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

Corrosive materials used for ice and snow removal and dust control may collect on the underbody. If these materials are not removed, accelerated rusting can occur on underbody parts such as the fuel lines, frame, floor pan and exhaust system, even though they have been provided with rust protection.

Thoroughly flush the vehicle underbody and wheel openings with lukewarm or cold water once a month, after off-road driving (for four-wheel drive vehicles) and at the end of each winter. It will do more harm than good to wet down the road grime without removing it. The lower edges of doors, rocker panels, and frame members have drain holes that should not be allowed to clog with dirt; trapped water in these areas can cause rusting.

Bright-Metal Maintenance
To remove road tar and insects, use a tar remover, not a scraper or other sharp object. To protect the surfaces of bright-metal parts from corrosion, apply a coating of wax or chrome preser ...

Aluminum Wheel Maintenance
The aluminum wheels are coated with a clear protective finish. Do not use any abrasive cleaner, polishing compound, solvent, or wire brushes on aluminum wheels. They may scratch or damage the f ...

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Repair procedures
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Air bag inflation conditions
Front air bags Front air bags are designed to inflate in a frontal collision depending on the intensity, speed or angles of impact of the front collision. Side air bags Side air bags (side ...

Battery
WARNING - Battery Dangers Always read the following instructions carefully when handling a battery. Keep lighted cigarettes and all other flames or sparks away from the battery. Hydrogen, ...

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