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1700 Siebarth Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70615
Service Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) in Lake Charles, LA
There is so much to know about vehicle service, but don't worry - we've got you covered. From oil changes and spark plugs to tires and brakes, Nissan of Lake Charles can answer any of your questions. Come in today or call us at (337) 439-9955. Our certified Nissan service staff is ready to help you in any way they can!
Q: What does oil do in the engine?
A: Oil plays three major roles within the engine. First, it lubricates all the moving metal parts so they don’t damage one another. Second, the oil flows through the engine and removes heat, effectively helping to keep the engine cool and prevent any overheating issues. Third, oil prevents carbon deposits from building up on and damaging the cooler parts of the engine.
Q: How often should I change my oil?
A: Every automaker has their own guidelines about how often you need an oil change. Your best bet is to check your owner’s manual. As a general rule, your oil should be changed every six months or 7,500 miles, whichever comes first. A dealership service department will rotate your tires and look for any problems if you have your oil change done there.
Q: What will happen if I don’t change my oil?
A: Failing to get an oil change will ultimately result in engine damage and that can get very expensive very fast. You could damage the camshaft or pistons and have to replace either part. You’ll also experience subpar performance and efficiency. An oil change is basically insurance for your engine block.
Q: Why do I need to rotate my tires?
A: Rotating your tires is necessary due to the job performed by the tires. The front tires carry the weight of the engine and transmission and wear faster as a result. The fact that they also lead the car around corners doesn’t help either. The rear tires carry much less weight and simply follow the front tires which result in slower wear. Rotating your tires extends the lifespan of the set and allows you to purchase a new set all at once.
Q: When do I need new brakes?
A: How fast your brakes wear largely depends on your environment, how you drive, and what kind of streets your drive on. Some general signs you need new brakes include a high-pitched squeal, vibrating brake pedal, and the car pulling to one side when braking.
Q: When should I get new tires?
A: New tires are required when the tread wear indicators disappear, or when so much tread is gone that you start to see cord or fabric showing through the rubber. Of course, the safe thing to do is change your tires even more frequently. Check your owner’s manual for a suggested timeframe.
Q: Do my tires have enough tread?
A: If tread wear indicators disappear, it should be obvious that your tires no longer have enough tread. In the meantime, you can see how much tread is left with "the penny trick". Simply place a penny between the grooves, Lincoln’s head inward, and make sure that most of his head is covered.
Q: How do I know how much to inflate my tires?
A: Keeping your tires properly inflated is key. Thankfully, the exact amount of tire pressure you should aim for is likely located on the inside of your car door and in your owner’s manual. Vehicles with a tire monitoring system also frequently have this information.
Q: Can I continue to drive if my “check engine” light is on?
A: Yes, but proceed with caution. There are many reasons why this indicator light may go on, some of which are much more dangerous than others. If your “check engine” light turns on, the best thing you can do is see a professional as soon as possible – driving extra carefully in the meantime.
Q: How often should I check my coolant?
A: You should check and top off your coolant every few months. The most important time of the year to have a proper amount of coolant is during the winter season when coolant is vital to keeping your engine from freezing. Make a coolant check part of your regular maintenance routine.