Kia Sportage 2022 Appearance Care and Emission Control System
The 2022 Kia Sportage encourages owners to preserve the brilliance of both the exterior and interior via routine cleaning and protection by fusing beautiful design with attentive appearance care. The car’s exterior needs to be treated gently; specified washing and waxing procedures will help to maintain the finish. Maintaining the beauty of the interior requires regular vacuuming, upkeep of the upholstery, and sun protection. Simultaneously, the Sportage has sophisticated pollution control mechanisms, including as engine management technology and catalytic converters, to reduce hazardous emissions. With the 2022 Sportage, Kia is demonstrating its dedication to deliver an environmentally responsible and aesthetically pleasing driving experience through the thoughtful integration of pollution control and aesthetic care.
2023 KIA SPORTAGE Specs, Price, Features and Mileage (Brochure)
Exterior general caution
It is very important to follow the label directions when using any chemical cleaner or polish. Read all warning and caution statements that appear on the label.
If you park the vehicle around a stainless signboard or windshield building etc., the plastic exterior trim (bumper, spoiler, garnish, lamp, outside mirror, etc.) may be damaged by reflected sunlight from the external structure. To avoid damaging the plastic exterior trim, park the vehicle away from the areas where the reflected light may occur or use a vehicle cover (Depending on the vehicle, the type of exterior trim applied such as a spoiler may differ).
Finish maintenance Washing
To help protect your vehicle’s finish from rust and deterioration, wash it thoroughly and frequently at least once a month with lukewarm or cold water. If you use your vehicle for off-road driving, you should wash it after each off-road trip. Pay special attention to the removal of any accumulation of salt, dirt, mud, and other foreign materials. Make sure the drain holes in the lower edges of the doors and rocker panels are kept clear and clean. Insects, tar, tree sap, bird droppings, industrial pollution, and similar deposits can damage your vehicle’s finish if not removed immediately. Even prompt washing with plain water may not completely remove all these deposits. A mild soap, safe for use on painted surfaces, may be used. After washing, rinse the vehicle thoroughly with lukewarm or cold water. Do not allow soap to dry on the finish. After washing the vehicle, test the brakes while driving slowly to see if they have been affected by water. If braking performance is impaired, dry the brakes by applying them lightly while maintaining a slow forward speed.
When using high-pressure washers, make sure to maintain a sufficient distance from the vehicle. Insufficient clearance or excessive pressure can lead to component damage or water penetration. Do not spray the camera, sensors or its surrounding area directly with a high-pressure washer. Shock applied from high-pressure water may cause the device to not operate normally. Do not bring the nozzle tip close to boots (rubber or plastic covers) or connectors as they may be damaged if they come into contact with high-pressure water.
CAUTION – Wet engine
Water washing in the engine compartment including high-pressure water washing may cause the failure of electrical circuits located in the engine compartment. Never allow water or other liquids to come in contact with electrical/electronic components inside the vehicle as this may damage them.
Wax the vehicle when water will no longer bead on the paint. Always wash and dry the vehicle before waxing. Use a good quality liquid or paste wax, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Wax all metal trim to protect it and to maintain its luster. Removing oil, tar, and similar materials with a spot remover will usually strip the wax from the finish. Be sure to re-wax these areas even if the rest of the vehicle does not yet need waxing. Do not apply wax on the embossed unpainted unit, as it may tarnish the unit.
CAUTION – Drying vehicle
Wiping dust or dirt off the body with a dry cloth will scratch the finish. Do not use steel wool, abrasive cleaners, acid detergents or strong detergents containing high alkaline or caustic agents on chrome-plated or anodized aluminum parts. This may result in damage to the protective coating and cause discoloration or paint deterioration.
Finish damage repair
Deep scratches or stone chips in the painted surface must be repaired promptly. Exposed metal will quickly rust and may develop into a major repair expense. If your vehicle is damaged and requires any metal repair or replacement, be sure the body shop applies anti-corrosion materials to the parts repaired or replaced.
- To remove road tar and insects, use a tar remover, not a scraper or other sharp object.
