Kia Sportage: Owner maintenance
Owner maintenance schedule The following lists are vehicle checks and inspections that should be performed by the owner or an Authorized Kia Dealer at the frequencies indicated to help ensure safe, dependable operation of your vehicle. Any adverse conditions should be brought to the attention of your dealer as soon as possible. These Owner Maintenance Checks are generally not covered by warranties and you may be charged for labor, parts and lubricants used. When you stop for fuel: вЂў Check the engine oil level. вЂў Check coolant level in coolant reservoir.
WARNING Be careful when checking your engine coolant level when the engine is hot. Scalding hot coolant and steam may blow out under pressure.This could cause burns or other serious injury.
вЂў Check the windshield washer fluid level. вЂў Look for low or under-inflated tires. While operating your vehicle: вЂў Note any changes in the sound of the exhaust or any smell of exhaust fumes in the vehicle. вЂў Check for vibrations in the steering wheel. Notice any increased steering effort or looseness in the steering wheel, or change in its straightahead position. вЂў Notice if your vehicle constantly turns slightly or вЂњpullsвЂќ to one side when traveling on smooth, level road. вЂў When stopping, listen and check for strange sounds, pulling to one side, increased brake pedal travel or вЂњhard-to-pushвЂќ brake pedal. вЂў If any slipping or changes in the operation of your transaxle occurs, check the transaxle fluid level. вЂў Check automatic transaxle P (Park) function. вЂў Check parking brake. вЂў Check for fluid leaks under your vehicle (water dripping from the air conditioning system during or after use is normal). At least monthly: вЂў Check coolant level in the coolant recovery reservoir. вЂў Check the operation of all exterior lights, including the stoplights, turn signals and hazard warning flashers. вЂў Check the inflation pressures of all tires including the spare. At least twice a year (i.e., every Spring and Fall) : вЂў Check radiator, heater and air conditioning hoses for leaks or damage. вЂў Check windshield washer spray and wiper operation. Clean wiper blades with clean cloth dampened with washer fluid. вЂў Check headlight alignment. вЂў Check muffler, exhaust pipes, shields and clamps. вЂў Check the lap/shoulder belts for wear and function. вЂў Check for worn tires and loose wheel lug nuts. At least once a year : вЂў Clean body and door drain holes. вЂў Lubricate door hinges and checks, and hood hinges. вЂў Lubricate door and hood locks and latches. вЂў Lubricate door rubber weatherstrips. вЂў Check the air conditioning system before the warm weather season. вЂў Check the power steering fluid level. вЂў Inspect and lubricate automatic transaxle linkage and controls. вЂў Clean battery and terminals. вЂў Check the brake fluid level. Owner maintenance precautions Improper or incomplete service may result in problems. This section gives instructions only for the maintenance items that are easy to perform. As explained earlier in this section, several procedures can be done only by an Authorized Kia Dealer with special tools. Improper owner maintenance during the warranty period may affect warranty coverage. For details, read the separate Kia Warranty & Consumer Information Manual provided with the vehicle. If you're unsure about any servicing or maintenance procedure, have it done by an Authorized Kia Dealer.
WARNING - Maintenance work вЂў Performing maintenance work on a vehicle can be dangerous. You can be seriously injured while performing some maintenance procedures. If you lack sufficient knowledge and experience or the proper tools and equipment to do the work, have it done by an Authorized Kia Dealer. вЂў Working under the hood with the engine running is dangerous. It becomes even more dangerous when you wear jewelry or loose clothing. These can become entangled in moving parts and result in injury. Always remove all loose or hanging clothing and all jewelry before working on the engine.
Passenger Compartment Air Filter
The filter removes dust, pollen, and other airborne irritants from outside air that is pulled into the vehicle. The filter should be replaced as part of routine scheduled maintenance. See Maintenan ...
Folding Rear Seats To fold the rear seats forward: 1) Remove the luggage compartment cover. 2) Stow the seat belt buckles of the center and left seating position into the pocket of the seat cush ...
Tripped sensor identification
The security indicator light flashes when the alarm system has been triggered. Also, the number of flashes indicates the location of unauthorized intrusion or the severity of impact on the vehi ...