Signs You Need An Oil Change

One of the cheapest and easiest ways to make sure your car’s engine stays in working order is to get an oil change on a regular basis, when needed. Without oil, the engine parts are not able to move freely, the seals can dry up and crack, little bits of dirt and metal can clog the works, and the whole combustion process can grind to a halt. A manufacturer-suggested mileage recommendation for oil changes (typically 4,000-6,000 miles) can be found in your owner’s manual, but there are other ways to make sure your vehicle performs at a premium. At Jim Shorkey, we suggest to write down a schedule and watch for signs that your oil is bad. What “signs” should you look for? We’re glad you asked.

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  • The Oil Looks Black and Sludge-Like

The original color of oil is more of a honey brown than a black, and will quickly darken after a few weeks of use. Once you start to see particles mixed in with that black oil, it’s time for a change. You don’t want to overload the filter to the point that it’s missing contaminants that’ll gunk up in the engine.

  • Your Engine Runs Louder Than Usual

Oil lubricates your engine. Without lubrication, the parts will start to grind against each other, creating more unpleasant noises than you’re used to from under the hood.

  • You Can’t Remember Your Last Oil Change

Aside from making sure the correct oil is at the correct level, the most important thing about oil changes is getting onto a schedule that you’ll stick to. If you can’t even recall the last time your fluids were swapped, then get it changed, write it down, and remain on a healthy schedule.

  • Your Check Engine Light Won’t Go Away

This sounds like a no-brainer, but many drivers ignore lights on their dashboard. And, sometimes, rightfully so—an older car’s check engine light might come on when there’s something up with the engine lubricant, not necessarily the oil. Before you waste time trying to check everything else, make it simple and check the dipstick.

Think you need an oil change? Visit our Service page, or give us a call and talk to a friendly Service Advisor today!

 

Where Have You Gone in Your Kia Soul?

The Eat Your Kimchi team is a Korea-based YouTube/blogger team made up of a quirky couple, Simon and Martina Stawski, who explore Korea in their Kia Soul. Kia has teamed up with the couple to help expand their adventures and provided them with a customized Kia Soul, which has been their mode of transportation during their adventures in Korea.

The Kia Buzz team met up with the dynamic duo in the hometown of Kia Motors, Seoul, to find out more about the adventures in the Eatyourkimchi Soul. Check out their interview below:

Kia: So, what’s the story behind Eat Your Kimchi?

EYK: Six years ago, we first came to Korea to teach English. We started blogging about our adventures on the side because we wanted our families to see what Korea was like. There wasn’t really that much overseas coverage of Korea back then, so our families had no idea what we were getting into. Now our blog is popular enough that we could both quit teaching, and we do this full-time. We do segments about K-pop, Korean culture and our adventures. When we’re in Korea, we do Korean things, but we shoot videos in all of the countries we travel to, like China, Japan, France, and the United States.

Kia: How did the Eatyourkimchi Mobile (#EYKSoul) project start?

EYK: Since our adventure videos were such a big hit with our audience, we thought it would be natural for us to venture out to areas outside of Seoul. But traveling in a taxi with cameras, mics, lighting, and tripods isn’t too convenient. We approached Kia with the idea that we should shoot our adventure videos in the Kia Soul. It made perfect sense to us. The Soul is a very fun car, and we’re rather quirky people. Driving the Kia around was the next evolution of our programming, and so far it’s been a perfect fit. Our first major adventure video we did with the Eatyourkimchi Mobile was a great success with our audience!

Kia: What inspired the Eatyourkimchi Mobile design?

EYK: We both have lots of tattoos, and Martina’s hair is half pink. We have a dog that’s half blue! We’re very noticeable, and our personalities are represented in many ways by the way we look. We wanted the Eatyourkimchi Mobile to go with that vibe. If we were going to have a new addition to our EatYourKimchi family, the Eatyourkimchi Mobile had to look the part! So, the colors and the swirls you see on the Eatyourkimchi Mobile can be found in a lot of our videos and branding as well, from our tattoo designs, to our studio sign, to our YouTube thumbnails. The Eatyourkimchi Mobile not only stands out on its own from the rest of the cars on the streets of Korea, but it also represents us perfectly.

