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Your Radiator Needs to Be Maintained in Order to Function Properly

Given the extreme temperatures that your engine sees as it runs, it only makes sense that it would have its own cooling system built right into the vehicle. Your radiator is filled with a cooling fluid that is cycled through the system which maintains a normal operating temperature for your engine that keeps it from overheating and causing major damage.

Over time the coolant will get dirty and less effective. This aging can create sludge that can cause the system to gum up and fail. When this happens, it is important to take care of with a cooling system flush. A flush involves draining and disposing of the old coolant first. Then attaching a hose and power flushing the entire system to remove any remaining sludge, grime, or debris that may have been left behind. Finally, the system is refilled with all new coolant.

If your car, truck, or SUV is ready for cooling system maintenance, then bring it into our service center here at Nielsen Kia today.

How to Boost Safety on the Road

The tires on a vehicle are important because they can dramatically impact safety on the road. If the wheels on an automobile aren't in peak condition, traction problems will develop. Without efficient traction, the process of using the brakes will be challenging since the treads won't effectively grip the pavement. This is why proper tire maintenance is required in order to boost safety, and one of the best options is an alignment service. However, if you want to protect your tires after pursuing this service, you can accomplish this objective by following a few easy steps.

A strong defense is the solid strategy when you're trying to protect the tires on a car. Since environmental hazards can harm tire treads, you must strategically avoid obstacles during various driving routines. For example, if you're going to drive in a neighborhood that has rough roads, inspect the surrounding thoroughly while driving slowly. This tactic will help you avoid potholes and other road hazards.

If you need other strategies or alignment services, the crew in our service center at Nielsen Kia can help. We handle tire alignment tasks for motorists in Michigan City, IN and surrounding areas.

This Guide is for How to Jump Start Another Car

Always have jumper cables, gloves, and safety goggles, in the trunk in case the car battery needs a jump. Bring the running vehicle to the nose of the car to be jumped. Open both hoods, turn off the engine, and be sure the car lights are off as well. Put on your safety glasses and gloves, unravel the jumper cables.

Place the red cable end on the positive terminal of the car with a powerful battery. The other red cable to positive to battery getting jumped. Place black cable to negative on a good battery; the last black cable is going to be attached to an exposed metal surface somewhere in the engine compartment of car getting jumped. Now turn over the car engine, wait two minutes, try to start the car with the dead battery.

Come to Nielsen Kia where our service team can do a complete check of your charging system so this doesn't happen again in the future.



Keep an Eye Out for This Popular Oil Myth

With cars in these times, you really need to know that your vehicle's oil is going to be changed on a routine basis. You can talk to a mechanic about what kind of engine oil you'll need, or you can take it to Nielsen Kia to get a full diagnostic, fluid change, and oil change.

One of the questions that people often have relates to the myth that you need to get your motor oil changed every 3,000 miles. This is not true. Most oil change intervals vary according to how much you drive, the make, model, and specifications by the vehicle maker and so forth.

Another myth would be that if your oil is black, it should be changed immediately. Oil is supposed to be an amber color, but if not, that doesn't mean you should rush into the shop just yet. Most modern oil will also clean your engine though.



Is It Time to Replace Your Tires?

Whether your car came with new tires or you replaced them a few years ago, understand that tires don't last forever. Just as you need to get regular oil changes and maintenance checks, it's also important to replace your tires when they begin to wear out. If you aren't sure what to look for, don't worry! Many car owners aren't quite sure how to tell when their tires are worn, but there are a few signs you can watch out for.

If you find that you're slipping while you drive, your tread depth might be low or worn. Your tires should not slip in the rain, for example. If they do, you may have a problem. Similarly, if you're struggling to keep your tire pressure at an acceptable level, it could be time for new tires.

Not sure whether it's time to replace your tires? Visit Nielsen Kia today so we can help you.



Settle Between Front-Wheel and Rear-Wheel Drive

Front-wheel and Rear-wheel drive are terms related to the drivetrain of your vehicle. Front-wheel or rear-wheel drive pertains to the arrangement of your wheels and engine. With RWD, you get more push from the rear end of the vehicle, which is important for racing and muscle cars. However, FWD is more fuel-efficient. While it may not pack a lot of power like RWD, it's better for the car in the long-run.

There are also new drivetrains like All-wheel drive and xDrive. AWD isn't exactly new, but it's been making its way into sports muscle cars, which were almost exclusively RWD. With xDrive formations, you can also pick the drivetrain, allowing you to go from fuel efficient to the turbo. AWD is also important for those living in snowy and icy road conditions.

If you have a question about drivetrains, then you should talk to our team at Nielsen Kia about some of the latest models.



