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.
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.
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.