Taking Care of Your Kia’s Tires

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If your Kia is one of the new models, you can be sure that the vehicle itself will let you know if there is something wrong with one of your tires. Like most new cars, recent model-year Kia vehicles will let you know if you’re low on air in one of your tires or if you have a flat tire. Tires don’t, however, refill themselves, check their own tread, or even know when they need to be rotated—not yet anyway.

Because your tires are the only part of your vehicle that touch the road, they are one of most integral parts of the vehicle. They need to be well-maintained and properly filled in order to keep you and your passengers safe. Tires are one of the parts of your car that are designed to wear out. Depending on how frequently you drive and where you drive, your Kia’s tires may be in need of some attention. Here is everything you need to know about checking your tires.

How to Check Air Pressure and Refill Tires

You might be able to ignore that “low air pressure” warning on your dash for a few weeks without anything apparently negative happening to your vehicle. Under-filled tires can actually seriously affect your gas mileage and this makes the tires themselves more susceptible to damage. This is something my mother learned in her Kia Optima when she grazed a curb—her under-filled front tire was able to be folded and pinched by the movement, which made a small rip in the tire, out of which the air in the tire started to leak.

Keeping proper air pressure in your tires will make your vehicle much safer to drive, as well as optimizing its gas mileage and improving its handling. If you start to notice that your Kia is wobbling or is less responsive than usual, it may be because your tires are low on air. Here are the steps to checking and refilling your tires if they are low on air:

1. Get a tire pressure gauge. Most cars do not come with a tire pressure gauge, but one can be purchased from just about any gas station or grocery store. There are a wide variety of different pressure gauges, ranging from the vintage, round pressure gauges my father gave each of his children as a “car-warming present,” to very modern, sophisticated machines that will read the tire’s air pressure out to you.

2. Know what PSI (pounds per square inch) your tires should be at. Some Kia vehicles have the correct tire pressures listed on a sticker in the driver’s door jamb. All cars will have the PSI listed in the owner’s manual. This is the number that you want your gauge to read when you test the tires. If the number is higher, the tires are too inflated and you need to release some pressure. If they are not inflated enough, they will need more air.

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3. Use your gauge to test your tires. If you have never tested a tire before, it may take a few tries to get the hang of the gauge and the little port on each tire. All you have to do is press the gauge against the tire and it will tell you the PSI inside that tire. If the readout shows something impossible, like 3 PSI or 100 PSI, clear the gauge and try again. If your tires are overinflated, you can usually use the gauge to release air, too.

4. If your tires need air, go to a pressurized air station. Most gas stations will have a self-serve pressurized air station. If you do not feel comfortable using the station, you can always bring your Kia into our service department. We will gladly fill your tires to the proper PSI.

5. Regularly check your tires’ levels. It is natural for your tires to become depressurized over time. It is not normal, however, for one tire to lose pressure faster than the rest of the tires. If you are noticing that one or more tires is almost always in need of air pressure, bring your Kia into our service department so we can make sure your wheels and tires are properly mounted.

6. Make sure to replace the dust caps after you have checked and filled your tires. And don’t forget to check your spare tire!

How Often Do I Need My Tires Rotated?

When you go in for an oil change, you may occasionally be asked if you want your tires rotated. How do you know if you need your tires rotated? Like most automotive service, tire rotation depends largely on how often you drive and how far you drive. If you regularly drive more than 10,000 a year, you should probably have your tires rotated every year, when you get your oil changed.

Why bother with this at all? This allows your tires to be worn evenly, so no two tires take the brunt of the wear, prolonging the life of all four tires. If it’s time to have your tires rotated, feel free to bring your Kia into our service department—this is one of those maintenances that should be done by a professional.

When Do I Need New Tires?

Sometimes, it may be obvious that your Kia needs a new tire. If you’ve discovered a nail embedded in the tire, it’s definitely time for a new one. However, it is probably far more likely that your tread has worn down and the tires themselves are no longer great at gripping the road. Most tires last 30,000 to 50,000 miles. If you’re not sure if you need new tires, bring your Kia in and we’ll let you know if your tires are too bald to get you around safely.

Summer-izing Your Kia: How To

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No matter where you and your Kia are going this summer or even if you’re just staying here in New Jersey, doing a little prep work before the heat and rain of summer arrives is always important. Summer means warmer weather and harsher weather. While your Kia is built to withstand even the harshest weather conditions, giving it an extra little attention before it arrives can mean a much smoother summer season. Here are some tips to make sure your Kia is as ready for summer as you are:

1. Check the cooling system.

As temperatures rise, your Kia will rely more and more on its cooling system. This means that you probably want to flush your cooling system and refill it before the danger of overheating becomes real. If you want to do this yourself, make sure that you do not take the cap off of your radiator until it and the engine is completely cool. Most Kia vehicles take a 50/50 split of antifreeze and water but check your user manual before refilling the coolant. If you don’t feel comfortable flushing and refilling your system, make sure to bring your Kia into our New Jersey maintenance team.