- To protect the surfaces of bright-metal parts from corrosion, apply a coating of wax or chrome preservative and rub to a high luster.
- During winter weather or in coastal areas, cover the bright metal parts with a heavier coating of wax or preservative. If necessary, coat the parts with non-corrosive petroleum jelly or other protective compound.
Road salt and other corrosive chemicals are used in cold weather states to melt snow and prevent ice accumulation. If these chemicals are not regularly removed, they will corrode the vehicle underbody and over time dam-age fuel lines, the fuel tank retention system, the vehicle suspension, the exhaust system, and even the body frame.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has warned all vehicle owners of all brands of the need to take the following steps:
- Wash the undercarriage of your vehicle regularly during the winter and whenever your vehicle has been exposed to such salts or chemicals. Do a thorough washing of the undercarriage at the end of the winter. Use professional service technicians or governmental inspection stations to annually inspect for corrosion. Immediately seek an inspection of your vehicle if you become visually aware of corrosion flaking or scaling or if you become aware of a change in vehicle performance, such as soft or spongey brakes, fluids leaking, impairment of directional control, suspension noises, or rattling metal straps.
Aluminum wheel maintenance
The aluminum wheels are coated with a clear protective finish.
- Do not use any abrasive cleaner, polishing compound, solvent, or wire brushes on aluminum wheels. They may scratch the finish.
- Clean the wheel when it has cooled.
- Use only a mild soap or neutral detergent, and rinse thoroughly with water. Also, be sure to clean the wheels after driving on salted roads. This helps prevent corrosion.
- Avoid washing the wheels with high-speed vehicle wash brushes.
- Do not use any alkaline or acid detergents It may damage and corrode the aluminum wheels coated with a clear protective finish.
Protecting your vehicle from corrosion
By using the most advanced design and construction practices to combat corrosion, we produce vehicles of excellent quality. However, this is only part of the job. To achieve the long-term corrosion resistance your vehicle can deliver, the owner’s cooperation and assistance are also required.
Common causes of corrosion
The most common causes of corrosion on your vehicle are:
- Road salt, dirt and moisture that is allowed to accumulate underneath the vehicle.
- Removal of paint or protective coatings by stones, gravel, abrasion or minor scrapes and dents which leave the unprotected metal exposed to corrosion.
If you live in an area where your vehicle is regularly exposed to corrosive materials, corrosion protection is particularly important. Some of the common causes of accelerated corrosion are road salts, dust control chemicals, ocean air and industrial pollution.
Moisture breeds corrosion
Moisture creates the conditions in which corrosion is most likely to occur. For example, corrosion is accelerated by high humidity, particularly when temperatures are just above freezing. In such conditions, the corrosive material is kept in contact with the vehicle’s surface by moisture that evaporates slowly. Mud is particularly corrosive because it dries slowly and holds moisture in contact with the vehicle. Although the mud appears to be dry, it can still retain moisture and promote corrosion. High temperatures can also accelerate the corrosion of parts that are not properly ventilated so the moisture can be dispersed. For all these reasons, it is particularly important to keep your vehicle clean and free of mud or accumulations of other materials. This applies not only to the visible surfaces but particularly to the underside of the vehicle.
To help prevent corrosion
You can help prevent corrosion from the beginning by observing the following:
Keep your vehicle clean
The best way to prevent corrosion is to keep your vehicle clean and free of corrosive materials. Attention to the underside of the vehicle is particularly important.
- If you live in a high-corrosion area— where road salts are used, near the ocean, areas with industrial pollution, acid rain, etc.—, you should take extra care to prevent corrosion. In winter, hose off the underside of your vehicle at least once a month, and be sure to clean the underside thoroughly when winter is over. When cleaning underneath the vehicle, give particular attention to the components under the fenders and other areas that are hidden from view. Do a thorough job; just dampening the accumulated mud rather than washing it away will accelerate corrosion rather than prevent it. Water under high pressure and steam are particularly effective in removing accumulated mud and corrosive materials. When cleaning lower door panels, rocker panels, and frame members, be sure that drain holes are kept open so that moisture can escape and not be trapped inside to accelerate corrosion.
