Making the decision to purchase a Kia means that you have already decided that you want a more fuel efficient vehicle. Most Kia vehicles have much better fuel efficiency than their competitors, in addition to being less expensive, which means you will not only pay less for the car, but you will pay less to power that vehicle over its life. As with any vehicle, however, over time, a Kia will start to lose its fuel efficiency if it is not properly cared for. Here are some car maintenance tips to make sure your Kia stays as efficient as possible:
Use the Right Oil
How do you know what oil you need to use in your vehicle? The very best way is to check your owner’s manual and see what it recommends for oil. Kia has carefully chosen a type of oil for your vehicle that will ensure that the engine is properly primed. While it might not endanger your vehicle to use natural oil, for example, if your owner’s manual recommends synthetic or a 50/50 split, or to use 10W-30 motor oil if your engine is accustomed to 5W-30 oil, it might reduce the efficiency of that engine, enough that you will start to notice a reduction in the number of miles per gallon you are getting.
Whether you change your oil yourself or you take your vehicle in for an oil change, make sure you know the right kind of oil for your car. Most shops will come out and ask you what kind of oil you want them to use in your vehicle. Some might already know what is best for your Kia, but it is still a good idea to know what your manufacturer recommends for your specific make and model.
Replace the Air Filter
Most people do not replace their engine’s air filters often enough. When it is difficult for your engines to get the air that it needs, you are going to see a reduction in the number of miles per gallon that your vehicle receives. Just as a clogged air filter in your home’s air conditioning system makes your air conditioner work much harder to push air into your home, an engine has to work harder when its air filter is dirty, resulting in an engine that provides your car with less oomph.
How do you know when your air filter needs to be replaced? If you bring your vehicle in for a checkup at our dealership or at our sister dealerships in Allentown or Turnersville, just ask us to check your air filter and to replace it if is dirty. If you take your vehicle in for an oil change, most shops will check your air filters as part of the service. In this case, however, you will want to make sure that they are showing you your air filter and not a dirty one that they keep on hand to scam customers.
Buy Better Parts
If your vehicle ever needs a new part, especially in its engine, don’t settle for used parts. One of the most common part replacements most vehicles need is spark plugs. You might try to make a spark plug replacement less expensive by opting for used spark plugs, but if you are going to be using a worn out plug, you’re only going to be making it more difficult for your engine to function properly. The spark plug will not fire reliably and you will have to worry about losing performance and needing to buy more gas, more often. Choose only parts that have been specifically made for your vehicle and which the manufacturer recommends that you use.
Keep Your Tire Pressure at the Right PSI
When your tires are properly inflated, you will not only see less wear on your tires, your vehicle will also be easier to drive and you will see improve fuel efficiency. Most people do not even think about their tire pressure until one of their tires gets very low or they have a flat. You should be checking your tire pressure at least once a season, as fluctuating temperatures could cause the air in those tires to expand or contract, leaving you with overinflated or underinflated tires, both of which will affect your ability to get good gas mileage.
Don’t Neglect Basic Maintenance
Today’s vehicles have become so low maintenance that most people forget that they actually still require at least a little bit of maintenance. This means keeping your tires at the right pressure, changing your oil every six months (or as often as is recommended by your manufacturer), and occasionally having a tune up. Don’t forget to undertake these basic tasks or you might find that you see your vehicle’s gas mileage slowly start to wane.
Once you’ve lost your fuel efficiency, it can be very difficult to get it back. Cars need more than just to be filled up with gas and to have their oil changed occasionally. If you devote a little bit of time and money to taking care of your car, it will take care of you—that means getting better gas mileage and having fewer problems down the road.
Some other tips that can help you maintain your gas mileage include removing extra weight from your car (don’t tote around things that you don’t need to have in your car), using your cruise control at high speeds, and regularly replacing your tires so that you get the best grip on the road.