Service FAQ's | Evansville, IN
Knowing when and why your vehicle needs repairs can often be one of the most confusing aspects of vehicle ownership. Fortunately, our service team here at Evansville Kia has assembled a list of frequently asked service questions to make drivers more aware of the necessity of service.
1. Why do I need to change my oil?
Oil is one of the most important fluids in a vehicle. It’s responsible for lubricating the many mechanical moving parts, keeping the engine cool, and reducing carbon buildup on the cooler parts of the engine. Fresh oil performs its job much better than old oil. As a general rule, drivers should change their oil once every six months or according to the mileage interval listed in the owner’s manual.
2. How do I maintain my battery?
Properly maintaining your car’s battery is essential to avoiding a breakdown. Start by disconnecting the cables and cleaning corrosion from the posts. Drivers can fill the cells with clean, distilled water if necessary. Avoid overfilling the cells. Inspecting the battery for defects, such as cracks, should be a part of every driver’s maintenance routine as well.
3. How often do I need new windshield wipers?
Typically, drivers should get a new set of windshield wipers every six months. Those in rainy or snowy climates may need to change their wipers more often.
4. How do I know when I need new brakes?
The easiest, most hands-on way to know if you need new brakes is to look at them through the wheel spokes. If there’s less than a ¼-inch of pad remaining, it might be a good time to have your brakes inspected. Other warning signs include a vibrating steering wheel and a loud squealing sound when you depress the brake pedal.
5. Are there any benefits to keeping my tires properly inflated?
Keeping your car’s tires properly inflated presents a handful of benefits that can save money in the long run. First, proper tire inflation puts more tire on the road, increasing traction. Inflating the tires to the manufacturer-recommended pressure can also increase fuel economy, allowing drivers to go further without stopping for gas as often.
If you have any other questions related to your vehicle’s regularly scheduled service, feel free to ask our expert service staff at Evansville Kia.