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Kia K900

There are tons of great luxury sedans on the market. One, for instance, is the 2016 Kia K900 – a full-size sedan that pleases the senses with its luxury interior, ample space, and smooth, quiet demeanor. But, just because you opt for a new luxury sedan, that doesn't mean you'll never run into problems every now and then. One problem you may experience at some point is a dead battery. To be prepared, all you need is a set of jumper cables, a willing person who will give your car a jump, and this handy step-by-step guide.

 

1. Park your car and a booster car close enough together so that your jumper cables can reach from one car's battery to the other car's batter. Then turn off both cars (this includes headlights, radios, etc.).

2. Open the hood of both cars. Then locate each battery and its terminals.

3. Clamp one of the positive (red) jumper cable ends to the dead battery's positive battery terminal. Be sure it is clamped on tightly. (Keep the negative (black) cable clamp away from any metal surfaces.)

4. Clamp the other end of the positive (red) jumper cable to the positive battery terminal in the booster car.

5. Once the positive cables are attached, first connect the negative cable end to the negative terminal in the booster car. Then connect the remaining negative cable to an unpainted metal surface on the engine of the car with the dead battery. This provides a solid ground while reducing the risk of sparks.

6. Start the booster car and let it idle for several minutes. This will build up a sufficient charge to start the dead car's battery.

7. Start the vehicle with the dead battery, then let both vehicles idle together for a few minutes.

8. Once the jump-started vehicle is running smoothly, carefully disconnect the jumper cables. This should be done in reverse order. This means you will remove the negative (black) cable from the formerly dead battery first. Be sure to hold cables away from any metal or other cable ends while you disconnect the rest of the cables.

9. Be sure to drive the jump-started car for at least 20 minutes so the alternator has time to recharge the battery.

 

For more information, visit our Kia dealership in East Syracuse, New York.

 

Kia of East Syracuse specializes in KIA new or used cars and SUVs. Located in East Syracuse, New York. Serving near SyracuseFultonAuburnUtica,RochesterWatertownMorrisvilleRome, and Norwich.


This entry was posted in Kia of East Syracuse and tagged new Kia, car dealerships in New York, jumper cables, dead battery, car tips, Kia car tips, on 06/05/2016 at 1:59 PM

New Kia Sorento

If you love the Kia Sorento, the newest 2016 model will make you fall in love all over again. Why? Because it's bigger and better, which makes it an excellent choice for a five- to seven-passenger SUV. But to ensure the Sorento keeps on rockin', there are many maintenance services you need to stop on top of. One is tire pressure. Here's a closer look at what it is and why it's so important.

 

What is tire pressure?

Tire pressure is a measurement of the amount of air in a vehicle's tires in pounds per square inch (psi). Checking the pressure in your car's tires should be done at least once a month if not more. To check tire pressure, a tire pressure gauge is used.

 

Why is tire pressure important?

Ensuring all of your tires have the correct pressure is crucial to on-road safety. In fact, tire pressure comes in just behind the brakes as the most important safety device your car has. Tires that do not have the correct pressure will suffer from problems, such as compromised cornering, braking and stability. It will also negatively affect your comfort level, fuel economy and the lifespan of your tires. Improper tire pressure can also lead to tire failure – and serious accidents.

 

What happens if tire pressure is too high?

Tires with too much pressure (too much air) suffer many problems. A tire with pressure that is too high is not able to grip the road adequately because less of the tire is able to touch the ground. Less contact with the road means poor traction and the risk of your tires slipping along the road. This is especially dangerous when stopping and in wet conditions.

 

When tire pressure is too high, it also causes your car to bounce along the road, which will decrease comfort for all on board.

 

What happens if tire pressure is too low?

When tire pressure is too low (too little air), too much of the tire's surface area touches the ground, creating friction between the road and the tire. This friction causes your tires to wear out more quickly. It can also cause your tires to overheat. If this happens, tire treads begin to separate, which leads to dangerous situations. Low tire pressure can also cause fuel economy to drop, which will cause you to spend more time and money at the pump.

 

To tell if your tires have low pressure, listen out for squealing sounds around corners.

