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Basic Tire Maintenance for Every Driver

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The tires are the only thing between the vehicle and the road. When they are properly inflated and in good condition, the handling, stability and safety of the vehicle will be maximized. Conversely, when the tires are under inflated, worn out or damaged, all of the safety systems on the vehicle cannot overcome the loss of control that comes with a blow-out or hydroplaning situation. Air pressure in a tire is like oil in an engine; when it is low, the resulting internal damage is unseen until it is too late. Tires naturally lose 1-2 psi per month, so ongoing neglect will eventually result in a tire that cannot support the weight of the vehicle and the occupants. When this happens, the resulting blow-out can result in the loss of control and an accident.

It’s also important to rotate the tires on the vehicle every 5-7,000 miles. Today’s front-wheel-drive vehicles cause the steer tires to wear at a much faster rate than the tires on the rear axle. By periodically rotating the front tires to the back and the back tires to the front, motorists can achieve even treadwear on all four tires and increase the mileage and performance. Failing to rotate the tires often results in the front tires wearing out faster while the rear tires develop irregular treadwear patterns that cause vibrations. The same can be said for alignments. When the vehicle is not properly aligned, the tires will wear out faster which leads to increased operating costs.

Finally, drivers should perform a visual inspection of their tires on a regular basis, especially after hitting a pothole, curb or any type of road debris. Bulges, cuts and other visible damage weaken the internal components of the tire, which can lead to a blow-out. Regular visual inspections will often identify any potential problems before they result in an accident. It’s also a good idea to have the tires inspected by a professional before any long road trips to ensure there are no obvious out-of-service conditions that must be addressed.

RECOGNIZING THE SIGNS OF VEHICLE ENGINE DAMAGE

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It’s not always easy to recognize when your vehicle is suffering from engine damage as symptoms can be overlooked and seen as “normal.” While not all sounds and smells may threaten the life of your engine, there are some obvious warning signs that require a vehicle inspection right away.

Early diagnosis of engine damage can most likely be treated, but it is important to be aware of potentially damaging symptoms and have the vehicle inspected if something doesn’t seem right. By acting quickly and making necessary repairs as soon as possible, you could be saving yourself from the cost and hassle of breaking down along the road.

One of the signs of engine trouble is an illuminated check engine light. This light indicates that a vehicle system, such as the ignition, fuel injection or emission control, is not operating properly, even if the vehicle appears to be running normally. Ignoring the check engine light can negatively impact your fuel economy or cause damage resulting in more costly repairs.

Many motorists are familiar with the noises their vehicles make on a daily basis. However, any noise that is new, different or suspicious may indicate a problem, including a high-pitched squeal, grinding or thumping. Sounds under the hood, such as hissing, can also indicate that your vehicle is in need of attention.

Although all cars burn fossil fuels that create undesired emissions, these odors should remain outside of the car. Unusual smells that could signal engine damage include: burnt rubber, hot oil, gasoline, sweet smell of syrup, burning carpet and rotten eggs. When you smell any peculiar odor, you should not ignore it.

Another symptom of engine damage is excessive amounts of smoke or steam. Although some smoke is normal, excessive amounts of dark smoke in particular indicates that oil is leaking into the combustion chamber and is being burned along with the gasoline.

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Welcome to KIA of Lincoln

KIA of Lincoln looks forward to serving your automotive needs and hope that we can help you with your next New KIA or Preowned Vehicle. We have helped customers from all over Nebraska including: Lincoln, Seward, Beatrice, York, Columbus, Grand Island, Omaha, Kearney, Hastings, North Platte, Crete, Norfolk and Papillion with their new or preowned vehicle needs and look forward to working with you to find the perfect Car, Truck or SUV. Visit our Contact Us page for any questions you may have or fill out our Credit Application to get the approval process started on any vehicle.

If you don’t see the vehicle you’re looking for click on CarFinder, complete the form and let us know what you have in mind and we’ll do our best to help! If you’d like a see a specific vehicle in person just Contact Us to schedule an appointment and then check out our Hours and Directions page for address and step-by-step driving instructions to our location in Lincoln NE. If you need immediate assistance please feel free to give us a call via #(402) 882-3060. We look forward to serving you.

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The 2016 Cadenza

It stands out in any company. A powerful, eye-catching statement that artfully fuses luxury, performance, and technology into one expectation-defying package.

Kia continues to step up its game, and the Cadenza proves it deserves to be seriously considered by savvy shoppers. The sole engine is a 293-hp 3.3-liter V-6 with a six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive. While the Cadenza may not be a rocket, it does accelerate to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. Kia is sufficient, and the upscale interior makes it very comfortable. An all-new Cadenza goes on sale in late 2016, so look for deals on the current model.

2016 KIA Forte 5-Door 5d Hatchback LX

The 2016 Kia Forte is one of the most comprehensive compact-car lineups you’ll find. With 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe or 5-door hatchback body styles, a surprising amount of features, and an available 201-horsepower turbocharged engine, the 2016 Forte comes in almost any flavor you want. There’s the inexpensive Forte LX 4-door sedan, which won’t leave you feeling shortchanged. The sporty Forte is a 2-door model available with a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder that makes 201 horsepower. The Forte5 hatchback offers a cargo-friendly, Euro-look hatchback, and is available with the turbocharged engine.

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