be sure that the car seat is properly installed to keep you child secure, and you should only move your child to the next type of car seat when they have outgrown…

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What Does an Alternator Do?


The job of the alternator is very important under the hood of your vehicle. Without the alternator, you would not be able to enjoy many of the luxuries you have in your car today.

Many people think that the car battery is responsible for powering up all the devices in your vehicle, but with more features than ever, that battery would be drained in days if it had to handle the entire load. Once the car is running, the alternator has the responsibility of keeping all those systems in check.

Not only is the alternator going to ensure the exterior…
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Don’t panic! Handling roadside emergencies on the streets of Calgary

Eventually, matter how good of a driver you are, you’re going to find yourself having some sort of roadside emergency. When it happens, there are some common sense tips to bear in mind to help maintain your safety and that of others on the road:

  • We all appreciate a good Samaritan, especially in an age when they seem so rare. However, if someone pulls over and offers to assist you, lock your doors and remain in your vehicle. As for them to call for help, or do so yourself, and allow only professionals or law enforcement to assist you…
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Back to School Auto Servicing

At Eastside Kia, we believe that it is important for everybody to understand how to properly care for their vehicle. Toward this end, we hope to provide information that will prove useful for maintaining and servicing your car.

The back to school season is a great time to consider servicing your vehicle. Once school starts, you'll surely find yourself even more busy, and having to run around town to deal with all sorts of errands. Before this busy season starts, make sure to properly care for your car by keeping up with basic vehicle maintenance like oil changes and…

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Four Misconceptions about Korean Cars

Korean automakers have come a long way since their beginnings in the 1980s. A strong commitment to quality and value has transformed Korean made vehicles into worthy competitors for their Japanese, American, and European counterparts. Well-made, sharp looking and tech-laden cars, trucks, and SUVs now replace the troublesome Korean imports of years gone by. However, even though Korean brands now land at or near the top of every major survey when it comes to initial quality, consumer perception in the automotive world often lags reality by as much as a decade or more.

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Kids Will Be Thoroughly Entertained With Games On Road Trips

Getting out on the road is fun for families. It provides an opportunity for everyone to temporarily change their circumstances. However, traveling with small children on a road trip presents a different kind of challenge. Kids have a hard time focusing and remaining still.

Children are on their own schedule as far as bathroom breaks and kneading food. Kids also need to be mentally occupied so that they do not become a huge distraction to others traveling in the automobile.

Road trip games provide the outlet that kids need in order to pass the time while riding in the back…
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