How to Change the Windshield Wipers

The winter season is quite harsh on your windshield wipers, leaving them worn and brittle at the start of spring. Since you should be changing your wipers every six months, the start of spring is a great time to swap out your old blades for new ones. How can this be done? Here’s what you need to know.

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What to look for

The surest way to tell if your wipers are due for a change is a lack of effectiveness when you use them. If your blades leave streaks or don’t make total contact with your windshield, then they’re almost certainly due for replacement. Visible wear like cracks or tearing is also indication enough that you need a new set of wipers.

 

Make sure you have the right size

If you’re buying windshield wipers for yourself, the most common mistake is assuming that one size fits all. Every vehicle has specific sizing for its wiper blades, and you’ll be able to find the size necessary for your Kia in your owner’s manual. If you want to spare the step, you can ask our service technicians when you come in for service, and we’ll get the correct size for you.

 

Do it yourself

Once you’ve acquired your wiper blades, replacement is as simple as lifting the wiper arm, sliding off the old blade, and locking a new one into place. Because the process is quick and easy, it’s just as easy to have our team do it during your spring maintenance service, especially if you’re getting genuine wiper blades at Gossett Kia South.

 

Replacing the wiper blades on your Kia is a snap. You can do it yourself, or we can do it for you when you stop in for your seasonal check-up. Call or email our service department to set up your appointment and be sure to request a pair of new wiper blades for superior springtime visibility.

 

Tips for Bicycle Safety This Spring

The return of spring presents the opportunity to break your bike out of storage and head out for a ride. Because you will both ride a bike and drive a vehicle this spring, now is a good time to brush up on bicycle safety for both situations. By staying informed of what to do on the road, you’ll be better able to ensure your safety whether at the wheel or at the handlebars.

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Safety while riding

Dress right.

  • It should go without saying that you’ll want to wear a helmet and pads when going out for a ride. Also make sure that you are wearing the proper clothing—if you plan on riding day or night, try for light and reflective clothing for better visibility

Get a check-up.

  • Just as your car needs seasonal maintenance, you’ll want to make sure your bike is in tip-top shape. Things to look for include properly inflated tired, frame integrity, and chain condition.

Be aware.

  • Always assume that there is a vehicle in the vicinity of where you’re riding. You’ll want to ride in such a way that you’re always visible while making sure to watch for road hazards like puddles, loose gravel, and manholes.

 

 

Safety while driving

Take your time.

  • If there is a cyclist on the road in front of you, do not pass them unless you are absolutely certain that you can do so with a wide berth and clear line of visibility. Share the road, and be considerate

Take it slow.

Be courteous.

 

 

These are just some of the tips you should keep in mind when heading out for a ride or a drive this spring. If you are looking for accessories that make it easier to take your bike with you on road trips, stop into Gossett Kia South and see what we’ve got to offer.

Spring Tire Care: Routine Maintenance Tips

Spring brings warmer weather, and it also means that you may need to perform some much-needed maintenance on your car. In particular, spring tire care is incredibly important as temperatures rise, something we at Gossett Kia South can help with. Even if you’d prefer to do the work yourself, there are still a few things to keep in mind when doing routine maintenance.

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First, according to Goodyear®, you’ll want to do a visual inspection for wear. Signs of wear include bulges in the sidewall, cracking or crumbling rubber, and uneven wear on the tread. While some of these can be signs of other issues (e.g., uneven wear is usually caused by poor alignment), others may simply be signs that you need new tires.

Next, check the tread depth. You can purchase a tread-depth indicator at most auto parts stores, but you can also try the penny test for an approximate guide. Flip a penny upside down and place it in the middle of the tread. If you can see above Abe Lincoln’s head, you probably need new tires. Tread that measures less than 2/32nds of an inch is usually too dangerous to drive on.

You should also check tire pressure, as changes in temperature affects air pressure. For every 10-degree rise in temperature, your tires add 1 pound per square inch (PSI). To combat this, you can invest in a tire pressure gauge to carry with you in your vehicle, or you can check the PSI by taking your vehicle to your nearest gas station’s air pump. The proper pressure is typically listed on the inside panel of your driver’s side door or on the tire itself. If you can’t find the numbers you need there, your owner’s manual is a sure bet.

