Routine car maintenance is important to maintaining a happy, healthy vehicle. Just because maintenance is routine, though, doesn’t mean it is easy to understand. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we hear in our service center.
How often should I get my windshield wipers changed?
While you are driving, visibility is key—and your windshield wipers help keep your vision clear in bad weather. Because of this, it’s important to keep your wipers like new. Windshield wipers should be changed about twice a year; once in the spring and again in the fall. Winter weather has done a number to your wipers, since they have been scraping snow and ice. This makes the warmer—and wetter—spring the perfect time to change them. As for fall, summer heat can dry the rubber of the wiper, making it crack. If this isn’t a specific enough guideline, then just remember to change your wipers every four to six months.
How do I know when it's time for an oil change?
Your vehicle owner’s manual is the best way to figure out when you should get the oil changed. It has a manufacturer’s recommended maintenance schedule for all of your car’s routine maintenance, including oil changes. The time frame suggested is specific to your car, and is meant to help keep your vehicle running smoothly for many years. Typically, the number ranges from every 3,000 to 5,000 miles, but it’s always best to check the manual before you decide which mileage is best for your car.
Are there any advantages to using synthetic oils in an oil change?
There are two oil options your vehicle can use when you receive an oil change—synthetic or semi-synthetic. For people that don’t understand the difference, it’s easy to go with whichever one sounds best or is the least-expensive. The next time you go in for an oil change, though, it’s important to remember there are a number of advantages to choosing synthetic oil.
Synthetic oil is a great choice for drivers who own high-performance vehicles or want their vehicle to have a long, durable life. This type of oil is resistant to oil sludge problems, so it doesn’t need to be changed as frequently as semi-synthetic oils might, meaning there is less oil waste. Less waste benefits the environment in the long run. Check your owner’s manual to determine whether or not this type of oil is recommended for your vehicle. If it isn’t, then don’t use it since it can do more harm than good.