5 Ways to Winterize your Kia Optima or Kia Sorento in NJ

Frozen Windshield

Frozen Windshield

Winter has arrived in the Mid Atlantic. If you have not already done so, it is important to prepare your car for winter. Winterizing, as it is called, will keep your car working throughout the colder months and prolong the life of the engine and other working parts. It will also keep you and your family safe for when a problem occurs.

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Here are five ways to winterize your Kia Optima or Kia Sorento:

Kia Sorento NJ

Kia Sorento

  1. Have the right equipment in your trunk. When a big winter storm arrives, you should prepare for when you get stuck or something breaks down. Make sure you have the following in the trunk:
    • extra windshield wiper fluid
    • extra antifreeze
    • extra oil
    • jumper cables
    • flares
    • tire chains
    • a spare tire
    • flashlight
    • blankets
    • boots
    • gloves
    • a change of warm clothes.
    • an ice scraper.
  2. Check your fluids. You need to keep an eye on your fluid levels throughout the winter. Check the following at least every couple of weeks:
    • Oil
    • Brake fluid
    • Transmission fluid
    • Antifreeze
  3. Check your wiper blades and fluid level. You need to see when you are out driving in the cold air. Make sure your windshield wiper blades are in good shape. Check that the defroster and heater are working properly. Check your windshield fluid levels at least once a week or after any major snow storm. All of these steps will make sure you can see out the window when that snow storm arrives.
  4. Think about snow tires.If you live in an area that is a bit hilly, snow tires can make a difference. They offer extra traction, especially in the deepest months of the year. You put them on at the beginning of winter and take them off at the end. You store them and repeat the cycle next winter.
Winter Tires at Burlington Kia

Winter Tires at Burlington Kia

  1. Bring the car in for a full service. The service department at Burlington Kia can determine if your oil needs changed to a lighter weight for the winter months. They can check that your antifreeze is at the right ratios and still in good shape. They can do a tune-up to keep the engine in optimal condition. They can check your battery to verify that it is ready to crank on the coldest winter day.
Kia Service

Kia Car Service

Before you drive your car too much this winter, take the time to winterize it. If you need help with winterizing your Kia Optima or Kia Sorento, contact us here at Burlington Kia. We have trained Kia mechanics who know how to keep your car running through the winter and for many years to come. Stop by today.

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