4 Tips to Get Your Car Ready For Fall

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Taking care of your car means properly preparing for every change of the season. Without proper maintenance, your vehicle might struggle as the weather cools. Get your car ready for fall with these four tips.

Battery

A professional battery inspection can prevent you from experiencing a breakdown away from home. A battery with a low charge might not be able to provide enough power to start the car in colder weather.

Oil

The oil plays three roles within the engine. First, it cools the hotter mechanical parts. Second, it lubricates all the moving parts and prevents them from damaging one another. Finally, it protects the cooler parts of the engine, like the camshaft. The summer heat can cause oil to thin, and cold weather will cause it to thicken. Seasonal oil changes can definitely benefit your vehicle.

Tires

A lack of tire tread can reduce how well your vehicle handles on slick roadways. Inspect your tires to make sure there’s enough tread before you hit the road this fall. It wouldn’t hurt to check the tire pressure too.

Wipers

As a general rule, you should replace your car’s windshield wipers once every six months. As we enter the second half of the year, now is the perfect time to take care of this fall maintenance.

If you need the right automotive parts to prepare for colder climates, be sure to check into Jack Miller Kia Parts.

How to Prep Your Kia for Fall

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Fall is well on its way, and time is running out to get your car ready for the cooler weather. Checking the lighting system and looking for scratches and dents are just two ways to make sure your car is ready for the coming season. Here are a few more tips to help prep your Kia for fall.

Examine the Tires

Your Kia’s tires are responsible for keeping your car firmly planted on the road. Tires that lack enough tread to maintain proper traction can become a major safety issue. Examining the tires for any damage, such as bulging, can help catch problems before they cause a blowout or accident.

Create an Emergency Kit

Every car should be stocked with an emergency kit. Depending on the climate, your car’s emergency kit should include a blanket, extra clothes, a flashlight with batteries, and bottled water. A first-aid kit wouldn’t hurt either!

Change the Oil

Ideally, drivers should change their vehicle’s oil every season. Since oil plays three major roles in the engine block, it’s important to make sure the oil is up to par. In order to ensure the oil cools, lubricates, and protects engine components properly, drivers would do well to get their Kia’s oil changed for fall.

Check the Spare Tire

One of the most commonly missed service areas is the spare tire. While no driver wants to have to use their spare tire, making sure it’s properly inflated and securely stored ensures that it’s available if necessary. Adjust the spare tire to the manufacturer-recommended pressure, just in case.

To learn of even more ways to prep your Kia for autumn, be sure to speak with our staff here at Jack Miller Kia Parts.

Parents Magazine Nominates Kia Soul as Best Family Car

Every year, Parents magazine and Edmunds.com collaborate on a list of vehicles that are safe and functional enough for the modern family, while also having the style and capability drivers want. The Kia Soul was named as a Best Family Car for 2018, making the magazine’s Top 10 list in the category of SUV-Like Wagon, which is a hot segment this year. The 2018 Kia Soul also happened to beat out over 300 competitors for the coveted spot on the list.

 

Why did the Kia Soul win over the competition? Simple: with a low price tag, lots of value, safety tech, and functional features for everyday convenience, the Kia Soul is designed to be family-friendly from the inside out. Parents magazine also cited available features, like high-intensity headlamps and front crash-protection, as excellent investments for any drivers needing a new family hauler. Plus, the 2018 Kia Soul was the most affordable vehicle on the entire Top 10 list.

 

In addition to being nominated as a name on the Best Family Car list, the 2018 Kia Soul also offers eleven different color options, two different engines, and a variety of tech features like SiriusXM ®, Apple CarPlay ™ and Android Auto ™, and Bluetooth ® connectivity for hands-free voice command.

 

Learn more about the Kia Soul when you stop by Jack Miller Kia Parts.

Summer Car Maintenance Tips for Tackling Warm Weather Driving Like a Pro

Summer car maintenance

While we might think of car care as a winter concern, summer presents its own challenges for drivers. With a little planning, though, you can easily keep your car in shape all year long. Follow these summer car maintenance tips and get ready to enjoy the warmer weather.

Replace wipers

 

Between freezing temperatures, salt, ice, and snow, winter can put a lot of strain on your car’s windshield wipers by the time summer rolls around. If yours are bent, damaged, or just not working like they used to, it’s best to replace them now before they cause more harm than good.

