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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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Learn How to Save Money at the Gas Pump

One thing most car owners have in common is a desire to save money on gas. As such, fuel economy is a critical deciding factor when purchasing a car. Yet, regardless of your car's fuel economy, there are several things you can do to make your car more fuel efficient.

The first secret to saving money on gas is directly in the hands of the driver. Driving at high-speeds actually wastes more gas than driving at the speed limit. Studies have shown that gas economy is significantly reduced once your vehicle exceeds 50 mph. Thus, the first step to…

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Choosing Touch Up Paint for Your Vehicle

Fixing small scratches and dings is usually a straightforward project, but you need to make sure that you have the right touch up paint. Using the wrong color could make the damage stand out, and removing touch up paint is no easy task. Here are a few steps that you can take to make sure that your touch up paint is identical to your vehicle’s current color.

Even if you have great vision, it is important to realize that matching auto paint by its appearance is nearly impossible. Instead of relying on your eyes, you should take a look…

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Complete Back-to-School Auto Service

Back to school season brings an abrupt change from summer routines. Family life can get very busy with school and social events in addition to work and errands. Back to school season puts many demands on the family vehicles. Some households send a child driving off to college, and that vehicle requires preparation for going back to school.

Las Cruces drivers appreciate the benefits of an organized maintenance plan. Scheduling is a critical element as oil, coolant, and transmission fluids require periodic inspection and changes. Basic maintenance keeps the car engine and...
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