Automotive Service Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to do maintenance at the dealer if I have a factory warranty?
A: No, as long as you have maintenance records the dealer can not refuse to repair something under factory warranty.
Q: How often should I change my car's oil?
A: 3000 to 5000 miles. We recommend 3000 because in our experience if we write 3000 miles most customers come in between 3000 to 5000 miles. If you write 5000 most customers come in between 5000 to 7000 miles. Synthetic oils vary.
Q: How often should I rotate my tires?
A: Rule of thumb is every other oil change or 7500 miles. The more frequently you rotate your tires the longer they will last. It will save you money in the long run.
Q: How often should I change my spark plugs?
A: Depends on the vehicle. Most newer cars and trucks have 100,000 mile plugs. However they should be cleaned and regapped every 30,000 miles.
Q: How often should I do a transmission service?
A: Depends on the vehicle. most should be serviced every 50,000 miles.
Q: When should I change my air filter?
A: Rule of thumb, every 15,000 miles.
Q: When should I change my fuel filter?
A: Every 30,000 miles.
Q: Do fuel injector services work?
A: Yes, it cleans the injector nozzles and carbon deposits on valves and in the combustion chamber to improve fuel economy.
Q: Does my coolant need to be changed?
A: Depends on the vehicle. Most newer vehicles have long life coolant 100,000 miles. If not 30,000 miles intervals.
Q: Does my steering fluid need to be serviced?
A: Yes, based upon the condition of the fluid.
Q: Does my brake fluid need to be serviced?
A: Yes. Brake fluid is hydroscopic, which means it absorbs water. This causes corrosion and reduced braking power.
Matias Auto Center in Camden, NJ has the answers to FAQ about common automotive services. Call (856) 541-4444 to learn more!