We know how important it is to keep your Kia in proper working condition. Regular maintenance and oil changes provide protection for yourself, your loved ones and your investment. This is why our certified technicians use Genuine Kia Parts and specified fluids when we perform any type of maintenance. For oil changes, we use Genuine Kia Oil Filters that are specially formulated to keep your Kia running at peak performance. If your Kia is due for an oil change, schedule an appointment with our Kia Service Center at Balise Kia today!
Oil leaks can happen because as cars get older, the gaskets and seals begin to break down and the internal oil pressure can push oil through cracks or gaps in these seals. Common areas for oil leaks can include the Valve Cover Gasket(s), Oil Pan Gasket or even the Oil Pan Drain Plug (or “Oil Plug”). If ignored, a small leak could quickly become a large problem and damage the engine due to low oil pressure. If you think your car may have an oil leak, bring your car in and let one of our certified technicians diagnose the source and provide you with the best option for repairing your oil leak today.
Your engine needs to have the right amount of oil in order to stay properly lubricated or you risk permanent engine damage from increased friction. Low oil pressure can be caused by the oil level being too low or by a malfunction with the oil pump or the engine itself. If your dashboard oil pressure warning lamp has come on after starting the car and stays on or if the light comes on while the engine is running (even if it goes off quickly), this means that your car needs immediate attention.
Guess who is as passionate about your Kia as you are? Kia factory-trained and certified service team members – that’s who. Not only do they know your Kia inside and out, they will provide you friendly and personalized service you can trust.
One of the essential points of your Kia vehicle’s long life is regular maintenance of its lubrication system. Routine oil changes keep the engine components working properly, as clean oil not only lubricates the moving parts but also removes excess heat and keeps the inevitable particles of debris suspended where they can’t cause harm. The good news is that oil changes are quick and inexpensive, and those regular service visits also give your trusted Kia service team a chance to keep an eye on your vehicle’s mechanical systems and spot any developing issues before they escalate.
Over time and use, oil ages and becomes less effective at its essential functions. It becomes oxidized and picks up debris as it circulates the engine, eventually turning to sludge and thickening to the point that it doesn’t flow well anymore. This is especially concerning in cold weather, when it takes longer for the oil to warm up so that it can circulate freely through the engine and do its job. Because the oil is no longer fresh, it can’t hold debris in suspension as well, and those potentially corrosive particles can settle on engine components and cause premature wear. Furthermore, engine oils are supplemented with beneficial detergents and anti-rust properties, which also lose their effectiveness over time and need to be replenished within a fresh supply of oil.
If you own a newer Kia, it has a built-in oil change reminder which will alert you on the instrument panel when your Kia is due for an oil change. If you drive a Kia that’s not equipped with an OLM, you should plan on taking it in for an oil change every 7,500 miles, or more frequently if you subject it to harsher driving conditions. For instance, you might have an intense commute with a lot of braking and starting, or you might use your Sorento to tow a small boat a few times a month. In cases like those, plan on getting your oil changed every 5,000 miles or so (talk with your certified Kia technician for advice if you’re not sure which interval is best for your situation).
It used to be that conventional oil was the standard for everyday vehicles, with synthetic oil used for performance-oriented cars, but things have changed. These days, synthetic is widely recommended because it flows better in cold temperatures, withstands high engine operating temperatures, and has better resistance to breakdown, so it lasts longer. It’s also superior at cleaning dirt and other deposits that your engine naturally generates during the combustion and circulation process. Synthetic is especially ideal for cars with high mileage, since their engines need as much protection as possible after so many years of driving. Your Kia service team members will use the precise type and weight of oil that’s recommended for your model.