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June 6, 2018

How Often Do You Have to Replace Filters, Belts, and Pads on a Kia Vehicle?

Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the distributor of Kia vehicles in the Philippines, wants to help keep its customers’ cars running smoothly by reminding them of using only Kia Genuine Parts for their vehicles. CAC hopes to educate owners on the use of these parts, why, and when you need to have them replaced.

Kia Genuine Parts are engineered to precisely match the original specification of each vehicle. These parts are produced of durable and high-quality materials keeping your vehicle running longer and more efficiently.

Finding the Right Filters

A modern car uses several different filters to keep its internals clear of dust particles and other contaminants from reaching the vital parts of your vehicle.

Engines work by burning a mixture of air and fuel and it’s the job of the Engine Air Filter to provide optimum performance while keeping unwanted particles out of the intake. Counterfeit air filters wear-out up to three times faster, jeopardizing safety and driving performance. These need to be replaced after every 15,000 kilometers for gasoline and 5,000 kilometers for diesel.

The Cabin Air Filter on the other hand is also designed to also filter dust and other airborne materials, but instead of the engine, it filters the air entering the ventilation and air-conditioning systems keeping the cabin air nice and clean while protecting the air conditioning system itself. These need to be replaced after every 7,500 kilometers for gasoline models and 5,000 kilometers for diesel models.

Finally, there’s the Fuel Filter which keeps contaminants from entering the fuel line. They help in optimal fuel combustion. fuel filters need replacement every 60,000 kilometers for gasoline and 20,000 kilometers for diesel.

Buying Belts that Fit

Modern vehicles have a couple of different belts in the engine bay whose purpose is to synchronize the movement of several components. Kia Genuine belts have undergone rigorous testing to provide you trouble free driving for several years.

Timing Belts keep your engine running smoothly by controlling the opening and closing of its valves. Timing belts have a definite fatigue life of 60,000 kilometers.

Serpentine Belts can be differentiated from timing belts by its length. Its job is to provide power to several components in the engine including the alternator, power steering pump and the fan for the air-conditioning. Since it powers several parts, it’s ideal to have it checked and replaced regularly.

Brake Pads that Don’t Break

One of the most important wear items on your vehicle are the Brake Pads. Using Kia Genuine brake pads make sure you get consistent braking performance no matter the weather condition. Using proprietary Compound Materials with a medium to high friction coefficient, Genuine Kia brake pads stop your vehicle smoothly and safely every time. Replacing upon the recommendation from your maintenance service will help you maintain your car’s dependable performance.

Don’t compromise on your safety. Counterfeit parts wear faster and provide uneven braking and may ultimately fail prematurely and damage your car’s other components.

Beware the Pretenders

When you use non-genuine parts, you not only compromise the performance of your whole car but you invalidate your warranty as well. You will also be facing risks by having a mechanic that doesn’t have the expertise of a Kia technician work on your car using lesser-quality equipment. These non-genuine parts can also be sometimes less reliable and lead to more equipment failure resulting in higher labor costs.


  1. Engine air filter and cabin air filter changed every 5th km? You are destroying the brand image in exchange for your profit

    1. i know right? cabin air filter 7k for gas and 5k for diesel? I mean whats the difference? they just filter cabin air, they do the same job. This is nothing but maximising profit by scamming customers. this is why I stopped going to the casa and referred to the manual, manual even says replace the oil filter every 10-15k and we have the diesel version.

    2. Also consider that driving conditions are shttier here in the Philippines, perhaps mandating more frequent replacement of parts.

      Consider also that for rubbers and fluids, it's a time or distance element, whichever comes first. Rubber breaks down as it ages, oils turn into jelly. You can stop using the car at, say a few kms short of the next service interval, but don't rxpect it to work after a year of stagnation arguing you haven't breached the distance component.

    3. I agree that it's a distance or time, whichever comes first, but the distances mentioned in the article are not realistic. Anyway, I understand that the recommended intervals came from Columbian Auto and not from Ayala group (latest official distributor of KIA in Philippines) so I think this practice will change eventually like what Ayala did with their Volkswagen brand. Volkswagen's latest pms interval is at 10k km or 1 year, whichever is earlier, at least for the gasoline engines.

  2. I doubt if the recommended intervals for the filter replacements and other items are sanctioned by KIA as indicated in the user's manual. If these recommended intervals are nowhere to be found in the user's manual itself, we can conclude that this is just another money-making scheme of the local distributor which is also practiced by toyota.


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