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Frequentlly Asked Questions

Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about certified Kia service here at Willowbrook Kia?

As one of the premier certified Kia service centers serving drivers from Chicago to Naperville and all the little towns in between, we value transparency above all else here at Willowbrook Kia. And just as our guests want to know the latest news and specifications of our newest Kia cars, we know that our guests are equally interested in the ins-and-outs of caring for their Kia cars in the long run. Luckily, our expertise with certified Kia service, repairs, and genuine OEM Kia parts and accessories is practically boundless. So, in the interest to helping you understand your Kia service options and see why so many Illinois drivers come to our service center year after year, here's some answers to the most commonly asked questions about Kia service.

How Often Should I Get an Oil Change?

Back in the day, you'd have to get an oil change roughly every 3,000 miles, but given the improved efficiency and construction standards of most modern cars, that's no longer the case. Nowadays, for general use and daily driving, most modern Kia cars can go anywhere from 7,500 to 10,000 miles between oil changes, or roughly every six months. However, this can vary based on your average mileage and the conditions you're driving in, so make sure to consult with one of our certified Kia service technicians to find the right oil change interval for your vehicle.

How Often Should I Check My Vehicle's Fluid Levels?

As a general rule of thumb, you should be checking your car's fluid levels roughly every other time you stop to fill up on gas. That means checking your engine oil levels, coolant levels, and even making sure you're topped off on windshield wiper fluids. In general, your certified Kia service technician will check your vehicle's brake fluid, transmission fluid, and power steering fluid levels at regular intervals as prescribed by the manufacturer-recommended maintenance schedule, so make sure you stay up to date with those service visits.

How Often Should I Change My Air Filter?

For your engine air filter, you should generally have it changed roughly once a year, or once every 15,000 to 30,000 miles. This ensures your engine is operating at peak efficiency, because a dirty filter can negatively impact performance and overall efficiency.

Do I Really Need Winter Tires?

If you live around the greater Bolingbrook, Downers Grove, or Chicago areas during the winter, the answer is an unequivocal, "Yes you do!" Winter tires are designed to remain flexible in low temperatures and have specific tread design that bites into ice and slow and sheds slushy buildup. As such, having a proper set of winter tires is essential to staying safe on the road during the cold winter months.

When Should I Replace My Brake Pads?

Brake pads should be replaced roughly every 40,000 to 50,000 miles, but if you notice squeaking, squealing, or pulsing brakes, it's a good idea to have your brake pads checked by a certified Kia service technician as soon as possible.

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

On average, most car batteries can last from five to seven years. When you come in for your next service visit, we'll happily test your car's battery for you.

When Should I Get a Tire Rotation?

In general, you should be rotating your Kia car's tires roughly every 3,000 to 5,000 miles

How Much Air Pressure Should I Put into My Tires?

That varies based on the model you're driving and the type of tires you have. In general, you can find the proper air pressure level (PSI) for your car's OEM tires located in your vehicle owner's manual or posted on a sticker on the driver's side door jamb.

What Should I Do When My Check Engine Lights Come On?

Bring it to our Kia service center for a diagnostic test. With our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, we can easily find the root cause of that check engine light and rectify it as necessary.

What Happens If I Ignore My Low Tire Pressure Warning Light?

In the near term, you might experience a rougher ride quality and decreased fuel efficiency if you ignore a low tire pressure warning. However, in the long term, you're putting yourself at greater risk of a tire puncture or a blowout, making your car much less safe to drive.

How Often Should I Have My Brakes Checked?

It's a good idea to have the brakes checked on your car roughly every six months.

What's the Point of a Tire Rotation?

Tire rotation evenly distributes wear and tear across the front and rear wheels. Without regular rotation, the front tires wear out much more quickly than the rear wheels due to the fact that most of your vehicle's overall weight is distributed over the front axle.

Why Does My Vehicle Need a Coolant Flush?

Like many other automotive fluids, your engine coolant breaks down over time at the chemical level, making it less efficient at keeping your engine at the best possible operating temperature. In addition, dirt and dust particles can find their way into the coolant fluid, which can cause potential clogs. As such, most mechanics recommend you have your car's coolant flushed and replenished every 30,000 miles.


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