2. Change your oil and filter.

If you’re planning a road trip this year, it’s important to change your oil before you go. Oil should be checked and changed about every 3,000 miles, though higher quality oil and a high quality system can increase the number of miles your car can go it needs a check or a change. Changing your oil and filter is something that most people can do without professional help, however if you have any concern about what kind to use or if your car is due for a change, taking it into a professional is always a good option.

3. Clean your lights.

Even though summer means longer days and shorter nights, you’ll still want to make sure that your lights are clean and still functioning properly. When it’s dark, turn your lights on and get out of your car to check their brightness and cleanliness. If they are covered with bugs or dirt, give them a thorough cleaning with soapy water and a soft cloth. Additionally, if the lamps have become filmy, use a headlight abrasive to clear the composite off again. If one of the lights is dimming, replace it or have it replaced when you bring your vehicle in for maintenance.

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4. Rotate or replace your tires.

Summer can be especially hard on tires. The heat and sunlight can blast a tire, stiffening the rubber and making it more susceptible to popping or shredding. If you have had the same tires for several years, it is time to rotate them or even get them replaced. You can check the tread on your own tires with a penny. Put the penny into the tread, with Lincoln’s head facing you and into the tread. If his head is covered, even just a little bit, you have enough tread. If not, it’s time for new tires.

5. Check your brakes.

All brakes in all vehicles are designed to wear out over time. If your feel your brakes shaking or wobbling when you step on the brake pedal, that is a good indication that you need new brakes. Additionally, if you can hear them squeal when you brake, this usually means it is time for new pads. Some Kia vehicles will even alert you when they need new rotors or brake pads. Even a small problem can quickly bloom into a very large and costly one, so have any brake issues checked and corrected immediately.

6. Check your battery.

Like with your brakes, if you are having a problem with your battery, your Kia will likely let you know. If you want to check it before going on a long driving trip, take your vehicle into a maintenance center and have them test it with a voltmeter. If you do not believe that your battery needs professional attention, summer is the perfect time to make sure that your vehicle’s battery leads are correctly attached to the battery. When the car is off, scrape any corrosion off of the posts and connectors. Clean the battery and the connections, and then retighten them, to ensure a good connection.

7. Replace your windshield wipers.

Just as winter cold can stiffen your windshield wipers and make them useless, summer heat can make them too pliable or dry out the rubber, making them crack and break. When the monsoons hit, you will want fresh windshield wipers to keep your windshield clear and your driving safe. Also, make sure that your windshield wiper fluid is filled. With higher winds, dust, dirt, and road grease, you will want plenty of fluid to help keep your windshield clean and clear.

8. Check your air conditioning system.

Summer is the worst possible time for your air conditioning system to fail. Your car may let you know about any issues with your air filters, but having them checked out and replaced, as well as having the entire system checked, is a great way to make sure that even if you want to drive across country in the blistering heat of summer, you’ll have a reliable air conditioning system the entire way.

Getting your Kia ready for summer doesn’t have to be time consuming or difficult. Even if you are not planning to take your vehicle out of the state this summer, make an effort to prepare your car for the summer heat and you’ll ensure a longer, happier life for your car and a safer driving experience for you.

Spring Cleaning Your Kia

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Spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to clean off the road grime and salt residue of winter and time to get your Kia ready for your spring and summer road trips. Spring is all about getting a clean start, and after months of harsh weather and the salt, deicer, and other chemicals used to combat that harsh weather on the road, most cars are ready for a deep cleaning. Here are some expert tips for cleaning your Kia and preparing for warmer weather:

1. Get rid of trash

Before taking your car through the power wash, hand washing it, or even vacuuming out the interior, grab an empty grocery sack and go through every cubby, slot, and storage area in your car, removing all of the trash that’s accumulated over the season. Most people spend more time in their cars during the winter, as driving is warmer and faster than traveling on foot. This extra time probably means extra receipts, straw wrappers, and just general refuse. Before any other cleaning efforts, make sure to get rid of this rubbish.

2. Switch in your normal tires

If you opted for snow tires for the winter (which is always a good idea), as soon as the snow pack starts to melt is the perfect time to trade out those snow tires for your regular set. This will keep your snow tires from getting too worn down when you don’t actually need to use them, and may actually be better for spring weather, which is more prone to rain showers than snow flurries. Once temperatures start to rise and there is no sign of any more winter weather in your future, it’s time to give the snow tires a break.

3. Detail the wheels

Even if you are planning to take your Kia through the carwash, you might want to give your wheels and tires a little extra attention. Even the best automatic carwash can’t compare to some good old fashioned elbow grease. Your tires and wheels probably have a good coating of road grime from a winter of dirty slush and deicer on the road. Take a bristle brush and some soapy water and really get into the crevices and grooves of your wheels. Then, spray down the tires, removing anything embedded in the tread. If you have snow tires and are taking them off, giving them a thorough clean before shelving them will make them ready to go come next November.

4. Give it a hand wash

While an automatic carwash might be faster than hand washing your Kia, it usually wastes more water and may not be as detailed as you want to be to get your vehicle looking showroom ready again. You know where your car has the most built up dirt, so you know where the car needs more attention. If you do choose to hand wash your car, make sure to use a soap that is designed for cars. Dirt, especially built up dirt, can scratch your paint if your just rub it around with water and soap that isn’t actually designed to remove dirt from car paint.

