What does a car battery do?
The car battery is responsible for powering all of the electric components in your car. As well as the lights, stereo, windscreen wipers, etc. it is also responsible for powering the ignition system that starts your engine and keeps it running.
How often should a car battery need replacing?
A car battery is to have an expected lifespan of between 4 to 6 years. This is dependent on several factors, for example, the quality of the battery, weather conditions, vehicle type, driving habits, and vehicle type.
The law, vehicle regulations, and your MOT
The physical condition of your battery will not cause your car to fail an MOT, but if the car won’t start, run or operate the electrical components properly because of your battery, then that will.
What causes a car battery to stop working correctly?
Your battery is continually being charged by your car’s alternator while driving, so it’s only through damage or that it has reached the end of its operational life, that it will fail to hold its charge.
On occasions when there has been excessive electrical use without your battery being recharged, your battery will be drained. A drained battery will only require a recharge unless the battery is faulty and its failed operation was instrumental to the drain.
After prolonged use, a car battery can leak the acid that holds the electrical charge. This liquid will turn to a white or bluish powder where it dries, so is fairly easy to spot.
Eventually, a battery will simply reach the end of its life. At this point, it’s time to organise a replacement.
Symptoms of a malfunctioning car battery
If your car won’t start
If your car doesn’t start when you turn the ignition switch, especially when the engine doesn’t make any attempt to turn over, your battery could be flat.
None of the electrical components work
If the lights, fan, radio or any other electrical components in your car don’t turn on or operate, then your battery could be drained or damaged.
The terminals are corroded
If the terminals (connection points) on your battery are corroded, then your battery is likely to be damaged or worn out.
Your battery has powdery deposits on it
If there are white or blueish powdery deposits on any parts of the battery, this is a sign of acid leaking and incorrect operation of your battery.
Kia Motors Corporation (widely known as Kia Motors) is South Korea’s second-largest automobile manufacturer, behind their parent company, the Hyundai Motor Company.
They were initially established in December 1944, over 70 years ago, as a steel tubing and bicycle parts manufacturer who started building cars in the 1970s.
Coming from a background of building cars under licence for the likes of Fiat, Mazda and Peugeot, it wasn’t until the 1980s when Kia started to produce vehicles under their own brand name, and only more recently were they to become minority owned by Hyundai, who currently holds a 33.88% stake in the company, in 2015.
How popular is Kia in the United Kingdom?
From the mid-1990s, the amount of Kia cars on UK roads has seen a steady increase to the current number of around 800k today.
Given their reliability, value for money and market-leading 7-year, 100k mile warranty, Kia is a marque that is heading for further popularity, greater sales and added respect.
Superb value for money
With an extensive range of models to choose from, Kia cars offer excellent value. From their city car Picanto starting at under £10k, through to their luxury spec SUV Sorento at £30k, Kia cars compete with more established mainstream brands, offering not only strong price-points but with advanced levels of technology and the extended benefits you’d expect from a car of a higher price.
Kia Sportage: The 10th best selling car in the UK
Given the rise in growth of the Korean car brand, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see its best selling model sneak into the top 10 best selling cars of 2018. This great value and practical SUV is ideal for family motoring; not only is it rugged and good looking, but it’s also backed with Kia’s impressive reliability and extensive warranty.
Kia’s reliability and reputation
Kia ranked joint 4th out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018. When buying a new car, reliability should be a key consideration, and with such an impressive set of statistics to back this brand, Kia is setting standards that the better-known marques will have to work hard to match.
Recent Kia recalls and reliability issues
Various recalls have been made on Kia models throughout their motoring history. The following are a list of the most recent in the UK and Europe.
25/05/2019 – Kia Niro (2016–2018)
The main relay with the power relay assembly may have inadequate connections between contacts
05/03/2019 – Kia Stinger (2017–2018)
There is a rough edge in the left fender body panel
14/12/2018 – Kia Soul (2013–2014)
The connection between the steering rod and the steering bod may come loose
10/08/2018 – Kia Niro (2017)
Oil might leak on the power electrode inside the hydraulic clutch actuator
11/05/2018 – Kia Rio (2017)
The cable length of the rear door lock assemblies may be incorrect
23/03/2018 – Kia Sorento (2011)
A faulty fuel line may lead to fuel loss in the engine compartment
30/03/2016 – Kia Sorento (2015–2016)
The brake light of a trailer attached to the vehicle is not activated when slowing down through cruise control, due to a software problem
15/04/2016 – Kia Soul (2014–2015)
A fault with the steering gear box could lead to the driver not being able to steer the vehicle properly
All recall information sourced from gov.co.uk data.