Regular oil changes: They never stop being important

At Rusty Morris Kia Morristown, we know your new or used Kia is probably one of your biggest investments. The first step in helping that investment deliver solid returns is establishing a program of regular maintenance, and that starts with regular oil changes. Your engine oil is one of the most vital elements in your car, truck or SUV. Keeping it changed regularly is like giving plenty of healthy fluids to a long-distance runner. Before you head out to visit family and friends, schedule your pre-travel service so we can inspect all your important mechanical elements. 

Your engine oil protects your engine in two critical ways. One, it's a cleansing stream that gathers dirt, dust and tiny metal fragments from your engine and transports it all away from important components. When you change your oil, you get rid of the grime and replace it with a clean, fresh new flow. Two, your engine oil lubricates engine parts, reducing or minimizing any damage from the friction of auto parts constantly rubbing together.

How often should I change my oil?

For years, the answer was "about every 3,000 miles." With today's more advanced engines and more refined synthetic oil, most Kia models can go 7,500 to 10,000 miles between changes. If you're using conventional oil, the changes probably need to happen sooner. In addition, if most of your driving is stop-and-go on city streets, it might be a good idea to revert to the "every 3,000 miles" model. Ask us to help you pick the right interval for your car.

Do oil changes matter even more in winter?

While our winters don't usually get extremely cold, it's not a walk in the park. The average wintertime high around Tennessee, including Jefferson City and Bean Station, is a moderate 49 degrees but the average low is below freezing at 30 degrees. Engines have to work harder in winter, taking longer to warm up and reach the ideal driving temperature. So yes, there's a case to be made for changing your oil a little more often in wintertime.

What other maintenance matters around Christmas time?

One important maintenance item, especially for holiday travel, is antifreeze. Before you leave from White Pine, TN on a long winter road trip, have us drain your antifreeze and refill with new antifreeze. That helps your engine operate more easily at full strength. It also helps your engine avoid over-heating. And we'll be glad to check your radiator and heater hoses to fix leaks or replace hoses before you get sidelined in snow.

What about batteries, tires, other wear-and-tear items?

You're clearly on top of this maintenance thing. It's a great idea to have us inspect your battery, clean the cables and be sure it's got plenty of life left. It's no fun to have your battery pass away when temperatures are dropping. We can also inspect your tires, be sure tread depth is safe, rotate your tires and, for safer driving, provide you with a wheel alignment. We can check your lights, your brakes, even windshield wiper fluid.

To keep your holiday travel merry and bright, let us do a vehicle check first

Schedule your pre-travel service today, we can inspect your vehicles mechanical elements and if anything needs fixing, we can take care of it. If you're due for an oil change, we can do that as well so your car will stay reliable for many Christmases to come. Put Rusty Wallace Kia Morristown in Morristown, TN on your Christmas shopping list and let us winterproof your car.


Rusty Wallace Kia Morristown

300 King Avenue
Directions Morristown, TN 37814

  • Sales: (423) 586-1441
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  1. Rusty Wallace Kia Morristown

    300 King Avenue
    Morristown, TN 37814

    • Sales: (423) 586-1441
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