 Monitor coolant system

 

Keeping your vehicle’s coolant system in good working order is crucial. Luckily, doing so is easy. This summer, check on your coolant fluid levels and fill them if necessary. Also, keep an eye out for leaks at connection points under the hood.

 Check on tires

 

Now that winter is over, it’s the perfect time to take stock of your tires’ health. Make sure the whole set is properly inflated, aligned, and has adequate tread. You might also consider switching to a dedicated set of warm weather tires.

 Wash and wax

 

It might seem like a purely cosmetic concern, but washing and waxing your vehicle’s exterior prevents the buildup of harmful residues than can cause things like rust damage over time. So, now that the snow has passed, be sure to visit the car wash throughout the season.

 

If your summer vehicle maintenance requires new car parts, then be sure to make a trip to Jack Miller Kia Parts this summer.

Guide to Planning a Road Trip with Your Kia

Guide to Planning a Road Trip with Your Kia

As the weather heats up, it’s time to pack your bags and hit the road with the family for a summer road trip. Set out to visit family members, visit a national park near or far, or head to the coast for some fun in the sun. Before you do so, however, there are a few key steps you should take to prepare. Here’s a guide to planning a road trip with your Kia.

1.       Plan Your Trip from Start to Finish:

       When planning your trip, you’ll want to decide on all the major destinations you want to visit and set up accommodations accordingly. Although you’ll likely be taking a GPS navigation system or using your smartphone’s navigation capabilities, you’ll want to plan out your general route. It’s also worthwhile to have an idea of where you’ll take stops.

2.       Save Up for the Trip and Make a Budget:

       Rather than spending a lot on the front-end of your trip and pinching pennies on the back-end, you’ll want to budget out your trip per day in terms of food, lodging, and activities.

3.       Make Sure Your Kia is Road-Trip Ready:

       Before setting out, you will want to have any necessary routine maintenance performed on your Kia. You will also want to check your tires, tire pressure, windshield wipers, and air conditioning system.

 

If you need some repairs done before your big summer excursion, be sure to bring your vehicle to Jack Miller Kia Parts.

The “Most Reliable Pickup Award” Goes to the Isuzu D-Max

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At the first-ever Professional Pickup and 4X4 Awards, the one-and-only Isuzu D-Max earned the coveted “Most Reliable Pickup Award.” Selected by a panel of twelve Pick-Up Professionals, the Isuzu D-Max impressed the judges with its high capabilities both on and off the road, as well as its high-quality build standards and workhorse spirit.

The new generation of the Isuzu D-Max introduces a powerful 1.9-liter turbo diesel engine, which boasts a 3.5-ton towing capacity and one-ton payload capacity, in addition to delivering a more sophisticated, more efficient, and quieter overall drive.

The judges also considered the “soft” benefits of purchasing an Isuzu D-Max: Isuzu D-Max owners can sleep easy at night thanks to advanced asset protections like a three-year paint warranty, a six-year anti-corrosion warranty, and a five-year/125,000-mile warranty, plus roadside rescue and recovery services.

The Isuzu D-Max was introduced in 2017. Still relatively new in the saturated pickup market, the Isuzu D-Max has already established a strong reputation as a hard-working, dependable truck for drivers looking for a sport, work, or combination pick-up.

On top of its Most Reliable Pickup Award, the new Isuzu D-Max also earned the “Pick Up of the Year” title at the 2018 WhatVan? Awards. The successes keep piling on for the exciting new Isuzu D-Max! Learn more about this workhorse right here at Jack Miller Kia.

Why You Should Invest in Kia Sorento Parts and Accessories from a Kia Dealer

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Your Kia Sorento is practically perfect when it rolls off the assembly line, but we at Jack Miller Kia Parts think you can always improve upon perfection. That’s why we offer such a wide selection of accessories to outfit your Sorento vehicle.

Convenient technology

Although winter is behind us, spring and summer will be heating up fast, and getting into a stuffy, hot car is a miserable start to a drive. Equipping your Kia with the convenience of Remote Start will ensure your car cools down before you and your passengers take your places. Road trip season is right around the corner — make sure your Sorento is equipped with this sophisticated technology.

Road trip storage solutions

Your Sorento is designed to handle any weekend escape or extended road trip. But for trips that require oversized gear, it’ll need a little help. There are numerous roof mounts and cargo carriers designed to accommodate your adventure gear, extra luggage, and coolers so the interior is simply less cluttered. With stuff out of the way, your passengers can relax, stretch out, and enjoy the journey.

