Category Archives: Auto School

Engine coolant pressure light turned on

Auto School: When Should I Check my Coolant Levels?

Why Does My Coolant Light Come on When I Start My Car? 

Any time your dashboard warning lights pop on it can be unsettling – even ones that you see every day. If your coolant light is popping on each time you get behind the wheel, you might be wondering when and if you should check your vehicle’s coolant levels. This edition of Friendly Kia’s Auto School is going to go over the coolant system in your vehicle to help you better understand what’s going on below the hood.  

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Can I Drive on a Bent Rim?

Five Car Repairs You Can’t Put Off 

Bent rims happen suddenly and sometimes we don’t even notice we have one until we look closely at our vehicles. Getting a bent rim is actually quite a bit easier than one would expect – all it takes is hitting the right curb or pothole and your rim will go from a perfect circle to bent out of shape. But can you drive on a bent rim? 

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Friendly Kia’s Test Drive Tips and Tricks

What to Look for While Test Driving a Car 

After you’ve been searching around the Friendly Kia inventory to find the vehicle, or maybe vehicles, you like best, the next step in the process is coming by our dealership for a test drive. Test driving your next potential vehicle is crucial to deciding whether or not the car you have your eyes and heart set on is going to be the right fit for you.  

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What is the Best Way to Detail My Vehicle Myself?

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.  

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Can I Tint My Kia Windows at Home?

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. 

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Rid Your Vehicle’s Cabin of Germs and Illness

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.  

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

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.  

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How Does Your Car’s Air Conditioner Work?

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. Read the rest of this entry >>

2019 kia k900 drivetrain

Learn About the Four Most Popular Transmissions

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. Read the rest of this entry >>

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Auto School 5: The Electrical System

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. Read the rest of this entry >>