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The Importance of Parts and Routine Maintenance

Kia of Easton Parts and Routine Maintenance

If you own a vehicle, understanding the importance of parts and your routine maintenance schedule is crucial. For instance, we're all familiar with the 3-5,000-miles oil change debate as well as advice about the radiator belts and transmission fluids, but what does it all mean? Pay attention to your model. Most people wait until something is wrong to fix it. The whole 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality isn't going to keep your vehicle operating at its optimal level.

Follow a Basic Car Maintenance Schedule

We advise you to look through your owner's manual, where you'll see two varying maintenance schedules. One is called the "regular" and the other is labeled "severe." How do you know which one to follow? Your driving routine might qualify as "severe" if you experience the following on the regular:

  • Stop-and-go traffic or idling
  • Short commutes of five miles or less
  • Heavier loads, including cargo, passenger, or towing
  • Rough or mountainous roads
  • Dusty or salty environments
  • Extremely hot or below-freezing weather or a high humidity climate

Let's say your driving routine does warranty the "severe" label, what should you do? We would highly recommend that you switch to the severe maintenance schedule to avoid the added costs of massive breakdowns later on. You might need to have frequent oil and transmission fluid changes, but you'll undoubtedly need fewer large repairs down the road.

Vital Maintenance Items On Your Model

Whether you're driving an old pickup or a new Kia Optima, there are some important maintenance items that you don't ever want to overlook. While modern vehicles don't need nearly as much attention as they did 60 years ago, it's still important to look out for the following:

  • Oil levels
  • Air Filter
  • Brake Pads
  • Tires

Pay Attention To Your Parts

With all this talk of upkeep, you might be wondering which parts of your car require regular tune-ups and maintenance. We've got answers for you! You can avoid catastrophe by checking the following parts of your car on a weekly basis:

  • Tires: Look for punctures, separation, gashes, scuffs, and bulges. Make sure the steel cord is never visible.
  • Tire pressure: If you have a daily commute, check your tire when you stop for gas, just to ensure they're properly inflated. If you fill up infrequently, check your tires on a weekly basis.
  • Body and bumper damage: Look over the Kia vehicle once a week to look for any added damages, including bumps and scratches. Check closely for any indication of rust.
  • Brake lights and headlights: At night, when parked safely, turn headlights on to ensure all bulbs shine – do this once a month. To check brake lights, back up toward a wall, press and hold foot brakes. Simply use side and rear mirrors to see both brake lights appear on the wall.
  • Dashboard warning lights: At start up, check your Kia's dashboard for warning lights. Look at the car manual for any lights that do appear. Don’t ever get into the habit of ignoring these lights.
  • Leaking fluids beneath the vehicle: Use a flashlight to look for power steering fluid, transmission fluid, brake fluid, coolant, and radiator fluid (anti-freeze).

You might be wondering how often should you take your car in for maintenance, and the answer depends on your driving habits. If you have any questions about maintenance, schedule service or contact Kia of Easton!

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