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.