Auto Repair Questions

Your car is made up of many different parts that cause it to run effectively throughout Maple Shade, Moorestown, and Cherry Hill. Still, how do you know when you need a specific type of service done?

Our team at Elite Acura will go over the most commonly asked auto repair questions to help you determine when your vehicle needs to be looked at. If you need more information, or have a different question, don’t hesitate to contact us.

When Should I Get an Oil Change?

While the best way to know when you need an oil change is by checking the owner’s manual, a good rule of thumb is about every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. However, that could drop to every 3,000 miles if you drive under severe conditions.

That includes regularly driving on roads that are dusty, muddy, or have gravel or salt on them. It could also include driving on short trips of less than five miles in normal temperatures or less than 10 miles in freezing temperatures.

However, if you don’t know how long it’s been between oil changes, there are some warning signs you can look out for. One of those is a change in color and consistency. Clean oil is typically a honey-brown color. Over time, dirt and debris will build up in the oil, causing it to turn black and gritty. Another warning is hearing a loud knocking sound coming from the engine.

Both signs mean that the oil is no longer properly lubricating the different parts of the engine, which means they’ll rub and grind against each other, causing the engine to overheat.

How Often Should I Rotate My Tires?

It’s recommended to get your tires rotated at the same time as an oil change, or about every six months. Still, why is it so important to get them regularly rotated?

Tires tend to wear unevenly over time. For example, the front tires will usually wear more on the outside edges as they lean over when turning a corner. Plus, if the tires aren’t inflated properly when low on air, it can cause uneven wear.

Plus, if you leave all the tires in the same spots, it’ll result in an unbalanced ride, which could be dangerous over time. By rotating the tires regularly, you’ll get safer handling and a smoother ride. It’ll also extend the life of your tires, saving you money in the long run.

When Should I Replace a Car Battery?

A car battery should be replaced about every four years. Still, there are several factors to keep in mind that could affect its lifespan. Extreme scorching or freezing temperatures could shorten battery life. Taking a lot of short trips (about 20 minutes or less) could also affect battery life because it never gets a chance to fully charge between drives.

There are also some symptoms to look out for to determine that you’ll need a battery replacement as soon as possible. If the engine cranking is sluggish and takes longer than normal to start, then it could indicate a dying battery. If the battery is leaking, or your check engine light comes on, then the battery power is weakening and may not start the next time you try to turn the car on. If any of these conditions are happening, we would recommend having your battery looked at by your local service department.

Do I Need New Brakes?

Your brakes are one of the most important parts of the car. If they’re not working properly, it could cause great danger for yourself and the other vehicles out on the road.

So, how do you know when you need new brakes? There are many warning signs to pay attention to, such as…

  • Reduced responsiveness: If your brakes aren’t as reactive as normal, or the pedal sinks into the floor, then there could be a leak in the braking system.
  • Pulling: If the car pulls to one side when you apply the brakes, it could mean the brake linings are wearing unevenly.
  • Grinding or screeching: You’ll start to hear a loud grinding or screeching noise when the brake pads are worn down completely. This is caused by the disc and caliper rubbing together, scratching the rotors. This usually means the brake pads and rotors would need to be replaced.
  • Vibration: If you feel a vibration or pulsation when pressing down on the brake pedal, this usually means that the rotors are warped.

Schedule Service at Our Acura Dealership Today

If you need more information on any auto repair issues, or your vehicle needs service, either give us a call or schedule an appointment online. Our team at Elite Acura will work quickly and efficiently to get your vehicle in tip-top shape and get you back on the streets of Maple Shade, Moorestown, and Cherry Hill as soon as possible.