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.

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.