2013 Kia Sportage

2013 Kia Sportage

If you’re looking for a friendly and helpful Kia dealer in Iowa, you need to come by Pat McGrath Kia today. Our customers choose us because we offer them an unmatched commitment to service excellence and because we feature all the automotive services they need from one convenient location. We pride ourselves on keeping our customers well-informed on all things automotive, so we’re here with some helpful tips on properly preparing your car for a long road trip. Don’t let a breakdown ruin your travel plans, follow these tips and tricks to make sure you make it to your destination.

Preparation Makes Perfect

Before setting off on any cross-country drives it’s important to make sure your car is ready for such a trip. It’s a good idea to take a peek at your engine; check rubber hoses and belts for any signs of wear or cracking. Any rubber that shows signs of wear needs to be replaced and you will also want to check hoses and wiring to make sure that everything is connected properly. Also, it’s a good idea to make sure that your battery terminals are clean; any batteries showing signs of corrosion or acid leak should be replaced and properly disposed of.

You will also want to make sure that all your car’s fluid levels are appropriate. Check your oil levels and get your oil changed before your trip if the oil is dark and thick. You should also make sure that you have a proper amount of coolant as well; long trips mean lots of heat in your engine and you need your coolant system to be working properly for trips of any length. Replacing your air filter is another good idea if it has been some time since you last changed it, as this can improve fuel economy and is relatively inexpensive to replace. You’ll also want to check tire pressure and tread depth, and you should check to make sure all your exterior lights and turn signals are all functioning properly.

Come Visit Pat McGrath Kia

If you’d like more helpful car care tips our friendly staff would like to invite you to come by our dealership in Cedar Rapids. We’d love to help you out with any questions you may have and our service department offers a comprehensive inspection of your vehicle to make sure its up to the task of your upcoming road trip. Come by and see all that we have to offer you here at Pat McGrath Kia!