Thursday, July 12, 2018

Kia Would Like to Remind You: PMS Isn't Just an Oil Change

Many people think that regular oil changes are enough to keep a car running like new. Well, Columbian Autocar Corporation (CAC), the distributor of Kia vehicles in the Philippines would like to remind everyone that car maintenance isn’t just a regular oil change.

Changing the engine oil is just one of the many steps in the Preventive Maintenance Service or PMS process that keeps your Kia (or just about any other brand of vehicle) performing at a top level.

During a Kia PMS, technicians use state-of-the-art equipment and combined with their expert know-how, they thoroughly check and diagnose the various components of a car.

Technicians may then make necessary adjustments and even identify which parts need replacing. These parts may include not just the oil filter, but the fuel filter, engine air filter, and cabin air filter. Also depending on the level of wear, engine belts and brake pads may need to be replaced as well.

Naturally, these parts will be replaced with genuine parts to ensure the best fit and performance. These are the parts engineered to fit your vehicle precisely, thereby keeping its original specification so you can be sure of their reliability.

Taking your vehicle in for a PMS is a key part of responsible vehicle ownership. By taking your car in for maintenance by certified technicians, car owners can preemptively address any potential problems. As the old saying goes: prevention is better than cure.


  1. We are not questioning the importance of PMS but the interval between PMS. Some PMS are even required every quarter disguised as light PMS which for me is extreme and is just a waste of time (+money) favoring the car dealer. Miss it by a month and you will loose warranty.

    VW offers once a year PMS and hopefully some will follow. Don't tell me Japanese, Koreans and Americans can't match VW expertise in making their car require only once a year PMS? They basically use the same materials in making cars, the oil and other consumables are also more or less the same.

    1. Once a year PMS does more harm than good to your engine and to your car as a whole. You also have to factor in the actual running time vs actual mileage, considering the heavy traffic and potholes in Metro Manila.

      It's a different situation though for those in the province.

    2. Engineers in VW are probably wrong then and we should follow you. Oh btw in some countries Mazda 3, CX-5, some Fords and Hyundai units along with VW have 1 year maintenance schedule as well so they too are probably wrong and making a big mistake. Some models have 10k/1 year and some have 15k/1 year PMS.

    3. You already said it, "in other countries". It's a different situation here in the PHI wherein there are lots of engine wear & tear being idle in heavy traffic and lots of potholes.

      Twice a year PMS is still better. Anything more than that is overkill.

    4. I'm curious what's so hard for the engine in normal traffic. It is just what 5-15kph, max of 1500 rpm. What exactly is being stressed out in the engine when you are stuck in traffic? For people maybe but engines should be fine and it is running on a normal operating parameter of which the engine is designed.

      Everything is in the manual. Nothing is noted there that you should avoid your car in traffic over X hours or more or it will cause serious stress and damage on your engine and transmission. Traffic is not towing 5 ton for example.

    5. It's the actual engine running time vs actual mileage, they're two different things. It's harmful to your engine to have high engine running time sitting in heavy traffic then having once a year oil change than having a twice a year oil change with the same situation. You're subjecting your engine to high possibility of developing engine gunk/sludge.

    6. Ok fair enough but would you think engineers didn't take that into consideration while testing their engine? London is also suffering severe traffic yet PMS schedule of most Mazda cars there is still 12.5k/12 mos. Same goes with Indonesia which has worse traffic than us but they still have 10k/12 mos interval. Synthetic oil generally lasts up to 16k but 12k should be in the safe side. Also take into consideration that we have a coding day here so one day less load than cars in other countries.

    7. The ill effects will be felt long term. Try to look at those videos in Youtube, you'll see lots of videos with engine gunk due to prolonged PMS intervals most especially for older vehicles.

      There are a lot of cases here in the PHI aswell, owners usually discover those during tappet adjustment which is usually done at 100k kms.

  2. I changed the oil of my cars once a year. And honestly, they are all in top condition. Mas maganda pag sariling oil. We buy the branded oils vs generic oil used by casa. Others even use recycled oil. Read the manual, nakalagay Doon. What specs of oil to use. When to change. Loko Loko Lang yan mga dealers. Pang warranty Lang po talaga basta casa.

  3. Personally I don't mind the casa schedule. The car I drive is cheap to maintain anyway. Manual says twice a year but it's OK to go thrice. Conditions are sh*ttier here with a lot of stop-and-go traffic. I see frequent visits as a check up point din. The idea is I get to hopefully detect any issues quickly by frequent check ups, compared sa say once or twice a year.

  4. when there is a difference between the owners manual and warranty booklet, that is purely BS for money making purposes. why does a car company make a PMS schedule different from a warranty booklet? it's for the casa to make money....

  5. agree with anony 4:07. there are different pms schedules depending on heavy or light use stated in your manual and you can leverage that against your casa's overkill every few months warranty pms or just do the service station check/ tightening and oil change. if your car is a lemon something would have already gone wrong before you finish breaking it in anyways.


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