 

Other Must-Knows

Here are a few more things to remember.

  1. Regularly check all four tires. Just because two or three of your tires have the correct pressure, this doesn't mean the rest of your tires will.

  2. Regularly check your spare tire. Having a flat tire is always a downer. But, having a flat tire and a flat spare … well that can be devastating. So always check your spare just in case.

For more on the 2016 Kia Sorento and other car-related tips, visit our Kia dealership in East Syracuse, New York.

 

Kia of East Syracuse specializes in KIA new or used cars and SUVs. Located in East Syracuse, New York. Serving near SyracuseFultonAuburnUtica,RochesterWatertownMorrisvilleRome, and Norwich.


This entry was posted in Kia of East Syracuse and tagged tire pressure, car maintenance, car tips, car services, car tires, Kia Sorento, suv tires, on 06/05/2016 at 1:06 PM

New Kia Soul

Maybe you own the newest 2016 Kia Soul even an older model like the 2012. Either way, there will come a time when your Soul requires maintenance. If you're looking for some cheap and easy maintenance services you can do yourself, you're in luck. Continue reading to learn more.

 

Air Filter

Air filters are used to supply your car's engine with a clean and continuous flow of air. If your air filter becomes dirty and clogged, your engine will become starved of oxygen and will overheat. Changing the air filter is a simple task and will only take around 10 minutes.

  1. First, pop open your car's hood and located the air filter. (It is typically inside a black case with metal clips on each side.)

  2. Open the case and inspect how the old filter sits inside (take a picture if you have to). Remembering how the air filter is installed will make it easier to put the new air filter in.

  3. Remove the old filter. Be sure no dirt and debris fall from it and land inside the bottom of the filter box.

  4. Install the new filter then close the case and secure it in place.

Windshield Wipers

Another simple maintenance task is replacing your car's windshield wipers. Windshield wipers are crucial to visibility, so don't wait until your wipers no longer work well to replace them. To change your windshield wipers all you'll need is a handful of minutes.

  1. First, choose a wiper blade to start with (either will do). Then being by pulling the wiper away from the windshield.

  2. Press the small tab on the underside of the wiper in order to slide the wiper off the wiper arm.

  3. Next, line up the new wiper with the wiper arm, then lower it onto the arm. Be sure the open end of the hook on the arm is facing the plastic clip on the wiper. Then pull it tightly so it clicks into place.

  4. Lower the wiper arm back onto the windshield.

  5. Repeat with the remaining wiper blade.

For more do-it-yourself tips, just as us! Visit our dealership in East Syracuse, New York.

 

Kia of East Syracuse specializes in KIA new or used cars and SUVs. Located in East Syracuse, New York. Serving near SyracuseFultonAuburnUtica,RochesterWatertownMorrisvilleRome, and Norwich.


This entry was posted in Kia of East Syracuse and tagged new Kia Soul, DIY car tips, car repairs, kia repairs, kia maintenance, kia dealer, on 06/04/2016 at 9:32 PM

Kia Forte

Opting for a Kia, like the 2016 Forte, is a good choice. It provides a spacious interior, numerous features, zippy acceleration, plus user-friendly controls and infotainment systems. But to keep your Forte in good condition, it will need regular maintenance services. It will probably even run into some necessary repairs every now and again. Here are two maintenance services your car will most likely require at some point in time – and you can even do them yourself. Continue reading to learn more.

 

Fuses

Just like when you blow a fuse in your house, you can do the same thing in your car. For example, if your headlights suddenly go out, chances are you blew a fuse. Luckily, fixing a blown fuse is pretty simple an only takes a few minutes to accomplish.

  1. Locate your car's fuse box. It could be located under your dashboard on the driver's side.

  2. Pull out the box and locate the fuse that has blown out. Hint: it will be the one that looks melted. Then replace the blown fuse with a new fuse of the same color.

  3. If you don't see any blown fuses in the fuse box located under your car's dashboard, don't worry. Simple locate the fuse box located under your car's hood. Then, find the fuse that is blown and replace it with a fuse of the same color.

