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How Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirrors Work

It's happened to all of us--you're driving at night, and suddenly your rearview mirror is filled with glaring headlights. Not only is this annoying, but it's dangerous too, as the chances of an accident increase substantially with poor visibility and eye fatigue. Fortunately, many manufacturers include auto-dimming rearview mirrors in their vehicles, which use sensors and darkens to reduce glare and improve visibility.

The darkening process, electrochromism, occurs when two ambient sensors, usually cameras, detect headlight glare from the following vehicle.
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How Cold Weather Can Impact Your Car's Battery

How often have you started your vehicle in the winter only to find that it won't start? You may be surprised to find that this can happen during hot summer days as well. Our service team here at Wagner Kia of Shrewsbury understands the importance of proper vehicle maintenance and are here to help.

Temperature extremes can cause your car's battery capacity to be lowered. If your vehicle has a lead-acid battery, its capacity can drop about 20% during freezing temperatures and up to 50% if temperatures drop further to -22 degrees. 

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Is Your Car Ready for Freezing Temperatures?

Whether you're taking a short commute or long-distance road trip in the winter, you should make sure that your car is ready to deal with harsh conditions. Wagner Kia of Shrewsbury provides the following tips for winter driving.

Freezing temperatures can adversely impact several important mechanical and electrical systems in a car. You can take simple measures to prevent major damage to various components under the hood. For example, the coolant reservoir must be filled with a solution that contains at least 50 percent of antifreeze. 

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Motor Oil Viscosity Ratings? Find Out More Below

Do you stay current with routine oil changes? If you do, it will help your vehicle perform well, but it is also important to keep the correct type of motor oil in your vehicle. This can be determined by a motor oil viscosity rating. You can learn more about motor oil viscosity ratings by reading further.

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How to Test Your Car's Battery

A car battery is the only thing standing between you and being late to work because your car won't start. That is why our team of automotive experts here at Wagner Kia of Shrewsbury located in Shrewsbury, MA want to be sure that you know the basics of how to test the quality of your battery.

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Steps to Prevent Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning can have dangerous consequences. Hydroplaning can result in a serious and even fatal accident. There are a number of steps you need to take in order to prevent hydroplaning.

Tire service and maintenance is a major element of preventing hydroplaning. This is a three-part step to preventing hydroplaning. First, you must make certain that your tires are always properly inflated. You should check your tires once week.

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What Kind of Air Filters Are in Your Car?

You may have noticed that there are filters just about everywhere in your vehicle. Most filters involve fluid, like your oil filter and your fuel filter. While the fluid filters keep contaminants out of your critical fluid systems, air filters keep contaminants out of your combustion chamber and your cabin.

The engine air-filter sits immediately before your intake manifold or directly after it. 

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Refinancing vs Trading in Your Vehicle

Your car is a valuable possession that you want to try and keep at all costs, but when your loans get difficult to pay, you may think that repossession is coming for you. There are ways to avoid repossession and keep your credit intact. For one, you could refinance with your loan company. 

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Tips for Extending Your Suspension System’s Lifespan

Most modern suspension systems are designed to last for decades, but you need to properly maintain that system if you want to avoid unnecessary damage. Ignoring the suspension system could result in broken mounts, air leaks, and tire blowouts. These few tips and tricks will prolong the life of your suspension system and prevent expensive damage.

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Dirty Headlight Hack: Toothpaste

Cloudy headlights interfere with how well you see on the road, but a simple do-it-yourself project solves that problem. Believe it or not, toothpaste might help.

This DIY tip is super simple. Just wet a rag with warm water, add toothpaste and use them to scrub the headlight. Sometimes it helps to wash the headlight with soap and water and dry it off before using the toothpaste. 

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