Q: I am transferring and, primarily based on a recommendation from you final 12 months, I purchased a Kia Soul. I love the vehicle. It is practical, cozy and gets very great fuel mileage.

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I want to tow a small trailer as component of my move, but according to the owner’s manual, Kia does not endorse towing a trailer.


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I have seemed on-line and there are several trailer hitches out there.

Do you know if a Kia Soul can tow a trailer? 

A: According to the Kia handbook, the Soul is not rated to tow a trailer. When I did some further digging, apparently plenty of, the Soul marketed in Australia can tow up to 2,400 lbs with the very same engine configuration and towing a trailer with trailer brakes. I also found numerous YouTube video clips of men and women towing fairly-sized cargo and tenting trailers with the Kia Soul, some even cross place.  

Q: Each individual time I get into my car or truck, I get a static shock. It is even even worse finding out of the automobile. At night, when I grab the doorway manage, the spark jumps an inch. Is it the car or truck or me? 

A: It is not likely the car or truck, despite the fact that a long time ago Michelin experienced a specified tire that seemed to trigger static electric power to create up.

Attempt this: spray a solution that eliminates static cling from apparel on the seats and the carpets. That must assistance with the exiting element of the trouble.

When having into the vehicle, ahead of you seize the doorway cope with, grip any important tightly and touch the important to the car or truck, this will discharge the static and you should really not sense the jolt of static energy. 

Q: I am a long-time retired mechanic who however has some resources. I experimented with to provide them and, with the discount device suppliers, people today would rather acquire new applications produced in China than old, but nonetheless operating high-quality equipment. I dislike to just leave them in my will. Any tips? 

A: I would make contact with a regional vocational school. As schools encounter minimal budgets, as effectively as pupils shedding resources, I am sure any university would be thrilled to settle for your resources as a donation. 

Q: I need to come across the most effective all-period tires for my 11-12 months-aged Subaru Forester. The present tire is a P215/60R16-94H. 

I am more mature, but however very active, and push about 6,000 miles a calendar year. If it can make any big difference, I are living on Aquidneck Island and really rarely cross the bridge. 

A: If you are joyful with the recent tires, replacing them with the exact variety might make the most perception. There are lots of can make and tire variations and all of them are really good.

My suggestion would be to buy tires from a person area that can give very good service —  which includes 4-wheel alignment — as very well as a tire guarantee.   

Q: I have a 2000 Toyota RAV-4 with 160,000 miles on it. I have kept up with all the routine maintenance for every the owner’s manual. Need to I retain it lengthier or start off to store for a substitute auto. It is not offering me any challenges at this time.

A: There was a time when a car or truck was regarded as worn out at 100,000 miles. Now, we routinely see cars going 250,000 miles or much more.

The major problem with any more mature motor vehicle is rust. Now that your RAV4 is 21-yrs outdated, structural rust could be a challenge that could also influence motor vehicle basic safety in a crash. Even although the motor vehicle may possibly appear very good on the outside, it is critical to see how the undercarriage is keeping up.

If you continue on to manage the car appropriately — and the system stays structurally seem — and you are not weary of it, maintain on to it.

John Paul is the AAA Northeast Motor vehicle Medical professional. He has much more than 40 a long time of working experience in the vehicle business and is an ASE-Qualified Learn Technician. Compose to John Paul, The Motor vehicle Medical doctor, at 110 Royal Minimal Travel, Providence, RI 02904. Or e mail [email protected] and set “Car Doctor” in the subject area. Comply with him on Twitter @johnfpaul or on Fb.

This write-up originally appeared on The Providence Journal: Vehicle Health care provider: Are Kia Souls equipped to tow trailers?

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