Frequently Asked Auto Service Questions at Keith Hawthorne Hyundai of Gastonia

At Keith Hawthorne Hyundai of Gastonia, we know how important your vehicle is to you and we want to help you keep it performing at the highest level for as long as you drive it. We know that for many drivers, it can be difficult to know when and why you need to bring your vehicle in for servicing. Routine auto service is the easiest way to prevent larger problems and it allows your vehicle to reach its full potential. To help make servicing your vehicle easier, we're going to address and answer come commonly asked auto service questions. If you're unsure of when your vehicle needs servicing, or why your vehicle is performing a certain way, you can consult these questions and learn everything you need to know about properly maintaining your vehicle to keep it performing at the highest level on the roads around For Mill, SC for as long as you want to.

How Often Should I Get My Oil Changed?

Routinely changing your oil is the easiest and most affordable way to keep your engine in peak condition. Motor oil not only prevents your engine from getting dirty, it also keeps the many moving parts lubricated and keeps the engine from overheating. When you wait too long to change your oil, it can get dirty which prevents it from doing its job and can end up damaging your engine. That's why we suggest getting your oil changed twice a year, or anytime after 5,000 miles traveled. We recommend checking your owner's manual to see the exact mileage intervals between oil changes.

How Often Should I Check My Vehicle's Fluid Levels?

Every fluid in your vehicle has a specific function to allow your vehicle to perform properly. Under your hood, you can easily check the levels of all your fluids. Fluids include coolant, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and even windshield fluid. You should regularly check these fluids and refill them if you see the fluid level is low.

How Often Should I Change my Air Filter

Your engine and cabin air filters keep clean air flowing into your engine and your cabin. It's suggested that you change both filters every 12,000 to 15,000 miles traveled.

Do I Really Need Winter Tires?

Here in the Charlotte area, we might not see very inclement weather during the winter. If you tend to travel to areas where snow and ice is prevalent, having winter tires is the only way to drive safely in poor winter weather conditions.

When Should I Replace My Brake Pads?

Your brake pads are the first point of contact between your wheels and your braking system. When you hear a squealing or screeching noise when you apply the brakes, that means that your brake pads are worn out and it's time to change them. It's suggested you should change your brake pads after 40,000 to 50,000 miles.

When Should I Replace My Car Battery?

The last thing you want is to be stuck at home in Hickory, NC with a dead battery when you have somewhere else to be. It's suggested that you change your vehicle's battery after three years. You can also check the charge of your battery at our service center.

When Should I Get a Tire Rotation?

Getting your tires rotated promotes equal tire wear on your front and back tires by changing their position from the front to the rear. It's suggested that you rotate your tires every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.

How Much Air Should I Put in My Tires?

You should check your owner's manual for the proper air pressure on your tires. For many vehicles, tire pressure ranges between 30 and 35 PSI.

What Should I Do When My Check Engine Light Comes On?

The check engine light can signify many different things, ranging from something small like a loose gas cap to something large like blown engine. It's important to bring your vehicle in to diagnose the issue as soon as possible.

What Happens if I Ignore My Low Tire Pressure Warning Light

If you have low tire pressure for a prolonged time, it can cause your tires to wear down unevenly, it can damage your wheels and it can blow out your tire. You should always have proper air pressure in your tires.

How Often Should I Have My Brakes Checked?

The rule of thumb is to check your brakes whenever you rotate your tires or every six months to ensure that you're driving around Shelby, NC with confidence.

Why Does My Vehicle Need a Coolant Flush?

Your coolant prevents your vehicle from overheating and prevents parts from getting too cold in the winter. Getting a coolant flush removes rust and deposits that build up over time and prevents old coolant from damaging your vehicle.

Schedule a Service Appointment Online

If your vehicle needs servicing, you can schedule a service appointment online, over the phone or make the quick trip from Clover, SC and visit our service center today.