Kia: What is the best memory you have with your Eatyourkimchi Mobile so far?

EYK: For Martina’s birthday, we took the Eatyourkimchi Mobile to Everland, a major amusement park in Korea. I packed a lot of lunch meats and liverwurst and breads and cheeses for her birthday. We sat in the back of our Soul and cut our meats and cheeses on a tiny cutting board and had a little picnic in the trunk! I’m sure it looked funny to passersby, but it was a very special moment for us.

Kia: Share any driving tips for first-time drivers in Korea.

EYK: Give yourself a bit more room between your car and cars in front of you. A lot of people will merge in front of you without signaling. Don’t get angry! So the more room you give yourself the better! Also, you MUST get a GPS navigation system. Seoul is exceptionally difficult to navigate because of the many alleyways and smaller streets all over the city.

Kia: Share any upcoming plans for Eat Your Kimchi.

EYK: We’re in the process of opening up our own coffee shop. It’s a project we’ve been working on for almost a year, and finally, we should be opening by the end of July this year. We’re really excited to be able to connect with our audience offline, and this coffee shop is going to be a great chance for us to do that. Also, the full Eat Your Kimchi crew is planning a very epic two week road trip, in which we go on many adventures around many different parts of Korea, and we’ll be testing the limits of the Eatyourkimchi Soul. It’s going to be loads of fun!

Check out this video introducing the Eatyourkimchi Mobile !

What adventures have you been on in your Kia Soul?

Warranty Forever: What is it and how does it work?

Sure you hear “Warranty Forever” when you visit the dealership, listen to Jim Shorkey commercials on the radio, or browse new and used vehicles on our website, but what does “Warranty Forever” truly mean? Simply stated, “Warranty Forever” is—are you ready for this?!—a warranty forever.

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We believe you should browse and buy with 100% confidence. Therefore, we provide the exclusive Warranty Forever® program with every eligible new and used vehicle we sell. This includes an engine, transmission, and drive train warranty, including seals and gaskets, for as long as you own the vehicle. When we say “forever,” we mean forever. There is no deductible or separate parts and labor charges, and we do not tact on maximum mileage or ownership term criteria. Best of all, it comes at absolutely no cost to you. You don’t have to worry about “opting in” and getting hit with another couple $1,000 on your bottom line.

All we ask is you perform the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance on your vehicle. That’s it.

We recently sat down with Jim Shorkey III, and asked him to explain Warranty Forever® in his own words. Check out the video below! If you still have any questions, visit the information pages on our website here.

SUVs, Crossovers Beat Out Sedans for “Most Popular” Title

Chances are an SUV or crossover vehicle just passed you on the road. Perhaps even while you were driving an SUV or crossover yourself. Why are we willing to go out on a limb with this? Because SUVs and crossover vehicles have overtaken sedans as the most popular vehicle body style in the U.S., according to analysis of new vehicle retail registrations by IHS Automotive. In fact, SUVs and crossovers now account for 36.5% of the new vehicle market versus 35.4% for sedans.

The Jeep Cherokee, among others, is credited with being a “key” driver in the growth of the SUV and crossover segment. According to the study, consumers appreciate such attributes as a higher seating position, higher ground clearance, more interior space, and towing capacity.

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Interestingly, even as little as 5 years ago, sedans held the number one spot with 36.3%, while SUVs and crossovers accounted for 31.4%.

“The sedan no longer holds the dominant position it once did,” said IHS Automotive in a statement. “Through the first five months of 2014, the most popular body style in the industry among individual consumers has been SUVs and crossovers.”

Beside the Cherokee, check out some of our popular SUVs and crossover vehicles!