Windshield Wiper Fluid Is A Vital Component for Your Vehicle

Windshield washer fluid isn't the first thing that people think about when they think about driving safely but it can prevent accidents just the same. Having a vehicle that is topped off with windshield wiper fluid means that a driver can free debris off of the windshield with the windshield washer fluid that is contained within the system to have a streak free view of their surroundings.

This comes in handy at night when the headlights from vehicles can turn a dirty windshield almost opaque and cause the driver to not be able to see out of it. This can lead to an accident that could put lives at risk or cause unnecessary insurance claims.

We here at Nielsen Kia want to remind you that all of this can be avoided if you make sure that you refill your windshield wiper fluid regularly so that you can use it when needed. Schedule a time to visit us today to get this process taken care of!

The Origin of the Term "Horsepower"

If you have ever wondered how horsepower relates to vehicles, this might help.

In an attempt to sell more of his steam engines, inventor and designer James Watt, knew he had to find a way to impress potential purchasers with the power of these machines. His answer came when he observed ponies working in a coal mine.

During his observations he figured that one pony was capable of towing 22,000 foot-pounds of coal in a minute. Bumping that number up by 50% he arrived at 33,000 foot-pounds per minute as a unit for measuring horsepower. Put more simply, his calculations brought him to figure 33 pounds per minute as the equivalent of one horsepower.

Mr. Watt was able to successfully use this measurement in sales pitches to clients, but you can visit Nielsen Kia in Michigan City, IN to get more information about horsepower. Our professional sales staff will gladly bring you up to date on our vehicles and their capabilities in terms of horsepower.

Important Pre-Travel Plans Before Your Next Road Trip

There is nothing more exciting than the anticipation of taking a road trip. That's why it's important to make sure you take the time to plan and prepare for a safe trip from the Michigan City, IN area.

  • Be sure to check the weather forecast for all the regions and states you are traveling to so you can be prepared for any inclement weather along your route.
  • Consider purchasing a GPS device if your car is not already equipped with one. The GPS will not only help you map the trip accurately but can also give you live updates on construction delays, accidents and other delays.
  • Here at Nielsen Kia, we serve many customers in our service department for pre-road trip inspections so they can rest assure their vehicle is mechanically safe and sound before their trip out of the local area.

Here's wishing you a safe and happy journey for you and your family on behalf of the entire team at Nielsen Kia!

The parts that you can buy from the dealership are better for a number of reasons. Before you run out to the local discount auto store, here are a few things to consider when you need new parts for your vehicle in Michigan City, IN:

The parts that you will be picking up at the dealership are all OEM approved, and that means they have been specifically crafted to replace the original parts in your car perfectly. The dealership has the largest inventory of these auto parts in stock now, everything from filters, to brake parts. If you have a question or concern about which part you may need, the team working at the dealership have several decades combined experience and will be able to help you to get the right part that you need.

Make it a point to come to see us at Nielsen Kia when you want to get the best parts the first time.

Four-Wheel or All-Wheel Drive: Which Is Your Favorite?

What feature is most important to you when shopping for a vehicle? Is it interior comfort or exterior good looks? Maybe you want a vehicle with lots of horsepower or one with four-wheel or all-wheel drive. For anyone interested in taking their vehicles off-road or living in areas where icy conditions are common, the latter is certainly at the top of some lists.

A four-wheel vehicle is one that can be used in either two-wheel or four-wheel mode depending on the need. They also offer a low-gear range when the differential is locked in to help in difficult terrain. All-wheel vehicles offer traction to all wheels all the time making them ideal for people who like to go off-roading without the worry of switching from one mode to the other.

The four-wheel option is available on most trucks and larger SUVs, while all-wheel drive is typically part of the package on some sedans, crossovers and smaller SUVs. Stop in and find the right choice for you with our team at Nielsen Kia!

Save Time and Money with Dealership Vehicle Parts

Original equipment manufacturers (OEM) provide dealerships with parts made by the same company as the vehicle. OEM parts are also preferable by many because of the support system that comes with them. An independent shop may be able to match your vehicle needs with replacement parts, but the quality is not always up to par.

The truth is not all aftermarket parts are built the same, which means that aftermarket parts are likely not up to the same standard as OEM, dealership parts. Some people, hoping to save money by buying aftermarket parts, often find out they paid for a part that does not work properly. Then, they will have to replace the part and may have difficulties getting a refund. Consumers can save themselves time and money by visiting their dealership showroom to get the right part the first time around.

Stop by and meet with us at Nielsen Kia today and let our experts assist you!

