Properly maintaining your car is the best way to guarantee a longer life for your vehicle! Here are some frequently asked questions that people often wonder about vehicle service.
How often should I have my oil changed?
How often you get an oil change depends on the type of car that you are driving as well as the type of oil that you are using. For many of the newer vehicles, there is an automated warning that will alert you when it’s time to get your oil changed. For those that do not have this feature, it is best to check in the Owner’s Manual.
What should the tire pressure be on my tires?
Making sure that your tires have the proper amount of air in them can prolong their life, helps your car handle better, and can save you money of fuel, so it is important. Each tire is different and you can find the correct number in a few different places. If you check on the tire, it will tell you the correct amount of air for the tire. You can also check in your owner’s manual or check the tire manufacturer’s website.
How do I jump start my battery?
Bring the two cars nose to nose with about 2ft in between and turn off both engines
Locate the positive (+) and negative(-) side of each battery
Attach the red cable to the positive side of the good battery
Attach the other end of the red cable to the dead battery
Attach the black cable to the negative side of the good battery
Attach the other end of the black cable to a piece of unpainted metal on the car of the dead batter but do not attach to the negative side of the battery
Start the car with the good battery and leave it running
Start the car with the dead battery and disconnect the cables
If you car still will not start, you may need to purchase a new battery
How often should I rotate my tires?
Ideally, you should rotate your tires at every oil change or as the manufacturer recommends. A general rule of thumb is to have your tires rotated at least every 10,000 miles
Why should I rotate my tires?
Rotating your tires extends their lifespan which can save you a good amount of money over the life of your car. The tires wear at different speeds and consistent rotations ensure they wear evenly. The front tires, for example, bear the weight of the engine and transmission as well as lead the car around corners. The rear tires, on the other hand, carry much less weight and simply follow the front tires around corners.
What are the benefits to properly inflated tires?
Keeping your tires properly inflated brings a whole host of benefits. Some of the highlights include a smoother ride, better fuel economy, and longer lasting tires. Tires that aren’t properly inflated will offer a rough ride, fall short of peak performance, and will have more tread wear than if they were properly inflated.
What does oil do?
Oil plays three major roles within the engine block. First, oil lubricates all of the moving metal parts so they don’t damage one another. Second, an engine is a hot place and oil carries away some of the excess heat as it passes through, effectively helping to prevent overheating problems. Finally, oil helps prevent carbon deposits from building up on the cooler parts of the engine.
What will happen if I don’t change my oil?
In short, failing to change your oil consistently will ultimately result in engine damage. The camshaft could take on significant damage or the pistons could wear out and have to be replaced. Either way, replacing a major engine component is much more expensive than changing the oil.