Upkeep Tips for Your Kia Rio5: The Most Overlooked Parts
Car owners should be aware of the basic car upkeep checks such as oil change, engine coolant replacement, tire tread check, and battery maintenance. But with all these going on, there are still some car parts that get overlooked in the process. It could be because they seem not that relevant to the car's performance, or that maybe they aren't high maintenance at all. Regardless, we shouldn't forget to check on them from time to time. Here are some of the most overlooked car parts that you might want to keep in mind for the next maintenance service of your Kia Rio5.
- Check the hoses for signs of wearing out.
If you are too focused on the engine and radiator, you may have forgotten to check on the hoses that actually carry the vital fluids that make your car run. You may think that you wouldn't have any problems with the hoses since they're only transporting fluids, right? But in reality, those hoses are always exposed to extreme heat and pressure that comes from the fluids they carry, which in turn causes them to wear out and have leaks. So, next time you have your fluids replenished, have the hoses checked as well for wearing out and possible replacement.
Do you know that you need to replace your timing belt and accessory drive belt? Well, surprise, surprise! Though these belts seem like they're doing pretty easy jobs, their roles are actually critical to your car's well-being. Take the accessory drive belt for example. This belt drives the alternator, and once the drive belt breaks, the alternator goes down with it. Yes, you might still be able to start your engine, but you would be relying solely on your battery's electrical power. And we all know that isn't going to last. So, to avoid getting yourself into trouble, have the accessory belts and timing belts checked for cracks, fraying or stretching, which are all signs of wearing out. And once you've established that they are indeed worn out already, have them replaced immediately.
- Replenish the brake fluid.
Spotting a problem with the brake system is easy. Hearing squealing noises when stopping usually means that you need to replace the brake pads already. But there is another thing you need to replace aside from the pads, and that is the brake fluid. The brake fluid is often overlooked because of most of the attention is given to the brake pads. But just because the brake fluid doesn't give off warning noises, doesn't mean it requires no attention at all. Over time, the brake fluid gets contaminated with water, and since water compresses differently, the brake fluid loses its ability to function properly causing the brakes to stop working properly. And if still left neglected, the water may cause the brake system to rust, risking the entire system to fail altogether. So, make sure to have the condition of your brake fluid checked whenever you get your brake pads replaced. You don't want to end up getting into an accident because of a faulty brake system.