The Four Parts of a Modern Lightbulb

You may have noticed if you've given your headlights a close inspection that it contains more than just one bulb. Generally, modern headlights actually contain at least three different bulb types, as well as the actual housing the bulbs are contained within. Understanding these different bulbs and what they do can help you determine if it is time to bring your vehicle into Nielsen Kia for service.

The part of the headlight that you see from outside of your vehicle is actually the headlight housing, and it does not light up itself. The housing is there to protect the bulbs within. The three different bulb types are the regular beams, the high beams, and your turn signals. Any of this bulb can fail individually, but it is generally recommended you replace both bulbs when one fails.

When it is time for a bulb replacement give us a visit at 4411 E. Michigan Blvd, and we can help make sure you select the right type of bulb and install it for you.

Know What to Do When a Police Car is on the Side of the Road?

When the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reported that over 150 officers had lost their lives as a result of motorists not obeying the Move Over laws in their state, a bigger issue was discovered. Although all 50 states have a Move Over law in the books, it is shocking how few drivers even know what that law entails.

According to a poll sponsored by the National Safety Commission, nearly 71 of the drivers on US highways have no idea even what a Move Over law is. These laws are very simple but educated the public needs to become a priority. When you see a police car with flashing lights at the side of the road, drivers need to slow down, change lanes, and keep driving slow until the scene is passed.

It is our hope at Nielsen Kia to raise more awareness of the Move Over law to help protect our officers.

Tire Maintenance Safety Strategies for Busy Highways

On busy highways, there are many vehicles that can easily smash into a car that's parked along the side of the road. In order to change a tire safely in these environments, you'll need to implement a few simple procedures before lifting a car off the ground near heavy traffic.

Immediately after you detect a flat, try to drive the vehicle to the nearest spot that's away from traffic. If a highway has a wide shoulder, park the automobile in this spot. When a flat happens on a highway that lacks a shoulder, continue driving until you find a suitable maintenance zone, if possible.

After the car is parked, place a few hazard blocks around the frame so that other drivers will see your vehicle from a distance. At this point, you can safely change with tire by lifting the frame with a sturdy jack. Once the vehicle reaches a practical height, carefully remove the nuts on the flat tire with a lug wrench. After the nuts are off, you can dismount the flat tire with ease.

If you need help resolving a major tire problem, professional services are worth considering. At Nielsen Kia, you can get a variety of tire services for your car.

Is Your Exhaust Leaking? Signs You Can't Ignore

If you've been noticing strange problems with your vehicle, it's possible that you have an exhaust leak. This is something that should be taken care of right away to prevent further damage or issues.

One of the biggest warning signs of an exhaust problem is a hissing sound when you turn on your engine. If you notice a "pop" or hiss each time you use your car, it's possible that you have a leak. You may also notice strange vibrations, small leaks, or even reduced gas mileage when you're driving your otherwise-reliable car. If you suspect you may have a leak, it's important to have your car treated as quickly as possible to prevent further issues and damage.

Ready to learn more? Visit us at Nielsen Kia so we can talk with you about your options and help you move forward.

Why Buy A Crossover?

When it comes time to part ways with your current vehicle and shop for something new, you might want to take some time to shop the large selection of crossovers that we currently have on our lot here at Nielsen Kia. This type of vehicle is something we often recommend to many of our clients. It works well as a commuter car thanks to its fuel efficiency ratings. It has some good weight to it though, which is beneficial for safety and road handling.

Many different manufacturers have come up with a model to offer as a crossover. If you have selected this type of vehicle as your next choice, take some time to think about the various features you might want in a new car. Some models come with different technology options, audio sound systems and safety features. Not to mention different engine options and horsepower numbers with each option.

If you’re interested in learning more, come by our dealership in Michigan City, IN so we can show you the crossovers that we have in our inventory. We can answer any of your questions and can have you take a test drive.

How to Keep Your Car Neat When There’s No Time to Clean

If you like driving a clean, passenger-ready vehicle but you just don’t have time to tackle all the tasks that go into thoroughly cleaning your car, take heart. Below are a few easy steps to follow the next time that you want to tidy up your ride in the shortest possible time.

A quick soak with a hose will loosen most visible dirt on the paint and tires. Follow up by wiping down the exterior surfaces with a specially formulated lubricating agent and then drying with a clean towel. Shine up tires with a tire cleaner, and finish by removing dust and dirt from interior surfaces with a clean microfiber towel.

For more information about keeping your car in top condition inside and out, stop by and see the team at Nielsen Kia in Michigan City, IN. Our showroom is also a great place to visit if you’re in the market for a new car, so feel free to come in for a test drive today.

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