Keep your garage dry
Don’t park your vehicle in a damp, poorly ventilated garage. This creates a favorable environment for corrosion. This is particularly true if you wash your vehicle in the garage or drive it into the garage when it is still wet or covered with snow, ice, or mud. Even a heated garage can contribute to corrosion unless it is well-ventilated so moisture is dispersed.
Keep paint and trim in good condition
Scratches or chips in the finish should be covered with “touch-up” paint as soon as possible to reduce the possibility of corrosion. If bare metal is showing through, the attention of a qualified body and paint shop is recommended. Bird droppings: Bird droppings are highly corrosive and may damage painted surfaces in just a few hours. Always remove bird droppings as soon as possible.
Don’t neglect the interior
Moisture can collect under the floor mats and carpeting and cause corrosion. Check under the mats periodically to be sure the carpeting is dry. Use particular care if you carry fertilizers, cleaning materials or chemicals in the vehicle. These should be carried only in proper containers and any spills or leaks should be cleaned up, flushed with clean water, and thoroughly dried.
Interior general precautions
Prevent chemicals such as perfume, cosmetic oil, sun cream, hand cleaner, and air freshener from contacting the interior parts because they may cause damage or discoloration. If they do contact the interior parts, wipe them off immediately. If necessary, use a vinyl cleaner, see product instructions for correct usage.
CAUTION – Electrical components
Never allow water or other liquids to come in contact with electrical/electronic components inside the vehicle as this may damage them.
CAUTION – Leather
When cleaning leather products (steering wheels, seats, etc.), use neutral detergents or low-alcohol content solutions. If you use high alcohol content solutions or acid/alkaline detergents, the color of the leather may fade or the surface may get stripped off.
Taking care of leather seats
Vacuum the seat periodically to remove dust and sand on the seat. It will prevent abrasion or damage to the leather and maintain its quality. Wipe the natural leather seat cover often with dry or soft cloth. Sufficient use of a leather protective may prevent abrasion of the cover and help maintain the color. Be sure to read the instructions and consult a specialist when using leather coating or protective agents. Leather with bright colors(beige, cream beige) is easily contaminated and clear in appearance. Clean the seats frequently. Avoid wiping with a wet cloth. It may cause the surface to crack.
Cleaning the leather seats
- Remove all contaminations instantly. Refer to the instructions below for the removal of each contaminant.
- Cosmetic products(sunscreen, foundation, etc.)
- Apply cleansing cream on a cloth and wipe the contaminated point. Wipe off the cream with a wet cloth and remove water with a dry cloth.
- Beverages(coffee, soft drinks, etc.)
- Apply a small amount of neutral detergent and wipe until contaminations do not smear.
- Remove oil instantly with an absorbable cloth and wipe with stain remover for natural leather only.
- Chewing gum
- Harden the gum with ice and remove it gradually.
Fabric seat cover (If equipped)
Please clean the fabric seats regularly with a vacuum cleaner in consideration of fabric material characteristics. If they are heavily soiled with beverage stains, etc., use a suitable interior cleaner. To prevent damage to seat covers, wipe off the seat covers down to the seams with a large wiping motion and moderate pressure using a soft sponge or microfiber cloth. Velcro closures on clothing or sharp objects may cause snagging or scratches on the surface of the seats. Make sure not to rub such objects against the surface.
Cleaning the upholstery and interior trim Vinyl
Remove dust and loose dirt from vinyl with a whisk broom or vacuum cleaner. Clean vinyl surfaces with a vinyl cleaner.
Remove dust and loose dirt from the fabric with a whisk broom or vacuum cleaner. Clean with a mild soap solution recommended for upholstery or carpets. Remove fresh spots immediately with a fabric spot cleaner. If fresh spots do not receive immediate attention, the fabric can be stained and its color can be affected. Also, its fire-resistant properties can be reduced if the material is not properly maintained. Using anything but recommended cleaners and procedures may affect the fabric’s appearance and fire-resistant properties.
