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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Parking Brake
Checking the Parking Brake Check the stroke of the parking brake by counting the number of “clicks’’ heard while fully applying it from the released position. Also, the parking brake alone shou ...

MAX A/C-Level (B, D, E)
To operate the MAX A/C, turn the temperature knob to extreme left. Air flow is directed toward the upper body and face. In this mode, the air conditioning and the recirculated air position will ...

Towing with a vehicle other than a tow truck
If towing is necessary, we recommend you to have it done by an Authorized Kia dealer or a commercial tow truck service. If towing service is not available in an emergency, your vehicle may be tem ...

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