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Common Car Maintenance Questions

It is important to take care of you vehicle and make sure that it is operating correctly. Taking care of your vehicle now can save you in costly repairs or possible car replacement in the future. Therefore, we have put together 10 Common Car Maintenance questions to help you take better care of your vehicle.​ 
1. Why is it important to get your vehicle serviced frequently? Routine Car Maintenance

We know to take our vehicle into the shop when it makes noises, or when the car begins to feel funny; however, it is important to also take your vehicle in for regular maintenance. Doing this can prevent costly repairs later or identify potential problems before they damage your car. Having a qualified mechanic inspect your car will help keep it in better shape and save you money in the long run. So, even if your vehicle appears to be running fine, be sure to still get it checked by a professional every now and then.

2. How often should routine maintenance be done?

So you know that you need to get you car checked regularly, but how often is regularly? Well, this depends mostly upon the vehicle that you drive. Your owner’s manual is the best guide to determining how often to have your vehicle serviced. This will tell you when it is best your specific vehicle to have its oil changed, belts checked, and other routine maintenance. If you are still not sure, feel free to contact our Service Department and they can help you with more specific maintenance questions.
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3. How do I know if my tires are inflated properly?​ 

Check the sticker on the inside of the driver-side door to find the recommended tire pressure level for your car. Once you have this number you can use a tire pressure gauge to determine if your tires are inflated properly. It is important to remember that both underinflated and overinflated tires can cause issues. Also, because the tire pressure can change with the changing weather, it’s important to check the pressure often to ensure it maintains the right pressure.

4. When should I change my oil?​ 

This is perhaps the most common question about your vehicle and the typically answer used to be every 3,000 miles. However, this is not the most accurate answer anymore. Because the increasing technology and innovation, your oil may not need to be changed as often as it use to be with older vehicles. Still it is important to monitor your oil and change it accordingly to your owner’s manual. The best way to know if your oil needs to be changed is to check it often. We recommend every time you fill up at the pump, just go ahead and check your oil!
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5. What do I do when my Check Engine Light is on?​ 

The first thing to remember when you Check Engine light pops on is not to panic. This light is telling you that there is something is not registering correctly with the electronic-control system. This could be something as simple as a loose gas cap that doesn’t require any repairs. The best thing to do is to take it to a mechanic and have them diagnose the problem.

6. Is it bad for my vehicle if I drive with my Check Engine light on?​ 

Following the advice in the last question, when your Check Engine light pops on, it means that there is something not registering correctly in your car’s electronic-control system. This means that driving your car while the Check Engine light is on will not necessarily harm you car, but it is a good idea to get it into the shop as soon as possible. The exception to this is if your Check Engine light is blinking: this indicates a severe problem that could potentially harm your car if not checked quickly.
7. What are some signs of my car battery going bad?

One of the most common car maintenance issues is dealing with a dead car battery. Nobody wants to be stranded somewhere with a car battery that will not turn on the car. Before you car battery dies, here are a few things to watch that may help you know when it’s time to check your battery: The age of the battery, the condition of the battery and if there is any corrosion, and of course driving habits affect the life of the battery. If your battery is more than four years old, it may be a good idea to have it tested to see if it is still functioning properly.

8. What do I do if my car begins to overheat?

Perhaps one of the scariest car maintenance problems to have while driving is an overheating vehicle. This not only causes severe damage to your vehicle, but could pose a threat to you as well. If you car begins to overheat, there are a few options to help cool the vehicle down until you can get to a safe place. First, turn off the air conditioning and roll down the windows. If this is not enough to cool the engine down, turn the heat on full blast. This will pull the heat away from the engine. This should give you enough time to get where you need to go or pull of the road.

9. How often should I check my fluids?

Again, the best answer lies in your trusty Owner’s Manual, but here’s a general outline on basic fluids. Oil and Windshield Wiper fluid should be checked on a regular basis, at least once a month. Fluids such as Brake Fluid, Coolant, and Transmission do not need to be checked as often, but it is a good habit to check them every few months, just to make sure everything is in order. As always, it doesn’t hurt to check it more often!

10. How do I schedule a service appointment?

This is perhaps the easier question to answer for you! We’ve have a quick and convenient online Service Scheduler right here on our website! Or if you prefer, you can call us to set up your appointment over the phone!

We hope we’ve helped you understand some simple ways to keep your car in great shape. From simple checks, to understanding what your car needs, these 10 common questions can provide insight into keeping your car (and your pocketbook) out of trouble! If we have not answered all of your service question about your vehicles, contact us and we will be more than happy to assist you! Also, be sure to take advantage of our Service Specials!
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