Kia Optima: Owner Maintenance Precautions - Owner Maintenance - Maintenance - Kia Optima MS/Magentis 2000-2005 Owners ManualKia Optima: Owner Maintenance Precautions

Improper or incomplete service may result in problems. This section gives instructions only for items that are easy to perform.

WARNING - Maintenance Work WARNING - Maintenance Work

You can be seriously injured while performing some maintenance procedures. If maintenance is performed improperly, a vehicle system could fail in use causing injury to you or others. If there is any possibility you lack sufficient knowledge and experience or the proper tools and equipment to do the work, have it done by a qualified technician.

✽ NOTICE

Improper maintenance by owner during the warranty period may affect warranty coverage. For details, read the separate Kia Warranty and Consumer Information Manual provided with the vehicle. If you’re unsure about any servicing or maintenance procedure, have it performed by an authorized Kia dealer.

WARNING - Loose Clothing or Jewelry WARNING - Loose Clothing or Jewelry

Working under the hood with the engine running is dangerous. It becomes even more dangerous when you wear jewelry or loose clothing. Either can become entangled in moving parts and result in injury. Therefore, if you must run the engine while working under the hood, make certain that you remove all jewelry (especially rings, bracelets, watches, and necklaces) and all neckties, scarves, and similar loose clothing before getting near the engine or cooling fans.

WARNING - Engine Cooling Fans WARNING - Engine Cooling Fans

Because your engine cooling fans are electronically controlled, they will run if the ignition switch is ON, even if the engine is not running. This could cause serious injury. To prevent this, be sure the ignition is OFF, unless you must run the engine while performing maintenance or an inspection.

Owner Maintenance Schedule
The owner or a qualified service technician should perform these vehicle inspections at the indicated intervals to ensure safe and dependable operation. Bring any problem to the attention of an aut ...

Engine Compartment
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Parking Brake
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