Finally, to make sure that your tires are properly maintained, you’ll want to bring your vehicle in for balancing, rotation, and alignment in accordance to your owner’s manuals recommended intervals. If you need these services performed, or if your springtime inspection shows that you’re due for a new set, you can get what you need at Gossett Kia South.

Show Your Car Some TLC with these Car Care New Year’s Resolutions

When you’re making your list of New Year’s resolutions this year, don’t forget that your vehicle deserve some attention, too. Here are some car care New Year’s resolutions from Gossett Kia South that will keep your car in top-notch condition.

 Car Care New Year’s Resolutions

Hit the car wash

Not only is it more fun to drive a car that looks the best it can, keeping your car clean can actually help you spot any problems on the body of your car more easily. This year, make a habit of visiting the car wash every once in a while—you’ll love the way your car looks and keeping an eye on its condition will be easier than ever.

 

Schedule regular oil changes

It’s easy to put off changing your vehicle’s oil, but it’s important to do so regularly throughout the year. Before this year is over, plan out exactly when you’ll change your oil and stick to your plan. It’s cheap, quick, and one of the best ways to extend your vehicle’s life.

 

Rotate tires

Most people probably never rotate their tires, which is unfortunate, because it’s an extremely easy way to extend your tire life, save money, and reduce excess strain on your vehicle.

 

And, of course, don’t forget the most important New Year’s resolution of all: to drive safely year round to protect your car and everyone inside of it.

Winter Car Care Tips

Fall is in full swing and winter is quickly approaching. Now is the time to properly prepare your vehicle for the colder weather. While Memphis doesn’t see the harshest winter weather, it still pays to be prepared. Here are some helpful winter car care tips to get you started from us here at Gossett Kia South.

Emergency Kit
Creating an emergency kit is the first step to being prepared for when winter conditions strike. A dead battery, loss of traction, or simply getting caught in the snow likely means you’ll be waiting for help to arrive.
In order to stay comfortable and pass the time, prepare an emergency kit that includes warm clothes and blankets, a flashlight with extra batteries, and nonperishable foods. Including cat litter or sand for traction to escape slippery conditions certainly wouldn’t hurt, either.

Tires
As the temperatures drop, so will your vehicle’s tire pressure. Check to make sure your vehicle’s tires are properly inflated on a weekly basis to maximize traction on the road. Don’t forget to check the tread levels before winter arrives in full force! Tires with low tread should be replaced prior to winter for your own safety.

Winter Car Care Tips
Coolant
Keeping your engine up and running all year long means maintaining your coolant. Coolant is responsible for keeping the engine cool in summer and prevent it from freezing in winter. Have your vehicle inspected to ensure the coolant is suitable to weather this coming winter season.

10 Reasons to Buy a Kia

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Kia is becoming the go-to brand for many new drivers.

Wondering whether there’s a Kia that will fit your needs? Well, the answer is almost certainly. There are plenty of reasons to buy a Kia no matter what type of vehicle you’re looking for.

  1. Value – Kia vehicles offer excellent value for car buyers. An agreeable price tag is accompanied by plenty of features and amenities.
  2. Warranties – Kia is not only generous on the features, but they’re generous with the warranties, too.
  3. Variety – The Kia lineup is full of award-winning options, from compact cars to SUVs.
  4. Personalization – There are loads of trim levels and customization options so that it’s easy to personalize your Kia. Models like the Soul or the Forte5 offer extra quirky personality.
  5. Family-Friendly – No matter what size your family is, you can find a Kia for them. This family friendly lineup offers great choices like the Sedona minivan or the Optima sedan.
  6. Hybrid Options – If you’re looking to go green, Kia has plenty of hybrid options in its lineup, too.
  7. Quality – You’ll find that no matter which Kia you choose, it will be made with quality materials and dedicated craftsmanship.
  8. Luxury – For something a little fancier, Kia offers the affordable Cadenza, a luxurious vehicle that the whole family can enjoy.
  9. Stylish – These cars just keep getting more and more stylish, especially since the company brought in ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer.
  10. Promising Future – The Kia brand started out modest, but it just keeps growing. Buyers are always impressed by the durable, stylish, and practical Kia lineup. Chances are it will just keep getting better.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips for Your Family

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Happy Thanksgiving from Gossett KIA South!

