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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.

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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.

This entry was posted in Kia of East Syracuse and tagged Kia East Syracuse, automotive problems, car trouble, Engine Problems, kia repairs, kia service, new kia, syracuse kia, syracuse kia forte, syracuse ny on 03/25/2016 at 1:06 PM


You’ve probably heard that many assets gain value as they age. Unfortunately, cars do not. In fact, new cars actually lose as much as 20% of their value as soon as they drive off the lot. Luckily, there are ways to improve your car’s resale value. Continue reading to learn how.

Keep a Lower Mileage: Cars are meant to be driven, but unfortunately, the higher the mileage, the lower the resale value. This is because the more miles on your car, the more overall wear and tear it has suffered. If you want the most in resale value, you may want to stick with other modes of transportation for any long-distance traveling.

Opt for Minimalism: When you buy a new car, you may want to load it up with all of the newest, up-to-date technology and features, but this may backfire when it comes time to sell. People in the market for a used car don’t want to shell out extra cash for technology and features. While you may be thrilled to have a DVD system in your car, but others may not want to pay more for a feature they won’t use. This problem causes resale value to be much lower than you expect. The next time you buy brand new, opt for the minimalist route if you want a good resale value down the road.

Protect the Exterior: Dents, dings, and scratches aren’t always easy to avoid, but unfortunately, they all negatively affect your car’s resale value. Weather and external temperatures also play a big role in your car’s exterior. Excessive sun can cause the outer surfaces of your car (paint, trim and molders) to fade. Extremely cold temperatures and winter conditions can cause damage to your engine’s internal components. To best help your car avoid exterior problems, park in shady spots, garages, and temperature-controlled areas whenever possible.

Regular Maintenance and Repairs: Staying on top of regular maintenance and repairs is important if you want to keep your car in optimal condition. It is also a must if you want your car to have a better resale value. This means changing the oil regularly and never neglecting any problems that occur - small or large, mechanical or cosmetic.

Respect Your Car: For higher retail value, you should always treat your car with respect. This means avoiding extreme start-and-stop driving, towing too much weight or too often, excessive speeding, and driving in areas with poor road conditions. All of these things will help prevent excessive wear and tear on your car. Also remember that if your vehicle is in an accident, no matter how small, its resale value will instantly drop.

For more information on buying and selling, 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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Summer means school vacation, family beach trips and hot summer nights on the town. It also means a lot more people out on the road. If you’re one of these people it’s a good idea to prepare your Kia Optima for a summer season of safe driving. Here are some handy tips.

Air Conditioner: Suffering from a poorly-working or broken air conditioner during summer is miserable! Before summer temperatures hit, be sure to have your air conditioner’s compressor inspected, as well as all belts and hoses. The condenser should also be checked to be sure it is clear of any debris. When air is able to move freely around the condenser, the refrigerant is better able to keep air cool.

Brakes: The summer season often comes with rain and thunderstorms. Wet conditions like these can cause brakes to be less responsive, which is why it’s always a good idea to make sure they are in good working condition. Hot, summer weather can also cause your brake system to increase in temperature, which can cause brake pads to wear out more quickly.

Cooling System: If there’s one thing everyone knows about summer, it’s how unbearably hot it can be. This is why it is critical to ensure your car’s cooling system is working as it should be before temperatures soar.

The primary job of your car’s cooling system is to keep the engine cool. If not properly cooled, the engine will overheat. The cooling system also helps protect the engine against corrosion, provide more efficient fuel combustion, and maintain correct oil viscosity.

To prep your cooling system for summer, the radiator and all hoses should be checked for cracks and leaks. Coolant and antifreeze levels should also be checked.

Towing: If towing a boat, camper or trailer is in your summer plans, it is very important to get your car and trailer inspected first. Make sure all lights are working properly, all hitches and safety chains are securely attached, and brakes are in good condition. Also ensure you are only towing something your vehicle can handle, otherwise you are at risk for a dangerous situation and damage to your vehicle.

Tires: Before summer comes, ditch the winter tires and replace them with summer tires. Doing so will provide your car with more speed, better handling and increased fuel efficiency.

To have your Kia Optima or any Kia Model prepped for the summer ahead, 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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Kia Sportage

As a compact SUV, the 2016 Kia Sportage does a great job providing eye-catching styling and driver engagement. But there must be more reasons to opt for the Sportage, right? Of course! Continue reading to learn more about this must-have ride.

Top Protection: Seeking the best in safety? Then you will be truly pleased with the 2016 Sportage, because standard equipment, extra features and crash test scores are all excellent. Standard equipment includes all of the must-haves like antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, and airbags all around.

Kia’s Uvo telematics system is also worth noting, because it adds the extra safety features many are interested in. It equips the Sportage with emergency and roadside assistance and stolen vehicle tracking. It also includes geo-fencing and speed tracking, which allows limits to be put on secondary drivers like teens, etc.

Proving just how durable it is, the 2016 Sportage scored high marks in government crash testing. This includes categories like front-impact and side-impact protection.

Upbeat Drive: The 2016 Sportage delivers a fun-to-drive, sporty demeanor on the road that is easy to fall in love with. It’s lively and responsive, and its upbeat suspension tuning allows for good driver engagement.

Under the hood, you’ll find one of two engines: a 2.4-liter or turbocharged 2.0-liter. You really can’t go wrong with either engine, but the turbocharged 2.0 is hard to resist due to its impressively zippy acceleration.

An Enjoyable Lineup: The Sportage offers a 2016 lineup that features three trim levels - all easy to enjoy. For the most basic Sportage trim, the LX comes with everything from cloth upholstery and full power accessories to height-adjustable driver seat, reclining rear seats, and tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. Electronics include everything you’d typically expect in a base model, but the LX does offer add a bonus item or two. It has Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, plus a six-speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio, auxiliary audio input jack and USB port.

One perk that comes with the Sportage LX trim is its optional Popular package. Tacking this package on equips the Sportage LX with items, such as: rear spoiler, roof rails, trip computer, 4.3-inch touchscreen audio system, rearview camera.

If you like to stay in the midrange section, the Sportage EX provides a good mix basic and luxury content. It boasts keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, and chrome exterior trim. Its most notable features, however, are leather upholstery and heated front seats.

If you want your Sportage to be a bit sportier, the SX trim is the one for you. It gains adventurous content like a turbocharged engine, unique front grille, LED daytime running lights and taillights, dual exhaust outlets, panoramic sunroof, and aluminum scuff plates.

Want to learn more about the 2016 Kia Sportage? 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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