5. Dry the car

Even if the daily temperatures are rising into the 50s and 60s, temperatures could still occasional drop below freezing during the spring. That means you want your car to be completely dry before those cold temperatures hit. Use a soft cloth to dry off your car after the wash will make sure that the water doesn’t have a chance to freeze and possibly damage your vehicle.

6. Clean the undercarriage

This is where visiting the automatic carwash with your Kia might be the only option. The underside of your car is likely coated in grime and chemicals from a long winter of driving. Especially if your community uses salt to deice your roads, you are going to want to make sure that the salty residue is completely cleaned off of your car’s metal components, as that salt can speed up the erosion process. Make sure to pick the setting on the wash that provides a thorough undercarriage wash.

7. Vacuum the interior

If you have a suitable shop vacuum or other vacuum that you don’t mind taking outside, you can do this in your own driveway. Otherwise, many carwashes have vacuums you can use, for free or for a few cents. Make sure to lift up the floor mats and vacuum up any salt or pebbles that has ventured underneath those mats. If those mats are stained from a winter of muddy or grimy shoes, you might consider giving them a spray down with a hose or a run over with a wet vac.

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8. Clean the interior

Using either a gentle all-purpose cleaner or a cleaner formulated specifically for car interiors, wipe down the dashboards, console, cup holders, and all other plastic, leather, or composite materials in the car. Use a pen or a pencil, wrapped in a cloth, to get into the crevices and edges, removing stubborn crumbs and dust. Don’t neglect the doorjambs, where salt and dirt can hide. Once you’re done with this step, you might want to cruise around your neighborhood with the windows rolled down to air out the smell of the cleaner.

9. Schedule a maintenance appointment

Spring is the perfect time to get your oil changed and your fluids checked. You can bring your Kia into our maintenance department and we will make sure you are running smoothly and have all the fluids you need to keep running smoothly as temperatures continue to heat up.

10. Replace your wiper blades

Your wipers have taken a beating during the winter. In preparation for April showers, replace the old wiper blades with a set of brand new ones to make sure they’ll do their job when the rain does come.

Why Coming to the Dealership is Better than Shopping for Your Kia Online

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Most people start their car buying process online, looking at the Kia website in order to find their new car. While the internet is a great place to start, especially if you want to narrow down the list of cars you want to see to ones in your price range and that have the features that you want, coming to the Kia dealership is always the best way to really get a good idea of which Kia is right for you. Here’s why:

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1. Test drives

Test driving is really the only way you can be sure you’ve found the right car for you. Looking at the car online is one thing, but you won’t really know how it looks and feels until you’re actually sitting in the car. You may love how a car looks, but if you’re not a fan of how it drives, it’s not the right car for you. And the only way you can really make this determination is by driving it. Additionally, the models on the Kia website are not always the same models that we have on the lot. Each car on our lot comes with unique features and trims.

2. In-person consultations

One of the biggest benefits of coming into our dealership is talking to one of our staff. While you might have a good idea in your head about what kind of Kia you want, our salesmen are trained to listen to what you want in a car and present the make and model that best fits your needs. On occasion, we’ll have someone come onto the floor who is sure that they want an SUV, but ends up walking away with a sedan. Because our staff have intimate knowledge of our cars, they’re more able than a website to help you find the exact right vehicle.

3. Find cars in your price range

The price that’s listed on Kia’s website is rarely the price that you’ll find at the dealership. We often have our own sales and specials that can make finding the right car even more affordable. And you can’t haggle with a website. You can haggle with us (though we don’t think you will need to). We know that your goal is to find a great car that’s well within your budget, whether you’re looking to buy or lease. While both the main Kia website and our website can give you a good idea of what a vehicle might cost, only when you come to the dealership can we give you a firm number.

4. See what’s feasible

We’re lucky in New Jersey, to never be too far from the things that we need or want. In some places, the cars that they have on the lot are the only cars that the customers can choose from. If we don’t have the right car, in the right trim or in the right color, we will find it for you. We can usually find just about any color and trim and get it to our dealership in a couple of days.

5. More relevant information

While the website will give you plenty of great information about the gas mileage and the engine, when actually looking at cars, one of our staff can tell you about all the other features of that particular make and model. For example, if you want a car with a great stereo system or a quiet ride, actually seeing the car in person and talking to a salesman that really knows those cars is the only way to find one that really fits your criteria.

6. Fewer compromises

The Kia website can only show you a very narrow set of vehicles. In reality, the range of vehicles that come to our showroom and to our lot are diverse and are designed to appeal to a wide variety of buyers. This huge variety to choose from means you don’t have to compromise a great sound system for a quiet ride or more trunk space for a roomier cabin. While we do list all of our cars online, the only way to really see what we have in our showroom and on the lot is to visit us in person.

7. Pictures rarely do the car justice

Even if you’ve already honed in on the exact vehicle or vehicles you want to drive, coming to our Kia dealership can seal the deal. We love working both with customers who aren’t sure what they want and with those that know exactly what they want. If you’ve spent a little bit of time looking at the cars online, it’s still a good idea to come and sit in and test drive them. You won’t get to see all of the little features and quirks of a car until you’re talking with a knowledgeable salesman and physically sitting in the car.

