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Hello! I have a 2020 Kia Forte EX and it is approaching 35,000 miles. This is the first brand new car I have ever owned that I paid cash for, so it's a milestone for me. I have had it for about 2 years now and I take very good care of it. I do oil changes every 4,000 miles using Redline 5W20. I only get gas at Mobil. And because it has a CVT I only shift out of Drive and Reverse at a complete stop (not rolling, not even 2 mph). I also live in Southeast Florida where it is very humid, so I change the engine air filter with every oil change, and cabin air filter every 8,000 miles.

I get my oil changes at the dealership just to stay in warranty. I purchased the car when it had 1,800 miles on it from a private seller, so I am the second owner, which means my warranty is only 60,000 miles.

Having said all that, the dealership is recommending their 30k miles "service package".

So I had the AC evaporator service done earlier this year, because there was water leaking from the AC under the glove box on the passenger side. It had something to do with a clogged cabin air filter apparently.

I've read their fuel system treatment is basically pouring an injector cleaner or something along those lines, down the gas tank. I can probably buy the product and do that myself? Also, if you use a premium gas like Mobil, do you really need to do this? I use Redline oil which is great at reducing carbon deposits by the exhaust valves.

What is a fuel induction service?

Fuel Induction Services involve inspection of fuel injectors and fuel induction components for carbon build up and cleaning with fuel Induction cleaner and lubrication.

Again, do I really need this?

And most important, the tranny flush. The dealership recommends this at 30,000 miles, HOWEVER, the severe maintenance chart recommends this at 60,000 miles. It's safe to say, I don't need to do this.

I drive 15,000 to 20,000 miles on average per year. So I follow the severe maintenance protocol.

There are no issues with the car as far as I know. It makes a few "click" noises when I shut the engine off but according to another post in this group that is normal.

Since I live in a hot, all-year round climate, should I upgrade my coolant fluid? I was going to google something like "best coolant for asian/KIA cars" and have the dealership do a coolant flush. Is it too soon at 33,000 miles?


Also, my tires have become very worn. I rotate my own tires and I am probably on my last rotation. I have never been able to afford premium tires on a car until now and this is what I am planning on buying at tirerack.com. What do you think? I spent lots of time on this website and I feel these are best for Southeast Florida.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tire...ear=2020&autoModel=Forte Sedan&autoModClar=EX
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Thank you for your input everybody. This forum has been a blessing for maintaining my Forte.
 

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Hello! I have a 2020 Kia Forte EX and it is approaching 35,000 miles. This is the first brand new car I have ever owned that I paid cash for, so it's a milestone for me. I have had it for about 2 years now and I take very good care of it. I do oil changes every 4,000 miles using Redline 5W20. I only get gas at Mobil. And because it has a CVT I only shift out of Drive and Reverse at a complete stop (not rolling, not even 2 mph). I also live in Southeast Florida where it is very humid, so I change the engine air filter with every oil change, and cabin air filter every 8,000 miles.

I get my oil changes at the dealership just to stay in warranty. I purchased the car when it had 1,800 miles on it from a private seller, so I am the second owner, which means my warranty is only 60,000 miles.

Having said all that, the dealership is recommending their 30k miles "service package".

So I had the AC evaporator service done earlier this year, because there was water leaking from the AC under the glove box on the passenger side. It had something to do with a clogged cabin air filter apparently.

I've read their fuel system treatment is basically pouring an injector cleaner or something along those lines, down the gas tank. I can probably buy the product and do that myself? Also, if you use a premium gas like Mobil, do you really need to do this? I use Redline oil which is great at reducing carbon deposits by the exhaust valves.

What is a fuel induction service?

Fuel Induction Services involve inspection of fuel injectors and fuel induction components for carbon build up and cleaning with fuel Induction cleaner and lubrication.

Again, do I really need this?

And most important, the tranny flush. The dealership recommends this at 30,000 miles, HOWEVER, the severe maintenance chart recommends this at 60,000 miles. It's safe to say, I don't need to do this.

I drive 15,000 to 20,000 miles on average per year. So I follow the severe maintenance protocol.

There are no issues with the car as far as I know. It makes a few "click" noises when I shut the engine off but according to another post in this group that is normal.

Since I live in a hot, all-year round climate, should I upgrade my coolant fluid? I was going to google something like "best coolant for asian/KIA cars" and have the dealership do a coolant flush. Is it too soon at 33,000 miles?


Also, my tires have become very worn. I rotate my own tires and I am probably on my last rotation. I have never been able to afford premium tires on a car until now and this is what I am planning on buying at tirerack.com. What do you think? I spent lots of time on this website and I feel these are best for Southeast Florida.

https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Pirelli&tireModel=P7+AS+Plus+3&partnum=245HR7P7ASP3XL&vehicleSearch=true&fromCompare1=yes&autoMake=Kia&autoYear=2020&autoModel=Forte Sedan&autoModClar=EX
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Thank you for your input everybody. This forum has been a blessing for maintaining my Forte.

I found this to help explain the fuel induction service.
 
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