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year, so whether you’re flying or driving to your destination, you’re probably going to encounter some mishaps and a whole lot of angry people. Follow these Thanksgiving travel tips to reduce your holiday stress as much as possible.

First of all, it’s important to do whatever you can to stay calm and understand that everyone is in the same position as you. Especially if you’re driving, getting mad at traffic doesn’t help—it just makes you more reckless and puts you in danger.

Get things to keep yourself and any passengers you’re traveling with occupied, especially kids. If you bring electronic devices, charge them beforehand. Boredom is just another source of stress.

If you’re driving, leave fairly early in the morning to beat the afternoon rush, but don’t go too early and make yourself drowsy. The worst Thanksgiving traffic is Wednesday afternoon the day before and Sunday afternoon, when everyone is going back home. If you can avoid driving during these times, do it.

Use apps to find routes with the least traffic and nearby gas stations with low prices. Lastly, take driving brakes, especially if you’re with kids or you’re the only one driving. Switch drivers every couple of hours so you can rest. Drive safely!

Reasons to Buy a Kia

If you’re in the market for a new car, you’re probably weighing your options about which car brand you should buy. We hope that brand is Kia, and we’ve put together some reasons why.

Value is the biggest reason you should buy a Kia. Kia vehicles are some of the least expensive on the market and still offer tons of standard and optional technology. Despite their low price, Kias are high-quality and packed with amenities.

Kia also offers a fantastic warranty of 10 years or 100,000 miles for the powertrain as well as 5 years or 60,000 miles of bumper-to-bumper coverage, 5 years of roadside assistance, and more. Every Kia buyer gets access to these awesome benefits.

Another great thing about Kia vehicles is their hybrids. As one of the first brands to hop on the hybrid bandwagon, Kia’s Optima hybrid has already found its footing in the power department with a turbocharged engine.

Unique design is another thing Kia brings to the table. The boxy Kia Soul is one of the most popular cars in America and is one of the biggest cars on the EV market thanks in large part to its interesting styling.

KIA Soul

Kia vehicles offer incredible style and advanced engineering for unbeatable prices, so what are you waiting for? Kia has something for every driver.

What Does a Car’s Torque Mean?

shifterDrivers generally know that horsepower determines how fast a car can go, but it isn’t the only determining factor when it comes to performance. Those who take the time to check out the specifications may find themselves asking “What does a car’s torque mean?” That’s a good question, and it turns out that torque is just as important as horsepower when it comes to power. Here’s a quick explanation of what torque does in a car.

At its very essence, torque is the ability to do work while power determines how quickly a certain point can be reached. Those two values hold true when it comes to modern engines. The math can be pretty complicated once you get into it. Don’t worry! We’ll be skipping the math and jump straight to the answers.

The number listed on a vehicle’s specifications page is how much torque the car’s engine can produce. As you may have guessed, larger engines produce more torque just as they produce more horsepower. The increase in torque is largely determined by how much air flows through the engine to be compressed with fuel to produce power.

Torque is what causes the car to accelerate, which means that the more torque, the faster the car. When checking out a performance car, make sure to look at both the torque and horsepower before making a decision!

Pay Attention to Your Vehicle Warning Indicator System!

dashboard lightsYour vehicle is equipped with a Vehicle Warning Indicator system. This is a technical term for all those little icons that light up in your dash. A few common indicators you should know are:

Check Engine

This could mean a routine maintenance task is needed. It may also mean that a sudden engine issue has arisen. When you see this light, get your vehicle in for an inspection immediately!

Coolant Temp

See a thermometer icon light up? You will probably notice your temperature gauge is rising as well. Your vehicle is overheating, a condition that could permanently damage your engine. Possible issues could be a faulty thermostat or a busted hose. Either way, get it checked out!

Battery

If your battery indicator lights up, there is possibly an issue with the battery, your alternator, or both. Most car parts stores will check the battery for free. Do it soon before you’re left stranded somewhere!

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

This one is simple. At least one tire is low. Hopefully you’ve got a tire gauge in your glove box (if you don’t, get one!). Pull over somewhere safe and check your tires.

Unfortunately, a lot of people ignore their Vehicle Warning Indicators. If you do, you are losing out on a fantastic diagnostic/warning system that is designed for the sole purpose of protecting your vehicle and keeping it in top-notch shape.