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Preventing Your Vehicle from Being Stolen

Vehicles these days are coming with some really great safety features that makes it harder than ever for a theft to occur. However, there are some additional steps that you can take to prevent your vehicle from being stolen. Let's take a look:
  • Make sure that you always know where your car keys are. You don't want to accidentally leave them in an unlocked car or dropped on the ground next to your vehicle.
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What is a Blind Spot Monitor?


Most new cars have various sensors and cameras to help with additional driver assistance and safety features. After 2015, newer vehicles were required to have rearview cameras. These cameras were able to show a live view of the back of a vehicle, that was helpful with parking and backing up. The cameras are now equipped in other areas of the vehicle to help with lane departure assist and blind spot monitoring.

With blind spot monitoring, you can prevent your car from running into other motorists. 
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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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Make Driving Safe For You and Your Pets

If you have pets, you're likely to take them along with you for car rides. Pets can be fun companions, but they can also make driving difficult. Follow these tips to make driving with a pet easier and safer.

Take care to prevent dogs from accessing windows. Dogs love hanging out of car windows, but it is a dangerous practice. Exposure to high-velocity winds can cause respiratory damage in canines. It is also possible for your dog to be hurt by flying projectiles.

Animals should never be transported in the back of a truck. Pets need to be restrained…

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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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