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Kia Sorento

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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

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10 Car Trends That Should Have Happened

In today’s day and age, it is easy to customize a vehicle to your liking. From the exterior to interior, electronics to wheels, clicks of the mouse and clanks on the keys, you can have your dream car built in no time! But what if you had the option of turning your minivan into a convertible? Here’s a list of car trends that should have happened but never did.

1. Customizable Horn – No, we don’t mean the Dukes of Hazard horn, but any sound you wanted! Imagine the sounds you would be hearing while riding down the road.

2. Hubless Wheels – Invented by Franco Sbarro, the hubless wheel offered light weight, great rigidity, and a great deal of other benefits. Although Franco has built a variety of working hubless vehicles, the hubless wheels never caught on. They are difficult and expensive to manufacture, requiring a great deal of precision machining, and the design leaves the bearings and other mechanical parts largely exposed to the elements.

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3. Rotary Engine – Used as an alternative to conventional inline engines, the rotary engine was designed with an odd number of cylinders per row in a radical configuration, in which the crankshaft remained stationary, with the entire crankcase and its attached cylinders rotating around it as a unit in operation. The rotary has a substantial power-to-weight ratio, delivers smooth power, and has fast-moving airflow. Although the rotary engine was created mostly for aviation, a few cars were built with the rotary engine, including NSU Ro80 vehicle and a variety of Mazda vehicles such as the RX-series.

4. Modular Vehicles – A modular vehicle is one in which substantial components of the vehicle are interchangeable. The modularity is intended to make repairs and maintenance easier, or to allow the vehicle to be reconfigured to suit different functions. Want a convertible? No problem. Hard top? You got it. Canopy top? Why not.

5. Exhaust Whistle – Get a whistling exhaust to complement your customizable horn!

6. Three Abreast Seating – You could be the center of attention and take two friends along for a ride! (This will help resolve all of those fights over who gets shotgun)

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7. Side Pipes – Sure they have a propensity to immolate your legs, but they look cool while doing it!

8. Off-Road Sports Car – Imagine a vehicle with the power of the Ram 2500 Altitude and the looks of the K900.

9. Wagoning – Why not have the option to wagon-size every vehicle? Kia, Mitsubishi, or Chrysler? Who do you think would be the first to jump on the band wagon and have this option?

10. Convertible Mini Van – The practicality of the mini-van and the enjoyment of drop-top motoring! Could you imagine a convertible Kia Sedona?

What would you like to be able to customize in your vehicle?

The K900 Arrives at Jim Shorkey Kia!

Autotrader.com has added the 2015 Kia K900 to its reputable list of “Must Test Drive” vehicles. The K900 is Kia’s first premium world-class rear-wheel drive luxury sedan, and it’s making its debut with a 5.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers an outstanding 420 horsepower and 376lbs.-ft torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. (Later in the model year, Kia will introduce a 3-11-horsepower V-6 model to the K900 lineup).

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If that isn’t enough to spark your ignition, maybe the amenities will. The standard features of the K900 are designed for comfort and convenience. These amenities include headed and ventilated front seats, power tilt/telescoping steering wheel and 12-way power adjustable seats. The comfort doesn’t stop with just the driver. The passengers can also enjoy the lap of luxury in the backseat with their own climate controls, heated seats, rear sunshade, and a center console with a USB port. (If you wanted to spoil your passenger a little bit more, the VIP Rear Seat package also adds reclining and ventilated rear seats!)

Still not enough? Lets talk technology. The K900 is equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, 17-speaker Lexicon 900-watt audio system, satellite and HD radio, a 9.2 – inch center screen that displays the standard navigation system and Driver Information Systems infotainment functions, front and rear camera display, and front and rear parking sensors with Park Guide System (PGS).

The luxury experience continues behind the wheel as you drive. The K900 offers smooth and effortless power, launching the car from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, all while isolating passengers from bumps, ruts, wind, and road noises.

Stop by Jim Shorkey Kia and challenge the luxury you know by test driving the new 2015 Kia K900. Check out our K900 photo gallery below!

