How Often Should you Change your Oil?

How often do I change my oil?Most car owners have asked at one time or another, “How Often Should You Change Your Oil?”

This question is usually followed by the affirmative response, “every 3,000 Miles.” However, this is not completely true.

The 3,000 mile rule is a great way to keep the majority of car owners on a preventative maintenance regiment.  However, the truth is that knowing when to change the oil is scientific.   Ultimately, it’s different for every vehicle and every type of driver.  Furthermore, it’s crucial to understand your engine and its needs, because appropriate oil change intervals are vital to the life of your vehicles engine.

A Few Things to Keep in Mind

The type of oil used in your car directly influences how often you need to get your oil changed. Yes, synthetic oils are more durable; hence, extending the time between oil changes.  However, before you run out and grab a bottle of synthetic oil off the shelf, consider two factors.

  1. Synthetic Oil is significantly more expensive.
  2. Synthetic oil is not recommended in all vehicles; mainly, older cars (25 years+).

Frequent stop and go traffic tends to eat up the life of any oil. This is something to acknowledge for city drivers or those who sit in traffic during work commutes.

  • Do haul items with your vehicle? Are you landscaper, tow truck, etc? Hauling places additional stress on an engine, and frequent hauling will require additional oil changes.
  • Are you a low mileage driver? If you’re only driving 3,500 to 5, 5,000 miles a year it is recommended that you change your oil once a year.  Oil is designed to work best after it’s fully warmed up and frequent low mileage prevents it from doing so.

How often do I change my oil?

Use your resources

Dig through your glove-box, and take out the owner’s manual. It will be your best friend during this process. Inside will be the manufacturer’s recommended mileage between oil changes, which can range anywhere from 3,000 to around 15,000 miles. It will also inform you on which type of oil works best for your specific model.

Take Away

Every car and every driver is different. Take the time to learn about your engine’s specific needs. It will save you money and extend the life of your engine significantly.

Need Additional Help?

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If you need additional assistance. the service pros at Burlington KIA are more than willing to assist you with all your tire maintenance needs.  Visit ourService Center at 7 West 130 South, Burlington, NJ 08016 or call us today at (866) 889-5504.

 

Wheel Alignment

Your vehicles tire life, gas mileage, and your safety are directly affected by your vehicles wheel alignment. Often people confuse wheel alignment with balancing tires.  However, the two are quite different. Let’s take a closer look into the two and explain just why your vehicle’s wheel alignment is so vital to your vehicles performance.

Wheel Alignment vs Balancing Tires

When considering wheel alignment and balancing tires you should keep in mind two very important contributing factors:

  • Wheel alignment adjusts the angles and suspension at which the tires face and turn. It does not, however, refer to the capacity of pressure in which a tire is filled.
  • Balancing refers to adjusting the compensation of any weight imbalances in your combination of tires and wheels. requiring a professional technician to mount a tire properly to the wheel, while adjusting the inflation based on the weight and other attributes of your vehicle.

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Caster – the angle or tilt of your wheel where it meets and is connected to your suspension as viewed from the side of your vehicle. Positive caster means your tire is aligned further inward toward the center of your vehicle. Negative is the opposite. A proper centerline caster will correct your steering, cornering, and overall stability.Simply put, a wheel alignment purpose is to make each tire line up evenly with the road on three different degrees of measurement.  Those three different degrees of measurement are Caster, camber, and toe.

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Camber – is the degree to which the top/bottom of the tire leans inward or outward from the perspective of the front or back of the vehicle. This can be caused by worn bearings, joints, and other elements of your suspension. It can also cause your vehicle to shake at different speeds depending on your misalignment.

Toe – the degree to which the tire faces inward or outward from the perspective of the top of your vehicle. Think, your toes pointing in or out when you’re looking down at them. As is easy to imagine, driving this way can cause very uneven wear on certain areas of your tires.

Are My Wheels Misaligned?

A wheel misalignment is generally pretty easy to spot. Uneven tire tread wear, a vibrating steering wheel, the pulling to the right or left by your vehicle, and an off-center steering wheel while driving straight are all signs of wheel misalignment.  If you are experiencing any of these signs it would be in your best interest to contact a professional auto-service-technician before your next state inspection.

