How to Get Your Kia Prepped for Spring

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It might be hard to believe, but spring is finally here. You can even see signs of trees and flowers blooming. During this time, many of us like to clean out and open up our houses for some spring cleaning. While you’re doing this, don’t forget to get your Kia prepped for spring.

Wash Your Kia

The first thing you need to do is wash your Kia. All the snow, ice, and road salt have probably made your car look somewhat dirty. A thorough wash, including the undercarriage, will wash away all that winter grime. Finish it off with a fresh coat of wax.

Inspect Your Tires

Did you make the switch to winter tires? If so, it is time to put your all weather set back on. In either case, look over your tires and check for signs of uneven wear or low tread. Potholes can cause your tires to get out of alignment.

Get New Wipers

Every six to 12 months, you need a new set of windshield wiper blades. If yours are stuttering, leave streaks, or just not clearing your windows very well, it is past time for a new set.

You can find all the gear you need to prepare your Kia car for spring here at Jack Miller Kia Parts.

Tips For Removing Ice From Your Windshield

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Removing ice from your windshield is a pain. Unfortunately, when you live in a place like Missouri where winters are always snowy and icy, it’s something you have to deal with regularly. Thankfully, there are some tricks to the process that can make it easier and quicker so you can be on your way with your morning commute.

Warm Up Your Car


If possible, start your car 10 to 15 minutes before you plan to leave. This will give it a chance to warm up enough that it can blow warm air to help defrost the windshield.

Use a Homemade De-Icer

If you’re in a pinch, you can take a cue from the effectiveness of road salts and mix a tablespoon of road salt with a cup of water in a spray bottle. However, this mixture should be used sparingly, and should be washed off thoroughly after each use. Another option is to mix two parts rubbing alcohol to one part water. Spray this on to help melt the ice on your windshield.

Use a Store Bought De-Icer

You can find effective, pre-made de-icers at any auto parts store. With these, all you’ll need to do is spray and watch as the ice melts away. Use a brush or scraper to help remove the loose ice pieces from the windshield.

If you’re looking for other tips on how to clear the ice away from your car, visit Jack Miller Kia Parts.

General Car Care Tips for Taking Better Care of Your Kia in the New Year

Kia Car Care Tips

It’s easy to get a little lax when it comes to regular car care, especially when you don’t have an easy checklist at hand to help you keep track. But now in 2019, it’s time to make a resolution to take better care of your Kia, and we can help!

1: Do regular fluid checks

Once a month, pop the hood and check your fluid levels. If they’re low, add some, especially if it’s the engine oil and coolant. These two fluids are the most important to keeping your engine healthy and running smoothly, and a healthy engine means a longer-lasting car.

2: Flush your fluids when necessary

We all know an oil change involves draining your engine oil and replacing it with fresh oil, then putting on a new filter. You should get an oil change once a season, but you also need to flush and replace the coolant and brake fluid about once a year, and do an occasional flush of the transmission and differential oils.

3: Keep it clean, inside and out

Especially in the winter, salt, mud, and grime builds up on cars and can lead to rusting, and the interior needs to be scrubbed regularly to keep the materials in good shape and for better visibility. Wash and wax your car often.

4: Lubricate frequently

Car parts that aren’t properly lubricated have a short lifespan. Save yourself time and money by keeping these parts greased up.

5: Get professional service

Very few people who aren’t mechanics are experts on cars. Head to Jack Miller Kia Parts for regular maintenance, and we’ll help you set up a schedule that works for you and keeps your car going strong next year and for years to come.

Fun Games to Play During Your Holiday Road Trip

Family Holiday Road Trip

Long road trips can be a boring experience, or, even worse, an aggravating one. If you have a car full of passengers, finding some games to play during your holiday road trip can be a great way to pass the time.

I Spy

I Spy is a classic road trip game that’s perfect for both kids and adults. If you aren’t familiar with how the game works, one person picks an object and the others will try to guess the object. Depending on the age of those guessing, it may be best to stick to large objects, like trees, mountains, and landmarks.

Simply start the game by saying “I spy something that’s (color, size, or another hint).” I Spy can be great for holiday road trips, especially if you’re traveling with younger family members!

Bingo

Prior to leaving on your holiday road trip, create a few Bingo boards with common sights instead of letters and numbers. Canadian license plates (state license plates work as well) are just one example you can use! The first player to complete a straight line wins. Once a player has won, start over!

Picnic

There are many variations of Picnic, but the concept remains the same around the world. The game begins with “I’m going on a picnic. I’m bringing (an item that begins with the letter A).” The next person names an item with the letter B. Whoever can’t think of an item loses. The first to reach the end of the alphabet wins!

Of course, having the right vehicle can make the journey more bearable. To find the right vehicle, and the right equipment for that vehicle, speak with our staff at Jack Miller Kia Parts.

Five Kia Models Make List of Best Choices for a New Car

2018 Kia Soul

U.S. News & World Report released its Best Choices for a New Car list not long ago. Five Kia models stand among the top 28 new cars of 2018. The editors made their choices based on the car’s price, cost of ownership, and predictability rating as determined by J.D. Power.

Of the 28 cars on the list, the 2018 Kia Soul stole the show and secured the number one spot. The Kia Soul earned a reliability score of 5/5 and an overall score of 9.1/10. The family model earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and boasts an affordable starting price.

The Kia Rio came in second on the Best Choices for a New Car list. The editors noted its smooth performance, affordability, and intuitive technology as winning factors.

The 2018 Kia Niro earned recognition for its high fuel economy, and the spacious cabin makes it ideal for family vacations. Plus, its nimble handling and exhilarating performance prove the Kia Niro can be great for daily commutes.

The Kia Sportage boasts supportive seats and high safety scores. Those two factors netted it the top spot on the Best New Cars for Teens list. Those same features landed it a spot among the top 28 choices for a new car too!

When it comes to compact cars, the Kia Forte holds its own. Excellent fuel economy and a quiet cabin put it a touch above competitors, netting the Forte a spot on the list.

You can learn more about all of these Kia models here at Jack Miller Kia Parts.

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

2019 Kia Sorento

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.