At Gossett Hyundai South, we are more than happy to provide helpful information to drivers everywhere. Over the years we’ve seen many of the same questions asked by our customers in regards to servicing their vehicle. Unfortunately, sometimes these questions are asked a little too late to prevent long-terms damage. We’d like to help you prevent some of these issues from arising by offering up some answers to our list of frequently asked car service questions.
What should I do once my car reaches 100,000 miles?
We recommend that your vehicle should undergo a complete inspection and tune-up once you hit that “mile” stone on the odometer. Getting a fresh set of parts in place for the next 100,000 miles is crucial.
When should I change my motor oil?
The earliest you should consider getting it changed is approximately every 3,000 miles, but some vehicles are good until about 5,000 miles. With synthetic motor oil it can go even longer than that. It really depends on the type of car you drive and the kind of warranty you have with it. Of course, it’s always better to be safe than sorry, so it definitely can’t hurt to have it changed a little sooner than necessary.
Should I go with synthetic oil over conventional?
We recommend synthetic if possible. If you’re looking for superior performance and better economy, then synthetic is definitely the way to go. Through advancements over the years, the quality of synthetic simply tops the quality of traditional oil.
When should I replace my brake pads?
The first telltale sign that you might be ready for a brake replacement is the awful squealing sound we’ve all heard – so listen out for that. It might also be a good idea to have them inspected when you get your oil changed. What you don’t want to do is to wait for the brakes to lock up before getting checked.
When should I get my tires rotated?
We recommend having them all rotated at the same time you get your oil changed, since tires wear unevenly. This will keep your tires in good shape, and even extend the tires’ life.
Why do I have to get my oil changed?
Engine oil exists to lubricate the many working parts in your car, keeping your engine from overheating. If you are running low on oil or are using dirty oil, you put your engine at risk for serious damage. Consult your owner’s manual to see how frequently you should change your oil.
How much should I inflate my tires?
This is a vehicle-specific question, so you should consult your vehicle. Typically, the information is listed on a panel inside the driver’s door of your car. You should also be able to locate the proper amount somewhere in your owner’s manual and online.
When do my tires need to be replaced?
If your tires aren’t working properly, you should consider getting them replaced. Otherwise, a good practice is to frequently check the amount of tire tread you have remaining. If your tires fail “the penny test,” it’s probably time to change them.
Do I need to change my windshield wipers?
Windshield wipers are the key to visibility, which is why it’s vital to have properly working windshield wipers on your vehicle at all times. If your windshield wiper blades become damaged or if you notice cuts in the rubber squeegee, you should replace them.
What should I do if the “check engine” light comes on?
There are many reasons why the engine indicator light appears, so it’s hard to say how much danger your vehicle may or may not be in. The safest thing you can do is promptly, but cautiously, drive your vehicle to a service station.
We hope we were able to answer some of the service questions on your mind. If you have any additional questions or think it might be time for some maintenance, head over to Gossett Hyundai South today. We’ll be happy to help in any way we can!