8. Financing and payment plans

Again, there are online calculators that will help you estimate your monthly costs for a specific vehicle, but only when you’re ready to buy, sitting in our showroom can we tell you what your financing options and payment schedule could look like. There are many factors that go into your financing options and payment schedule, and discussing them in person is always the best policy, especially if you want to get a great price and a reasonable payment schedule.

Some people like to do as much car shopping online as they can before coming into our dealership. Others try to cut the dealership out altogether! We still believe that actually coming to our showroom is the best way to get the right car at the right price.

How to Get Your Kia Ready for Spring

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Winter can take a toll on your vehicle, which can extend into spring, if you don’t take a little bit of time to prepare your car for warmer weather. While it may feel that winter is still in full swing here in New Jersey, it will be spring before we know it, and that means it’s time to start thinking about how to get your Kia ready for the warmer temperatures. Here are our ten tips for preparing your Kia for spring.

1. Defend against road salt and other ice-melting chemicals.

In order to keep our cars from sliding all over the road during the winter, the state usually puts down sand, salt, or liquid ice melt in order to help keep the roads from icing over. While this is great for driving, it’s not so great for the metal and composite materials every car is made from. As the weather warms up and there’s less chance that there’s going to be more of these chemicals on the road, thoroughly wash the underbody of your car, just to make sure all of those chemicals, which can aid in rust and erosion, are removed.

2. Give it a spring cleaning.

Winter is a great time to track things in and out of your Kia, from snow to mud to sidewalk salt. Your Kia’s interior has probably taken a beating over the season, and because winter isn’t exactly the best time to get out and vacuum your vehicle or take it through the carwash, now is the time. Vacuum up any debris, clean out the jockey box and side containers, and give everything a wipe down with some glass cleaner. Then, take your car through the car wash or do a detailed hand wash to remove road grime.

3. Check your tires.

Winter is probably the worst season for tires. Sand or gravel on the road can wear down your tread faster than normal driving. As temperatures warm up, the air in your tires will start to expand, which means that they may become over-full. The ideal tire pressure for your Kia vehicle will be in the owner’s manual. Make sure your tires are neither too full nor too empty, and rectify the problem, if one exists. If your tires have worn down over the winter season, it might be time to consider getting new tires for your car.

4. Check your wipers.

Most wiper blades are not made to survive more than a year or so. The cold of the winter and the heat of the summer can dry out and crack the rubber of the wiper, making them ineffective. Spring usually brings plenty of rain to our area, and that means you’re going to want a new set of wiper blades if yours are worn out or damaged from a long winter of use. You don’t want to find out during our first big rain storm that they are no longer capable of keeping the rain off of your windshield.

5. Make sure your fluids are topped off.

If you haven’t taken your Kia in for its yearly oil change, now is the time. You can call our service department and set up and appointment for a checkup, oil change, and to top off your fluids. Winter temperature and weather can cause a car to work overtime, meaning that many of your fluids may be depleted after this season.

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6. Check your battery.

Winter is also the worst season for your battery. The cold can really suck the life out of battery. Just because it’s warming up a little bit doesn’t mean that you can just forget about your battery. If you have a voltmeter, use it to check your battery and ensure that it’s still putting out enough power. If it’s not, you might want to have your Kia checked to ensure the alternator is working properly or if you just need a new battery for the upcoming year.

7. Replace your air filter.

Your air filter is one of the most integral parts of your engine, preventing dust and unwanted substances from clogging up your cylinders. They make sure that your Kia gets the best gas mileage and no matter how well you take care of your car, your air filter will start working less effectively over the years. Spring time is a great time replace your air filter, as spring winds will likely mean there is more dust and pollen in the air, that you don’t want to get into your engine.

8. Check your radiator.

The cap on your radiator should fit snugly, in order to ensure proper pressure in your cooling system. Spring is the perfect time to make sure that your radiator’s cap is still working properly and that your cooling system has the proper pressure. Another cap you should check is your gas cap. If it doesn’t have a snug fit, you’re going to be wasting gas and killing your gas mileage, as plenty of that fuel will just be vaporizing, instead of being utilized.

9. Flush your cooling system.

If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, you can always bring your Kia into our service department and we will do it for you. Flushing your cooling system and refilling it will help to prevent rust and get rid of any sediment that may have collected in the system over time. If you’re not sure what kind of coolant to use or the proper ratio of coolant to water, make sure to check your owner’s manual.

10. Check your spark plugs.

Spark plugs take a beating, especially during the winter. The variation in temperature and the increased driving that most people do in the winter can put strain on your spark plugs. If they are dirty, you might not be getting the best firing, and therefore you are wasting fuel. Check and make sure they are clean and ready for use.

Why Is My Car Shaking?

Why Is My Car Shaking?  This is a very common question among car owners.

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The good news is that your Kia is going to last you decades if you take good care of it. The bad news is that at some point during those decades of driving your Kia, you are probably going to encounter some shaking. No matter how careful you are, your car is still a car, with lots of moving parts, and eventually, those parts are going to wear down and need replacing.

