Common Questions to Ask Your Mechanic

Common Questions for Your Car Mechanic:

  1. How often should I replace my air filter?
    On average, clean your air filter every 10,000-12,000 miles and change the filter every 30,000 miles to ensure optimal engine performance. The quality of your air filter is affected by your driving conditions—if dusty, unpaved roads are part of your everyday journey, you’ll probably need to replace your air filter more often than someone who regularly drives on a concrete highway.
  2. What type of motor oil is best for my engine?
    Check your owner’s manual and ask your local car mechanic which motor oil is best for your car make and model. Generally, any oil that meets the American Petroleum standard is a safe option, and, although more costly, synthetic oils often make the best choice. Synthetic oils provide ultimate temperature protection, durability, and all-round performance.
  3. How can I tell if my battery is low or should be replaced?
    Your car battery can be adversely affected by extreme weather conditions and excessive wear and tear. If your battery won’t hold a charge or your car’s warranty has expired, your car is most likely ready for a new battery. Damage to the battery casing is another warning sign that the battery should be replaced—dangerous chemicals can leak when the casing is cracked.
  4. How will I know my brakes need maintenance?
    If you experience pulling, pedal vibration, or brake pedals that stick, your car’s brakes should be checked. Heed these warning signs, and schedule an inspection at your local auto shop.
  5. How often should I change my transmission fluid?
    For optimal transmission protection, car mechanics recommend changing your transmission fluid every 30,000 miles. It also recommends a complete transmission flush to prevent debris and old fluid from damaging critical transmission parts.In between transmission fluid changes, ask your car mechanic to check the fluid level.