Routine vehicle maintenance is extremely important to the life of your vehicle. Simply put, having your vehicle serviced regularly helps keep your car running longer and newer. By performing routine maintenance, you’ll prevent bigger car trouble down the road. Each vehicle manufacturer has a maintenance schedule around the specific makeup of your particular vehicle. This maintenance schedule can be found in your owner’s manual. By following the schedule, chances are your vehicle will deliver optimal performance as you rack up the miles, help your parts last longer and save you money on more expensive repairs.
Vehicle maintenance issues can arise when you least expect it and all of us at Walt’s Auto want to ensure that you are informed and prepared to deal with any problems you may face. We’ve compiled a list of common vehicle maintenance questions to help you in the occurrence of any issues.
How do I detect a burned out turn signal?
The signal with blink faster than normal or it will fail to come on. If you notice your turn signal doing any of these two things, it is a warning that one of your turn signal bulbs is burned out.
How do I know when it is time to replace my wiper blades?
If you notice smearing, smudging, streaking, rubbing or scraping on your windshield then it is time to replace your wiper blades. Strange noises when your wipers swoosh or if you can’t see well when they go back and forth, are also signs it is time for a replacement.
How can I tell if my car’s wheel alignment is off?
Common signs that could indicate misalignment are uneven or rapid tire wear, vehicle pulling to the left or right, crooked steering wheel when driving straight, and squealing tires.
What are signs that I need to get new tires?
If your tire tread is less than 2/32 of an inch then it is time for new tires. Exposure to the elements and tire age can also be indicators that you should replace your tires. The longer each of those, the more likely you need to replace.
What sounds, noises, and sensations indicate I need brake repairs?
Screeching, grinding, squealing, rubbing and other piercing noises are common sounds associated with worn brake pads. Vibration and pulsing of the gas pedal or steering wheel are also signs your brake system is telling you something.