If you’ve noticed your car behaving abnormally or you’re just wondering whether you need to do a certain kind of maintenance, check this handy list of the most frequently asked questions we get at Mountaineer Lincoln. If your question is answered, you can always give us a call or stop by!
What does it mean when my vehicles brake warning light is on?
This can mean one of two things, either your emergency brake is on or you have lost pressure in half of the brake system. If it is just the emergency brake, than once you release it, you should be good to go. If it is the latter, than you will have to use the emergency brake for braking and need to get it fixed immediately.
If my car begins shaking at higher speeds, are my tires the problem?
The tires could be the problem if your car starts to shake when you reach higher speeds but that is not the only possibility. If it is the tires, it is because they are out of balance and this will result in a shaky steering wheel. If you feel the shaking when you brake at higher speeds then this may be due to the brake rotor. One other possibility is that a brake caliper sticks on. The shaking will get worse the faster you go and you will smell a burning odor. There are many other things that can cause your car to shake but these are some of the more common ones.
What are the signs that I may need my brakes repaired?
Here are some sounds, noises, and sensations that you should be aware of:
Screeching, grinding, or squealing noise when you brake
Vibration in the pedal or steering wheel
Having to press down harder/further than normal to brake
Brake warning light
How often should I get an oil change?
It depends on how hard you drive your car, how often, the conditions you drive in, and what kind of car you drive. Your owner’s manual should have a suggested interval for this, or you can ask your dealership technician or mechanic. The rule of thumb is every six months or 5,000 miles.
What does it mean if my temperature gauge is high?
The temperature gauge could read high because the engine is overheating or you have low coolant or a coolant leak. Try letting the car cool off, checking the coolant, and blasting the heat to let some of it out of the engine compartment. If none of this works, see a mechanic.
What affects tire pressure and how often should I check it?
Very high or low temperatures can affect your tire pressure, as well as leaks and moisture. Tire pressure is an especially big concern during the winter, since cold makes the air in your tires shrink, and low pressure reduces traction to the road, which is even worse on wet and icy roads. In extreme temperatures check the tire pressure every couple of weeks.
What should I do if the check engine light comes on?
Take your car to your dealer or a part shop and have them run a diagnostic test. Depending on the problem, it could be as easy as replacing spark plugs or as big as a bad catalytic converter.
How often should I have my tires rotated?
It varies, but a good way to remember to have it done is to do it when you get an oil change. The intervals are similar, which is why a lot of mechanics and dealers offer oil change and tire rotation packages.