Archive for the ‘Auto School’ Category

What is the Best Way to Detail My Vehicle Myself?

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020
Closeup of hand detailing vehicle

How to Properly Detail Your Kia Inside and Out at Home 

Many of us are getting back to our day-to-day lives and routines and for many of us, that means getting back to our daily commutes. After weeks of our vehicles sitting in the garage or in our driveways they may not be looking the best. Your Kia may have collected dust and debris or maybe it has weathered the elements outside over the last month.  


Can I Tint My Kia Windows at Home?

Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
Man applying tint to vehicle window

How to Tint Your Car’s Windows Yourself 

Social distancing and self-isolation are bringing out the DIY in everyone. From at-home haircuts to questionable home renovations, everyone seems to be looking for a way to pass the time. Instead of leaving yourself with a haircut that will make you want to hide from every mirror in sight, why not do something you’ve been wanting to do for a while now, like tinting your windows? Tinting your vehicle’s windows can completely transform the look and feel of your vehicle. 


Rid Your Vehicle’s Cabin of Germs and Illness

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
Hand cleaning interior of vehicle with cloth

How to Disinfect Your Kia Vehicle’s Cabin 

As the importance of keeping things as clean and disinfected as possible has reached a critical peak it is time to look at somewhere that may have slipped your mind – your vehicle. We spend just as much time in our vehicles each day as we do in our homes or at work, which means our cars can be breeding grounds for germs and illnesses. The time is now to deep clean and disinfect your Kia vehicle’s cabin and here are the top 10 things you should be disinfecting in your vehicle.  


Wash Away Your Car’s Bad Luck this Friday the 13th

Friday, March 13th, 2020
Person washing vehicle with yellow sponge

How to Quickly and Properly Wash Your Kia Vehicle at Home 

There’s nothing worse than finally getting around to washing your Kia and seeing it’s left with streaks, watermarks, and even sometimes scratches. Washing your vehicle at home can save you money and is a great way to ensure that every nook and cranny is accounted for while cleaning. While washing your vehicle may seem as easy as picking up a rag and a bucket of soapy water, there is actually a technique to properly washing your Kia at home. Check out the videos below, courtesy of Autoblog on YouTube, for some tips and tricks on how to wash away bad luck this Friday the 13th and get your Kia sparkling like new.  


How Does Your Car’s Air Conditioner Work?

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019
row of air conditioners on an apartment building

Vehicle AC Repair and Replacement Details

When you think about the essential things your vehicle needs, it’s likely you’re thinking about things like the engine, transmission, brakes, AUX in port (USB in newer models), etc. One item that may be left off your list is one that shouldn’t be forgotten in the sopping summer heat of West Central Florida – your air conditioner. (more…)

Learn About the Four Most Popular Transmissions

Monday, August 12th, 2019
2019 kia k900 drivetrain

Automatic Vs. Manual Vs. CVT Vs. Dual-Clutch Transmissions

The world of automotive engineering is one of trends and crafting things that will work to overcome the natural limitations of a world bound to a stringent list of physics. For that reason, the primary concern of all automotive engineering is pushing back on things like gravity, inertia, centrifugal force and momentum to create the desired effect – whether that’s speed, towing capacity or requiring less gas to move you and your family a given distance. (more…)

Auto School 5: The Electrical System

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
blue backpack with battery in front of it

Learn About Your Vehicle’s Electrical System in 10 Minutes

As we’ve worked through our Auto School featurette, we’ve striven to provide some baseline education on how traditional, internal-combustion-based vehicles work. After all, knowing even a little bit about what’s going on under the hood and behind the hood and alongside the hood should help you avoid any automotive malpractice out there. (more…)

Auto School 4: The Suspension

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
backpack with auto shock in front of it

Learn About Your Suspension in Less Than 10 Minutes

Here at Friendly Kia blog, we’re always trying to raise the bar. As the only Tampa Bay dealership welcomed in the Kia Motors America Presidents Club for customer satisfaction, we know firsthand just how important it is to listen to our clients and be honest with them about their vehicle. (more…)

Auto School: Drive and Brake Assembly

Thursday, November 29th, 2018
wheel and brake assembly next to a schoolyard backpack

Learn About Your Drive and Brakes in 10 Minutes

If you haven’t been following our Auto School featurette, it’s a recurring segment on our blog where we try our best to simplify the complex systems in your automobile, so you know what’s going on when you turn your key. In an industry not always known for honesty and good-faith service, we want to do our best to prevent anybody from getting fleeced. (more…)

Auto School 2: The Transmission

Monday, September 17th, 2018
red transmission next to backpack and schoolbooks

How Does My Transmission Work?

Knowing that not all service centers are Friendly (no typo) especially with regards to the way they treat already-anxious customers, we want to share the knowledge that may help keep you in the know the next time you’re at another service center. (more…)