Follow these 4 easy tips to help take care of your Kia car.
Caring for your Kia engine makes a huge difference to its well being, efficiency and also how long it will last.
So, how do you care for it?
Well, here are some simple tips to help keep your auto tip top for the long run.
Monitor your tire pressure
You should keep an eye on your tire pressure; try to check it at least once per week.
If your tire pressure is not ideal, it can affect how many miles to gallon your car gets.
Checking the tire pressure is not a complicated process, so there is no reason why you can’t take this step yourself. Here are some good tips.
Monitor your belts
Your car has rubber drive belts near the front of the engine. These belts help with the air conditioning compressor, the alternator and more.
Rubber does not last forever, so it is important to make sure the accessory drive belt and timing belt are looked at every 25,000 miles.
Generally, they need to be replaced at the 50,000 mile mark.
Monitor your engine coolant level
Regardless of how much experience you have working with cars, you should be able to monitor your coolant level on your own. Coolant is very important to engines.
No two engines are the same, so if you want to figure out where the reservoir for the coolant is located, you should read through your handbook. It is usually in the shape of a bottle. It is also usually white and may be slightly see through.
Do not attempt to monitor the coolant level while the engine is still hot. Once it is safe, take a look at the reservoir.
You should notice a “high” notation and a “low” notation. Your coolant needs to fall between these two marks.
Monitor your oil
You do not need to be a car expert to monitor to your oil level. The process is generally fast, and you will know right away if extra oil is necessary. You must have the right amount, because too much or too little will be bad for your engine.
Before getting started, make sure your car is parked on a flat service. Allow the engine time to cool off before you open the hood.
Once it is safe, find your dipstick. Remove it from the container, clean it off, and then push it back in as far as it will go. Give it a second and then take the dipstick back out.
Look at your oil level. It should fall between the two marks that are designated as “high” and “low.” If it does, you do not need to do anything else. If it falls below the low mark, put in some oil.
Many people wonder why they have to go through the process of cleaning the dipstick and then putting it back in to read the oil level.
When you first get it out, the oil is everywhere, which means you may not accurately be able to figure out how much you have. This is why you must clean the dipstick first and then check it.