When you drive a vehicle, you expect it to take on a certain amount of wear and tear. As a responsible driver, you will need to take your car in for maintenance periodically in order to avoid any big mechanical problems in the future. Kia drivers are no exception but they are lucky enough to have a maintenance schedule provided for them.
Steady, Reliable Service
Kia has a maintenance schedule on all of its vehicles for over 20 different types of service up to and over 150,000 miles. They encourage driver safety and are vigilant in their services.
Stop into a Kia service center around every 7,500 miles or every six months. You’ll want to get into the habit of making a car appointment when you reach either this mileage or timeframe. Gone are the days of three months and 3,000 mile oil changes. Take your Kia in for an oil and filter change, tire rotation, and safety inspection at least every six months. The service person will perform a visual check of your brakes, belts, and hoses and check for fluid leaks. They will also listen for sounds of engine issues and handle any recalls while you’re there.
Graduated Service Schedule
If you’re following the 7,500 mile/six month rule, you should have an appointment at the service center at 15,000 miles. The only difference in this appointment is that the technician will check the engine air filter and cabin air filter to ensure you’re not breathing fumes and dirty air from outside. At the 22,500 point, you may need services like new tires, brake pads, brake rotors, and cabin filters. Your technician will take the appropriate measurements and advise you as the wear becomes evident.
How a Schedule Helps Your Kia
Sticking to the maintenance schedule is very important to the life of your vehicle. Replacing the air conditioning filter keeps dirt and pollutants out of your and your passengers’ lungs. A new oil filter keeps debris from blocking the engine and stopping it altogether. New spark plugs keep your engine starting reliably. To prevent your engine from stalling, have your fuel filter replaced regularly. Replace your battery if it’s dying in order to keep your electrical components running and to start the vehicle. If the brake pads are low, they could damage the rotor or not stop you at all.
The serpentine belt is used to power the air conditioning, the water pump, power steering pump, and alternator. If the belt cracks or breaks, the car will eventually stop running and drain the battery. Each piece mentioned can be easily checked at regular maintenance but could be very inconvenient if not taken care of regularly.
Maintaining your vehicle is part of your responsibility as an owner and saves you time and money in the long run. Stop into the Kia service center at least every six months or 7,500 miles to ensure your Kia is kept in the best possible condition and stays as reliable as you need it to be.
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