Because you can’t see most of your car’s most active parts (they’re hidden by your wheels and by the hood), you might not even realize that they are worn down. Shaking, whether during driving or braking, is a good indicator that something is wrong with your car. You may not even notice the vibrating at first, when it is very subtle, but eventually, you will begin to feel the car shaking as you drive down the highway or come to a stop at a light and know that it needs some attention.

But why do our cars shake? What kinds of problems can cause this vibration? Here are five of the most common reasons that your car is vibrating and what you can do about them.

1. A problem with the engine.

While you might not be able to tell at first, the shuddering may be coming from your engine. This can happen in a number of different situations, including during acceleration, when you hit or exceed a certain speed, or after a few minutes or hours of driving. This is likely because your engine isn’t getting the air, spark, or fuel that it requires.

If it is the engine that’s shaking, you will likely be able to feel where the shaking is coming from. When the shaking comes from your engine area, your car is likely trying to tell you that it is in need of some new spark plugs, which can ensure that your engine gets the oxygen, fuel, or spark that it needs to run smoothly. Having your spark plugs checked to make sure that they are all in working order and that they are connected correctly could solve this problem.

Another reason your engine might be shaking is because of clogged or dirty filters. If your air or fuel filters are mucked up, the engine isn’t getting what it needs.

2. A problem with the axle.

One of the most common causes of a vibrating car is a bent axle. This is one of the many rotating parts that can be damaged during a collision (though it may be something as simple as hitting a particularly deep pot hole). If it is bent or somehow bumped out of alignment, it will likely still turn, but it will create a shaking sensation, rattling the entire car as it goes.

In that same vein, if the axle’s joints are starting to wear out, either from long-term use or because it lacks the proper lubricant, road grime can creep up into your axle and damage it, again causing that rattling as you drive.

3. A problem with the brakes.

Does your car only shake when you use the brakes? While some shaking is natural during an emergency braking situation (if you have antilock brakes), the brakes should not shake as you come to a gradual stop. This could indicate worn rotors, misaligned calipers, uneven wearing on your pads, or completely worn away pads.

The older your car is, the more likely it is to have a bent, worn, or warped rotor. The same goes for the calipers and the pads. If your pads are worn down, they will have a difficult time gripping to rotor. If the rotor is unevenly worn, the entire brake system will shake as it attempts to pull the car to a stop. Air in the fluid lines, missing pads, and grooved rotors can all cause brakes to shake and rattle the car.

4. Your wheels are wobbling.

If your wheels are wobbling, you likely feel the vibrations throughout the entire car, but most intensely through the steering wheel. Most people assume this is a problem with the alignment and just get their wheels realigned. While this may solve the problem in some instances, it does not always solve the larger problem, which is an issue in the wheel’s hub.

If the wheels are wobbling at the hub, it may point to a number of different culprits, ranging from damaged wheel bearings or a wheel whose “runout” is not entirely circular (meaning that it does not spin in a perfect circle when rotating). In these instances, a new wheel usually solves the problem.

5. Your tires are having issues.

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Tires are the most common cause of any shakiness or vibration in your car, and the solution is usually fairly simple. If your car is vibrating only when you get up to a certain speed, it may mean that your tires are out of balance, and simply having them balanced can solve the problem. This may also be caused by uneven tire pressure, so check your pressure and make sure they are all at the correct level, as dictated by your manual.

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Additionally, if your tires have uneven wear on the tread or have a separated tread, they can shake and wobble while driving around. In some instances, what seems like a tire problem, may actually be a bent rim or other wheel problem. If the tires seem to be the cause of your car’s shakiness, make sure to bring your Kia into our service department for maintenance or necessary replacements.

Winterizing Your Kia

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Though it may not officially be winter yet, we have already had plenty of winter weather. That means it’s time to winterize your car and make sure that your beloved Kia is prepared for the upcoming New Jersey winter. If you’ve ever gone out to start your car in the morning, warming it up before you leave for work or school, and found that your battery is dead, or found your car sliding across even the smallest patches of ice, or simply had to sit in cold winter traffic for hours on end, you know how important it is to prepare your car for the cold weather of winter. We have ten tips for making sure your car is as prepared for the cold season as possible.

1. Start or update an emergency kit.

Winter is the season when car emergencies of any kind can be especially devastating. Whether it’s just a blown tire or a wreck caused by ice on the highway, you want to have a few tools and a little bit of gear handy.  Whether you are just stopped waiting for highway patrol to clear away the crash or are involved in the crash yourself. Some of the most essential items include jumper cables, ice scraper, flashlights, a screwdriver, extra gloves, and a blanket. You might consider throwing in a few bottles of water and granola bars, just in case you are stuck in a snow drift or on the highway for a few hours.

2. Check your Kia’s belts and hoses.

Even if you just had your belts and hoses checked during the summer, summer heat rarely puts as much strain on these engine components as extreme cold weather does. Cold can weaken the rubber, allowing it to snap, even while your car is in motion. Replace any hoses or belts that look worse for wear.

