Kia Optima: Finish Maintenance Washing - Exterior Care - Maintenance - Kia Optima MS/Magentis 2000-2005 Owners ManualKia Optima: Finish Maintenance Washing

To help protect your vehicles finish from rust and deterioration, wash it thoroughly at least once a month with lukewarm or cold water.

Pay special attention to the removal of any accumulation of salt, dirt, mud, and other foreign materials. Make sure the drain holes in the lower edges of the doors and rocker panels are kept clear and clean.

Insects, tar, tree sap, bird droppings, industrial pollution and similar deposits can damage your vehicles finish if not removed immediately.

Even prompt washing with plain water may not completely remove all these deposits. A mild soap, safe for use on painted surfaces, may be used.

After washing, rinse the vehicle thoroughly with lukewarm or cold water. Do not allow soap to dry on the finish.

✽ NOTICE

Do not use strong soap, chemical detergents or hot water, and do not wash the vehicle in direct sunlight or when the body of the vehicle is warm.

WARNING WARNING

After washing the vehicle, test the brakes while driving slowly to see if they have been affected by water. If braking performance is impaired, dry the brakes by applying them lightly while maintaining a slow forward speed.

WARNING - Water Washing in Engine Compartment WARNING - Water Washing in Engine Compartment

Water washing in the engine compartment may cause failure of electrical circuits. Systems of your vehicle could fail when you need them. Wash your engine compartment carefully. Check you vehicles features before driving again.

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