When Will You Know It's Time for Brakes?

Brake pads typically wear gradually, so for some it may be difficult to readily notice a decline in performance. Below are some common signs you should look out for, as they can signal that your brake system needs repair/replacement.

Click the link to the right to watch an informative video on common sources of excessive wear to your brakes and what you can do to prevent your braking system from wearing down too much.

High-pitched squeal:

Many brake pads have a "wear indicator" that emits an audible warning when it's time for replacement.

Grinding noise:

Metal-on-metal noise can be caused by the backing plate grinding against rotors, due to worn brake pads.

Brake Pad Thickness:

Generally, if pads are less than 2-3mm thick, they likely need to be replaced. And if less than 4-5mm, they are nearing replacement.


If your car feels like it 'pulls' to one side when braking, this can be caused by brake pads wearing unevenly, dirty brake fluid, a collapsed brake hose, or a stuck caliper.

Vibration / Pulsation:

If your brake pedal feels like it's vibrating or pulsing when braking, this can be caused by unevenly worn rotors.

Pedal Responsiveness:

If your brake pedal is not as responsive as it once was, or it feels soft/mushy, this may signal a problem in the brake fluid system.

All Star Kia of Baton Rouge understands there is nothing more important than your safety.

For peace of mind, visit our dealership for a brake inspection by our factory-trained Kia technicians.

What Should You Expect from Your Battery?

Most batteries go for thousands of miles without service. However, everyday driving conditions - such as climate and driving habits - can affect the life of your battery. If you still have your original battery or feel a sluggish start from time to time, it may be a good idea to come in for battery inspection and testing.

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Factors that can shorten your battery's life are:

Severe Temperatures:

Your battery should be inspected every six months, and in areas of high heat/cold, this becomes even more imperative.

Lights are left on:

Even if your vehicle starts, the battery may have lost a lot of its reserve power.

Corrosion or Leakage:

This is likely a sign that your battery is not operating at 100%.

When it's time for a new battery, choose a Genuine Kia Battery.

Our batteries meet rigorous specifications for quality, long life and dependability.
Here are some features you can expect with every Kia Genuine Battery:

  • Genuine Kia batteries meet or exceed Kia's reserve capacity specifications and cold cranking amps specifications.
  • Positive grid cover can help prevent corrosion.
  • Special electrolyte additive improves battery charging effectiveness, especially following severe discharge.
  • All Kia dealerships nationwide can service these batteries, which is especially helpful when you're traveling.

When Will You Know It's Time for New Tires?

All tires eventually need to be replaced. We'll let you know when you need new ones. If you're thinking of going to a big box store for your tire needs, you may want to think again. At All Star Kia of Baton Rouge our Kia experts help make your tire replacement easy, convenient, cost-effective, and specific to your needs.

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Our factory-trained technicians will first check your tire tread depth and pressure. If it's determined that you need replacement tires, our experts will help find the set that is right for your Kia. Here are some reasons to buy tires from us:

  • We will have the right tires for your Kia
  • Our tire prices are competitive
  • Your tires will be expertly installed by factory-trained technicians
  • We stock high quality, name brand tires including: Hankook, Kumho, Goodyear, Nexen, Michelin, Dunlop, Yokohama, and more
  • All eligible tires come with 24-month road hazard coverage
  • Our dealership is a convenient one-stop shop for all of your vehicle's needs

New tires also help you stop sooner on wet roads!

A professional driver took nearly 10 car lengths longer to stop on worn tires than he did on new tires.
While your stopping distance may vary, newer tires can help you stop sooner.

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When Will You Know It's Time for New Wipers?

You'll know it's time to replace your wiper blades when you see these signs of wear:

  • Cracked, split, torn, brittle, worn
  • Chatter, streak, or fail to wipe cleanly

Wiper blades tend to wear evenly, so even if only one blade appears worn, the other isn't far behind. You should replace both wiper blades at the same time.

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KIA Brake Service Near Prairieville And Gonzales, LA

When it comes to your car's brake pads, you don't want any uncertainties, so don't hesitate to visit the factory trained service professionals here at All Star Kia of Baton Rouge. Our new and used dealership boasts an on-site service department that offers:

  • Competitive prices on all brake pad inspections
  • Quality replacement options
  • Practical special offers
  • ASE certified technicians
  • Ease of appointment scheduling

So don't hesitate to contact our KIA service department now! We'll help you find a convenient date and time to bring your Forte in so that your busy schedule isn't put on hold. Once you've arrived, we'll review a comprehensive vehicle estimate that covers the work our team will complete. Should your brakes be performing at a safe level, we'll get you back on the road! If it is time for a brake pad replacement, our team will introduce you to a number of quality options over in our parts department, getting your top choice safely installed. All Star Kia of Baton Rouge is eager to assist with all your auto needs, not only your brake pad services, so don't hesitate to contact our new and used KIA dealership for all auto maintenance and repairs!

KIA Battery Service Near Prairieville And Gonzales, LA

If you've dealt with any recent jump start or towing situations, it may be time for a car battery test! Vehicles that are five or more years old should have periodical battery tests performed to ensure they still have ample life left. Our new and used KIA dealership, All Star Kia of Baton Rouge, will happily test your Sorento's battery so that you can drive with the peace of mind that comes from knowing a factory trained technician cared for your ride.

Schedule a Battery Test Online

Use our website to browse our current special offers to see if any deals are relevant to your situation before using our online form to schedule your car battery test. There are many signs that your vehicle's battery is about to die, including an engine that is slow to turn over and flickering interior lights. Don't ignore these warning signs, head to our KIA dealership in Baton Rouge, Louisiana today! One of our team members will confirm your battery request, and should it be time for a replacement, we'll introduce you to a number of competitively priced options. Our team has many years of experience when it comes to auto maintenance, so don't hesitate to contact us to learn more about our battery services today!

Maintenance Menu

If you are in need of expert auto maintenance and service near Denham Springs or Livingston, Louisiana, then come to All Star Kia and visit our advanced auto service center located in Baton Rouge, LA. We offer a wide array of different automotive services to help you keep your vehicle in great condition year after year. Get a hassle-free oil change, a new oil filter, brake service, battery service, or a new set of tires all in one convenient location. Our skilled auto technicians have years of hands-on experience and the know-how to ensure that your car, SUV, or truck will run smoothly and look great after you get it back from our service center. You can schedule automotive service and maintenance by filling out a quick form here on our website or by calling our dealership's service department directly.

Keeping your vehicle in top condition is easy with help from the All Star Kia service center. With regular oil changes, your engine will stay well lubricated and won't be prone to overheating. If you keep your battery in good working order, you should have no trouble getting your car started. With regular brake servicing, your car will always be able to stop on a dime. And with the right set of new tires and proper rotations, you will always have enough grip on the road for a variety of driving situations.

If you are curious to know when your car or truck will need to be brought in for its factory scheduled maintenance, you can get in touch with us at our dealership. Let us know what kind of vehicle you have and we will do our best to let you know how often your oil and oil filter should be changed, when to check your brake fluid, when your transmission needs servicing, or when it is time to rotate your tires. All Star Kia is dedicated to helping you keep your vehicle in great condition, because we know that your car is a lot more than a way to get from point A to point B. Enjoy express service at All Star Kia today and help extend your car's life. If you treat your car right, it will continue to serve you faithfully. All Star Kia can fix your vehicle even if it's not a Kia and even if you didn't purchase it from our dealership. The service center at All Star Kia in Baton Rouge is open six days a week for your convenience, so no matter when you need it, you can always come to us for fast, hassle-free, and affordable auto repairs and maintenance.