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Are Summer Tires Better Than All-Season Tires?


Our crew at Fox Kia in Grand Rapids wants to pass along some important information concerning the tires on your vehicle. Don't let the name all-season tires fool you into thinking they are the best choice for the warmer months. Summer tires will actually help with car handling, braking, and cornering too.

The all-season tires have numerous grooves in the tread, something you'll see less of with the summer tires. The reason being is you want more tread on the road in the summer to help shorten braking distance and improve handling.

 
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Problems With Shocks and Struts


When you are driving on the streets of Grand Rapids, you are sure to encounter some rough pavement conditions. If your car has a good suspension, you won't have any problems. You will still have a comfortable ride. If your shocks and struts are bad, your ride may be less than pleasant.

When you start to experience problems with your shocks, struts or other suspension parts, you will notice certain symptoms. For instance, if your vehicle bounces up and down a lot after going over a small bump, that is an indication of a suspension problem....
 
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Brake Pedals - Do They Need Repair?

Keeping your vehicle in the best possible condition is vital for your safety, and having good brakes is at the top of the list. If you have concerns or just want to be diligent, stop in at Fox Kia in Grand Rapids and let us take a look at your brakes. We’ll give you an honest assessment and advise you accordingly.

The first step towards getting your brakes in the best possible condition is being able to recognize signs that they need work. Here are some things to watch out for.

• Unusual noises when you touch the brakes
• Brake…

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How Can You Tell if Your Fuel System is Failing?


Your vehicle's fuel pump is incredibly important. It ensures that your gas travels safely from your tank to the engine, and keeps your car running smoothly. Consequently, a failing fuel pump can cause quite a few problems and can end up being incredibly dangerous, especially if it fails on the road. So, what can you do to make sure that doesn't happen, and what are the signs of impending catastrophe?

There are quite a few ways to diagnose an upcoming fuel pump failure. High or low fuel pressure while your vehicle is running, a sputtering engine when you…
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Can Seasonal Cooling System Checks Prevent Overheating Issues?

The cooling system that resides under the hood of your vehicle is responsible for keeping the temperature conditions in your cylinders under control. The many parts of this system all suffer from the cumulative effects of wear and tear, but at the same time, they decline at different rates. Because of this phenomenon, it can be hard to predict which part will fail and cause overheating issues at the worst possible moment.

The good news is, you can prevent many cooling system issues by giving your system regular cooling network checks. One of the best time to have your radiator…

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Keeping a Closer Eye on Your Car Tires When the Tire Pressure Light is Illuminated


By taking a more proactive approach to the health of the tires on your car, you will help to reduce the likelihood of serious issues if the tire pressure lights become illuminated.
  • During the winter, the cold weather can cause the tire pressure to drop in each tire, setting off the indicators.
  • During the summer, the heat can cause the pressure to actually increase in the tires and set off the indicators again.
  • Look to see if the tires have uneven wear spots, this is also an indication that the tires could fail at high speeds.
  • Make sure there is…
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Collecting Kids' Food Basket Wish List Items

                                               
All Month Long: Fox Motors is Collecting Items for Kids’ Food Basket!

From March 1st through 31st, we will be collecting wish list items for Kids’ Food Basket! Items collected will go directly toward attacking childhood hunger in our community.
Wish List Items Needed

Snack-size zipper bags
Bulk pretzel twists
Toasted oats cereal (Cheerios)
Cheese and cracker packs
Granola bars
Fruit or applesauce cups/pouches
#KFBGoOrange: Friday, March 23

Join us and Kids’ Food Basket…
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Is All Brake Fluid the Same?

Brake fluid is a highly compressible hydraulic oil that resists heat buildup. Brake fluid is responsible for moving brake parts within your car. Without brake fluid, you cannot stop your vehicle.

Brake fluid comes in two formulas. The oldest on the market is glycol based. Glycol formulas have worked well for decades. Today, glycol brake fluid is used in cars that do not have ABS braking systems.

The other type of brake fluid is silicon-based. The fluid has a slicker property than the glycol formulated braking fluid. The silicon-based braking fluid was developed for the ABS.

Once you...

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What Does Your Vehicle's Alternator Do?


Your car battery lasts far longer than either your phone or laptop battery. Why is that? We here at Fox Kia in Grand Rapids are here to tell you why your vehicle's alternator is the key to answering that question.

An alternator generates electricity when your car is on and driving. This electricity is then used to recharge your car battery so that it is able to start your car the next time you go out for a drive. Most automotive experts agree that an alternator can last upwards of 150,000 miles or up to seven years, whichever…
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Join us at the 20th Michigan International Auto Show



Discover what drives you at the 20th Michigan International Auto Show! Check out your next new car, car manufacturers from around the world will bring their finest traveling displays with new vehicles including sedans, vans, SUVs, trucks, hybrids, sports cars and more!

2018 Show Dates & Hours:
Thu, Feb 1: 11am-9:30pm
Fri, Feb 2: 11am-9:30pm
Sat, Feb 3: 10am-9:30pm
Sun, Feb 4: 10am-5pm

Click here for more info or to purchase tickets in…
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