When you are in the market for a new vehicle, there are a few attributes that you look at. Whether you will get an optimal gas mileage for you work commutes, whether there is enough towing capacity for your weekend events or if there’s enough cargo space for your family and friends. Your vehicle will only be as good as its health. Preventative maintenance is how you can keep your vehicle running smoothly for years to come so you can keep enjoying everything that you love about your Kia vehicle.
Learn when it's time for new:
Do you know when it is time for new brakes?
Your brake pads wear out over time. When they do start declining in performance it may be difficult to notice. Below we have listed out common occurrences to keep an eye or ear out to know when it is time to get new brake pads.
Click the link to watch an informative video on common sources of excessive wear to your brakes and what you can do to prevent your braking system from wearing down too much.
Many brake pads have a “wear indicator” that emits an audible warning when time for replacement.
Metal-on-metal noise can be caused by the backing plate grinding against rotors, due to worn brake pads.
Brake Pad Thickness:
Generally, if pads are less than 2-3mm thick, they likely need to be replaced. And if less than 4-5mm, they are nearing replacement.
If your car feels like it pulls to one side when braking, this can be caused by brake pads wearing unevenly, dirty brake fluid, a collapsed brake hose, or a stuck caliper.
If your brake pedal is not as responsive as it once was, or it feels soft/mushy, this may signal a problem in the brake fluid system.
At Moritz Kia Fort Worth, we care about your safety and want to keep your maintenance up to date.
We want to give you peace of mind. All our Kia technicians are factory-trained, so they know what they are looking for and when something does not look quite right.
How long do you expect your batteries to last?
Batteries are good at going thousands of miles before needing service. Depending on climate and driving conditions, they can affect how your battery operates. If your car is starting to feel off when it starts, it may be worth it to take it in to get your battery checked out.
Factors that can shorten your battery’s life are:
Your battery should be inspected every six months, and in areas of high heat/cold, this becomes even more imperative.
Lights are left on:
Even if your vehicle starts, the battery may have lost a lot of its reserve power.
Corrosion or Leakage:
This is likely a sign that your battery is not operating at 100%.
Choose a Genuine Kia Battery when the times comes, and you need a replacement.
Our Kia batteries are certified to have long life, quality and dependability.
Here are some features you can expect with every Kia Genuine Battery:
Genuine Kia batteries meet or exceed Kia’s reserve capacity specifications and cold cranking amps specifications.
Positive grid cover can help prevent corrosion.
Special electrolyte additive improves battery charging effectiveness, especially following severe discharge.
All Kia dealerships nationwide can service these batteries, which is especially helpful when your are traveling.
Knowing when the time comes to change your tires
We all know at some point while owning a vehicle we will need to buy new tires. At Moritz Kia Fort Worth, our certified technicians can help replace your tires in a way that is efficient, cost effective and specific to your needs.
Our factory-trained technicians will first check your tire tread depth and pressure. If it’s determined that you need replacement tires, our experts will help find the set that is right for your Kia. Here are some reasons to buy tires from us:
- We will have the right tires for your Kia model
- Our tire prices are competitive
- Your tires will be expertly installed by factory-trained technicians
- We stock high quality, name brand tires including: Hankook, Kumho, Goodyear, Nexen, Michelin, Dunlop, Yokohama, and more
- All eligible tires come with 24-month road hazard coverage
- Our dealership is a convenient one-stop shop for all of your vehicle’s needs
New tires also help you stop sooner on wet roads!
A professional driver took nearly 10 car lengths longer to stop on worn tires than he did on new tires.
While your stopping distance may vary, newer tires can help you stop sooner.
When Will You Know It’s Time for New Wipers?
You’ll know it’s time to replace your wiper blades when you see these signs of wear:
- Cracked, split, torn, brittle, worn
- Chatter, streak, or fail to wipe cleanly
Wiper blades tend to wear evenly, so even if only one blade appears worn, the other isn’t far behind. You should replace both wiper blades at the same time.