Kia offers some of the most fun and rewarding vehicles to take out on the road, whether it’s just a simple commute or highway driving. Not only are they a blast to drive, but exist with a youthful style and a fantastic price. That’s a relationship you’ll want to keep for as long as possible, so we’ve gathered together some commonly asked questions about Kia car care, and how to extend the life of your vehicle. Get on a regular maintenance schedule, and follow these tips from us at 401 Dixie Kia to get the most out of any Kia you drive.
Beyond regular preventive maintenance, there’s an abundance of tips you can add to your Kia ownership repertoire to help extend the life of your trusted favourite vehicle. Follow some of these tips:
If you drive an average amount, getting your tires rotated every 10,000 km will help them wear evenly, allowing you to drive on your same set of tires for a long period. As well, you should make sure to get your wheels aligned and balanced upon the purchase of any new tires.
It’s not just about getting your car looking showroom-ready, cleaning and waxing helps to clean off that pesky road salt and debris that’s stuck to your vehicle, reducing the chance that rust may develop. As well, while you’re in the cleaning mood, make sure to get those stone chips touched up as soon as you can.
We recommend that if your day-to-day driving only takes you on short trips in the city that you let your vehicle rev up to its peak driving potential at higher speeds on the highway, which can help clear out condensation in the engine parts, and quickly charge your battery (especially useful in the frigid wintertime).
Similar to how in our last point we’re letting the vehicle clean itself out with something it doesn’t regularly engage with, if you haven’t been using your air conditioner make sure to run it to help keep it lubricated. The reverse is a good idea, too. Run your heater for 5 minutes each month in the summer, just to ensure it’s in well-standing order and to prevent it from sticking or seizing.
Timing belts are tough because they often don’t show wear like other engine components, and could break without warning. Be prudent and change it around the 100,000 km mark, and consult your owner’s manual for any further details.
Getting your oil changed is the single most talked about continual service to get done on your vehicle, and for good reason. But why is engine oil so important and why is so much importance and focus spent on ensuring oil it’s changed regularly? Think of engine oil like blood in a human body, it’s the essential driving force inside that directly contributes to peak overall health. What oil does is prevent your important engine parts from overheating, and it does this by lubricating the parts so that they move smoothly, are free from impurities that may form build-up and thus prevents premature wear. Your oil needs to be in continually top condition, hence the need for regular changes to ensure it doesn’t turn into sludge, where it can’t get its job done. 401 Dixie Kia recommends you get your oil changed regularly as recommended by your owner’s manual.
This is just a sampling of some of the most commonly asked questions we at the dealership receive, but if we didn’t cover your question here, please don’t hesitate to contact our team so that we may answer your request. Our service team is here for all of your Kia of off-make’s maintenance needs, so book an appointment, today, for a high quality maintenance experience.