If you need additional assistance. the service pros at Burlington KIA are more than willing to assist you with all your tire maintenance needs.  Visit our Service Center at 7 West 130 South, Burlington, NJ 08016 or call us today at (866) 889-5504.

 

Why are my Brakes Squealing?

Drivers depend on their cars’ brakes to work every time they press down the pedal. So when the driver hears a squealing noise, it is natural to ask “Why are my brakes squealing?”

Why are my Brakes Squealing?

A brake squealing noise can happen for a few reasons.

Worn brake pads

Over time, the amount of material on top of the steel plate wears away. If the brake pads wear away too much, it can expose the steel plates. If the steel plates come into contact with the metal rotors, it can cause a squealing sound. That is a very bad sign that you need brake work immediately. When you hit the brake pedal to stop, this causes the brake pads to press against the rotors, causing friction which helps slows the vehicle, bringing it to a halt. The brake pads have a steel plate topped with a highly frictional material that helps the car stop quickly.

Overheated pads and rotors

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In some circumstances, the brake pads can become stuck against the rotors. When this happens, the face of the brake pad will begin to overheat. This causes the friction material on its face to become glazed and smooth. The same thing can happen on the face of the rotors.

When you have glazed pads and rotors, the braking ability of both is severely reduced. This causes a high-pitched squealing noise and a loss of braking power. If this happens, you need to get your brakes fixed as soon as possible.

Anti-rattle clips

Your brake pads are held to the brake calipers with pad stays. To keep the pads from rattling around, an anti-rattle clip is added to the securing mechanism. When those clips break, it can cause the pad to start moving around, causing a brake squealing noise when you hit the brake pedal.

Why are my brakes squealing?

 

The anti-rattle clips need to be replaced.

Loss of pad insulation

When you apply the brakes, a lot of vibrations happen. To keep these vibrations from passing through the brake pads to the calipers, a layer of insulation is added behind the pads. When this padding deteriorates or is lost during a brake job, the vibrations can pass into the calipers, causing a squealing sound.

If you recently had your brakes done, and this squealing occurs, bring the

Poor brake job brakes back to the shop. The shop needs to add insulation pads back into the installation or add silicone insulation gel to keep the vibrations from passing through.

When replacing brake pads, it is standard operating procedure to resurface the rotors. This removes glazing and imperfections. The resurfacing also adds a non-directional finish which helps improve the brake pad friction.

If the rotors are not resurfaced, this can cause a squealing noise when the new brake pads are applied. The fix is to have the rotors resurfaced.

Burlington Kia

If you hear a brake squealing noise and think you need work done, give us a call here at Burlington Kia. Our service department can do brake work and repairs on just about any make or model of car you might have.

Burlington Kia

Our dealership is the premier KIA dealer serving Burlington, Willingboro, Bristol, and Mansfield, New Jersey. We are at 7 West 130 South in Burlington. Our service department is open from 7AM to 6PM, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. On Thursday they are open from 7AM to 7:30PM and on Saturdays from 7AM to 5PM. While you are waiting on your brake work, you can shop through our selection of new and used Kias. We look forward to working with you!

Kia Active & Passive Safety Explained

Kia demonstrates a thorough devotion to safety by instilling vehicle models it produces with both active and passive safety features. Using the most advanced technologies available, Kia does everything possible to keep both driver and passengers as safe as possible regardless of the situation. Safety features of new Kia models are tested at the Kia Motors R&D Center, which is a recognized leader around the world in testing vehicle technologies such as ABS, VDC, and EBD.

The active safety system of Kia vehicles consists of vehicle features that prevent accidents by allowing the driver maximum control over the vehicle. Passive features come into play in the event of an accident by protecting passengers through the design of airbags, head rests, seatbelts, and more. Below are some characteristics of both the active safety and passive safety systems of Kia vehicles.

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Active Safety

Active safety features are constantly in use by a vehicle as it is driven, and they help prevent accidents from occurring. Vehicles systems that contribute to active safety include anti-lock braking systems, traction control systems, and brake assist systems.

