There are few basic maintenance tasks that should be done fairly regularly to keep a vehicle in top running condition. Tire rotations, windshield wiper replacements, and oil changes are just a few of these. Each of one is very important. But why do you need to get an oil change? While unbalanced tires could cause car shaking, and worn-out windshield wipers will stop clearing your windshield, it can be harder to notice if your oil needs to be changed. However, this is a very important basic maintenance piece.
What does oil do in an engine?
There are a lot of moving parts in an engine, and the engine oil makes sure that all of these parts can move smoothly without scrapping or wearing on each other more than necessary. As most engines run, the oil will get dirty with small bits of metal, dust, or gunk from the engine. Some engine models can also burn off oil, or even have a slow leak. You need to get a regular oil change to keep your engine running smoothly and with the minimum of wear and tear. Definitely get your engine oil changed before your engine oil pressure warning light goes off!
How often should I get the oil changed on my Kia?
The recommended frequency of oil changes on your Kia vehicle will depend on the vehicle, the engine, and the driving conditions. For example, a new 2017 Kia Optima SX Turbo needs an oil change approximately every 6,500 miles in regular driving conditions (a mix of city and highway driving and normal temperatures). That drops to every 3,000 miles in severe conditions (nothing but stop-and-go driving, possibly towing, and extreme heat or cold). A 2014 Kia Optima of the same trim has a recommended oil change interval of 5,000 miles.
Where can I find my Kia maintenance schedule?
Does this seem confusing? You can check the maintenance frequency for your Kia vehicle in your owner’s manual, or by using our convenient online Kia maintenance menu. If you are still confused and live near Fayette County in West Virginia, feel free to make a service appointment to visit us here at Hometown Kia in Mount Hope! We would be happy to help you with all your Kia maintenance needs!