Owning a car , whether it is a new vehicle or an old car, and keeping a vigil on its maintenance are both a tough job. To help you with some of its most common issues here are five most Frequently Asked Questions regarding car safety:
How should I know when I need a tune up?
Each vehicle has different tell recommended by manufacturers for when a tune up is needed. The most common signs every car faces indicating a tune up might be required are: the dashboard light comes on, car starts making unusual voices, bad return of fuel economy, car takes time to accelerate and your engine starts misfiring like engine or cylinder fail to give power to your vehicle.
How soon should I bring my car in when the check engine light comes on?
The engine light coming on could be a minor issue like a faulty gas cap or it could be something much more serious like a misfiring engine. The check engine light is a signal from a car’s engine computer that something is wrong with your vehicle’s engine. So, when your check engine light comes on, it’s your vehicle’s way of indicating that something isn’t right with your vehicle. Therefore, it might be in your best interest and that of your car’s to get your car checked within a week.
How often should I change my oil and why?
Every vehicle has its own requirements and recommendations as when your vehicle needs an oil change. The customary recommendation is that you should change your oil every 6 months or every 3000 miles. However, if you are driving a relatively new car, then according to new standards you are supposed to change oil every 5000 miles. The importance of oil in your vehicle is that it lubricates your car’s engine and absorbs heat permitting the internal parts to work efficiently without overheating.
If my brakes make noise when I engage them, Is that an issue?
It probably would be in your best interest if you get your brakes checked out by a professional if you witness any grinding or squeaking noise as it may indicate that your brake pads are worn out and needed to be changed or something much worse. So, get it checked for the sake of your own safety.
What do I do if my vehicle starts to overheat?
The most common reason for an engine overheating would be that something unusually wrong within your vehicle’s cooling system and heat is not able to escape engine compartment. We can’t stress enough as to how crucial it is to get your engine checked by a professional and let them take immediate action as overheating of car can cause massive damage very quickly. The wise thing to do would be to turn your AC off and pull over your car off the road safely and then get your vehicle towed to your nearest mechanic shop for inspection.