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.

4 Tips to Get Your Car Ready For Fall

Kia Service

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.

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.

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.

Decorate your Kia for the Holidays

Decorate your Kia

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.

2018 Kia Sorento Earns Top Safety Award

2018 Kia Sorento Earns Top Safety Award

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.