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Dodge Celebrates 100 Years

The Dodge brand has grown from a simple bicycle business into the thriving car manufacturer that it is today. To say this has happened without any bumps in the road would be remiss, but the lengths to which the Dodge brand has come are remarkable.

Headquartered in Detroit, Dodge originally manufactured and supplied parts for automakers, like Ford and Oldsmobile. The Dodge brothers had a vision beyond that, however, and decided to build their own car. That car was unveiled in late 1914—100 years ago.

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In 1920, both the Dodge brothers passed away from influenza but their company survived, despite multiple owners and a bankruptcy. Through these trials and tribulations, the Dodge brand has remained intact. To help celebrate this latest and greatest milestone, enjoy a compiled photo gallery of Dodge ads that will take you down memory lane, as well as some more recent Dodge pictures that may even steer you to our showroom for a test drive!

Happy 100th birthday, Dodge!

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1970 Dodge Challenger

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Dodge Dart Sport – the “Convertriple”

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Dodge Polara

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1970 Dodge Challenger

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1936 Dodge Trucks

And today:

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2014 Dodge Durango

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2014 Dodge Charger

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4th of July Happenings Around the ‘Burgh

How will you be celebrating this 4th of July weekend? Will it be with family and friends at picnics, watching fireworks, or taking advantage of the holiday specials at Jim Shorkey? Maybe its all 3! But if you have no plans, don’t worry, here’s a list of things happening around the Pittsburgh area where you can celebrate America’s birthday!

Big Butler Fair
Big Butler Fairgrounds
1127 New Castle Road

The Big Butler Fair’s most anticipated event is happening at dusk on July 4th, its firework display! The Big Butler Fair is one of the region’s best, and most awaited summer festival, with patriotic activities, family-friendly fun, rides and games, and of course, delicious fair food. This year’s fair is teamed up with the Y108 Freedom Fest and Country Musical Fest, which will take place on July 5th at 6 p.m.

Celebrate America Festival
Kennywood Park
48000 Kennywood Blvd.

Kennywood is throwing America a Birthday bash and you’re invited! Come honor the red, white, and blue this weekend at Kennywood’s Celebrate America Festival. Experience Kennywood in a whole new way with patriotic music, live entertainment, antique cars, and an awesome firework display at the end of the night! Save $10 off gate admission with Giant Eagle special store coupons.

Revolutionary Fort Pitt
Fort Pitt Museum
601 Commonwealth Place

On July 4th there will be a ceremonial flag raising that launches the Revolutionary Fort Pitt 4th of July event at the historic Fort Pitt Museum. The event will not only be educational, but also entertaining! With this weekend long event, you will learn about our country’s past with a reading of the Deceleration of Independence. See what a day in the life of a soldier is like with reenactments featuring musket drills, canon firings, and marching. The celebration ends with a breathtaking firework display from the Point.

July 4th Fireworks Blowout
Carnegie Science Center
1 Allegheny Ave

Every 4th of July there are firework displays galore, but have you ever wondered the science behind them? Well if you have, don’t miss the Carnegie Science Center’s July 4th Fireworks Blowout event where you will learn all about the science behind fireworks and how they work. While you’re there you can also check out the science center’s four floors of exhibits and hands-on activities. Catch a movie in the Omnimax theater and explore the world of sports and the Highmark Sports Works right next door! Lawn seats are priced at $39 per person and include free parking plus pop and popcorn.

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta
Point State Park

The biggest 4th of July celebration is back with a new attraction! This year’s regatta will hold Pogopalooza, the annual world championship of extreme pogo, featuring high-flying stunts and flips by competitors from the U.S, Canada, South America, and Europe. Other highlights of the Regatta will include the F-2 Powerboat North American Championships, the K9 Crew Frisbee Dog Show, a BMX stunt show, the Anything That Floats competition, and a Zambelli firework show that will light up the city sky over the Golden Triangle.