Cincinnati Winter Snows can still hit, are you ready to drive in them?

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  • Exiting a tight turn
  • Traction
  • High-speed cornering
  • Four winter tires in winter

I know the roads in the Tri-State area  haven’t been great, have you had any troubles driving your vehicle so far this winter?  Can you give Superior any advice you’ve learned while driving in Winter weather?

Clean Your Car’s Air Filter Cincinnati; Get More Miles Per Dollar

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One major issue we see coming through the Superior Service Department is cars not running smoothly, poor gas mileage, engine stutter and more. Guess what the main culprit usually is: The Air Filter. The air filter is an important part of the intake system in your vehicle as it is what helps your engine “breathe.”  Your engine runs on an exact mixture of air and fuel, but before it is combined it runs through the filter first. This is to get out all of the dirt and foreign particles which could possibly damage the engine.  A dirty air filter will certainly affect your vehicle’s performance.

Another important reason to have a clean air filter is that it will help with gas mileage. And with gas prices higher than we would like, it’s a great reason to check your air filter to make sure it is clean. Usually once a year, preferably twice is good to change your air filter, however if you live in highly polluted area then you should check and change it more often.

We like to recommend that you bring your vehicle in for a winter and spring checkup to make sure that all things are working properly where we will check the filter and change it if necessary.  Air filters can also be checked during your routine oil change.

If you would like to check and change your own air filter it is a fairly easy process.  Open up the hood and locate a large plastic tube that leads away from the top of the engine. Follow this to a large box that maybe metal or plastic, round or square, depending on your vehicle.  This is the air filter box which contains the air filter. Pop off the top and locate the filter. If the filter is brown or black, then it is restricting the passage of air and should be replaced immediately.

It’s important to check and replace your air filter to maintain your vehicle’s performance and extended the life of it. You could set up an alert in your phone to remind you to check it every 3 to 6 months.  Or if you’d like help, just bring it on by to our service department at the Superior Automotive Group!

Cincinnati Kia Dealer Gives Sneak peek of the Kia GT Concept

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Cincinnati Kia fans, the last time we heard about Kia’s concept sports car, the four-door Kia GT, was when it was shown in Frankfurt, Germany, and recently, it’s been seen a little closer to home, in Los Angles, CA at the Los Angles Auto Show.  This will be the first rear-wheel Kia to make it to production.

One really appealing feature is the four-door design. Even though it’s a four-door, it still screams sports car.  The spacious cabin provides seating for four and with the GT’s front and rear-hinged back doors that open slightly upwards makes it easy to get in and out of.

While the Kia GT is most definitely something spectacular to look at, it also isn’t lacking under the hood either.  With a 3.3-litre turbocharged Lambda V6 Gasoline Direct Injection engine coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission, this rear-wheel-drive sports car put outs 395 horsepower and 593.5 pound-feet of torque that is just amazing.

We have yet to hear any speculation as to when the Kia GT will or even if it will become available. So for now we can just marvel at all of it’s beauty on paper.

Or you can take a look at this video that offers a 360 degree of the Kia GT:

Kia has definitely revamped its look in the past few years and is now a fierce competitor that offers very affordable prices.  In fact, there are four Kia models that have just been awarded “Best Buys” by Consumers Digest.  If you want to find out which ones, click this link to take the jump to that article here: Four Kia Models Get “Best Buys” Awarded.   Then I think you should come check out all of the new 2012 Kia’s at your Cincinnati Kia dealer Superior Kia today and see for yourself!

Cincinnati: How Much Do You Know About Airbags?

Acura Dealer Cincinnati, airbag safety, car maintainence, car maintainence resolutions, Honda Dealer Cincinnati, Hyundai Dealer Cincinnati, Kia Dealer Cincinnati, New Car Dealerships in CincinnatiThis is the Superior Auto Group’s introduction to airbags and their efficacy. A lot of the information you may already know, but some of it you may not

As we all know an airbag is much like a heavy-duty plastic balloon that inflates fully within fractions of a second during a collision. A deployed airbag protects the driver or passengers from injury by limiting and cushioning movement during a crash.

One of the biggest things to remember is that the airbag was designed to be used in conjunction with a seat-belt. The seat belt holds the person in place so that the airbag provides maximum protection. A lot of people, too many in fact, believe that just having an airbag will protect them fully. This is simple not the case. Without use a a seat belt, the airbag can actually be a hazard.

Airbag restraint systems have been around for quite some time and therefore vary greatly in the types of technology they use to deploy the bag. Also when airbags started to be used back in the late 80s they where only placed in front of the driver and mounted on the steering wheel. Nowadays these supplemental inflatable restraint systems will include side and passenger deployment systems to protect many if not all passengers. Even the driver side airbag in most cases now has an added knee diverter or sometimes referred to as the knee bolster bag.


Now that we have a brief review of the overall airbag picture let’s talk about what to do after a collision when it comes time to replace the deployed units to assure that they are ready to do their job again once all vehicle repairs are completed.

It is highly recommended to replace airbag system components with original equipment manufactured replacement parts. Aftermarket parts may appear to be less expensive and yet interchangeable, but internal differences may result in inferior occupant protection.

The factory installed fasteners, screws and bolts used to fasten airbag components have a special coating and are specifically designed for the airbag system. Your body shop should use the specialized fasteners and they should not be substituted for regular or standard grade fasteners.

You should make your body shop aware that you expect all of your airbag components to be replaced with brand-new parts that were made by the vehicle’s original manufacturer.

Failure to make your shop clear on this might make them think its okay to use recovered junkyard parts or less expensive and possibly inferior aftermarket airbag parts.

As part of the repair process an interior detail is usually performed and is recommended before the family begins to use the vehicle as usual. The Powder residue emitted from a deployed airbag can cause skin and sinus irritation. This is especially true for people that are sensitive to airborne irritants.

When you get back in your vehicle and turn the key from the off to the run position your airbag or SRS light should light up maybe even flash and then go out. This is a bulb check and a self-diagnostic routine that is performed by the body computer.

If there are any problems with the supplemental inflatable restraint system the indicator light may show a malfunction by staying on. You can visit my other website for more information about airbag warning lights.

Airbag Technology Continues to Develop

I recently read that Siemens VDO has developed sensors that listen to an auto crash to determine the location and severity to determine how best to deploy the airbags and seat belt restraints.

According to the company, with the Crash Impact Sound Sensor (CISS) technology, “the airbag deployment can take place up to 15 milliseconds earlier than with conventional systems. The result is a considerable increase in driver safety.” That’s great news!

What do you think? Helpful info on airbags? Have any stories on how your airbag deployed to your benefit? Share them with Superior.