CAR MAINTENANCE TIPS

INTRODUCTION

Here at Bill Luke Santan, we emphasize and value the importance of vehicle maintenance so it can run smoothly for as long as possible. Our VIP Service Center is here for you when you need to get your vehicle serviced. However, we also receive many frequently asked questions and want to provide as much context and assistance as we can to help you take care of your trusted vehicle. Below we have compiled some frequently asked questions, and their answers, about car maintenance.

QUESTION: How often should I rotate my tires?

ANSWER: Rotating your tires is very important, and part of routine maintenance that should not be ignored or put off. This is because your tires’ tread does not wear down evenly unless you rotate them. Having even, or as close to even as possible, wear on your tires helps with traction control and more consistent handling. Overall, well-maintained tires make for both a smoother and safer ride for you and your passengers. This should be done every 5,000 to 8,000 miles, though it can differ according to the make and model of your vehicle. For more specificity, check your owner’s manual for more information on your vehicle’s needs.

QUESTION: When do I need to get my oil changed?

Answer: Though some vehicles vary in oil change needs based on their make and model, it is standard to change your oil about every 6 months, or every 5,000 miles. However, as with tire rotation, your owner’s manual is your best friend. Newer vehicles have a sensor that will notify you when it is time to change your oil, and some vehicles will let you know on the dash panel when your oil is low and the time to change it is approaching. You can check your oil levels yourself if your car doesn’t have this notification system. Below is a step-by-step guide to checking your oil levels.

  • Pop your hood and locate your dipstick 
  • Pull it out and wipe it clean with a towel or rag
  • Re-insert the dipstick and be sure to push it completely in 
  • Remove the dipstick quickly and inspect it. If the oil is between the minimum and maximum lines on the dipstick, you don’t need to change your oil yet. If it is below the minimum line, then it is time to change your oil. 
  • * disclaimer: if your oil is not black or brown, then something might be wrong and you should bring your vehicle in for service.

QUESTION: How do I improve my gas mileage?

Answer: Here is a list of a few potential ways to improve your gas mileage:

  • Watch your speed
  • Avoid rush hour if possible – lots of stop-and-go will lower your gas mileage
  • Avoid idling if possible
  • Make sure your tires are at the correct PSI for your vehicle 
  • Keep only necessary items in your vehicle so as not to weigh it down

QUESTION: When should I change my air filter?

Answer: Similar to changing your oil, the frequency at which you need to change your air filter is dependent on several factors. These factors include mileage, environmental factors, and your vehicle’s specific requirements as laid out in the owner’s manual. Your engine air filter should be changed about every 30,000 miles. The cabin air filter should be changed yearly. 

CONCLUSION

If your car requires maintenance, come down to Bill Luke Santan and use our incredible VIP Service Center to take care of all of your vehicle’s needs. Schedule an appointment here. 

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