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.
If you spend a lot of time in your Kia, you should consider decorating it so as to make your car comfortable and fun while riding around. During the holiday season, this becomes a festive endeavor, as there are many ways to dress up your car for Christmas. Here are a few recommendations from us at Jack Miller Kia Parts to deck your car out for the holiday season.
Lights – A simple recommendation, but one that goes a long way to boost your holiday spirits. String lights on the interior or exterior, on the back window or front grille, or anywhere you choose (that won’t interfere with driving, of course). For the interior, you can get some convenient battery-operated, LED lights.
Ornaments, ribbons, and bows – Another simple touch you can add to your Kia is to hang your favorite ornament from your rear-view mirror, which will bring a smile to your face whenever you see it. Alternatively, you can string some red and green ribbons and bows around the interior of the car and air vents, or tie a wreath or red nose to the front grille.
Holiday scents – Our sense of smell can trigger warm emotions, and what better way to feel the holiday cheer then with some holiday-scented air fresheners. Pick a Christmas tree air freshener or one that smells like freshly-baked cookies, and they’ll surely make you feel happy while you are driving to see loved ones.
The new 2018 Kia Sorento has just garnered top safety accolades from the IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety). The 2018 Sorento, a midsize SUV, was awarded the IIHS’s most prestigious award and labeled a Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+). In order for the 2018 Kia Sorento to earn this award, it had to meet essential safety criteria set forth by the IIHS: it had to “earn good ratings in five crashworthiness tests – driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, rood strength and head restraints – as well as an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention” (http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings). The Sorento’s safety features will help you stay safe on the road, providing protection in the event of an accident.
The Top Safety Pick Plus award is linked to both the 2018 Kia Sorento SX Limited trim and the SX trim with Advanced Technology Package. These trim levels boast new, innovative headlights, as well as a remarkable list of standard safety features which include Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and a variety of other innovative features designed with safety and control in mind. By giving this award to the 2018 Kia Sorento, the IIHS recognizes Kia’s commitment to safety on the road.
At Jack Miller Kia and Jack Miller Kia Parts, we’re committed to your safety as well and would love to talk to you more about what the 2018 Kia Sorento has to offer.
Though windshield wipers may seem low on the priority list when it comes to servicing your vehicle, they are honestly one of the most crucial parts of maintaining adequate visibility. Imagine driving in the rain or through a snowstorm without wipers. That’s why it’s important to regularly inspect and replace wiper blades.
When Do I Need To Replace My Windshield Wipers?
A good rule of thumb is to inspect your wipers every six to twelve months, depending on the weather in the area you live. Here in Missouri, we have long, cold, hazardous winters, which can cause you to wear down your wiper blades more often.
How To Replace Your Wiper Blades
When you go about replacing worn wiper blades, you should start off by measuring your current wipers to get an idea of the needed length. Once you have your new set of wipers, you should remove the old ones by lifting them away from the windshield and pressing the tab on the underside of the wiper to slide it off of the wiper arm.
Once the old blades are removed, you can easily replace them by sliding the new wipers onto the wiper arms until you hear a click, then lowering them back onto the windshield.
When you replace wiper blades, it’s a good idea to get them somewhere you trust. For that purpose, you can come here to Jack Miller Kia Parts.
The Jack Miller Kia Parts Department would like to welcome you to our new dealership blog!
Jack Miller Kia has been serving the Kansas City, Missouri area for over 50 years now, ever since it was first opened in 1961. It has grown to become one of the most respected dealerships in the state, earning awards like the Five Star Award for Excellence in Customer Sales and Service Satisfaction. We have always been proud to serve the residents of Kansas City and northwest Missouri.
Our Parts Department is one of the best you’ll find anywhere, with all kinds of performance parts and accessories to customize your Kia, plus a helpful, friendly staff who will always be happy to answer any questions you have, order any parts you need, and talk to you about the right parts for your vehicle.
The Jack Miller Kia Parts Department is open Monday through Saturday and until 7 p.m. during the week, helping us accommodate our customers and their needs and schedules. Give us a call to set up an appointment at 816-474-2900, or just stop by our location at 2900 Burlington Street.
We’re excited to start a conversation with you about all things Kia through our blog, and we hope to see you at the Jack Miller Kia dealership sometime very soon.