Importance of Preventative Maintenance on Your Vehicle

 
           
 
What is preventative maintenance and why is it important for your vehicle? Preventative maintenance on your vehicle can help avoid major issues or repairs down the road. As a vehicle owner, it's important to follow your maintenance schedule and not delay regular or necessary maintenance needs. Our dealership is here to help you learn when it's time for new brakes, battery, tires and wipers.  
When Will You Know It's Time For To Replace Your Brakes?
Brake pads typically wear gradually, so for some it may be difficult to readily notice a decline in performance. It's important to stay on top of brake repair and maintenance for your vehicle. Below are some common signs you should look out for, as they can signal that your brake system needs repair/replacement.

My Brakes Are Making A High Pitched Squeal:

Many brake pads have a "wear indicator" that emits an audible warning when time for replacement. If you're hearing a squealing sound from your brakes, it's time to schedule a service appointment.


My Car Is Making A Grinding Noise When I Hit The Brakes:

If you're hearing a grinding noise from your vehicle, it may be due to worn brake pads. Metal-on-metal noise can be caused by the backing plate grinding against rotors.


How Thick Should My Brake Pads Be:

Generally, if brake pads are less than 2-3mm thick, they likely need to be replaced. And if less than 4-5mm, they are nearing replacement.


My Car Feels Like It's Pulling To One Side:

If your car feels like it pulls to one side when braking, this can be caused by brake pads wearing unevenly, dirty brake fluid, a collapsed brake hose, or a stuck caliper. The service professionals at Car Pros Kia Tacoma can help identify the cause and solution to your vehicle "pulling".



My Car Feels Like It's Vibrating, Pulsating Or Even Shaking:

If your brake pedal feels like it's vibrating or pulsing when braking, this can be caused by unevenly worn rotors. If it feels like your steering wheel is shaking when braking, it's possible you have "out of round" brake rotors.


My Brake Pedal Isn't As Responsive As It Use To Be:

If your brake pedal is not as responsive as it once was, or it feels soft/mushy, this may signal a problem in your vehicle's brake fluid system.


Car Pros Kia Tacoma understands there is nothing more important than your safety.

For peace of mind, visit our Tacoma service center for a brake inspection by our factory-trained Kia technicians.

What Should You Expect From Your Vehicle Battery?

Most batteries go for thousands of miles without service. However, everyday driving conditions - such as climate and driving habits - can affect the life of your battery. If you still have your original battery or feel a sluggish start from time to time, it may be a good idea to come in for battery testing or a battery inspection.


What factors can shorten your battery life:


Severe Temperatures Can Decrease Battery Life:

Your battery should be inspected every six months, and in areas of high heat/cold, this becomes even more important.


Leaving Your Vehicle's Lights On:

Even if your vehicle starts, the battery may have lost a lot of its reserve power.


Visible Battery Corrosion Or Leakage:

This is likely a sign that your battery is not operating at 100%.



 

When it's time for a new battery, choose a Genuine Kia Battery.

Our batteries meet rigorous specifications for quality, long life and dependability.

Here are some features you can expect with every Kia Genuine Battery:

Genuine Kia batteries meet or exceed Kia's reserve capacity specifications and cold cranking amps specifications.Positive grid cover can help prevent corrosion.Special electrolyte additive improves battery charging effectiveness, especially following severe discharge.All Kia dealerships nationwide can service these batteries, which is especially helpful when your are traveling.
 

When Will You Know It's Time For New Tires On Your Car?

Part of owning and maintaining a car is replacing tires. Our Service Department in Tacoma can let you know when you need new ones. If you're thinking of going to a big box store for your tire needs, you may want to think again. At Car Pros Kia Tacoma, our Kia experts help make your tire replacement easy, convenient, cost-effective, and specific to your needs. We have tire selection and tire prices you'll love.


Our factory-trained technicians will first check your tire tread depth and pressure. If it's determined that you need to replace your tires, our Tacoma team will help find the set that is right for your Kia at the right price. Here are some reasons to buy tires from us:

  • We will have the right tires for your Kia model

  • Our tire prices are competitive

  • Your tires will be expertly installed by factory-trained technicians

  • We stock high quality, name brand tires including: Hankook, Kumho, Goodyear, Nexen, Michelin, Dunlop, Yokohama, and more

  • All eligible tires come with 24-month road hazard coverage

Our dealership is a convenient one-stop shop for all of your vehicle's needs!

New tires also help you stop sooner on wet roads!

Having a set of tires that are in good condition are important for vehicle performance as well as driver/passenger safety. A professional driver took nearly 10 car lengths longer to stop on worn tires than he did on new tires. Make sure your vehicle is able to stop in time on wet roads or any driving condition.

While your stopping distance may vary, newer tires can help you stop sooner.




 

Is It Time For New Windshield Wipers For Your Car?

Windshield wipers won't last forever. Replacing your wipers can improve visibility during certain weather conditions. It's important to make sure your car's windshield wipers are in great working condition! You'll know it's time to replace your wiper blades when you see these signs of wear:

  • Cracked, split, torn, brittle, worn

  • Chatter, streak, or fail to wipe cleanly

Wiper blades tend to wear evenly, so even if only one blade appears worn, the other likely isn't far behind. You should replace both wiper blades at the same time.

Why Is Preventative Vehicle Maintenance Important?

Preventative maintenance on your vehicle can increase your vehicle's resale value, help extend the life of your car, helps your vehicle perform more economically and dependably, obtains the highest level of vehicle performance and helps maintain optimum safety & reliability.


 


 
  
 

Contact

Car Pros Kia Tacoma

7230 S Tacoma Way
Directions Tacoma, WA 98409

  • Sales: (253) 830-5496
  • Service: (253) 830-5487
  • Parts: (253) 830-5489
  1. Car Pros Kia Tacoma

    7230 S Tacoma Way
    Tacoma, WA 98409

    • Sales: (253) 830-5496
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