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Choose to Replace Your Windshield Wiper Blades

The more time that your windshield wiper blades spend in the sun, the more that they might become damaged. Taconic Kia understands the need for you to replace those blades to keep your wipers working well.

You rely on your wipers when moisture is covering your windshield and they need to be working well. Choose to replace them as soon as you notice that they are not working quite as well as they used to work. 

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Failing Car Hoses and Belts Warning Signs

If you know what to look for as far as failing belts and hoses on the car engine, you can put yourself in the position of avoiding having the vehicle overheat on the side of the road when these parts fail.

Keep an eye out for any of the following warnings signs.

Belts will make a loud squealing sound as they slip, which wears them too fast. 

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Understand Your Car's Gaskets

While you have probably heard of automotive gaskets, you might be uncertain about what they are and what they do. We can gladly help.

Every auto features gaskets. These parts are vital to a car's proper operation. Under the hood, gaskets separate metal surfaces and keep gasses and liquids from mixing and causing costly problems. Manufacturers use rubber, layered metal or a combination of both to create automotive gaskets. 

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Your Headlights May Fade But They Can Be Restored

Over time you will most likely notice your headlights begin to dim and fade. There are multiple reasons why you would experience this with your vehicle, and there are many different ways to deal with it.

The most common thing that causes your headlights to be ineffective is when the plastic housing lenses get fogged over due to age and sun damage. There are several polishing compounds that are available on the market that you can use to repair this damage, but in the long run, the best way to deal with it is to replace them all together...

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Preparing for a Road Trip


Many people like to take long road trips as a vacation activity. There are a few things, however, that you should do before you head off from Cortlandt Manor. Follow these guidelines if you want to be well-prepared for your road trip.

Bring your vehicle in to be serviced before you take off. It is never a good idea to go on a long drive without first having your vehicle serviced because your risk of dealing with a maintenance issue increases.

It's always a smart idea to spend some time planning out your route before you leave. Also, keep…
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Tips for Safety During a Roadside Emergency

If you blow a tire or you notice some other kind of trouble with your vehicle, and you are unable to keep driving, do what you can to stay safe and to look out for others on the roadway.

If you are dealing with a roadside emergency, make sure that you set up flares or triangles of some kind to alert others and keep them from hitting into your vehicle. Move away from the roadway and make sure that your small children are supervised and kept where they will be safe. Contact the authorities as soon as possible to get…

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Stay Safe on Wet Roadways

Driving in the rain does not have to be dangerous. If you are careful, you will be able to reach your destination without incident. Pay attention to the road in front of you and adjust your driving as you need to so that you stay safe.

When there is water collecting on the road, that water can take control of your vehicle and stop you from driving in a safe way. You need to avoid that water as much as you possibly can while also slowing down your vehicle. You should drive a little under the speed limit to avoid…

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Don't Overlook The Smaller Items Under The Hood That Need To Be Maintained


Every vehicle requires maintenance. But don't get hung up on just the big items. It can be much too easy to overlook the small things that keep your car, truck, or SUV running. But often times these are actually some of the most important items to keep in check.

Your belts and hoses for example are actually critical to keeping you moving. If one fails, you can easily find yourself on the side of the road.

Checking and maintaining them is actually pretty easy. A simple visual check will tell you whether they need to be replaced or not…
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Are You Ready to Get Stuck?

It may seem weird, but you should always have a bag of liter, sand, or salt in your car when you drive in the winter. If you get stuck you can pour some under your wheels and you will be able to get enough traction t get unstuck. Be sure to also keep an emergency kit in your vehicle at all times as well. You never know when you will end up in an emergency situation and you should always be prepared.

Be sure to get your vehicle all tuned up by us here at Taconic Kia. A little maintenance…
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Give Your Gas Tank Care by Keeping It Full In Winter

As much money as it costs to buy gas, you need to make a habit of keeping the fuel tank full in winter because it could save you money spent on car repairs. Yes, you may not have known but not having enough gas in your tank can damage your vehicle. How does that happen?

When the temperatures are below freezing, and your gas tank is below half full, condensation can occur in the tank. The liquid condensation then sinks down into your gas and then travels into the fuel lines. It can freeze in those lines, and that will…

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