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Clear Warning Signs Your Exhaust is Leaking

If the dangerous gases from the car engine are not safely traveling out through the tailpipe, you could be putting yourself and the passengers in danger. Here are a few signs of potential trouble that the Kuhio Mazda service and repair specialists have prepared for you.

Listen very carefully for a high-pitched whistle coming out of the tailpipe. The popping and hissing sounds at the engine block are other sounds you want to pay close attention to that could indicate a failing exhaust system. Feel for trouble with the exhaust system while inside the cabin of your car. 

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Did Your Tire Pressure Light Come On? Here's What You Need to Know

If your car has been running smoothly, but you suddenly notice the tire pressure light turn on, you might start to worry. Fortunately, you don't have to. Many times, a tire pressure light can be triggered by a drastic change in weather or even in elevation. Many times, though, your tire pressure light is letting you know it's time to get your tires checked at a reputable auto service shop.

Did you know that your tire pressure affects how you drive? Specifically, it can affect how much gas you use while driving. If you're trying to save…

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How to Deal With Hydroplaning

Hydroplaning refers to the scary instance when water comes between a vehicle's tires and the road. Controlling a car might prove extremely difficult while hydroplaning. That means a major accident could occur. Understanding how to prevent hydroplaning might avert a disaster.

Be mindful of your speed when road conditions are wet. Yes, you can hydroplane even at slow speeds, but the chance increases at higher rates. In fact, driving at 10 miles or so below the speed limit may be wise in rainy, windy, or other inclement conditions. And don't use cruise control. 

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What is a Transfer Case?

If you drive a vehicle that relies on a two-wheel drive setting, you are probably well aware of the benefits that come along with it, like enhanced gas mileage. If you operate a four-wheel drive vehicle, you most likely appreciate the off-roading abilities it gives you. Vehicles that include both sets of capabilities may be the most versatile of all, and the component that makes this possible is called a transfer case.

A transfer case is a special component that works hand in hand with your regular transmission to provide four-wheel drive capabilities to your two-wheel drive vehicle. 

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Is it Time to Replace Your Timing Belt?

Modern cars come with many luxuries we may take for granted now, things like A/C and power steering, for instance. While there are certainly many electronic components involved in making these systems operate properly, the timing belt is still critical to them working properly. Most vehicles require the replacement of timing belts at predetermined intervals, and our qualified mechanics at Kuhio Mazda in beautiful Lihue, HI are here to perform this important repair.

Timing belts are generally made of a stiff rubber and have teeth that can become worn down over time. 

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The Not-so-Obvious Signs Your Brakes Need Service

Brakes are probably the last thing you think of when you refer to your car as "stylish." Although your brakes are not the "coolest" or most interesting part of your car, they are one of the most crucial components of your vehicle. Imagine not paying attention to the warning signs your brakes are in need of service while traveling at 75 mph in a giant chunk of steel on a busy highway. That would not be fun!

When your brake system starts to fail, you should pay attention. The obvious signs include taking longer to stop your vehicle or a…

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5 Things to do When Transporting Food

Festivities are a time to forget you are on a diet and satisfy all your cravings. Traveling with food can be quite a challenge sometimes, but we are here to help you. Below are some essential tips from Kuhio Mazda to consider as you transport dishes in the Lihue, HI area.

  • Label your prepared foods precisely so that there are no confusions upon arrival.
  • Purchase some travel containers such as travel food bags that will keep your food secure.
  • Make use of towels that you will place inside the cardboard boxes where the food is to avoid any mobility, even…
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Perform Your Own Tire Tread Depth Test

While many people may not be aware of all the nuances that determine a safe or unsafe tire, it’s not hard to tell when tire treads wear beyond their safety limits. Manufacturers design tires to grip the road, provide an even ride, and to funnel water away from the tires to prevent hydroplaning. If you think your tread is worn, here’s an easy way to tell, with tips from the Kuhio Mazda team.

The Lincoln penny test is easy. With Lincoln’s head facing you and head down into the tread, look to see if any of Lincoln…

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