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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.