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.

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.

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.

How to Replace Wiper Blades on Your Car

How to Replace Wiper Blades on Your Car - Jack Miller Kia Parts in North Kansas City, MO

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.