3. It’s time for new windshield wipers and fluid.

If you haven’t gotten your Kia new windshield wipers this year, they can be the perfect Christmas present for your car. If you’ve ever driven through a snow or ice storm with last year’s wipers, you know the difference that brand new wipers can make. Summer heat can dry out the blades and make them less effective at clearing your windshield. When you’re in a jam, with ice and snow building up on your windshield, fluid can help melt and remove these annoyances, so make sure you’re fully stocked.

4. Make sure your defrost and heat are in top condition.

Bring your car in and let us check your defrost and heat units—you don’t want to discover that these things aren’t working when you’re already fifteen minutes late to work. These are essential in the cold New Jersey winter, and you don’t want to be without them.

5. Always gas up.

It might not get cold enough to freeze gas here (most years), but the cold weather could bring condensation into your gas tank, which could eventually invade your fuel lines and cause them to freeze and split. If you keep your gas tank full of gasoline, however, you’re less likely to encounter this problem, and the more gas you have in your tank, the less likely it is to turn to sludge in freezing temperatures.

6. Make sure your antifreeze levels are correct.

Antifreeze helps to prevent your engine from freezing, but only if you have the right ratio of antifreeze to water in your radiator. One part antifreeze to one part water is consider optimal, especially in subzero temperatures. If you don’t feel comfortable checking your Kia’s levels on your own, you can always let our service department do it.

7. Check your oil.

Before it becomes too cold to stand outside and check your oil, make sure you have enough for the coming season and that it isn’t getting too thick. Cold weather can cause oil to thicken, which means the oil might not flow as freely as your engine needs it to. Look at your Kia Ownership Manual to see what kind of oil is best for your vehicle. Again, if you do not feel comfortable checking and replenishing your oil supply, you can come into our service department and we will do it for you.

8. Check your battery.

Even if you just bought your Kia this year, check the battery before temperatures really start to drop. Cold weather makes your battery work harder and it can be extremely annoying to have to jump it at night in a snowy parking lot after holiday shopping. Check for any corrosion or fraying on the cables and battery terminals. Even the best batteries can die after five years, even if you take good care of your car, so make sure that yours is ready for the oncoming storm.

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9. Check your tires.

As temperature drops, the air in your tires will contract and they will lose tire pressure. That means that you will likely need to give them some more air as days continue to get colder and colder. Not having enough air in your tires means less than optimal traction, which is a bad thing even in the best of weather and can be devastating in winter weather. Make sure that they are filled to their required pressure and check them regularly throughout the season.

10. Consider snow tires.

While most cities in New Jersey do a good job of clearing their roads, sometimes there’s no helping going out on snowy, icy roads. If you already know that you are going to be doing a lot of winter driving, snow tires can make a big difference. Not only can they help you get out a jam, they can prevent sliding on slick streets and can even make it easier to plow your way through a snow drift.

If your old car isn’t worth all the maintenance, let us show you a new one!

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Five Signs that Your Brakes Need to Be Checked

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Winter is just about the worst time for your brakes to fail you. Your car is likely equipped with the most advanced braking technology on the market, but that doesn’t change the fact that brakes wear down over time and at some point, you’re going to want them to be checked and maybe even changed out. Having the best brakes means having the safest car, and in slippery, icy weather, you want to be able to rely on your brakes 100%. If you haven’t had your brakes checked in a while or just want to make sure your car is prepared for the upcoming season, here are five signs that your brakes need to be checked.

1. Are your pads worn down? Most Kia vehicles use a disc brake system, not unlike that used on a bicycle. When you depress the brake pedal, pads clamp down on your rotor, creating friction and stopping the progress of the wheel. These pads are integral to the braking system and they are one of the first elements to be worn down (the rotor being the second). The more wear they get, the less effective they are at stopping the motion of the rotor, and therefore at bringing your car to a stop.

But how do you tell if your pads are worn down? The good news is that you can probably tell just by looking at them. If your wheels have hubcaps, take them off and look through the spokes of the wheel itself at your brakes. You can see the metal rotor and the caliper that holds the pads. While you might not be able to actually get a measuring stick in there to see how thick they are, they should be at the very least a quarter of an inch thick. Your thumb is about an inch long, so use it to estimate.

If your pads are any thinner than a quarter of an inch, it’s time to get them in and changed. If you can’t see the rotor, caliper, and pads through the spokes of your wheel, you might need to take the wheel off (in the same way you would if you were changing a tire), to get a good look at the inner workings of your brakes. Use this time to check out your rotor and see if it is still smooth and hardy-looking. If not, it might need a change, too.

Why are my Brakes Squealing?

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2. Your brakes are making noises. We’ve all heard it, that tell-tale squeal of brakes. Whether it happens only when you have to stomp on your brakes or just when you slide to an easy stop, this is the noise of too-thin pads screeching across the rotor. This is one of the number one ways to tell whether or not your brakes need some attention—they’ll ask for it. Next time you are driving around town, turn down the music and listen for that squeal. If you hear it, make an appointment with our service department to get your Kia’s pads looked at.

Another sound to listen for is a loud grinding noise. If you hear a grinding noise when you brake, it means that your pads are completely worn away and the calipers themselves are gripping the rotors. This can be extremely dangerous for you as the driver and for your brake system on the whole.

