Q: Do I need to have maintenance done at the dealership in order to keep my warranty?
A: No, but it's recommended you keep records of all maintenance done to your vehicle.
Q: Can I still drive my car even if the Check Engine Light is on?
A: Unless the light is flashing, it is unlikely you will hurt your engine even if the Check Engine Light is on. That being said, you will probably see a decrease in performance and you should get it checked out ASAP to avoid real trouble.
Q: What should I do if my car overheats?
A: If you notice any sign of overheating, such as smoke coming out of the hood, turn off the air conditioning, turn on the heater, and immediately pull over. Once you are safely at a stop, turn off the engine, open the hood, and wait for at least 20 minutes as the engine cools down. Do not touch the radiator until it is cold. When it is, check for a burst hose or broken drive belt. If you don’t notice any obvious problems, add coolant, then start the engine and head straight to a service facility.
Q: When should I bring my car to the dealer?
A: You should definitely bring your car to the dealership if you need warranty-covered repairs, or if your car has been recalled.
Q: When should I have my brakes checked?
A: Make sure you are doing routine preventative maintenance on your brakes anyway, but remember that brakes should never be making noise. Grinding or squealing noises can be symptomatic of the car's need for new brake pads.
Q: What causes tire damage?
A: Many things can contribute to tire damage, but the most common factor is improper inflation.
Q: How do I make sure my tire pressure is correct?
A: Tire manufacturers print the suggested pressure specs on the sides of their tires. Properly inflated tires will match these pressure specs.
Q: When should I change my oil?
A: First, make sure to check your oil at least once a month. As for changing it, that depends on the type of oil used. Regular oil should be changed every 3,000 miles. Synthetic oil should be changed every 5,000 miles.
Q: When should I change my oil filter?
A: About every other oil change. This will ensure that only clean oil gets to your engine and you can avoid potential damage.
Q: When should I check anti-freeze and other fluids?
A: Check all fluids, such as anti-freeze, oil, power steering, coolant, and wiper fluid, once a month.
Q: How long do spark plugs last?
A: It depends on the type you have. Standard plugs last 12,000 to 15,000 miles. Platinum-tipped plugs can go up to 30,000 miles before they need to be replaced. Iridium-tipped plugs can stretch that to 90,000 miles.
Q: Should I change my wiper blades, and how often?
A: If your car is kept inside, once a year should be good enough. If you keep the car outside, then twice or three times a year. Wiper blades often need to be changed more often in areas that see more rainfall. Remember that your blades need changed whenever they start streaking.
Q: How do I jump start my battery?
Bring the cars nose to nose without letting them touch.
Find the positive (+) and negative (-) nodes of each battery. Check the Owner’s Manual if you need help or if you have any doubts.
Attach the red cable to the + node of the good battery.
Attach the other end of the red cable to the + node of the bad battery.
Attach the black cable to the - node of the good battery.
Attach the other end of the black cable to a piece of unpainted metal near the bad battery.
Start the car with the good battery. Let it run for a few minutes.
Try to start the car with the dead battery. If it works, you may disconnect the cables in reverse order without turning off the engine. If it doesn’t but the engine coughs or sputters, try again in a minute.
If the car still won’t start, you may need to get a new battery.
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