Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

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Kia Offers Standard Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in Many New Models

How Do Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Work in a Kia? 

Kia offers standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in many new models. So, how do these two features work in a Kia? We have a video guide below for your convenience, and we’ve transcribed the main points of the video for you as well. Come to Friendly Kia to find a Kia vehicle with wireless phone connectivity. We are located in New Port Richey, FL, and serve the Tampa Bay area. 

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Kia UVO display being configured to set the time and update for daylight saving time

How to Change Your Kia’s Display Time

Do Kia Vehicles Automatically Update for Daylight Saving Time?

We’re willing to bet you have experienced this phenomenon at least once or twice in your life: You’re on your way to work and you take a quick glance at the clock. OH NO! You’re almost an hour late! You quickly try to conjure up what you’re going to tell your boss when it dawns on you—this is the first workday after the Daylight Saving Time change, and you are, in fact, right on time, because you did remember to reset all your other clocks, plus, your phone auto-adjusted to the change over the weekend. Modern cars are quite the same thanks to technological innovations. Do Kia vehicles automatically update for Daylight Saving Time? The short answer is, yes, if you set it up that way! Take a look at how it works. 

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Kia Head-Up Display shown on left and its configuration on the instrument cluster shown on the right

Kia Head-Up Display Offers Driving Information at a Glance

Configuring Your Kia Head-Up Display

The instrument gauge cluster has been a vital component of all vehicles for decades, but there is always room for improvement. With that said, room for improvement doesn’t always translate to… actual physical room to put new things. There is only so much space on the instrument cluster behind your steering wheel, and that’s where head-up displays come into play. On select new Kia models, an available Head-Up Display projects relevant driving information directly onto your windshield just above the instrument cluster ahead of the steering wheel so it’s right there within your eyesight. But, which information will you see? You can actually customize that yourself to a degree. Keep reading for a video about configuring your Kia Head-Up Display. 

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Kia drive modes display on the instrument cluster

Guide to Using Your Kia’s Drive Mode Integrated Control System

How to Change Drive Mode in Kia Vehicles

Kia has a solid understanding of making sure every drive is enjoyable. These days, you can select from a whole variety of driving modes in your Kia vehicles, depending on what your preferences are or what kind of Florida terrain you are expecting to traverse on any given day. That’s where Kia has stepped in with its Drive Mode Integrated Control System, which gives you more control over just how dynamic your drive will be in select Kia models from Friendly Kia that are equipped with this available feature. Keep reading and take a look at a handy video that demonstrates how to change the drive mode in Kia vehicles. 

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Automotive Emergency Kit Supplies DIY

What Supplies Do I Need in a Vehicle Emergency Kit? 

Whether you are heading out on your soul-searching road trip, or you’ve just decided to add a little more preparation to your life, keeping a vehicle emergency kit in your car is never a bad idea. Roadside emergencies and inconveniences can happen when we least expect them to and being prepared for when they happen can make the entire process a little less stressful.  

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What Should I Do with My Kia Lease Near New Port Richey?

Kia Lease Returns and Lease-End Options Tampa FL 

Leasing a new Kia vehicle is the perfect choice for shoppers looking for low monthly car payments. When you choose to lease a new Kia vehicle, you’ll have the option to get behind the wheel of a brand-new vehicle every few years when your lease is up. If you haven’t leased a Kia vehicle in the Tampa Bay area previously, you might be wondering what you should do with your Kia lease now that your contract is coming to an end.  

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Rear view of red 2021 Kia Soul

What Should I Look for in a Used Kia Around Tampa Bay?

Used Kia Buying and Test Drive Tips and Tricks 

When it comes to finding your next vehicle, a used option can always be a great fit in terms of price and value. Often times our used Kia models here at Friendly Kia come with aftermarket features or upgrades that would normally raise the price in a newer model. As you search for a used Kia around Tampa Bay, though, you may be wondering what things you should be checking before buying your new-to-you Kia Soul.   

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Removing and Repairing a Nail in Your Kia Tire

How to Fix a Nail in a Tire 

Many things revolving around vehicles are unavailable and unpredictable. One lingering threat that surrounds our vehicles is stray nails looking for a tire to pop. No matter how conscious you are about where you drive or park your vehicle, you can almost guarantee that at some point in time you’ll find your Kia vehicle has a nail or screw stuck in the tire.  

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Debunk Your Dashboard: What Do My Kia Vehicle’s Dashboard Lights Mean?

Kia Dashboard Warning Lights Glossary Guide 

If you’ve found that your Kia vehicle has gotten into the holiday spirit by lighting up its dashboard like a Christmas tree, then this guide is for you. Understanding what all the different dashboard lights mean in our Kia vehicles can be tricky and knowing which ones are urgent and which ones can be ignored for a while (it’s okay, we’re all human) can get confusing. This Kia dashboard warning lights glossary guide will give you the different meanings of each dashboard light in your 2021 Kia Forte to help you the next time your Kia dashboard lights up the night.  

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