3. Your car is pulling. Does your car pull to the right or left? Are there certain curves on the drive home where you can just let the car turn itself, but you have to work to keep it straight? This may mean that you are having trouble with your brakes. While you might find it endearing right now that your car seems to have its own agenda and places that it wants to be, it could mean that there is undue friction on one of your rotors.

If there is a caliper stuck against one of your wheels, it can cause the car to lilt to one side. Uneven brake pads is another culprit, as is uneven pressure from the calipers. While pulling doesn’t always mean there is a problem with your pads, it is one of the most common reasons a car drifts from center.

4. Your car is shaking. If you hit the brakes and the car rattles to a stop, this might not mean that you have a problem with your brakes. In fact, if you have to stomp on your brakes to keep from slamming into a car that’s just cut you off, many antilock brake systems will jolt or pulse by their nature.

Antilock brakes rapidly grab and release the rotor in order to prevent a dangerous lock up during an emergency stop, so some pulsing is normal. What isn’t normal, however, is shaking, rattling, or pulsing during a normal stop. This could indicate that your rotor has been warped and needs your attention.

5. Your car is slow to respond to the pedal. If you have to press your pedal all the way to the floor pad before you can feel the brakes engage, you likely have a serious problem, from pads that are worn through, to low brake fluid, to a leak in the fluid system. If you are leaking fluid, you can probably tell by the color and consistency of the oil that leaks onto your driveway (it looks like olive oil).

If your car is too quick to respond to the pedal, you might still have a worn rotor or just low-quality brake fluid. Additionally, if you have to really press for even the slightest amount of traction, it’s possible you have something wrong with the brake lines. If you are having any of these problems, the best plan of action is to contact your Kia service department for maintenance.

Ten More Apps for Your Car

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Here at Burlington Kia, we know how important technology is to your life and to sustaining the life of your car. There are plenty of apps that can make your driving experience more efficient or just more fun! Even if you are new to smartphones and apps, you can still make major use of these apps, and your Kia will love you for it! Here are ten more apps you can use for your car. Check out our original list of five apps here.

1. Good Sam Roadside Assistance – While this one is not going to be necessary for those who have the warranty that includes roadside assistance, just in case, here’s the best roadside assistance app on the market. You just sign in, tell them what your problem is, and they send a “Good Sam” to help you out. Being able to select your exactly problem means that you get the right service faster. If you’ve locked yourself out of your car, for example, they don’t send you someone who can only change your flat tire.

2. iOnRoad – Say you want to know how far you are behind another car—there’s an app for that. This isn’t just interesting information to know, it can save your life if the car in front of you stops short. Tailgating is dangerous because you may not have enough time to react to a short stop. This app tells you how much time you have to stop if the car ahead of stops short, by measuring the distance in between your car and that one in front. Pretty useful information!

3. Car Xpenses – If you want all of the info about your car’s maintenance needs, right in your pocket, this is the app for you. It helps you budget for routine maintenance and reminds you when you need to bring your car into Burlington Kia for that maintenance. It tracks your car’s needs based on days and miles, so that you can know if you need something refilled or checked before you head off on a trip.

4. Pandora – If you get the upgrade package that includes satellite radio, you might not need Pandora on your smartphone, unless you are extra attached to one of your Pandora stations. All you have to do is sign in and you have access to millions of tracks, in hundreds of genres, and the ability to build your own stations, which play only music you actually like. If you have Bluetooth, you may be able to link it up with your Kia’s sound system, or use the AV input.

5. AccuFuel – This app, too, is covered by the tech features in most Kias, but it is great to have all of your fuel information on the go. This app is the best way to track your fuel usage and MPG on your smartphone, and also helps you keep track of how often you are getting gas. It’s great for road trips, staying on top of how many miles you’ve driven in a specific trip or just in one day. For anyone that like to know their car’s fuel usage at a moment’s notice, this is the best app for you.

6. Find My Car – You’ve parked your Kia…somewhere? If you live in the big city, you might have to park your car several blocks from where you actually need to be. That means, once it’s time to find your car, you might forget where it is. Find My Car prevents this by actually finding your car. Once it is parked, the app can always track back to its geographical location—and then it can navigate you safely back to where you’ve left your car.

7. iExit Interstate Exit Guide – Are you driving through an unfamiliar area? Or just want to know the very best exit to get off at for hotels or gas stations? That’s what this app is perfect for. It tracks your location and gives you a list of exits and what amenities each exit holds. It’s great if you notice your gas is low and you’re not familiar with the area. Instead of getting off at the wrong exit and wasting gas, looking for a gas station, you get off at the exit where you know you can find the gas station.

8. aCar – This app is all in one—it measures how far you drive, how much you spend on gas, gas prices in your area, how many gallons you put in your car each time you fill up, and even how your miles per gallon compares to the average for your car. It lets you know how much you’re spending on gas and even export all of the information out of the app. This is information that just about any Kia driver would love to have.

9. Neomatix Tire Check – While a Kia car will tell if you its tires are low, they have to get pretty underinflated before the car will let you know that it has a problem. This app is a great backup and will tell you almost immediately if each tire is just fine, underinflated, or flat. Because driving on underinflated (or overinflated) tires is dangerous, this app can help keep you safe! The app does a visual scan of each tire—welcome to the future!

