Kia Carnival Owners Manual

Owner maintenance schedule
Maintenance / Owner maintenance / Owner maintenance schedule

When you stop for fuel:

  • Check the engine oil level.
  • Check the coolant level in the coolant reservoir.
  • Check the windshield washer fluid level.
  • Look for low or under-inflated tires.

Kia Carnival: Owner maintenance schedule. WARNING - Hot coolant WARNING - Hot coolant

Be careful when checking your engine coolant level when the engine is hot. Scalding hot coolant and steam may blow out under pressure.

While operating your vehicle:

  • Note any changes in the sound of the exhaust or any smell of exhaust fumes in the vehicle.
  • Check for vibrations in the steering wheel. Notice any increased steering effort or looseness in the steering wheel, or change in its straightahead position.
  • Notice if your vehicle constantly turns slightly or УpullsФ to one side when traveling on smooth, level road.
  • When stopping, listen and check for unusual sounds, pulling to one side, increased brake pedal travel or Уhard-to-pushФ brake pedal.
  • If any slipping or changes in the operation of your transaxle occurs, check the transaxle fluid level.
  • Check the automatic transaxle P (Park) function.
  • Check the parking brake.
  • Check for fluid leaks under your vehicle (water dripping from the air conditioning system during or after use is normal).

At least monthly:

  • Check the coolant level in the engine coolant reservoir.
  • Check the operation of all exterior lights, including the stoplights, turn signals and hazard warning flashers.
  • Check the inflation pressures of all tires including the spare.

At least twice a year (i.e., every Spring and Fall):

  • Check the radiator, heater and air conditioning hoses for leaks or damage.
  • Check the windshield washer spray and wiper operation. Clean the wiper blades with clean cloth dampened with washer fluid.
  • Check the headlight alignment.
  • Check the muffler, exhaust pipes, shields and clamps.
  • Check the lap/shoulder belts for wear and function.
  • Check for worn tires and loose wheel lug nuts.

At least once a year:

  • Clean the body and door drain holes.
  • Lubricate the door hinges and checks, and hood hinges.
  • Lubricate the door and hood locks and latches.
  • Lubricate the door rubber weatherstrips.
  • Check the air conditioning system.
  • Inspect and lubricate the automatic transaxle linkage and controls.
  • Clean the battery and terminals.
  • Check the brake fluid level.


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