Regular maintenance can help prevent your car from breaking down unexpectedly and help increase its resale value when it comes time for an upgrade. Do you feel like there’s just too much to consider when it comes to service and maintenance? These vehicle service FAQs should help shed some light on concerns you might have.
How Often Should I Change My Oil?
The answer to this really depends upon the make, model, and year of your vehicle. Older cars tend to need more frequent oil changes, whereas newer models can go longer. Check your vehicle owner’s manual to see what your manufacturer recommends and stick to it in order to prolong the life of your vehicle. If you are unsure, the service team at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi is happy to advise you.
Should I Use Conventional or Synthetic Oil?
Synthetic oil is a little more expensive up-front, but it’ll last longer. Synthetic oil is specially formulated to keep your engine running like new. It’s been distilled and purified to help keep your engine cleaner, protect your engine from excess wear and tear, protect turbocharger parts, and function better is extreme temperatures. Our service technicians can determine the correct synthetic oil blend to use in your vehicle when you bring it in for service.
Why Do I Need to Rotate My Tires?
Tires wear at a different rate depending on where they are located on your vehicle. Front tires wear differently from rear ones, and left tires wear differently than right ones. Rotating your tires ensures that they wear more evenly, which extends their life and saves you money in the long run. Aim to have your tires rotated whenever you take your vehicle in for an oil change.
How Do I Tell if I Need New Tires?
Good tread is essential in helping your vehicle grip the road. Check your tread frequently to ensure your tires are still in good working order, and invest in new tires when your tread depth is less than 2/30 inch. The easiest way to check is to insert an upside-down penny into your tire tread with Lincoln’s head facing you. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, get yourself some new tires ASAP.
What are the Main Things I Should Check Regularly?
About every three months, you should inspect your coolant level, oil level, washer fluid level, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. If any of these look low, top them up or bring your vehicle in to Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi. You should also check your brakes and tire tread about twice a year—more often if you notice that something is off. Check your battery once a year and replace your spark plugs, fuel filter, and windshield wipers. Finally, flush your radiator once a year to keep it in top shape.
If you have any questions to which you can’t quite pin down an answer, stop in and speak with the service specialists at Gossett Hyundai Mazda Mitsubishi. We’ll tell you everything you need to know, complete the work you might need done, and send you home with a smile.