Common Maintenance Questions | Tulsa, OK

Common Maintenance in Tulsa, OK   

When you own a car, you're often inundated with instructions to perform maintenance on your car. To make sense of it all, we at Jackie Cooper Nissan are happy to answer all of your service related questions.

 

Q: My car works fine and nothing is ever wrong with it. Why should I have my car serviced regularly?

A: The point of having your vehicle serviced regularly is not necessarily to fix your car, but to prevent damage from happening in the first place. Cars are so intricate and complex that oftentimes, even the smallest bit of neglect can cause lasting damage that might call for expensive fixes down the road. Ultimately, the cost of maintaining a car over a long period of time is a far better investment than shelling out money for engine repairs.

 

Q: How often should I perform routine maintenance?

A: Many auto manufacturers will say "every three months" as a general rule of thumb. A recommended service interval should be available to you in the owner's manual. However, what you are having inspected depends on how old the car is, how many miles are on the odometer, and what you did at the last appointment.

 

Q: How long do the light bulbs in my vehicle last?

A: It's important to have the exterior lights of your car regularly inspected because the life of a bulb varies dramatically. However, you can usually tell if a bulb is burning out or has burnt out if you're experiencing reduced visibility in dim light or darkness. It's estimated that 1 in 3 vehicles on the road have a burnt-out bulb.

 

Q: How can I identify a burnt-out turn signal?

A: Typically, most vehicles will have an internal sensor that will cause the turn signal indicator on your dashboard to flicker faster or even not turn on at all when you try to signal a turn. It's important to have your turn signal replaced as quickly as possible to prevent misunderstandings on the road.

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Q: How long do wiper blades last?

A: The life of wiper blades depends heavily on the climate of the area in which you live. If you live in a particularly mild area, your wiper blades will last longer; however, very hot weather is bad for the rubber on the blades, while areas with a lot of rain or other kinds of precipitation will make them wear faster from use.

 

Q: Do I have to change my tires every season?

A: Not necessarily. There are many things you should consider before investing in winter tires as opposed to all-season tires. What is the weather like where you live? Do you see a lot of snow? Do you drive a vehicle that's prone to slipping in hazardous weather? If so, you should be using winter tires and switching back after the season is over.

 

Q: What other maintenance does a tire need?

A: You should be regularly inspecting your tire tread for wear and having the tires rotated. Rotating your tires allows the tread to wear more evenly, rather than just having all the weight put on a particular side of the tires. Additionally, you should also be checking the tire pressure, because an improperly inflated tire is at a greater risk of popping.

 

Q: What should I do if my brakes are making noise?

A: Any kind of grinding or squeaking or other similar noises when applying your brakes should be checked immediately. It's likely an issue with your brake pads being worn through to the metal.

 

Q: Do I really need to change my oil every 3,000 miles?

A: It depends. Check your owner's manual for recommended intervals. Additionally, some higher-grade synthetic oils can go for 5,000 miles.

 

Q: Why am I not getting the fuel economy advertised?

A: It could be any combination of driving habits, low temperature, poor tire inflation, or some other mechanical issue that causes the engine to overwork itself.


For further questions about maintenance and repairs, contact one of our service experts today at Jackie Cooper Nissan!