Cleaning the lap/shoulder belt webbing
Clean the belt webbing with any mild soap solution recommended for cleaning upholstery or carpet. Follow the instructions provided with the soap. Do not bleach or re-dye the webbing because this may weaken it.
Cleaning the interior window glass
If the interior glass surfaces of the vehicle become fogged (that is, covered with an oily, greasy or waxy film), they should be cleaned with a glass cleaner. Follow the directions on the glass cleaner container.
CAUTION – Rear window
Do not scrape or scratch the inside of the rear window. This may result in damage of the rear window defroster grid.
EMISSION CONTROL SYSTEM
The emission control system of your vehicle is covered by a written limited warranty. Please see the warranty information contained in the Warranty & Consumer Information manual in your vehicle. Your vehicle is equipped with an emission control system to meet all applicable emission regulations.
There are three emission control systems, as follows.
- Crankcase emission control system
- Evaporative emission control system
- Exhaust emission control system
In order to assure the proper function of the emission control systems, it is recommended that you have your vehicle inspected and maintained by an authorized Kia dealer in accordance with the maintenance schedule in this manual. Caution for the Inspection and Maintenance Test (With Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system) To prevent the vehicle from misfiring during dynamometer testing, turn the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system off by selecting the LCD display. After dynamometer testing is completed, turn the ESC system back on by selecting the LCD display again.
Crankcase emission control system
The positive crankcase ventilation system is employed to prevent air pollution caused by blow-by gases being emitted from the crankcase. This system supplies fresh filtered air to the crankcase through the air intake hose. Inside the crankcase, the fresh air mixes with blow-by gases, which then pass through the PCV valve into the induction system.
Evaporative emission control (including ORVR: Onboard Refueling Vapor Recovery) system
The Evaporative Emission Control System is designed to prevent fuel vapors from escaping into the atmosphere. (The ORVR system is designed to allow the vapors from the fuel tank to be loaded into a canister while refueling at the gas station, preventing the escape of fuel vapors into the atmosphere.)
Fuel vapors generated inside the fuel tank are absorbed and stored in the onboard canister. When the engine is running, the fuel vapors absorbed in the canister are drawn into the surge tank through the purge control solenoid valve.
Purge Control Solenoid Valve(PCSV)
The purge control solenoid valve is controlled by the Engine Control Module (ECM); when the engine coolant temperature is low during idling, the PCSV closes so that evaporated fuel is not taken into the engine. After the engine warms up during ordinary driving, the PCSV opens to introduce evaporated fuel to the engine.
Exhaust emission control system
The Exhaust Emission Control System is a highly effective system that controls exhaust emissions while maintaining good vehicle performance.
Engine exhaust gas precautions (carbon monoxide)
Carbon monoxide can be present with other exhaust fumes. Therefore, if you smell exhaust fumes of any kind inside your vehicle, have it inspected and repaired immediately. If you ever suspect exhaust fumes are coming into your vehicle, drive it only with all the windows fully open. Have your vehicle checked and repaired immediately.
WARNING – Exhaust
Engine exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide (CO). Though colorless and odorless, it is dangerous and could be lethal if inhaled. Follow the instructions on this page to avoid CO poisoning.
- Do not operate the engine in confined or closed areas (such as garages) any more than what is necessary to move the vehicle in or out of the area.
- When the vehicle is stopped in an open area for more than a short time with the engine running, adjust the ventilation system (as needed) to draw outside air into the vehicle.
- Never sit in a parked or stopped vehicle for any extended time with the engine running.
- When the engine stalls or fails to start, excessive attempts to restart the engine may cause damage to the emission control system.
Operating precautions for catalytic converters (if equipped)
WARNING – Catalytic converter
Keep away from the catalytic converter and exhaust system while the vehicle is running or immediately thereafter. The exhaust and catalytic systems are very hot and may burn you.
