Maintaining your car is one of the most important things you can do to extend its life and prevent breakdowns.
This may include the basics like oil changes and regular inspections, as well as more complex services like vehicle alignment, engine tuning, and major repairs. We’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to service and maintenance. Read on to learn more.
When Should I Change My Oil?
Most cars should have their oil changed every 3,000 miles or every 3 months. If you use synthetic oil, you can often wait until every 5,000 miles or every 5 months. After this period of time, oil begins to degrade and lose it lubricative properties. Although some insist that it isn’t necessary to change the oil regularly, in the long run, this will detrimentally affect the performance of your engine.
Why Should I Service at Nissan of Canton Dealership?
Dealerships have specially trained and certified technicians, the latest diagnostic tools, and they tend to have more convenient options for waiting. When you service at a dealership, like Nissan of Canton, they offer convenient perks like pickup and delivery, special deals, and weekend hours. Servicing at a dealership also offers you peace of mind through reliable recommendations and OEM parts availability.
Do I Really Need to Rotate My Tires?
This is one of the simplest maintenance services, yet it’s very important. Rotating tires distributes wear, ensuring that your tires last longer. Because the engine is so heavy, the front (or rear in special cases) tends to wear at a faster rate.
Why Won’t My Car Start?
The most common reason for a failed start is a dead battery. Batteries last roughly five years, depending on the brand and type, when used properly. If it is a dead battery, you can start it by jumping the vehicle. However, your car could be having other issues such as faulty parts, low fuel, etc.
What Does It Mean When My Check Engine Light Is On?
The check engine light appears when your car’s computer sets a diagnostic code. You should bring your car in as soon as possible so a technician can take a look. The most common issues involve faulty oxygen sensors, misfiring pistons, or bad catalytic convertors however, it can be something as simple as a loose gas cap.
When Should I Get New Brakes?
Brake life varies depending on your location and driving habits. You should change them if you feel pulsing in the pedal when you brake, if you hear a squealing sound, or if you hear/feel grinding. These are all signs that you need new brake pads. If you wait too long, you could put yourself in danger or ruin the rotors.
Other Questions?
Call or stop by our service center at Nissan of Canton in Canton, MI. Our friendly staff is more than happy to answer any questions you might have about automotive maintenance and service. Remember, the best way to extend your car’s life and prevent future damage is to service regularly.
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