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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

Kia Engine

The radiator is one of the most important parts of a vehicle. It acts as a type of heat exchanger designed to transfer heat from the coolant that flows through it to the air blown that blows through it by a fan. Without a radiator, your car's engine would quickly overheat, leaving you at risk for expensive repairs – not to mention stranded on the side of the road.

Just as all other car parts, the radiator experiences wear and tear over time. This leads to deposit build ups that can cause disruptions in the cooling system. Luckily, there is a way to keep these types of problems at bay with radiator flushes. Radiator flushes are a quick and inexpensive way to keep your system in shape. While this may sound like a job meant solely for a professional mechanic, it is actually a fairly simple task. To learn how to perform a radiator flush, follow the steps below.

  1. Before you begin, make sure your vehicle is turned off, and that it is completely cool under the hood.

  2. Locate the radiator drain plug. (For help, check your owner's manual!) Once found, put a used coolant receptacle into place.

  3. Unscrew the drain plug and let the old coolant drain completely.

  4. After coolant is fully drained, replace the drain plug and remove the radiator cap.

  5. Using a funnel, pour in a radiator flushing cleaning solution. Then fill the rest of the radiator with water.

  6. Replace the radiator cap. *Replacing plugs and caps are a highly-missed step, so don't forget to always check these pieces before moving on to another step!

  7. Start your car and let it run until the temperature gauge shows it is running at a normal temperature.

  8. When the temperature reaches normal, turn your heat on full blast, letting it run for 10 minutes.

  1. Turn your car off and wait for the engine to cool completely.

  2. Drain the contents of the radiator using the previous how-to steps.Refill the radiator with fresh coolant. (Don't forget to replace the drain plug first or you'll be in for a mess!)

    Dispose of old coolant safely by bringing it to an auto parts store, gas station or mechanic. Coolant is fatal, but because of its sweet smell and taste, animals and pets can find it enticing to drink.

For more DIY tips and tricks, check out our website or visit our dealership in Washington, PA.

 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 radiator flush, cooling systems, car radiator, purpose of car radiator, car maintenance, automotive tips and tricks, kia engine, kia maintenance, on 04/27/2016 at 12:36 PM

2016-kia-forte

A small rattle here. A subtle squeak there. There are all sorts of sounds a car can make from time to time. But when does a car noise go from nothing to worry about to a serious concern? Here are some car sounds you should never ignore in your Kia Forte.

Scraping or Grinding: Brakes are one part of your car that should, for the most part, be quiet when applied. But, if they produce unusual noises, this could be a sign of trouble. Noises to watch out for include metallic scraping and grinding. If you hear either of these noises, it most likely means your brake pads are worn out or another part of your car’s brake system is damaged and in need of repairs. Waiting too long to fix brake issues can lead to severely damaged rotors that can be expensive to repair, or even worse, your car will lose the ability to stop.

Hissing: Have you ever heard a hissing sound coming from your car’s engine? This sound can occur while driving or after the engine is turned off, and means your engine is overheating and/or the cooling system is leaking coolant. If you ever hear this sound, stop driving and call a tow truck. Otherwise, you risk severe damage to your car’s engine.

Roaring: A roaring noise that comes from underneath your car means your exhaust system has a leak. This roaring noise will be loudest when accelerating. A leaking exhaust system should always be taken seriously, because it can lead to a very dangerous situation. Leaking exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, which is a known silent killer. If it gets inside the cabin of your car, it can affect alertness and the ability to concentrate and react to changing driving conditions. A small percentage of carbon monoxide can cause dizziness, headaches and nausea, while a one percent concentration of carbon monoxide can kill a person in less than three minutes!

Chirping or Squealing: If your car’s steering wheel produces a chirping or squealing noise, this could indicate a failing wheel bearing or axle bearing. This noise will change depending on the speed of your car; it may also come and go with various speeds. This may not seem like that big of a deal, but think again. If bearing stop working, your car’s steering wheel may lock up or even come loose!

For all things automotive, 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 Syracuse, Fulton, Auburn, Utica, Rochester, Watertown, Morrisville, Rome, and Norwich.


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