Your Kia is a sophisticated and hardworking machine. You rely on it for everything from zipping around town to helping you haul what you need for a weekend adventure. Just like any complex piece of machinery, it needs regular care to ensure it keeps performing its best for years to come, so a simple oil change at your Kia dealer can do a lot. Here’s how.
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Why’s This So Important?
This vital fluid first acts as a lubricant, creating a thin film between moving engine parts. Imagine gears grinding against each other without that grease: it wouldn’t take long for things to go wrong. Oil prevents a lot of wear and tear, allowing for smoother operation and extending the lifespan of your engine.
Additionally, as oil circulates through the engine, it carries away heat, protecting all the components from the damaging effects of overheating. Finally, motor oil even acts as a sort of cleaning agent by trapping dirt and debris that could otherwise clog engine passages and lead to breakdowns.
Why Does It Need to Be Changed?
Over time, heat, friction, and contaminants take their toll on your oil. It becomes less effective at doing its job, and the consequences begin to impact those hardworking engine components. The recommended interval for changes varies depending on your specific Kia model, the type of oil you use, and your driving habits. Consulting your owner’s manual for your Kia’s recommended interval is always a good place to start. You can also come talk to us as your Kia dealer, and we’ll help you learn the right intervals for your model and driving habits.
A general rule of thumb is to change your oil every 7,500 to 10,000 miles for synthetic oil, which is what we’ll generally use for your vehicle. If you frequently drive in harsh conditions, such as extreme temperatures, heavy traffic, or by towing a trailer, you may need to change your oil more often.
The Signs of Neglected Oil
While your Kia may try to tell you it needs help with a dashboard warning light, don’t rely solely on that indicator, as there are a few other symptoms that you’re overdue for changing your oil. For example, if you notice increased tapping or knocking sounds from your engine, it could signal that the oil isn’t providing sufficient lubrication, causing parts to wear against each other.
Additionally, get in the habit of checking your oil dipstick periodically. There are two benefits here. First, if the oil looks black and thick instead of a translucent amber color, it’s time for a change. That dark look is a sign that the oil is filling up with metal shavings and particles, reducing its efficiency. This, in turn, makes your engine work harder, leading to decreased fuel efficiency and more trips to the gas pump.
Checking the dipstick will also let you know if you’ve burnt off too much oil and your levels are getting low. That can happen after a long trip, for example. Finally, if you notice an oil smell inside the car, see smoke coming from the engine, or see a slick of oil under your car in the driveway when you pull away, it could be a sign of a leak: another issue that can be worsened by neglecting regular oil maintenance.
The Cost of Skipping Those Changes
Ignoring these tell-tale signs can have serious and costly consequences for your Kia. When lubrication breaks down, friction increases, causing premature wear on vital engine parts. This wear could lead to damage within the pistons, bearings, camshaft, and more, and these are all components that are expensive to repair or replace.
In extreme cases, neglecting to get fresh oil for long enough can result in total engine seizure. “Engine seizure” means the engine simply locks up while you’re driving. Not only is this a major safety issue, but it also means you’ll be facing the prospect of having to get an entirely new engine, which is a repair that can easily run into the thousands of dollars. In some cases, it’s easier to just get a new car entirely than try to fix this!
By comparison, a simple oil swap-out is a quick and affordable investment in your Kia’s health and protects you from these costly issues. It’s essentially preventative maintenance that can save you from major headaches and expenses down the road. It’s the car equivalent of brushing your teeth: a small, regular habit that prevents major problems later!
The Benefits of Regular Changes at the Kia Dealer
It’s not just about avoiding the costs that come with skipping changes. You also get some pretty nice benefits, too! For one, fresh, clean oil ensures that your engine stays well-lubricated, translating to a longer-lasting and healthier engine. A smoothly running engine also means better performance on the road, and you’re likely to notice better acceleration and responsiveness.
Why Choose Your Kia Dealer for Oil Changes?
We know you’ve been tempted by those “quick oil change” places, but there are advantages to trusting your Kia’s care to us at Auffenberg Kia of Cape Girardeau. For one, we use genuine Kia oil filters designed specifically for your car, ensuring they trap more debris and keep your engine cleaner for longer periods. Check out our service specials, too, which regularly offer you ways to save on vital services and parts.
Perhaps most important, though, during your oil change our technicians perform a thorough inspection. Since our techs are thoroughly conversant with all things Kia, what that means is they know exactly what to check. They know the “quirks” of every model in a way that no general mechanic ever can.