Car Care Tips
How often should I get an Oil Change?
In the old days, the 3 month/3,000 mile method was the accepted standard for determining the interval between which one scheduled an oil change. That was because the oils of yesterday degraded and broke down and the combination of heat, friction and the oil oxidizing over time resulted in a nasty sludge that could make its way throughout the cars engine wreaking all types of havoc.
However, with the new technologies in place along with the petroleum companies working in hand with carmakers to develop engine lubricants that meet higher standards, resulting in better lubricants to keep the engine free of sludge buildup, today's vehicles can go longer between oil changes.
In many modern cars, your best bet is to rely on the vehicle's oil life monitoring system to let you know when it's time for a change or refer to your Vehicle Manual Guide.
Contact us to schedule maintenance.
How often should I rotate my tires?
Regular rotation of your tires will also help prevent irregular and premature wear. 40% of drivers have not rotated their tires within the recommended interval of at least 6,000 miles. A healthy habit many people follow is to rotate their tires with every oil change.
How do I winterize my vehicle?
Cold temperatures make it harder for an engine to work properly. Snow and ice limit traction. Potholes damage wheels and tires. Salt causes rust and gravel pits the paint. But there are things you can do to help your vehicle in this time of duress. Following are some easy steps to properly prepare your car for winter. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Consider using snow tires, check to see if you need lower-viscosity oil and consider carrying an emergency kit in your car.
Inspect: tire pressure, belts and hoses, wipers and fluid, battery, antifreeze, heater and defroster
What should I do for summer maintenance?
Before hitting the road during the summer, you can take several simple precautions to keep your family safe and save money at the pump. Extreme heat and long drives can be tough on cars. Cracked hoses, leaky radiators, underinflated tires and dirty filters can significantly lower your fuel efficiency, or worse, lead to a total breakdown.
Tires: Check your tread, tire pressure and have them rotated every 6,000 miles.
Belts: Inspect serpentine belt.
Cooling System: Inspect coolant levels in radiator and check hoses for any signs of leaks, cracks or loose connections. If you notice any greenish puddles, this is a sign of a leak!
Battery: Check terminals for signs of corrosion and clean with mixture of baking soda & water if necessary.
How to Create an Emergency Kit for your Car
A roadside kit doesn't take up much space and can prove invaluable in an emergency. Many companies sell preassembled kits, but if you want to save a few bucks, you may already have the key items around the house.
Things you might want to consider carrying include: A flashlight, flares and a first-aid kit; Jumper cables, a tool kit and tire chains; A blanket, warm clothes, hat and gloves; Paper towels; A bag of abrasive material, such as sand, salt or non-clumping kitty litter. Use this for added traction when a tire is stuck; A snow brush, ice scraper and snow shovel; Extra washer fluid; Extra food and water.
What are the signs of a faulty fuel pump?
If the vehicle starts fine but after a few miles of driving begins to sputter, then the fuel pump could be going bad.
Other signs could be:
- Intermittent operation, when the engine is hot
- A screeching sound when the engine is running
- A slow or no starting vehicle
- Engine misfire at highway speeds
- Hesitant or sluggish acceleration
- Engine loses power when climbing hills or pulling trailers
While each of these is a symptom of a failing fuel pump, they can also be the symptom of other parts the fuel system, the ignition system or an engine mechanical problem.
3 Signs Your Automatic Transmission Has A Problem
1. A pinkish or red puddle appearing beneath your vehicle ~
this is fluid that helps to prevent your vehicle from overheating and at the first puddle you notice, you should call us to schedule an appointment.
2. A strong chemical smell that could come across as burning ~
this smell often comes from overheating in the transmission and will need immediate attention ~ don't ignore! ~ You not only face the transmission going out when driving, but there is also an increased risk of a vehicle fire.
3. Hesitancy in the gears of the vehicle ~
While hesitancy can be other concerns, it is always the sign that there is something wrong with your car. Be sure to talk to a Isaacs Automotive and have us do a diagnostic test to accurately pinpoint the problem.
Keep in mind that there can be other indicators that come up during this time. They can range from check engine lights coming on, to computer systems giving precise error codes. In most cases, your vehicle is going to communicate with you, to let you know something isn't right and you need to watch for the signs and take action as soon as you can.
Some Useful Tips:
According to recent studies, 5 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities are clearly caused by automobile maintenance neglect.
The cooling system should be completely flushed and refilled about every 24 months. The level, condition, and concentration of coolant should be checked. (A 50/50 mix of anti-freeze and water is usually recommended.)
Never remove the radiator cap until the engine has thoroughly cooled. The tightness and condition of drive belts, clamps and hoses should be checked by a pro.
Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual, more often if you make frequent short jaunts, extended trips with lots of luggage or tow a trailer.
Replace other filters (air, fuel, PCV, etc.) as recommended, more often in dusty conditions. Get engine drivability problems (rough idling, stalling, diminished power, etc.) corrected at Isaacs Automotive.
A dirty windshield causes eye fatigue and can pose a safety hazard. Replace worn wiper blades and get plenty of windshield washer solvent.
Have your tires rotated about every 6,000 miles. Check tire pressures once a month; let the tires cool down first. Don't forget the spare tire and be sure your jack is in good condition.
Check your owner's manual to find out what fuel octane rating your car's engine needs then buy it.
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