One of the easiest ways to ensure the best performance from your vehicle is by scheduling regular routine maintenance. At Nissan of Mobile, our state-of-the-art service center provides honest and dependable care for drivers throughout Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland, helping to keep your vehicle running its best for years to come.
When it’s time to schedule maintenance, sometimes the process can feel confusing. How do I know when my brakes need to be replaced? Why do I need to change my transmission fluid? To help make it a lot easier, we laid out some of the most frequently asked service questions below.
- How Often Should I Change My Oil?
Your vehicle’s make, model, and age will influence the frequency you’ll need to change its oil and filter. A good rule of thumb to follow is to change your oil every 5,000 to 7,000 miles. You can also consult your owner’s manual on best practices along with the type of motor oil that suits your engine.
- How Do I Read My Tire Size?
Tire sizes range from 13 inches up to 22 inches depending on the type of vehicle you drive. This information is in your owner’s manual or often can be found inside the driver’s door well.
A third option is to read the 9-digit, alpha-numeric code imprinted on the outer sidewall of the tire. The last two-digits of the code denote the tire’s diameter, so if a code reads “P215/65R18,” then it means your tires are 18 inches in diameter.
- How Long Does a Car Battery Last?
When used under normal conditions, a typical car battery should last three to five years. If you’re currently using a battery that uses absorbent glass mat (AGM) you can expect to receive around 300 to 700 cycles. Gel batteries, meanwhile, can range anywhere between 500 to 5,000 cycles and in some circumstances, they can run for as long as seven years.
Factors that have an impact on your battery life include cold-weather exposure, towing/trailering, and the number of electronic devices used inside the cabin.
- How Long Do Brake Pads Last?
Your vehicle’s brake pads can last between 40,000 to 60,000 miles, depending on your driving habits and local road conditions. If you live in a more urban area with stop-and-go traffic, you should plan to have your brakes replaced sooner than if you live in a rural setting.
If you notice your brakes squeak or make a grinding sound when you step down on the pedal, it’s a clear sign that the brake pads are worn out and need to be replaced.
- How Do I Check Transmission Fluid?
Open the hood and-with a rag-pull the dipstick from its holster and wipe it clean. Clean transmission fluid should appear pink and translucent, while old fluid often looks thick and dirty.
Replace the dipstick into the holster and remove it again, checking to see its fluid level using the marker on the dipstick. If it falls below the “full” line, immediately pour additional fluid into the reservoir until it reaches the appropriate level.
Schedule Service at Nissan of Mobile Today!
Whether you need simple maintenance or serious automotive repair, our team provides top-quality care for drivers throughout Mobile, Prichard, and Saraland. To get started, go online to schedule an appointment or simply stop by during service hours.