While the anti-lock braking system allows the driver to reliably bring the vehicle to a quick halt when necessary, even on slippery driving surfaces; the electronic brake-force distribution feature allows for optimal distribution of the power associated with braking and stopping a moving vehicle. Through the traction control system, vehicle designs allow greater control in the wheels of a vehicle and maximize a vehicle’s ability to accelerate and climb. The vehicle’s brake assist system works to shorten braking distances, and vehicle dynamic control increases security and stability by using engine torque and brakes to execute immediate stops and rapid turns. 

Passive Safety

Passive safety features come into play when an accident occurs and work to minimize damage to the vehicle and injury to passengers. Passive safety features that Kia models feature include twin front, side, and curtain airbags. Additionally, headrests are made safer through adjustable features, and all-round three-point seatbelts are made adjustable to accommodate passenger height. Many automated features that kick in when an accident occurs help to keep passengers safe, including automatic door unlocking in the event of impact. 

For Kia, passenger protection is a major priority, and this car manufacturer endeavors to go above and beyond safety requirements in each of the countries in which its cars are sold to also receive top ratings by vehicle safety authorities around the world. Kia tests its vehicles’ passive safety features using both computer simulations and actual crash tests. Computer simulations can allow vehicle manufacturers to test vehicles even when they are still in early stages of development. Both actual crash tests and computer simulations can be used to test vehicle performance in a wide range of accident scenarios. 

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Kia’s dedication to safety can be seen in each of its vehicle models. To learn more about the specifics of individual models, contact  a NJ Kia dealer in your area. 

April is National Car Care Month – Spoil your Car with a Multi-Point Inspection

According to the Car Care Council’s national consumer media campaign, April is National Car Care Month. What does this mean for you?

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Why Take Part?

The real reward, is discovering that your vehicle is safe and roadworthy, or — more importantly — if it is not. If your brakes, or the belt which powers your steering, or a tire is about to fail, it is extremely important to deal with the event before it occurs, rather than after.

There’s another extremely pertinent reason to take advantage of these incentives. Always remember that preventative maintenance is much cheaper than repairing a neglected machine, and far less inconvenient: using a loaner vehicle for a couple of hours or reading a magazine in an air-conditioned waiting room while sipping a complementary coffee beats hanging around on the side of an Interstate in the rain, waiting for an overworked tow truck driver to reach you.

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The Results Are In

The dealership’s findings should be given to you in the form of a printed document listing the inspections carried out. Typically, that form will have a small colored panel beside each item on the inspection list, green meaning great, no work; yellow meaning be aware, this component is wearing out or in need of replenishment; red meaning warning, this item needs immediate attention.

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This document is effectively a prescription for your car and should be kept as a record and a cheat-sheet. If no urgent work is recommended, you can drive away with the inspection list, then use it to schedule your next maintenance visit or to prioritize your DIY work.

The Full Monte

All dealerships are different, but a good multi-point inspection done in a vehicle service center should cover most of the following:

  • Diagnostic Tests. ABS system codes; battery test; engine management codes; transmission management codes.
  • Interior and Under the Hood. Air filter; battery terminals and cables; brake fluid level and condition; brake pedal operation; cabin air filter(s); clutch (if present) operation; door latches and power-door lock operation; drive belts; emergency flashers; engine oil level and condition; fuel cap seal; glass condition and power window operation; horn; HVAC operation and hose condition; instruments and gauges; lights; master cylinder condition, and fluid level; mirror operation (including auto-dimming); oil levels and condition in the differential and gearbox; parking brake operation; power steering fluid level and condition; radiator condition and coolant level; seat belt operation and condition; spark plug condition; steering (operation, pump, hoses); turn signals; washers; wiper operation and blade condition.
  • Under the Car. Axle dust boots; brake pad and disc condition; engine mounts; exhaust system pipes and mufflers; fluid leaks (engine, transmission, front and rear differentials); front and rear suspension and struts; oil filter; steering system linkage and mounts; tire pressures; tire tread wear and depths; transmission shift linkages.

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Scheduling Your Appointment

Hairdressers are famous for signs that read “Walk-Ins Welcome;” doctors, dentists and other professionals, less so. An expert automotive technician is such a professional, thus it’s strongly recommended that you make an appointment for your inspection. The entire process shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes, just as long as you’re expected.

Drivers of all automotive brands can contact Burlington Kia, whose location is convenient for west central New Jersey and the eastern parts of Philadelphia. You can even book your appointment online!  Simply click here and fill in your details.