I have about 58,000 mi on my sorento and I need to know what I have to do for the 60,000 mi check up in order to keep up the warranty. I am on the normal maintenance schedule which says to only replace the cooling system fluid, but the dealer wants to replace timing belt, sparkplugs, transmission fluid, etc. The schedule says sparkplugs only need to be changed at 100,000 miles, and the transmission only needs to be checked and the drivebelts only need to be inspected. Does that include the timing belt??. Do I need to replace the timing belt and sparkplugs??
2008 sorento maintenance on 2008 Kia Sorento
by 1nunya1 in Paso Robles, CA on February 19, 2011
ANSWER by DaveJHM on February 19, 2011
Severe duty verses normal duty -- always a tricky situation. To be proactive, you really should consider replacing the timing belt and spark plugs. But the truth is - the timing belt will probably hang in a bit longer (only 3 years old -- I consider this fact more important than the 60,000 miles for this situation...). I would probably proactively plan to replace the spark plugs at some point in the fairly near future. but would not feel pressured to do it immediately. The dealership is being proactive recommending services that would be benefifical to you. They may even help your performance a bit - spark plugs can improve fuel economy marginally by being serviced. For the warranty - if you follow the guide, you are in good shape. The dealer is a good resource - but ultimately it's your car and Kia's maintenance guide.
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