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Cross-Bar Roof Racks

Roof racks are a set of bars attached securely to the top of a vehicle that is used to help carry bulky items to your desired destination. There are many different kinds of roof racks available, but today we will cover the use of a standard cross-bar roof rack.

First, you need to make sure you have the measurements of the box or bag that will be placed on the rack. When it comes to a cross-bar roof rack, the box must be able to be fitted onto the square that the...

 

 

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Choosing the Right Floor Mat for your Car

If the factory floor mats in your vehicle need to be replaced, it's important to consider your options. Choosing between rubber floor mats and carpet ones doesn't have to be difficult at Fox Kia in Grand Rapids. We'll explain the differences and help you select the right type for your vehicle.

Rubber floor mats are great for everyday use, especially if you live in a place with a harsh climate. The all-weather floor mats will protect the interior of your vehicle from dirt and moisture. On the other hand, carpet mats allow you to maintain a high-end…

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What Do You Know About Your Car's Brake Pads?

On cars and trucks with disc brakes, the calipers and rotor create a lot of friction. Brake pads absorb that friction. Over time, the brake pads wear out because of all that friction. They wear out faster if you do a lot of city driving, which involves plenty of starting and stopping in traffic and at stoplights.

There are many different types of brake pads. Heavy trucks and sport utility vehicles usually have ceramic brake pads. Semi-metallic pads are used on most minivans and cars. When it is time to replace your brake pads, make...

 

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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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