Taking Care of Your New Kia
October 15, 2014
It is a thing of beauty – a brand new car, shiny and virtually untouched. It makes you want to spend the whole evening walking around it… and pretty soon the neighbours wander over to congratulate you and give you advice on taking care of it.
Even though Kia has a record for reliability and customer satisfaction, it is important to observe some car care essentials to ensure that your new car performance is at its best every year. We all know that you have to closely follow the maintenance guidelines specific to your Kia model, such as oil changes and regular engine care. However, there is more that you can do to ensure that your brand new baby adapts well to its life of service to you.
Like most cars, your brand new Kia has what you could call a break-in period during which you should drive it gently and with extra care. This should last for about 1 000 kilometres.
Although you may want to push that new agile and turbocharged Kia Optima, it might be a good idea to take it easy on the car at first and keep your engine under 4 000 RPMs. It is also better that you do not leave your car idling for extended lengths of time, as idling prevents oil from spreading evenly throughout your engine.
Check and change the oil. No single step will help an engine last more than regular oil and filter changes will. Conversely, few things will destroy an engine faster than neglecting oil level checks or forgetting fresh oil changes.
Flush the cooling system and change coolant once a year. A 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water will keep the cooling system in good shape and prevent corrosion and deposits from building up inside the cooling system.
Change out transmission and differential oils. While not requiring frequent service, these fluids must be changed according to service intervals. Always use transmission fluid or gear oil of the recommended type and viscosity.
Everything with moving parts needs grease to survive. Ball joints can go into early retirement due to poor lubrication.
Keep it clean. While washing the visible exterior of the car is obvious, a car runs over everything and anything can also get stuck underneath the car. Therefore hosing off winter salt and road grime regularly is ideal. Now, we all know that Kia produces some great looking cars. Regular washing is important (to ensure your new Kia’s original gleam, sparkle and lustre last as long as possible) but make sure to use the right car care products and techniques, such as rinsing your car before you wash it.
Kia cars are built to please, but just like being in a relationship, you have to give a little back. So: one of the most important things that you can take from this is to drive your Kia carefully. After all, showing a little bit of love to your new Kia will ensure that you enjoy driving it for longer.