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Why You Need to Change Your Car’s Oil and Filter

You might think because you don’t drive your car very often that you don’t need to change the oil, but this simply isn’t true!

There are both time and mileage recommendations for oil changes and your vehicle’s owner’s manual will tell you the specifics for your vehicle. Most will recommend that every six months and somewhere between 5,000 and 7,500 miles, you have the oil changed. To keep your car in the best shape, you will want to bring it in for whichever interval (time or mileage) comes first. For most people, this…
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Staying Safe With a Roadside Emergency Kit


Whether you frequently travel or stay close to home in Las Cruces, chances are that you'll run into car trouble at some point or another since life is unpredictable. To put yourself in a better position, make sure you always carry a roadside emergency kit with you.

At Pitre Kia of Las Cruces, we want people to be able to help themselves. Two common scenarios we hear about are when batteries fail and tires go flat. Having jumper cables handy can turn a major problem into something easily solved. Likewise, having a spare tire and being able to install…
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When You Should Have Your Tires Replaced

Keeping your vehicle in good shape will extend its life and help it run efficiently. Tires are made to enhance stability, traction, handling, and braking, which is why it is important that they stay in optimal shape. Over time, tires will wear and should be replaced to avoid a blow out or other potentially dangerous issues.

You can perform the Penny Test to see if your tires have adequate traction. Take a penny and insert it between the tread blocks. If you are not able to see the top of Lincoln's head, then you have about 2/32 or…
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Controlling Odors In Your Vehicle

Did you know that there are proven ways to control odors in your vehicle? Obviously, the first thing to do is to stop leaving things in your vehicle that produce a lot of bad odors in the first place. However, for those odors that you need to eliminate which already exist in your vehicle you need another answer.

Car air fresheners definitely help and should be purchased regularly. Many of us forget about this simple purchase and do not make it frequently enough. That leaves us with the poor smelling vehicle that we have now. Make sure you purchase your…
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Are Summer Tires or All-Season Tires the Best Choice?

Depending on the climate where you live, you may benefit more from installing a set of summer tires on your car. Damp climates with plenty of rainfall might seem like they'd require a set of all-season tires, but the composition and surface grooving of a summer tire makes them the better choice. They are sturdy and offer plenty of grip, making them ideal for warm, wet climates.

All-season tires offer much longer wear and are fine when encountering light ice and snow. If you live in a climate with warm...
 

 

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Headlight Restoration Techniques

After owning a vehicle for a number of years, individuals may notice that the lenses of headlights become cloudy. The problem greatly reduces the intensity of light at night. But, there are a few techniques that vehicle owners might try to remedy the problem.

One method involves rubbing toothpaste on the lenses. Use a dry cloth to buff the glass. Once polished, use a dampened cloth to remove any residue. Another technique involves using insect repellent containing DEET. Spray the solution onto a cloth and rub the headlight lenses. 

 

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Why Good Tire Care is Important


Tires play an important part in how your vehicle drives. It’s important to buy new tires when needed, but equally important to maintain the tires so they’ll last as long as possible and provide you with a safe ride. At Pitre Kia of Las Cruces, we offer tires and also offer tire maintenance and tips on tire care.

Even if your tires are fairly new, you should check the tire tread to ensure they’re wearing evenly. Place a penny in the tread with Lincoln’s head down. If all of his head can be seen, you may…
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What to Look For in a Mechanic

With vehicles, one thing you are going to have to accept is that you are going to have to get it fixed at some point. Even if you are good at taking care of your vehicle, there are going to be certain issues that require a mechanic. However, any apprehension is understandable.

For one thing, there have been a lot of reports about mechanics ripping their customers off and doing more work than necessary in order to be able to charge a higher price. Fortunately, it is no longer a gamble. You can actually find a reliable mechanic in an…

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Understanding the Workings of a Timing Belt

Unfortunately, many people do not understand that there exist specific terms of art associated with the mechanics of an engine. For example, many people do not understand the operation of a timing belt.

Technically speaking, a timing belt is designed to synchronize the rotation of the crankshaft in conjunction with the camshaft of camshafts. This is the accepted definition of the functionality of a timing belt.

The ultimate impact of a properly functioning timing belt is to make certain that valves open and close appropriately in conjunction with a cylinder's exhaust and intake strokes

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Learning More About Your Vehicle's Alternator

Here at Pitre Kia of Las Cruces, we believe that our customers should always be well informed. In order to get the most out of your car, you should know more about how it works - and how to keep it running smoothly.

In particular, we know that many drivers are unsure about what their vehicle's alternator does. Well, put simply, your alternator generates the energy needed to keep your electrical system running and charge your battery. When your alternator dies, your battery will most likely follow. Luckily, your car will let you know when you need to have the…

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