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December 17, 2019 by Anne Kelley

Understanding Kia Maintenance Service

The Lawrence Kia service team works hard to be customer advocates. While routine maintenance is a simple way to extend the life of your vehicle, a specific amount of checks need to be routinely done. At Lawrence Kia, we conduct a multipoint inspection every time your car comes into our service department. This multipoint inspection is not conducted at your local mechanic or oil change service station.

Getting your vehicle serviced regularly will make sure to extend the life of the vehicle longer than you would imagine. You can have your vehicle serviced in intervals of 3,750 and 5,000 for semi-synthetic and full-synthetic, respectively. Our dealership uses Mobil1 Synthetic oil, which is the specified oil in the Kia owner’s manual. This is to ensure that you do not void your warranty. By going over this mileage limit by more than 500 to 1000 miles, you put your vehicle at risk to have the warranty voided, which would cause you more problems than you want. Your owner’s manual will also give you a basic knowledge of what services your vehicle will need at specific mileages. If you are missing your owner’s manual, check and see if we have it here.

At each regular maintenance, our certified technicians will perform a 27-point multi-point inspection, including an alignment check, tire tread depth, fluid check, and so on. From there, if they find something that falls into our recommended replacement, then a service advisor will let you know so that the issue can be addressed and fixed. For example, if during the alignment check, the specs are out of alignment, the advisor will let you know that you would need an alignment. From there, it is up to your discretion whether you would like to proceed. But remember if you get an issue fixed when first noticed, this can help from more problems arising in the future. If you decided not to get your alignment fixed, this can, in turn, cause uneven wear on your tires and can mess with your steering as well, which can lead to even more issues.

Besides the multi-point inspection, you will have your oil changed, your tires rotated, which is done at every other visit, and the technicians will check your engine and cabin filters as well. This is something that should be done on an as-need basis. Not getting your filters changed can lead to issues in the quality of air coming into the vehicle as well as cut down on fuel economy. The tire rotation will keep your tires in better condition, longer life, and proper tire wear.

The following image gives a standard list of the services that you should have done on your vehicle at a certain mileage. This shows the minimum services you should do up to the preferred services, as well as the cost.


If at a visit you feel there is something wrong with your vehicle, you hear a noise, your steering is pulling, or anything else of concern, the technicians will get these problems looked at promptly so that you can be on your way.

As your vehicle starts to rise in miles, there are a few more services that should be done to keep your vehicle healthy and chugging along. These services include transmission flush, brake fluid exchange, and the fuel system service and are usually performed every 60,000 miles or so. These would be done in tandem with your other regular services.

As well as these services as your vehicle mile gets higher, your brake pads and tires will begin to wear. These are very important services that should not be declined when you find out they should be check. If your brake pads have worn down, this can cause rubbing, which can, in turn, cause problems with the rotors causing brake issues. When your tires become bald, this can lead to less traction and worsening stopping distances, which is not ideal when driving, especially in the winter months. Tires are a major item to check when the winter months are coming.


To keep your manufacturer warranty, you need the work to be done by an ASE Certified Technician. Make sure you see this symbol where you get your Kia vehicle serviced. This is a requirement to keep your warranty.

ASE Kia Certified

Not allowing your vehicle to be serviced during its regularly scheduled maintenance can not only cause issues for your vehicle but can also void your warranty. One example of poor maintenance would be going 10,000 miles without getting an oil change done (this has happened before). Just like your body, you need to make yearly checkups to the doctor to make sure everything is going good with your health. This is the same idea for your vehicle. The more you keep your scheduled maintenance, the less money you will put into your car in the long run, and the longer your car will run. If you keep servicing your vehicle as told to you in your owner’s manual, your vehicle can get upwards of 200,000 miles on it. That is forever!!

Lawrence Kia vehicle vehicles automatically come with a 5 year/60,000 mile warranty on the vehicle, as well as the option for a powertrain lifetime warranty for ten year/100,000 miles. This is a great option to have on your vehicle. Now to keep this warranty valid, all you need to do is keep up with the scheduled maintenances laid out in your owner’s manual. You do not have to go to a Kia dealership, but you do need to keep a record of all of your services. Any other questions about the warranty can be answered in detail here.

Kia Fuel, Oil & Lubricants

We must discuss Fuel, Oil, and Lubricants. Your warranty relies on specific products manufactured or approved by Kia Motors. If you do not use approved additives, wrong fuel, oil or lubricants will put you at risk for your warranty not covering future issues.

New Kia Fuel, Oil & Lubricants

Be cautious when any dealership or drive-thru oil change company tries to sell an additive of any type; for fuel, transmission, engine, or any part of your car. Say no to all of them until you consult your vehicle manual. If you are on the fence, ask to see the packaging/bottle and confirm that Kia authorizes the use of the additive.

Normal Kia vs. Severe Usage Maintenance

When anyone buys a car, truck or SUV, 9 times out of 10 there is an owner’s manual. These manuals while very dry in reading entertainment, contain important maintenance and guidelines to keep your car running and if a repair were needed, have this repair covered by the original manufacture warranty.  What most people don’t know is in many vehicles there is a Normal Maintenance Schedule and a Maintenance Under Severe Usage Conditions

Normal Schedule Kia Maintenance

This is just what it is normal for your vehicle. Normal Maintenance Schedule for a 2016 Kia Optima

Severe Usage Kia Maintenance

In the new Kia manual, there is a section that defines Severe Usage Conditions.  In a 2016 Kia Optima, the driver’s manual states, “If any of the following conditions apply, follow the Maintenance Under Severe Usage Conditions:

  • Repeated short distance driving.
  • Driving in dusty conditions or sandy areas.
  • Extensive use of brakes.
  • Driving in areas where salt or other corrosive materials are being used.
  • Driving on rough or muddy roads.
  • Driving in mountainous areas.
  • Extended periods of idling or low-speed operation.
  • Driving for a prolonged period in cold temperatures and/or extremely humid climates.
  • More than 50% driving in heavy city traffic during hot weather above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

If your vehicle is operated under the above conditions, you should inspect, replace or refill more frequently than the following Normal Maintenance Schedule. After 120 months or 150,000 miles continued to follow the prescribed maintenance intervals.”

Like I said before, there isn’t a person in the Kansas City Metro that doesn’t have at least one of the above apply to them.

Maintenance Under Severe Usage Conditions in any manual is a supplemental schedule that Replaces or Inspects a part of the vehicle. What can be confusing, at least in the 2016 Kia Optima manual is the fact that frequency to replace or inspect is “more frequently” and this is why the Lawrence Kia complimentary multipoint inspection is so crucial in maintaining your new Kia.

Kia Maintenance Under Severe Usage Conditions

Use the following to reference the Driving Condition Column. You can Maint Under Severe Usage Conditions 2016 Kia Optima.

Kia Maintenance Under Severe Usage Conditions Key

The Lawrence Kia Service Department is here to make sure that your vehicle is taken care of every time you come in to see us. Whether you are in for your regularly scheduled maintenance or you hear a popping noise when you turn your steering wheel, our service advisors and technicians will make sure that your vehicle is completed the first time correctly. They will make sure that you are not paying for unnecessary services. We want to make sure that you always feel comfortable when you come to see us. Your vehicle is important to you, and we want to make sure that you know that it is just as important to us. You can always call the service department if you have any questions. Feel free to schedule a service appointment here.

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Pamela Swatek
Pamela Swatek
5 years ago

We need to no what gas additive we can use,an they said the trasmission was sealed is this true
We like to do some things are self,cabin filters,tire rotation,an keep are warranty good