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Think You Might Have an Exhaust Leak? Listen to Your Tailpipe!

An exhaust leak can have some very negative effects on both you and your vehicle. Not only will an exhaust leak cause your vehicle to run more sluggishly because the engine is overworked, but you and your passengers can be exposed to potentially harmful fumes that can make their way inside the vehicle. It is very important that you know how to detect a leak in your exhaust system and that you have it checked and repaired by professionals as soon as possible.

There are several clues you can look for to check for an exhaust leak, but one pretty…
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Drive Tires to Match the Seasons

Your car gets you where you need to be and protects you from the elements. Return the favor by making sure your tires match the forecast.

People who enjoy mild winters may not understand the importance of winter tires. Also called snow tires, they are made to handle harsh conditions such as extreme cold and roads with ice, snow or slush. These tires have deeper treads and more flexible rubber that allows them to better conform to the road. While that's the best situation for cold weather, it's not ideal for warm temperatures.

 

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Quick Steps to Avoid a Tire Blowout

It is generally harder to drive a vehicle safely when it has a damaged tire. In some cases, a damaged tire will pop or shred without warning, which could lead to a dangerous situation on Framingham roads. The good news is that there are ways to prevent a tire blowout.

Ideally, you will check your vehicle's tires prior to leaving your home each day. Doing so can help you spot any bulges, cuts or other signs that they need to be rotated or replaced. In some cases, you can resolve a problem with your vehicle's tires by inflating…

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Using Car Wax

Car wax is a way to build a protective shield on the exterior coat of your car. It protects against air particles, debris, UV rays and water. Additionally, it gives your car a shiny appearance when applied to the exterior and makes your car washes last longer.

It is recommended that you apply wax to your car up to three times a year. Regular car washes should not immediately strip away the wax layer, but it does tend to wear down over time. If you have not yet applied a layer of car wax to your vehicle, try to avoid…
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Budgeting a Summer Road Trip That Includes Fun Activities

If you love road trips, you know that no matter where you go, the whole point is the fun along the way. Whether you want to be spontaneous or have a strict itinerary and budget, we at Lev Kia of Framingham have a few collected tips for your best trip.

If you want a less structured road trip, set a few priorities and a budget that is a flat rate for each destination and gas. Feel free to be as spontaneous as you want and stick to your financial guidelines for the trip.

If you want a precise budget, and…
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Why You May Want to Buy a Used Car

There are many reasons to buy a new car, and the professionals at Lev Kia of Framingham know that, but we also know the perks of buying a good used car. The following are some of those perks to help you decide what you want to do.

Why Should You Buy a Used Car?

Consider the following benefits:
  • Used cars do not depreciate as much as new cars might.
  • The price you pay will likely be reasonable.
  • You'll avoid some of the taxes linked to new cars.
  • It may be cheaper to register a used car.
  • The cost to…
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An Unusual Way to Use Two Everyday Household Products on Your Headlights

You usually think of sandpaper as a way to smooth wood and other materials, and insect repellant is used to keep insects away. It's pretty basic, right? But you might not know that there are some unique ways that you can use these items on the headlights of your car to get rid of oxidation that makes headlights yellow and foggy.

The sandpaper method can be effective, but it requires some skill and patience. First of all, you'll want to use coarse sandpaper to sand off most of it. Then, use a finer grade of sandpaper to smooth…
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Prepping Your Vehicle To Go Camping

Here at Lev Kia of Framingham, we want to keep families safe when they take their campers out on the road this summer. As a result, we have put together a short guide that explains some of the things that you will need to do to prepare.

If you are expecting it to get a little bit windy during your drive, you will no doubt want to avoid dealing with trailer sway. The best way to accomplish this is by installing a sway bar. This useful tool will help to provide your trailer with support and stop it from moving…
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Backing Into Safety


As of 2018, federal law mandates backup cameras on vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds. We here at Lev Kia of Framingham think backup cameras are the best thing since wheels, but we're surprised at how many of our customers don't know about them. Here's a brief intro.

Dear Reader: Meet the Backup Camera

Backup cameras are mounted discreetly on the backside of your vehicle, typically hidden in the trim. The camera provides a view to the area behind your vehicle, usually above and/or below trunk level.

The camera's feed goes to a monitor…
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Best Cars for Uber and Lyft Drivers

If you want to drive for Uber, Lyft, or some other ride sharing program, you will need the right vehicle. It will have to be something that is fuel-efficient and durable, but it shouldn't be a luxury vehicle since you will be putting a lot of miles on it while driving strangers to their destinations. It should also be in good shape, as Uber and Lyft generally don't want vehicles that have any visible damage.

If you're not planning on driving large parties of people around, a good four-door sedan will be just fine. Some good options…
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