If you want to keep your used car running for a long time, you must keep up with routine maintenance, such as tire rotations, engine tune-ups, topping off fluids, and frequent checks of critical components like the engine, transmission, tires, brakes, and battery. Oil changes, however, are probably the most important part of routine maintenance. Depending on your vehicle, you will need an oil change roughly every 3,000 to 7,500 miles. Consult your owner’s manual for the exact frequency.
So why are oil changes important? Engine oil provides lubrication for all of the moving parts of your engine. These parts create a lot of friction and could easily overheat, but the oil keeps things cool. More importantly, the oil removes particles and sludge from the engine. Without oil, the engine would grow dirtier over time and eventually malfunction. Because the oil acts as a cleaning agent, it is important to regularly change it out.
Changing your oil regularly won’t just keep your engine from getting damaged. It will also ensure that your vehicle drives as efficiently as possible. While shelling out $20 to $30 for an oil change a couple times a year may seem like a burden, it will save you on fuel costs and eventual engine repair costs.
If you’d like to learn more about taking care of your vehicle via routine maintenance, feel free to contact our friendly staff at Chip Wynn Motors.
Ever heard a clicking sound coming from under your hood? Or maybe it was a ticking? A cranking? There are several common car sounds that come up when it’s time for a little maintenance. Knowing how to spot them and what they mean could save you time and money.
Your Brakes Cause a Squealing Sound
This indicates that your brake pads have worn down too much and that it’s time to get them replaced.
Accelerations Causes Squealing
In this case, one of your belts is probably loose or needs replaced.
Turning the Wheel Causes a Groan
This might indicate that your power-steering system has a leak, especially when paired with a stiffer steering wheel.
You Feel Vibrations in the Steering Wheel
If this is happening, then it’s time for you to get your wheels aligned.
A Rattling Under the Hood When Idling
Hearing a rattling near the engine might be a sign that the water pump needs replaced.
Ticking Noise Under the Hood
If you’re hearing a clicking or ticker-tape kind of noise under the hood, you’re probably very low on oil and should top your oil off immediately to avoid serious damage.
Have you noticed any of these sounds recently? Bring your car into Chip Wynn Motors for an inspection. The more you can tell us about the noises and sensations you’ve heard, the more we’ll be able to help you get the best service possible!
You can already feel the air getting a crisp chill in the evenings, meaning fall is nearly here. Along with going to football games, eating all the pumpkin-flavored things you can, and wearing your favorite cozy clothes, you need to get your car ready for fall. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Check your antifreeze. As the temperatures start to drop below freezing, you want to make sure your antifreeze levels are good. This liquid regulates your engine’s temperature to keep it running smoothly.
Keep your gas tank full. You don’t want to be stuck on the side of the road in a freezing cold car simply because you ran out of gas. Don’t let your tank get too low. Not only will you not run out of gas, but it will help prevent your gas lines from freezing.
Pack an emergency kit. Even with lots of preparation, you can still break down unexpectedly. Prepare for the worst with an emergency kit that includes warm blankets, a charged cell phone or extra battery, high-energy snacks (nuts), etc.
Check your exterior lights. As the days get shorter, you will be driving with your headlights on more frequently. Make sure all your exterior lights are working.
Follow these steps to get your car ready for fall, and if you need a new ride this season, come visit us at Chip Wynn Motors.
The more consistently you take care of your car, the better it will run and the longer it will last. Sounds like a good deal doesn’t it? There are actually plenty of simple maintenance tasks that owners can perform on their own, like changing your air filter. And remember, if you ever need help with your car maintenance, Chip Wynn Motors is here to answer your questions.
Why Changing Your Air Filter is Necessary
Your engine needs air to run, but the air that gets pulled into the engine is often full of debris, like dirt, pollen, or even bird feathers. How would you like breathing that in? Your engine doesn’t like it either, which is why vehicles contain air filters. These filters keep the bad stuff out. But once they get too dirty, they can no longer do an efficient job. With a dirty air filter, you don’t get the best fuel economy, and you end up putting out more emissions. Plus, dirty air is bad for your engine’s longevity.
How to Change Your Air Filter
In order to change your air filter, all you need is the correct replacement. You can get this at your local auto parts store and use your owner’s manual to help you find the right fit. Changing your air filter will only take a few minutes. Start by locating your air filter under the hood. The filter is stored in a black box near the engine. Open this box and make a note of how the current filter is installed so that you can mimic its orientation. Remove the old filter and replace it with the new, then close up the box and shut the hood. That’s all it takes to change your air filter and keep your engine clean and happy.