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What Is Synthetic Oil And Why Should I Use It In My Vehicle?

When it comes to taking care of your vehicle, you know that using the right oil is an important step. Yet, you may not know which oil to choose. With so many praises for synthetic oil, you may wonder if it is the best choice for you. Here are a few details to help.

Vehicle Performance

Synthetic oil is artificially made from a variety of chemical compounds. Scientists formulate in a way that reduces sludge buildup, evaporates slower, and allows the engine to perform much better. Even if you used conventional oil before, you can experience a big difference by…

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Commonly Asked Questions About Vehicle Suspension Systems

What is the suspension system on a vehicle?
The suspension system on your vehicle includes the tires, the tire pressure, shock absorbers and all related components that are attached to your vehicle's wheels.

What is the purpose of the suspension system?
The suspension system is designed to provide you with a smoother ride. This is especially true when traveling over uneven terrain. The suspension system will also protect your vehicle from damage when carrying extra weight.
 

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Signs That Your Ignition is in Need of Service

Your spark plugs and ignition wires are part of your vehicle that often require service. This is often because of the normal wear and tear that occurs when you're driving a vehicle daily. We here at Pitre Kia of Las Cruces have some signs to keep an eye out for if you think your vehicle might be experiencing ignition problems.
  • When you turn the key, you hear a grinding or screeching noise. There may also be a whining sound that comes from the ignition or engine.
  • A burnt smell wafts up from your engine area when you attempt to…
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Tips for traveling with pets

Traveling with your pets is never easy, but it's something you will have to do at least occasionally. There are veterinarian appointments, grooming appointments and other reasons to get in the car with your pet. Here are some tips to help make the process a little less easier.

The number one rule when traveling with pets is to make sure they are safe and secure. For smaller pets, such as cats and small dogs, a pet carrier is the best bet. Larger dogs may require a harness. Make sure all windows and doors are locked in your vehicle...

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What Is a Gasket?

At our dealership in Las Cruces, we want you to know as much as possible about your vehicle and how it works. Your car has hundreds of gaskets that keep the fluids inside and help your car run smooth. Understanding what a gasket is will help you maintain your vehicle correctly in the future.

What is a Gasket?

A gasket is a generally flat part made from multi-layered steel, copper or rubber that forms an impenetrable bond between two surfaces. Without the help of gaskets, your vehicle would not hold oil, coolant or any other fluid effectively.

 

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Headlight Restoration Tips

Performing a headlight restoration can make a world's difference if you are driving a car that has fogged out headlights. The pros of restoring headlights are that you can save money by not having to purchase new headlights and that you will be able to see better while driving down the road in dark conditions.

Different Methods of Headlight Restoration

There are a few different ways you can go about restoring the headlights. Home remedies like spraying mosquito repellent on a rag and wiping it on the face of the headlights have been known to work. 

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Understanding Your Responsibility To Maintain Tire Pressure


You have a duty to maintain tire pressure on your vehicle at all times. Low tire pressure can put yourself and other motorists at risk. This is because many vehicles experience longer braking distances when they are riding around on tires that are below the recommended tire pressure. Unfortunately, it happens all the time.

Those who worry that they may over inflate their tires need not fret as much. Most modern tires can withstand being over inflated within reason. You shouldn't make it a habit of course, but if this occurs from time to time for you, it is…
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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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