Interior protection

Shoes covered in dirt, sand, mud, and gunk equal floors covered in dirt, sand, mud, and gunk. You work hard to maintain the integrity of your Kia’s appearance — don’t let Mother Nature muck it up. Invest in all-weather floor mats to protect your automotive investment.

Since your Sorento is in it for the long haul, it’s inevitable that maintenance will need to be done. When your Kia needs a replacement part or an extended repair, don’t be fooled that any part will do. Investing in Kia parts from a Kia dealer, like Jack Miller Kia Parts, means that you’re getting the highest quality product, engineered specifically for your vehicle. So, when your Sorento needs help recovering from your latest adventure or is due for a check-up, don’t trust its repair to a non-Kia dealership or repair shop. Take it to Jack Miller Kia Parts.

Preparing Your Car for Spring

preparing your car

When preparing your car for the warmer months of the year, there are a few parts of the vehicle you should keep in mind that need to be replaced or checked. We at Jack Miller Kia Parts can provide professional service and car parts to drivers who need to prep for spring.

Get New Wiper Blades

Spring rain can become a hazard for drivers who have worn down their wiper blades over the course of winter. Keep visibility up by opting for new wiper blades.

Check Your Battery

Cold, winter air can be hard on batteries, meaning that by the time spring rolls around, battery capacity could be reduced by up to 60%.

Replace Air and Cabin Filters

Prevent spring allergens from getting into the cabin with a new cabin filter, and while you’re at it, change the air filter too in preparation of using your AC later.

Test All Exterior Lights

Drivers might think testing their vehicle’s lights is unnecessary when the days are getting longer, but it’s actually the best time of the year to correct any issues before they become a major problem.

Have the Engine Inspected

This is a routine part of vehicle maintenance anyway, but having a professional check out the engine tells you if you need to start preparing your car for spring by replacing engine parts that are getting old or worn.

For all of your car part replacement needs this spring, be sure to stop by Jack Miller Kia Parts.

History of Isuzu Reveals Long Legacy of Excellence in Commercial Vehicle and Diesel Engine Production

History of Isuzu

As one of the oldest Japanese automotive companies, Isuzu has a long legacy of producing high quality automobiles and automotive parts. Today, Isuzu specializes largely in automobile parts and diesel engine innovation, but Isuzu has produced plenty of iconic cars and the company’s history has been important not just for Japan, but for the automotive industry as a whole. Read on to learn more about the history of Isuzu, and check out Jack Miller Kia Parts today!

 

Isuzu’s origins date all the way back to 1916. In 1934, the company produced a vehicle called the Isuzu, named after the nearby river. This is the origin of the Isuzu name, which was expanded to Isuzu Motors Limited in 1949.

 

Like many Japanese automotive companies, Isuzu saw a giant leap in development and innovation after the end of WWII. In response to a surge in popular demand for domestically-produced commercial vehicles, Isuzu rolled out several truck models that were crucial to Japanese reconstruction after the war.

 

Since then, Isuzu has been a leader in producing commercial vehicles, from light-duty trucks to heavy-duty buses. To date, Isuzu has produced a wide variety of consumer vehicles, including classics like the 1974 Gemini. Isuzu’s specialty remains in producing high-performance commercial vehicles and diesel engine development.

 

You can learn more about the history of Isuzu with a visit online to Jack Miller Kia Parts.

How to Change a Flat Tire

Change a Flat Tire

Changing a flat tire is a rather straightforward process, but not many drivers know how to do it. The popularity of roadside assistance has provided a convenience to many drivers, but the long wait for a simple tire change might not be worth it. Here’s how to change a flat tire on your own from us here at Jack Miller Kia Parts.

Raise the Car

Once you’ve come to a safe spot, the first step in changing a flat tire is to raise the car off the ground. To do this, remove the jack and spare tire from your Kia’s trunk. Remove the hubcap and loosen the tire’s lug nuts. Next, place the jack under the vehicle where the owner’s manual indicates. Raise the vehicle with the jack.

Replace the Tire

Now that the car is off the ground, finish removing the lug nuts. Pull the flat tire off the post by pulling directly towards your chest. Next, slide the spare tire onto the lug bolts and tighten the lug nuts by hand.

Lower the Car

With the spare tire in place, lower your Kia part of the way to the ground. Tighten the lug nuts again, then finish lowering the vehicle onto the ground. Replace the hubcap and return your tools to the trunk. Check the spare tire’s pressure, and you’re good to go.