Learn About Preventative Maintenance for Your Kia Vehicle in Suffolk, VA from First Team Kia

Taking care of your Kia vehicle's maintenance is an important piece of getting the most out of it for many years to come. We always recommend that people follow the recommended Kia service schedule in their owner's manual. There are also other ways that you might be able to tell if some preventative maintenance should be considered. The service center at First Team Kia, located at 4834A Bridge Road in Suffolk, VA, has assisted many folks in the Portsmouth, VA area get the service they needed for their vehicle. Now, they can tell you the signs you should keep an eye out for if you are wondering if you need new brake, battery, tire, or wiper service.


In this section you'll learn when it's time for new Brakes, Battery, Tries, and Wipers. 

Do I Need New Brakes?

You want to make sure that your car is safe to operate during your commute to Hampton, VA. A huge part of a safe vehicle is a brake system that is running at its best. Before you get into any issues with failing brakes, you should come to First Team Kia to discover whether your brake system is in need of maintenance. Luckily, your car will give you several signs before your brakes fail on you. Some of these include:

  • A Squealing Noise-A car will make this noise when it is time for the brake pads to be replaced.
  • A Grinding Noise-When this sound is heard, it often means that the worn brake pad are causing the backing plate to rub up against the rotor.
  • Your Brake Pads Are No Longer as Thick-If your brake pads are currently between two or three millimeters thick, they are most likely in need of replacement. Any brake pads that are between four and five millimeters are getting close to being in need of replacing.
  • The Car Pulls to One Side When You Press the Brake Pedal-This can occur if your brake system has a stuck caliper, your brake pads are wearing unevenly, or you have dirty brake fluid.
  • Your Car Vibrates When You Press the Brake Pedal-If you press your brake pedal and experience a pulsating feeling, it could be because you have unevenly worn brake pads.
  • The Brake Pedal Doesn't Feel Responsive-Do you press on your brake pedal and think it feels soft and spongy? There might be something going on with your brake fluid system.

First Team Kia understands there is nothing more important than your safety.

For peace of mind, visit our dealership for a brake inspection by our factory-trained Kia technicians.

What's Going On with My Battery?

Your car battery is the heart of your vehicle. Without a good battery, your vehicle can literally do nothing. The average car battery lasts three or four years. Our factory-trained, Kia-certified service technicians can help you take care of the potential issues when it comes to your car battery. Some folks don't know that there are many factors that can reduce the lifespan of your car battery. They include:

  • Extreme Temperatures-Most folks understand that the extreme cold is hard on your car battery. What some folks don't understand is that a hot summer Norfolk day is just as harsh on it.
  • Leaving the Lights Illuminated-While you may not drain your car battery's energy completely when you leave your lights on, it does have an impact on draining its reservoirs.
  • Corrosion or Leaking-Typically, any sign of these two things are a sign that not all is well in your car battery.


When it's time for a new battery, choose a Genuine Kia Battery.

Our batteries meet rigorous specifications for quality, long life and dependability.

Here are some features you can expect with every Kia Genuine Battery:

Genuine Kia batteries meet or exceed Kia's reserve capacity specifications and cold cranking amps specifications.Positive grid cover can help prevent corrosion.Special electrolyte additive improves battery charging effectiveness, especially following severe discharge.All Kia dealerships nationwide can service these batteries, which is especially helpful when your are traveling.

How Can I Tell if I Need New Tires?

Our dealership is proud to sell a variety of top tire brands in our parts center, including Hankook, e Bridgestone, Nexen, Goodyear, Yokohama, Dunlop, Michelin, and many more. Every tire purchased with us comes with 24-months of hazard protection. We help you get the right tire for your vehicle. What are some signs you should watch out for if you suspect you might need new tires? Here some possible signs:

  • The rubber on your tires is cracked
  • The tread on your tires is low or gone
  • There is a bubble on the side of your tire
  • You need to continuously put air in your tire
  • New tires also help you stop sooner on wet roads!

    A professional driver took nearly 10 car lengths longer to stop on worn tires than he did on new tires.

    While your stopping distance may vary, newer tires can help you stop sooner.


    Is it Time for New Windshield Wipers?

    Your windshield wipers are integral to helping you maintain clear vision when you are driving. If there is a rainstorm on your way home to Deane, VA, you will want some functioning windshield wipers. Here are some signs that it might be time to get a new set of windshield wiper blades:

    • The blades are cracked, worn, or split
    • They streak or don't wipe off precipitation as well as they once did


    Come See the Team at First Team Kia

    The service center at First Team Kia, in Suffolk, VA, is here to help you with all of your auto service needs. Schedule your car maintenance appointment with us today, so you can keep your car in the best possible shape.


    First Team Kia

    4834A Bridge Rd
    Directions Suffolk, VA 23435

    • Sales: (757) 320-1088
    • Service: 757-606-1926
    • Parts: (757) 320-1066
    1. First Team Kia

      4834A Bridge Rd
      Suffolk, VA 23435

      • Sales: (757) 320-1088
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