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Hi. I am not handy so I don't plan to do anything myself. I am currently shopping for a good auto shop for my upcoming maintenance (after I get my first free one).

Does anyone have a chart that shows what maintenance is required by the factory for specific miles? I used to own a Toyota and they had a book. I checked my manual and Kia did not have that. Just a place for the mechanics to stamp/sign.

Thanks for any help that might come my way!

P.S. I am from San Diego area, North County to be exact. In case anyone here lives near me.
 

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There’s a place in the back of the manual where it lists what maintenance is due at which miles. It’s bit a chart but it is a text listing/bulleted list.
 

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Make sure you speak to your local Kia service center and find out what conditions you are supposed to follow. If you have any mechanical issues during the warranty period, you don't want your dealer claiming insufficient maintenance based on local weather conditions.
I live in South Eastern PA, and I have all my oil changes covered for the life of the vehicle. When I brought my vehicle in for the first service, which they scheduled, I was told that I need to follow severe service schedule conditions because of the salt used on the roads during the winter.

I think it's just a scam to try and get you in for the other mileage service dollars. I have a car wash plan that provides unlimited car washes along with an undercarriage wash. This should take care of most of the salt during the winter. When I get the oil changed, the dealer does a free multi point vehicle check anyway. The dealer will let me know when they think certain items need attention at the minimum levels, the point when they think they can justify me giving them money.

In my opinion, all of the fluid systems, except the engine oil, are in closed systems which should only be affected by runtime and system operating temperatures. Since engine oil contacts the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) cylinder walls, it come in contact with whatever is sucked into your air cleaner. Most large particles are trapped by the intake air filtering system. This biggest problem is when the roads have been salted and are wet. The salt is dissolved in the water and aerosolized. I'm not worried about normal dirt particles because those are pretty much filtered out by the air filters. The salt air is sucked into the cylinders and can be mixed into the engine oil as the piston rings go up and down the walls of the cylinders. Other possible routes of oil contamination could be by the intake valve seals.

Besides, what if you drive very few miles when conditions are considered severe? Why should you be forced to follow severe conditions?

If I'm way off base, please educate me.
 

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So, what about the other 10 months of the year when the roads are not salted?

I live in a more moderate climate in Ohio, but the roads are salted several times in a typical winter. I'm also considering a washing plan during those two months for undercarriage protection. But one thing I wonder about, am I just getting dry salt wet and increasing corrosion? Those undercarriage washes do not appear to be very comprehensive, just a light sprinkle.
 

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Maint Sched 2019 Niro PHEV

Here (pic below) is the maint. schedule i got with my 2019 PHEV. it is the back cover of the 'Features & Functions Guide' booklet.
The basic/oil change service interval is 7500 miles.
I imagine that the interval is longer (than 5K which is more typical) since the PHEV ICE doesn't run as much per mile as an ICE-Only vehicle.
Not sure why we/I can't find the manual on-line. Seems a basic thing that KIA should have. If anyone knows of a download source for the manual(s) in pdf form, please post. Thanks!
 

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This is my first car with a warranty. I'm at 3 months with 1000 miles so oil changes and tire rotations every 6 months is not what I would do except it is required for the warranty. My question is which services are required for drivetrain warranty. Certainly they couldn't deny a warranty repair on the engine if I didn't rotate the tires every 6 months (2000 miles). Any insights into what the law says about maintenance requirements for warranty?

Normally, I would use a synthetic oil and change every 10,000 miles (probably about 5000 miles on the ICE). But I might use a cheaper non-synthetic because I will be changing so often (probably every 1000 miles on the ICE). Any thoughts about that?

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using non synthetic oil on a direct injection engine could be the best way to create/accelerate carbon buildup on intake valve (I was just reading this and watching a video telling this ...I posted the link ont the Stutter/jerk thread)

The other thing is if you don't follow the manufacturer recomendations you can take your waranty paper and smoke it! your choice but for me the economy is not worth the loss of waranty


if you don't rotate tires as specified I think any big transmission issue you may have would result in waranty denial wether the non rotation is guilty or not
 

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using non synthetic oil on a direct injection engine could be the best way to create/accelerate carbon buildup on intake valve
It cant be done in a Niro because the Kappa engine uses synthetic 0w20 oil.
 

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Rotating tires is solely for tire tread life. It does nothing for anything else on a car. Not alignment, transmission, or any other part of the drivetrain. Nothing from tire rotation could possibly affect the transmission.
 

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Rotating tires is solely for tire tread life. It does nothing for anything else on a car. Not alignment, transmission, or any other part of the drivetrain. Nothing from tire rotation could possibly affect the transmission.
What about a severe case of uneven tire wear where one tire is smaller than the one opposite and causes the differential to wear excessively? Could it be an issue?
 

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What about a severe case of uneven tire wear where one tire is smaller than the one opposite and causes the differential to wear excessively? Could it be an issue?
You've identified a possible, but very remote possibility. Most likely the bad ride would force replacement long before the differential has a wear issue. But, certainly possible.
 
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