Proper vehicle maintenance keeps your car operating at maximum efficiency. Below are five tips that help you get maximum reliability from your vehicle.

  1. Get scheduled maintenance.Make a service appointment today if your car is behind on its scheduled maintenance. Neglected cars get poor gas mileage and are more dangerous to drive. Also, small issues left untreated can lead to expensive repairs.
  2. Keep tires properly inflated.Under- or over-inflated tires can cause a variety of problems, from declining fuel economy to poor handling and stability. Pick up a simple tire pressure gauge and keep it in the car. Make it a habit to check the tire pressure monthly.
  3. Check battery terminals periodically.Battery terminals can collect debris and residue that prevent your car from starting. Check the battery posts and terminals periodically. If you see any white build up, you'll either need to clean them yourself or take your car in and have a technician do the dirty work.
  4. Drive with the radio off.Cars can make funny noises when something is not right. The trouble is, many drivers don't pay attention to what their car should sound like - so they don't notice anything different when the engine starts knocking. Turn off the radio occasionally and pay attention to the way your car sounds. If you start hearing something new, make a service appointment right away.
  5. Pay attention to fuel economy.A noticeable change in fuel economy could be another sign something is not right with your vehicle. Rely on a Certified Technician to help you troubleshoot the problem if your car suddenly turns into a gas-guzzler.

Regular Car Service is Key to the Long-Term Health of Your Kia

Kia drivers in Albuquerque are familiar with the reliability of their Kia Sportage or Forte. However, routine auto service is required to maintain that showroom-level performance. Different parts should be examined at different times. Here's some of what the certified technicians at the Pitre Kia Service Center look at when you schedule an appointment in Albuquerque. This is an overall view, assuming a newer model and normal driving conditions.

7,500 miles

Newer Kia models in Albuquerque shouldn't require much in the way of car repair beyond an oil change and tire rotation. Other components, like the brakes, battery, suspension, and air cleaner will be visually inspected.

15,000 miles

This auto repair appointment is similar to the 7,500-mile appointment, with a few key exceptions. Our technicians will examine your parking brake and inspect the brake fluid level in addition to the other systems mentioned above.

22,500 miles

This service is identical to the recommended 7,500-mile service. As the mileage increases, items that wear over time, like the cabin air filter, tires, brake pads, and other components will have to be replaced on an as-needed basis.

Pitre Kia is the Kia Dealer in Albuquerque that Promises to Work Harder for You

The Pitre Promise extends beyond the sale of your next new our used Kia. We promise to maintain your Kia using nothing but genuine Kia parts, expert technicians, and the same level of customer service that you've come to expect!

We want your Kia Sorento or Optima to be a reliable, worry-free vehicle for as long as you drive it. You can schedule your next appointment on our website, and you can contact us anytime if you think something is amiss. Our expert technicians will happily examine your car or SUV and recommend a course of action. We look forward to providing excellent car service for your Albuquerque Kia!