10. Best Parking – If you live in a big city (or even just a town that has very little parking, this app is here to help. It tells you the best and safest places to park your car, in relation to your ultimate destination. It’s great if you are visiting a city with your Kia and have no idea where to even start to look for parking. Don’t worry—this app has you covered.

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Cherry Hill, NJ to Burlington Kia

Cherry Hill, NJ to Burlington Kia

To get to Burlington Kia from the middle of Cherry Hill:

  • Travel northeast on Fulton Street and then turn left onto Martin Ave.
  • In half a mile, turn right onto Haddonfield Road, then in 3.7 miles merge onto US-130 N.
  • After 10.7 miles turn left onto High Street, and in 328 feet take your first left onto US-130 S.
  • In 30 feet, you will see Burlington Kia on the right.

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15 Tips To Make Your Used Kia Look New Again

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When you first drive your New Kia off the lot, it is gleaming, both inside and out. It is perfectly clean. The first time you drive through a puddle, you can feel the dirt splattering on your beautiful exterior! And then your friend gets into the car and put his muddy shoes on your pristine floor! How annoying! Just driving around town means picking up a lot of dirt and dust—and if you’ve taken your Kia on a road trip, you know how dirty it can get.

Luckily, cleaning a used Kia does not have to be a chore. Like cleaning anything that you love, it can be fun to restore the interior and exterior to their former glory. We’ve got fifteen tips and tricks to make cleaning your car easier than ever.

1. Use scrub brushes for your floor pads. Unlike your house, it’s easy to take your car’s carpet out and scrub it clean. The best way to get any ground in dirt out of the low-pile carpet is to take a stiff scrub brush to it, with a little bit of carpet cleaner. Add some elbow grease into the equation and you’ll have a perfectly clean carpet in no time.

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2. Combat musty air systems with bursts of compressed air. If you have had your Kia for a while and your air conditioning or heating smells musty when you turn it on, it’s likely full of dirt and dust. The best way to clean it out is to spray some compressed air into the intake, blowing the debris clear.

3. Don’t use acid on your tires. There are lots of cleaners formulated for tires that contain different kinds of acid. Acid that can eat away at your tires and shorten their lifespan. Just steer clear.

4. Hand washing is better than an automatic wash. You want to take care of your Kia. That means giving it the best possible baths. Most people will opt for the automatic wash—but you’re not most people. To make sure that your car’s exterior is meticulously clean, it’s best to wash by hand.

5. Wax on and off. Waxing your car isn’t just for special occasions. It’s to protect your car’s paint job. Regularly waxing your car is the best way to prevent rust spots and damage to your paint, even over years and years of driving.

6. Use a glass cleaner for glass. When it comes to really detailing your Kia, don’t opt for all-purpose cleaners. Pick a glass cleaner that is specifically designed for cleaning glass in cars. This means it will have fewer streaks and reduce any film that may build up.

7. Use a car interior cleaner for the interior. The same goes for cleaning the seats, console, and storage of your Kia—pick a cleaner that is made specifically for the interior of cars. You’ll get a better clean and you won’t have to worry about nasty fumes building up in your car once you’re done cleaning.

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8. Don’t miss the details. For example, the tops of windows, that are hidden when the window is rolled all the way up, or the carpet underneath your seats, or vacuuming out the places that only you see, like the trunk.

9. Use a soap made especially for cars. It’s a big mistake to use soap that is formulated for dishes on your car’s paint. Sure, this soap is great for cutting road grime, but it’s also great at stripping away any wax that’s left on your car and eating away at your paint. Repeated use of this kind of soap means a serious deterioration in your car’s paint job. Stick to soap that is made for use on cars.

10. Start at the top and work down. When cleaning the interior of you cars, don’t start by vacuuming and soaping the carpets. Start by dusting off your dashboard and steering wheel. When you do start vacuuming, start at the top, so don’t have to back track as you dislodge dust and dirt from the upper parts of the car.

11. Scrape off stickers with a razor blade or putty knife. If you have old parking or advertisement stickers on the windshield of your car, use a razor blade or putty knife to scrape them up. If they leave sticky residue behind, you can go back in with that razor blade or use a cleaning product specifically designed to get rid of goop.

12. Use a paintbrush to clean air vents and other small spots. There are lots of small places in your car that collect dust, starting with your radio, to the vents, to the arm rests. Use a paintbrush to sweep this dust off.

13. Use a screwdriver or pen wrapped in a cloth to clean narrow places and in grooves. There are also lots of nooks and crannies that hold crumbs and dirt and dust pretty well, even with a thorough vacuuming of your car. The best way to clean these spots is to wrap a flathead screwdriver or a pointy pen in a rag and run it along the crannies to pull out the gunk.

14. Clean off windshield wipers. Don’t neglect your windshield wipers. If they are covered in dirt, be sure to give them a thorough, but gentle washing so they are ready to go the next time you are caught in a rain or snow storm.

15. Pick a washing routine and stick to it. The best way to make sure that your car does not need extreme deep cleanings is to give it regular, spot cleanings. Pick a cleaning routine, whether it is every other week, once a month, or every two months, to give it a vacuuming, wash, and wax.