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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.



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.


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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.

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Jumper Cables

If you've ever experienced a dead car battery, you know that jumper cables are one of the most important – an handy – tools you can keep in your car. With them, you will never have to worry about getting stranded. Jumper cables are very simple in appearance: one heavy duty cable connecting to one set of red and black clamps to another set of red and black clamps. But, this simple design can also leave you a bit confused as to what goes where and for how long. To beat the confusion and master how to use jumper cables once and for all, here is a step-by-step guide that will tell you everything you need to know about this must-have tool.

  • Before connecting any cables, you must first track down a booster car (this is a car with a working battery). Park the booster car close enough to your car so the cables can easily reach between the two. Also, leave enough space in order to climb inside each.

  • Once both cars are in position, turn them off. Pop the hood of each car and locate both batteries and battery terminals. Clamp one positive (red) cable end to the dead battery's positive battery terminal. Then, clamp the other end of the positive cable to the positive battery terminal in the booster car.

  • After both positive clamps are in place, connect the negative cable end to the booster car's negative battery terminal. Then do the same for the dead battery.

  • Check all cables to ensure they are not near any moving parts.

  • Start the booster car, letting it idle for several minutes in order to build up a sufficient charge to start the dead battery.

  • Start the vehicle with the dead battery, then let both vehicles idle for several minutes.

  • Once the jump-started vehicle is running smoothly, it is time to disconnect the jumper cables, making sure to remove them in the reverse connection order. (The first cable to remove will be the negative (black cable attached to the formerly dead battery.)

  • To allow your car's alternator to fully recharge the battery, drive around for at least 20 minutes before turning off the engine.

For more car tips and tricks, we can help! Visit our Kia dealership in East Syracuse, NY.

 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 jumper cables, how to use jumper cables, car maintenance, dead car batteries, car batteries, jump start, kia cars, kia maintenance, on 04/27/2016 at 12:40 PM

Tire Service

Just as you change your wardrobe from winter to summer, your car needs to change its attire, too. This means ditching those winter tires you needed so badly for driving in ice and snow and replacing them with tires that are designed for the hot, sometimes rainy weather of summer. Summer means long road trips, heavy loads, and high temperatures – three things that can stop your tires from performing their best. To keep your tires in optimal condition during long, summer months, it is important to check for potential problems, such as low pressure and poor treads.

Treads: Tire treads are what give your car the required traction to drive on the road. Without proper treads, your tires can lose their grip on the road, causing your car to slip – this is especially true in wet weather where hydroplaning is possible.

The minimum acceptable tread depth your tires should have is 3/32 inch – this is about the distance from the edge of a penny to the top of Abe Lincoln's head. If you are hitting the road this summer, this tread depth is too low because at some point during your trip, you will go below the minimum tread.

Along with tread depth, you should also check for any worn tire-tread patterns. If the pattern is uneven, this means the tire is more worn out on one edge and you are in need of a wheel alignment.

If you notice any lumps along your tire treads (use a visual and touch test to know), this could mean your tires are not balanced. If you opted for cheap tires, this may also be the cause of odd wear patterns. This is because cheap tires deform more at high speeds.

Tire Pressure: Tire pressure, or PSI, is the measurement (amount) of air your tires need in order to perform their best. The surefire way to know the correct tire pressure your tires need is to check your owner's manual. Be sure to use the recommended tire pressure, not the maximum tire pressure. The recommended tire pressure is the ideal pressure for typical drives, while the maximum tires pressure means the total amount of air your tire can hold before blowing out! If you are carrying or towing an extra load, you can opt or the heavy loads recommendation for increased tire performance.

For more tire tips, just as us! Visit our dealership in East Syracuse, located on Manlius Center Road.

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 car tires, summer tires, tire pressure, tire treads, tire psi, tire pressure, wheel alignments, car safety, summer car travels, kia tires, kia east syracuse, on 04/27/2016 at 12:39 PM

Oil Change

Oil changes are vital to your vehicles overall health and well-being. The 10-minute oil change shops on every other corner easily tells you this. But is it really necessary to see a professional for an oil change? The answer to this question lies in whether you are someone who wants to be waited on or someone who wants to do things yourself. There's no negatives about which category you fall into, but if you are someone who likes to tackle projects hands-on, you may want to consider changing your car's oil yourself. To master the art of changing your car's oil, follow the step-by-step guide below.

*Precautionary tip: To avoid potentially dangerous situations, never work on your car without first taking proper precautions.

Never change oil with a hot engine. A hot engine causes scalding hot oil, which can severely burn you.

To change your car's oil, you will need to know how to properly and safely jack up your car. Learn how to do this prior to changing the oil to make the process smoother and faster.

Once you have taken the necessary precautions, you are ready to get a little dirty and change the oil.

  1. Get underneath your car. Once settled in, locate the oil pan.

  1. Unscrew the drain plug, allowing all of the oil oil to drain into the oil pan.

  1. Once the oil has been fully drained, replace the drain plug. *Don't miss this step unless you want to get oil all over the place during later steps.

  1. Remove yourself from underneath your car. Look under the hood and locate the engine oil filter. Using an oil filter wrench, remove the filter. Be very cautious during this step because the oil filter will contain old oil and can splash out if not careful.

  1. Using a bit of new motor oil, lubricate the rubber gasket on the new oil filter.

  1. Fill the new oil filter about two-thirds of the way full with new oil.

  1. Screw the new oil filter into place. To tighten, use your hand only; a tool can be too powerful, causing the oil filter to break.

  1. Using a funnel, fill the engine with new oil.

  1. Locate the oil dip stick. Pull it out and check the oil level to ensure you've added the correct amount. If the dip stick shows there is too little oil, add more and do another dipstick test.

  1. Discard the oil oil filter and recycle the old oil. Most gas stations will take old oil, so try recycling there first.

Once you've mastered oil changes, you can move on to trying other types do-it-yourself car services. To learn more about car maintenance and repair tips, click here to visit our website or 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 oil changes, step-by-step to changing oil, car maintenance, automotive services, how to change oil in car, DIY oil change, car tips, kia service, kia repairs on 04/27/2016 at 12:37 PM

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