1996 Kia Sportage Maintenance

1996 Kia Sportage Maintenance Schedule

What is the manufacturer recommended maintenance schedule for a 1996 Kia Sportage? Find maintenance info for your vehicle.

1996 Kia Sportage Maintenance Schedule

What is the recommended maintenance schedule for the 1996 Kia Sportage?

What to Know About 1996 Kia Sportage Scheduled Maintenance

When it comes to your Kia Sportage, how you treat your car makes all the difference in its performance. With the right maintenance at the right time, you could hit 200,000 miles (or beyond!) in your Sportage. But how do you know what service to get and when? There's no need to guess when it's time to get Sportage maintenance, and no need to wait until something goes wrong. It’s as easy as following the recommended maintenance schedule that’s been written specifically for your 1996 Kia Sportage!

The recommended maintenance schedule is put together by Kia, your vehicle manufacturer. Depending on driving conditions and climate in your area (as well as other contributing factors, like your personal travel habits), your car’s scheduled maintenance needs may vary; in most cases, though, recommended maintenance will consist of services like fluid exchanges, filter changes, new brake pads, oil changes, and tire rotations. Keeping up with routine service appointments is a great way to keep your Sportage running for longer, increase your vehicle safety, and prevent common 1996 Kia Sportage problems.

Essential Maintenance to Keep Your Kia Sportage Running Newer, Longer

Come to Firestone Complete Auto Care for manufacturer-recommended routine maintenance on your 1996 Kia Sportage and a skilled technician will start the appointment with a Courtesy Check. This Courtesy Check can establish a baseline of what may need to be addressed during your service appointment. Every Courtesy Check will include a visual inspection of your Sportage. We’ll check your head and tail lights, fluid levels, filters, tires (and their alignment!), and windshield wiper blades. We’ll also perform a free battery check to determine your battery’s charge level.

Maybe it's time to find a new auto battery for your 1996 Kia Sportage. Batteries generally need to be replaced every three to five years. Yours may need to be replaced sooner depending on your driving habits and climate. Taking short trips or exposing your car to extreme temperatures (like in the dead of winter or heat of summer) could reduce the life expectancy of your Kia Sportage battery. Sure, you could wait until your battery is completely dead, but it’s a much wiser decision to replace it before you need to. Otherwise, you may find yourself (and your trusty Sportage) stuck in the middle of nowhere. Your Kia Sportage won't be going anywhere without a strong battery.

Ensuring you always have a well-charged battery can help your car’s overall performance, and regularly scheduled oil changes can help your 1996 Kia Sportage's engine run smoother. To learn how often Kia recommends you have the oil changed in your 1996 Sportage, check out the information table at the beginning of this page. Keep in mind that your oil change interval could be different given your driving style and climate. Talk to a Firestone Complete Auto Care technician to know when to change your oil. We can also answer any questions you have about what type of oil to use for your 1996 Kia Sportage.

Maintaining your Kia Sportage steering and suspension system can help you keep control of your vehicle at all times (plus, it can make for a smoother ride!). That's important if you plan on taking the road less traveled! Trust our technicians to inspect system components and if needed, provide the appropriate Kia Sportage steering and suspension services. This can include things like power steering fluid replacement, wheel alignment adjustments, replacement of struts and wheel bearings, and ball joint lubrication. To keep your car running at its best, it’s essential to have regular maintenance services on your Kia Sportage's steering and suspension system.

If you skip recommended Kia Sportage services, you could be feeling the heat on the road – literally! A malfunctioning A/C system or overheating engine can wreak havoc on your car. Our technicians have you covered there, too, with the tools and expertise to care for your entire Kia Sportage cooling, heating, and climate control system. Need a new Kia Sportage radiator? We got it. Is your A/C blowing hot air? We’re on it. Firestone Complete Auto Care is your spot for 1996 Kia Sportage maintenance.

So visit us regularly, or visit us urgently. Many locations are open on weekends and in the evening.

Want to know the secrets to maintaining your 1996 Kia Sportage? Read on for answers to common maintenance questions!

Take an active role in maintaining your 1996 Kia Sportage. Get answers to common Kia Sportage maintenance questions and learn more about caring for your vehicle.

  • What do I do if I hit a pothole in my Kia Sportage? Check your car for pothole damage! If you’ve recently hit a pothole (or even if you don’t remember hitting one… they can be sneaky!) check your tire treads, tire sidewalls, and wheels for damage. Potholes can also knock your car out of alignment, so have your alignment checked if you suspect you’ve driven over a rough patch of road lately.
  • When should I switch my Kia Sportage to high mileage oil? If your Kia Sportage has ticked past 75,000 miles, consider switching to high mileage oil at your next oil change to give your engine what it needs to go another 75,000 (or more!). High mileage oil: make it a high priority!
  •  Why are my Kia dashboard lights on? Don't ignore dashboard warning lights! Bring your Kia Sportage in for a diagnostic code scan as soon as a dashboard warning light flashes on, whether it's your check engine or battery light. Dashboard lights alert you to trouble under the hood.

Maintain Your Kia Sportage

Don’t let unexpected car trouble get the best of you. Stay ahead of potential problems and schedule a routine Kia Sportage maintenance appointment today.