How often should I get my oil changed?
There’s no specific rule for how often every vehicle should have an oil change. That number depends on the vehicle itself, the mileage driven, the climate, and more. Your owner’s manual will recommend a mileage that you can use as a rule of thumb, which often falls somewhere between every 5,000 and 7,500 miles.
How often should I have my tires rotated?
A good rule is to rotate your tires with every oil change. This means that your tires should be rotated every 5,000-7,500 miles. Rotating your tires helps them to wear evenly, which means that you’ll get the most life out of each set of tires.
How often should I get my tires aligned?
Your tires should be aligned once a year, every 12,000 miles, or every other oil change. Alignment is also important in ensuring that your tires wear evenly, perform properly, and last as long as possible.
Do I really need a new timing belt?
Yes, you should replace your timing belt at the interval recommended in your owner’s manual. Timing belts are important in engine performance, and if not replaced it could lead to very costly damage in your vehicle.
What do I do if my car is overheating?
A car that is regularly overheating may be low on coolant, or there may be a bigger issue. Don’t let your car run if it is continuing to overheat, as this can cause severe damage to the engine. Instead, pull off to the safe place and shut off your engine as soon as possible. Once the engine is cooled, you can check the coolant levels. However, the best plan of action may be to have your car towed to your mechanic to be sure there’s nothing more severe going on with your vehicle.