Kia Repair and Service

Essential Maintenance Steps to Keep Your Kia Running Smoothly


Kia vehicles are synonymous with affordability, fuel efficiency, and stylish designs. To maintain these attributes over the long haul, it’s crucial to adhere to a consistent maintenance routine. Below is a comprehensive guide detailing the key components and practices that will help keep your Kia in optimal condition.

White Kia parked at sunset

Core Ignition Parts

  • Spark Plugs: Spark plugs are the heartbeat of any engine, and in a Kia, they should be inspected roughly every 30,000 miles to ensure they are functioning correctly.
  • Ignition Coils: If you’re experiencing poor fuel efficiency or misfires, it could be due to faulty ignition coils. These should be checked during routine maintenance intervals.

Important Filters to Monitor

  • Oil Filter: To prolong the lifespan of your engine, change the oil filter with every oil change, which should occur every 7,500 miles for most Kia models.
  • Air Filter: Typically, air filters should be inspected at least once a year or every 20,000 miles.
  • Cabin Air Filter: To maintain the quality of air inside your car, remember to change the cabin air filter every 15,000 to 25,000 miles.

Additional Maintenance Components

  • Brake Pads and Rotors: Your brakes are your car’s most critical safety feature. Check the brake pads and rotors for wear at least twice a year.
  • Transmission Fluid: To keep your Kia shifting smoothly, consider changing the transmission fluid every 40,000 to 60,000 miles.
  • Belts and Hoses: Inspect belts and hoses annually for wear and tear. Replace as necessary to avoid unexpected breakdowns.

Key Maintenance Tips for Kia Owners

  1. Consult the Manual: Always refer to your Kia’s owner’s manual for specific maintenance recommendations.
  2. Use Certified Mechanics: Ensure that your Kia is serviced by technicians certified in handling Kia vehicles.
  3. Quality Over Price: Although Kia parts are generally affordable, don’t skimp on quality. Always opt for OEM or approved aftermarket parts.
  4. Be Proactive: Regular self-checks, such as monitoring fluid levels and tire pressure, can go a long way in preventing costly repairs down the line.

Kia Maintenance Checklist

  • Spark Plugs
  • Ignition Coils
  • Oil Filter
  • Air Filter
  • Cabin Air Filter
  • Brake Pads and Rotors
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Belts and Hoses

By sticking to these maintenance guidelines, you’ll help ensure that your Kia remains reliable, fuel-efficient, and enjoyable to drive for many years. Always opt for specialized Kia technicians when possible for the most accurate and effective servicing.

Kia Auto Repair and Service at P.B. Foreign and Domestic Car Repair

We specialize in the repair and service of Kia automobiles, understanding their unique mechanical and electrical nuances. Our technicians are trained to provide top-notch service that matches the high standards set by Kia car manufacturers. Keep your Kia vehicle running optimally. Contact us online to schedule an appointment or give us a call at 1-858-270-1142.

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Jack Kreile
Jack Kreile
August 8, 2023

I’ve been bringing various cars to PB Foreign & Domestic for over 30 yrs. Once agsin, on Monday they provided the best car & customer service I have come to expect from this shop.

I highly recommend them for all your car service needs.

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Diane Greene
Diane Greene
July 29, 2023

Dan, the mechanic is very skilled and honest. I highly recommend asking for him.

ira farnham
ira farnham
June 6, 2023

Great family owned business, run a cool father and son duo. I’ve been taking my cars here for over a decade.

I’ve come across 2 types of mechanics over the years: 1) fixes what needs fixing, checks everthing else out, tells the customer what to keep an eye on/expect in the future. 2) fixes what needs fixing and EVERYTHING else that it touches.

PB Foreign and Domestic is type 1) – straightforward, steady, and honest – which is why I keep coming back and I suspect it’s why the same guys have been working there for forever too.

Aran Osborne
Aran Osborne
April 9, 2023

Best service, best price, they do a great job and are honest! Family owned and operated. I will continue to take my car here. For regular oil changes and maintanance, George is awesome and everyone he employs, this place is great no complaints! Always will look at something if you have a concern like I did. Minor and didn’t Rip me off like most places would have.

Linda Gould
Linda Gould
February 19, 2023

I truly feel like I’m getting the service that’s required and not being upsold on things I don’t need. The price is always better than anywhere else I’ve looked and repairs done timely. They always call if the estimate given to me ends up being different, sometimes it’s lower and if it’s higher they clearly explain why and if it’s absolutely necessary or a recommendation. I trust them.

Jonathan Grannick
Jonathan Grannick
November 18, 2022

If you want a local independent family owned car mechanic that is honest, trustworthy, reasonably priced, and not trying to nickel & dime you these are your guys! Aaron is especially a pleasure to deal with. He went above and beyond at my last oil change to help me on a few things that would have taken tons of time to figure out on my own, you can tell he enjoys helping people (when they aren’t too busy) and is just a personable good natured guy which is so great to have in a car mechanic. Couldn’t recommend them enough!

T. C.
T. C.
May 3, 2022

We really love PB Foreign and Domestic! They have served us well for years on 3 vehicles and have never been disappointed. Highly recommend over dealership or other local facilities. They don’t try to upsell you on things you do not need. Super friendly and can usually get you in within a day or two. It is best to call ahead and make an appointment.

Mandy Anderson
Mandy Anderson
August 25, 2018

Porsche Cayman – my car was overheating so I had my car towed to PB Foreign and Domestic Car Repair. The team was able to repair my car ( I needed a new radiator and water pump) and they gave me very fair pricing. I will definitely come back for my preventitive maintenance.

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