WARNING – Fire
Do not park, idle, or drive the vehicle over or near flammable objects, such as grass, vegetation, paper, leaves, etc. A hot exhaust system can ignite flammable items under your vehicle. Also, do not remove the heat sink around the exhaust system, do not seal the bottom of the vehicle, or do not coat the vehicle for corrosion control. It may present a fire risk under certain conditions. Your vehicle is equipped with a catalytic converter emission control device.
Therefore, the following precautions must be observed:
- Use only UNLEADED FUEL for gasoline engines.
- Do not operate the vehicle when there are signs of engine malfunction, such as a misfire or a noticeable loss of performance.
- Do not misuse or abuse the engine. Examples of misuse are coasting with the ignition off and descending steep grades in gear with the ignition off.
- Do not operate the engine at high idle speed for extended periods (5 minutes or more).
- Do not modify or tamper with any part of the engine or emission control system. All inspections and adjustments must be made by an authorized Kia dealer.
- Avoid driving with an extremely low fuel level. Running out of fuel could cause the engine to misfire, damaging the catalytic converter. Failure to observe these precautions could result in damage to the catalytic converter and to your vehicle. Additionally, such actions could void your warranties.
CALIFORNIA PERCHLORATE NOTICE
Perchlorate Material-special handling may apply, See www.dtsc.ca.gov/haz-ardouswaste/perchlorate.
Notice to California Vehicle Dismantlers:
Perchlorate-containing materials, such as air bag inflators, seatbelt pre-tensioners, and keyless remote entry batteries, must be disposed of according to Title 22 California Code of Regulations Chapter 67384.10 (a).
What are some general tips for maintaining the exterior appearance of the 2022 Kia Sportage?
Regularly washing and waxing the vehicle, removing contaminants, and avoiding exposure to harsh elements can help maintain the exterior appearance.
Are there specific cleaning products recommended for the Sportage’s exterior?
Kia often recommends using gentle, non-abrasive cleaning products and avoiding harsh chemicals that may damage the vehicle’s finish.
How should I care for the Sportage’s interior to keep it looking its best?
Regular vacuuming, upholstery cleaning, and protecting interior surfaces from UV rays can help preserve the interior appearance.
Are there any Kia-approved care products or maintenance schedules for appearance care?
Kia may provide approved care products and maintenance schedules in the owner’s manual or on their official website.
What emission control systems are included in the 2022 Kia Sportage?
The 2022 Sportage typically features various emission control systems, including catalytic converters and advanced engine management systems, to reduce harmful emissions.
Is the 2022 Sportage compliant with emission standards in my region?
The compliance of the Sportage with emission standards can vary by region and engine configuration. It’s best to check with your local Kia dealership or regulatory authorities for specific information.
How often should I have the emission control system inspected and maintained?
Emission control system inspections and maintenance should typically follow the manufacturer’s recommendations, which can vary by vehicle and region. Regular service visits are advisable.
What can I do to help reduce emissions from my 2022 Kia Sportage?
You can reduce emissions by maintaining your vehicle according to the recommended schedule, driving responsibly, and avoiding excessive idling.
Does Kia have any environmental initiatives or programs related to emissions and sustainability?
Kia may have environmental initiatives and programs related to emissions reduction and sustainability. You can inquire with Kia or visit their official website for more information.
Is emission testing required for the 2022 Kia Sportage in my area?
Emission testing requirements can vary by region and local regulations. Check with your local DMV or emissions testing center for specific requirements in your area.
How does the Sportage’s warranty cover emission control components?
Emission control components are typically covered by emissions warranties provided by Kia. Refer to your warranty documentation for specific details.
Are there any recalls related to emission control for the 2022 Kia Sportage?
Information about recalls related to emission control for the 2022 Sportage can be obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or Kia’s official website.
Is the 2022 Sportage certified to meet emissions standards in California and other states with stringent emission regulations?
The Sportage may be certified to meet emissions standards in California and other states with strict regulations. Verify this information with Kia or relevant regulatory authorities.
Are there any specific maintenance tips for ensuring the emission control system operates optimally in the Sportage?
Following the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule, using high-quality fuel, and addressing any engine-related issues promptly can help ensure the emission control system functions optimally.