Fuel Filter

Another fairly simple maintenance service is changing your car's fuel filter. Since you already know a bit about fuses from the previous maintenance task, changing the fuel filter will be even easier. You can expect to complete this service in about 30 minutes.

 

  1. The very first step in changing your car's fuel filter is relieving the fuel system pressure. This is done by locating the fuel pump fuse on the fuse box. Start your car and leave the engine running. Next, pull the fuse out. If you pull the correct fuse, your car's engine will die.

  2. After relieving the fuel pressure, the next step is to disconnect the fuel lines from the fuel filter. For this you will need two wrenches. Hold the wrench that is on the filter while turning the other wrench until the bolt comes out.

  3. Slide the fuel line off the bolt.

  4. Repeat on the other side.

  5. Then, using a flathead screwdriver, remove the fuel filter. Be careful when removing because gas may still be in the old filter.

  6. Remove old washers located on the bolts you previously removed. Then replace them with new washers.

  7. Once you have put new washers in place, you can then install the new fuel filter.

  8. Be sure to replace the fuel pump before starting your car.

For more on the 2016 Kia Forte and other maintenance services you can do yourself, visit our Kia dealership in East Syracuse, New York.

 

Kia of East Syracuse specializes in KIA new or used cars and SUVs. Located in East Syracuse, New York. Serving near SyracuseFultonAuburnUtica,RochesterWatertownMorrisvilleRome, and Norwich.

 


This entry was posted in Kia of East Syracuse and tagged new Kia Forte, Kia sedan, kia maintenance, diy car repairs, kia dealer, on 06/04/2016 at 11:07 PM

Kia Optima 

Kia Optima

Hybrid and electric vehicles can be pretty temping, especially with high gas prices and the evidence of climate change occurring all around us. Plus, they've gotten more and more popular, receiving great reviews from most owners. But, how do you decide if opting for a hybrid or electric is the right choice for you? If you are interested in buying a new car that focuses on the latest fuel-efficient technology, you should first learn about the pros and cons of each. To boost your knowledge, continue reading.

So, you've heard the terms hybrid and electric thrown around for some time. You may be wondering if these words are interchangeable or if they are two completely different things. It's a good question to learn the answer to. While the terms describe two vehicles that focus on fuel-efficient technology, each stands on a very different platform in terms of design and pros and cons.

Hybrids, for instance, use two different powertrains: an electric motor and normal gasoline engine. Hybrids – or plug-in hybrids as they are also called – can do just as the name suggests: they plug in, allowing you to charge the battery. While driving, a plug-in hybrid will first power itself from its electric motor, running for 30-40+ miles before the battery dies. Once these miles have been achieved and the battery dies, you have two choices: plug your car in and wait for a recharge or let the regular gasoline engine kick into gear and take over so you can continue driving. This ability to use both a rechargeable gasoline engine, as well as a regular gasoline engine is the major advantage to hybrids. With both powertrains inside a hybrid, drivers are given the best of both worlds.

Electric vehicles offer just one powertrain, which is an electric motor. The main attraction here is that electric vehicles require absolutely no gasoline! This is a huge savings in fuel! It also makes electrics the most environmentally-friendly vehicle there is, which is great for anyone looking to greatly reduce their carbon footprint.

Any downsides you may find in one of these cars really depends on your personal lifestyle. If you are someone who solely needs a vehicle for short trips around town, then an electric vehicle is an excellent choice. However, if you want to save on fuel and do something good for the Earth, yet need to be able to drive long distances, a hybrid is your best bet.

For more on the latest in fuel-efficient technology, visit our dealership in East Syracuse, New York.

 Kia of East Syracuse specializes in KIA new or used cars and SUVs. Located in East Syracuse, New York. Serving near SyracuseFultonAuburnUtica,RochesterWatertownMorrisvilleRome, and Norwich.


This entry was posted in Kia of East Syracuse and tagged fuel-efficient cars, electric cars, hybrids cars, plug-in hybrids, battery-operated cars, kia cars, kia hybrids, kia syracuse, on 04/27/2016 at 12:42 PM

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