When Do I Need New Spark Plugs on my Kia Service FAQ in Olympia, WA
KIA spark plug replacement service FAQ

When Do I Need New Spark Plugs on my Kia? Hanson Kia Service FAQs

KIA spark plug answers

Simply put, modern vehicles no longer need a "tune-up" as we once understood the term. That said, your spark plugs will still wear out and need to be replaced. They can even be fouled by engine oil or carbon build-up. That's one of the few services in an old-school tune-up that will still need to be carried out today.

Back in the day, taking your vehicle to the shop for a "tune-up" was a pretty common procedure to ensure your vehicle was still running well. Today, there are fewer parts under the hood of a modern car that need to be regularly adjusted. The engine control computer handles things like engine timing that once needed to be manually tweaked - but not so today. Even the spark plugs are improved from a few decades ago, and can now last more than 100,000 miles in your vehicle.

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Learn what a spark plug replacement can do for your KIA

Consult your owner's manual to find out how often your spark plugs will need to be replaced. For example, the 2016 Kia Rio owner's manual indicates that it'll need its spark plugs replaced every 100,000 miles. We'll explain below what can happen when they go bad prematurely.

How can I Tell When I Need a New Spark Plug?

The spark plugs ignite the fuel and air mixture inside your engine's combustion chambers - triggering the explosions that actually generate power. If oil is allowed to seep into the combustion chamber, that's bad news. Among other potential problems, your spark plugs could be fouled if they become coated with engine oil. The buildup of carbon in your engine can also ruin your spark plugs.

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If one of your spark plugs isn't firing correctly, it can cause poor fuel economy, a rough idle, excess emissions and other problems - but, in general, it'll cause your engine to feel sluggish. If your car seems to be burning more fuel while also accelerating poorly, your spark plugs just might be to blame. Visit your nearest Kia dealer for a multi-point inspection! Factory-trained Kia experts will assess the condition of your vehicle, including the spark plugs, to find the problem and recommend a long-term fix.

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Here in Olympia and just minutes from Lacey, you'll find the Hanson Kia service department at 2300 Carriage Loop SW, Olympia, WA 98502. We're your local Kia dealership.


Hanson Kia

2300 Carriage Loop SW
Directions Olympia, WA 98502

  • Sales: (360) 339-5079
  • Service: (360) 339-5079
  • Parts: (360) 339-5079
  1. Hanson Kia

    2300 Carriage Loop SW
    Olympia, WA 98502

    • Sales: (877) 816-5820

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