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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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Motor Oil and the 3,000 Mile Myth

It is very important to make sure that the oil in your vehicle is taken care of. If you are not on top of the oil, you can run into plenty of problems later on. However, there are certain myths that need to be cleared up about motor oil.

As a driver, you have probably heard that you should change your oil every 3,000 miles. The truth is that it actually depends on a lot of factors. Among the major factors are the make and model of the vehicle and the recommendation by the manufacturer. Some manufacturers recommend an…

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Methods to Clean Your Headlights

The plastic covering your headlamps can get dirty and cloudy and potentially create a dangerous situation. Trying to drive down a dark road without enough light can cause a lot of issues.

A variety of household materials can be used to clear up cloudy plastic and reduce the effect of scratches. Rubbing toothpaste on the headlamp with a wet rag can buff out the plastic and restore your visibility. Insect repellent that contains DEET has also proved to be effective. To ensure that it doesn't corrode the paint on your car, spray the repellent directly on a rag to…

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Think About Buying an SUV

When you are shopping for a vehicle to get you to work and back each day, you should think about buying an SUV. The team here in Las Cruces is excited to show you some of the benefits of driving an SUV.

An SUV can keep you safe in ways that a compact car will not. There are safety features that are built into an SUV that can protect you, and the large size of an SUV can help you stay safe, as well. When you have cargo that you need to take with you, an SUV allows you to…
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The Popularity of These Roadtrip Games

One of the ways to keep all the kids in the car entertained during a long trip in the car is getting them involved with roadtrip games.

To play the License Plate Game, create a list of states on a sheet of paper, and then the kids have to watch for cars passing to identify those states. If a child sees a state, they call it out first so their name is put next to that state. The child with the most states will win this game.

To play Spot the Car, the same rules apply. The list is made…
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