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.
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.