Kia Fluid Care Tips
While there’s no need to second guess Kia’s commitment to quality, your new Kia will still need to stick to a regular service schedule and recommended service practices to stay in pristine condition. If you stay on top of your Kia’s maintenance needs, your Kia will stay in top condition. Whether you’re performing Kia repairs on your own vehicle or coming in to our Kia dealership in Broken Arrow, OK, for Kia service, there’s some important information you need to know.
By coming to our Broken Arrow Kia service center for oil changes on a regular basis you can be sure your engine will be in good health. You want to make sure you keep your vehicle’s engine oil full and clean. Need to come in to our dealership for an oil change? The Kia service techs at Ferguson Kia in Broken Arrow would be happy to help! Schedule Kia service online or simply give us a call!
Kia Service & Fluid Care Tips
Necessary Fluid Inspections
Fluid levels, such as engine oil, engine coolant, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid and washer fluid should be checked on a regular basis, with the exact interval depending on the fluid. Either see your vehicle’s owner’s manual or speak with a Kia service technician to learn more!
Kia Engine Oil Maintenance
When checking your vehicles engine oil level:
- Be sure the vehicle is on level ground.
- Start the engine and allow it to reach normal operating temperature.
- Turn the engine off and wait for a few minutes (about 5 minutes) for the oil to return to the oil pan.
- Pull the dipstick out, wipe it clean and reinsert it fully.
- Pull the dipstick out again and check the level. The level should be between F and L.
If it is near or at L (low), add enough oil to bring the level to F (full). Do not overfill. Use a funnel to help prevent oil from being spilled on engine components.
Always be sure to clean the area around any filler plug, drain plug or dipstick before checking or draining any lubricant. Cleaning the plug and dipstick areas will prevent dirt and grit from entering the engine and other mechanisms that could be damaged. Or if you want a professional to do an oil change for you, get an oil change in Broken Arrow, OK, when you come to Ferguson Kia!
Recommended SAE viscosity number
Engine oil viscosity (thickness) has an effect on fuel economy and cold-weather operating (engine start and engine oil flowability). Lower viscosity engine oils can provide better fuel economy and cold weather performance; however, higher viscosity engine oils are required for satisfactory lubrication in hot weather. In some climates it is recommended that a lower viscosity “winter weight” oil be used during cold weather. If you aren’t sure what weight oil you should use, consult the Ferguson Kia service team. Our experienced Kia service technicians will be able to walk you through which option is right for you and your vehicle.
Engine oil pressure warning light
The oil pressure warning light comes on whenever there is insufficient oil pressure. In normal operation, it should come on when the ignition switch is turned on, then go out when the engine is started. If the oil pressure warning light stays on while the engine is running, there is a serious malfunction.
This warning light indicates the engine oil pressure is low. If the warning light illuminates while driving:
- Drive safely to the side of the road and stop.
- Turn off the engine and check the oil level. If the oil level is low, fill the engine oil to the proper level.
- Start the engine again. If the warning light stays on after the engine is started, turn the engine off immediately. In this case, contact Ferguson Kia and have one of our certified Kia technicians inspect your vehicle.