When should I change my motor oil?
Motor oil is the lifeblood of your engine. Failing to change it regularly can lead to reduced performance, increased fuel economy, and engine damage. Your owner's manual will have instructions on how often to change your motor oil, but a good guideline is every 5,000 miles.
How often should I check the fluids in my car?
You should check all fluids in your vehicle at least once a month, such as antifreeze/coolant, wiper fluid, brake fluid, and oil. If any fluid seems low or dirty, you should replace them as soon as possible.
When should I check my tire pressures?
Tire pressures fluctuate with temperature, so how often you should check them may depend on the time of the year. Once a month is usually fine, but in the winter-when temperature drops occur frequently and cause underinflated tires-you may want to do so once a week. Your car's tire wear, fuel economy, and handling will thank you.
What should the tire pressure on my vehicle be?
Tire pressure varies depending on the tires themselves. The manufacturer's recommended PSI pressure specs should be printed on the side of the tire.
What's so important about keeping your tires properly inflated?
Having properly inflated tires will improve the handling of your vehicle, as well as help you achieve better gas mileage and prevent tire wear. Improperly-inflated tires are the number one cause of tire damage.
When should I replace tires?
Tires can last for a long time when properly cared for. The average tire lasts for anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 miles and should be replaced when the tread depth has worn down. Some tires come with tread depth bars built into the tire that begin to show when the tire needs to be replaced, or you could measure your tire's tread depth with a tread depth gauge or even a simple penny.
When should I have my brakes checked?
If your brakes are making noise, this is a sign you should have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible. Grinding or squealing sounds could indicate worn brake pads or shoes.
When should I change my wiper blades?
That depends on whether you tend to park your car indoors or outdoors. If indoors, once a year-ideally right after winter-will work. If outdoors, you may want to change your wiper blades as often as three or even four times a year, once for each season.
When should I get my tires rotated?
Tires on a car don't wear out at the same rate-those at the front, for example, wear out faster because of the steering forces they endure. Rotating your tires helps extend their life by evening out that wear. A good benchmark is to rotate them every other oil change.
What about the rest?
Your car is made up of thousands of parts and trying to keep track of everything can be a huge burden. At Allen Toyota, we recommend that you come in for service every 5,000 miles and we'll let you know what your car needs every time!