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Brake pads typically wear gradually, so for some it may be difficult to readily notice a decline in performance. Below are some common signs you should look out for, as they can signal that your brake system needs repair/replacement.
Click the link to the right to watch an informative video on common sources of excessive wear to your brakes and what you can do to prevent your braking system from wearing down too much.
Many brake pads have a “wear indicator” that emits an audible warning when time for a replacement.
Metal-on-metal noise can be caused by the backing plate grinding against rotors, due to worn brake pads.
Generally, if pads are less than 2-3mm thick, they likely need to be replaced. And if less than 4-5mm, they are nearing replacement.
If your car feels like it pulls to one side when braking, this can be caused by brake pads wearing unevenly, dirty brake fluid, a collapsed brake hose, or a stuck caliper.
If your brake pedal feels like it’s vibrating or pulsing when braking, this can be caused by unevenly worn rotors.
If your brake pedal is not as responsive as it once was, or it feels soft/mushy, this may signal a problem in the brake fluid system.
For peace of mind, visit our dealership for a brake inspection by our factory-trained Kia technicians.
Most batteries go for thousands of miles without service. However, everyday driving conditions — such as climate and driving habits — can affect the life of your battery. If you still have your original battery or feel a sluggish start from time to time, it may be a good idea to come in for battery inspection and testing.
Your battery should be inspected every six months, and in areas of high heat/cold, this becomes even more imperative.
Even if your vehicle starts, the battery may have lost a lot of its reserve power.
This is likely a sign that your battery is not operating at 100%.
Our batteries meet rigorous specifications for quality, long life and dependability. Here are some features you can expect with every Kia Genuine Battery:
All tires eventually need to be replaced. We’ll let you know when you need new ones. If you’re thinking of going to a big box store for your tire needs, you may want to think again. At Doug Smith Kia our Kia experts help make your tire replacement easy, convenient, cost-effective, and specific to your needs.
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.
You’ll know it’s time to replace your wiper blades when you see these signs of wear:
Wiper blades tend to wear evenly, so even if only one blade appears worn, the other isn’t far behind. You should replace both wiper blades at the same time.
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