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Common Auto Repair FAQs

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Between the engine, timing belt, and brakes, there are many parts that keep your car running smoothly. So, if there's an issue with anything, you may not be able to get around Gulfport, Pascagoula, or Waveland safely.

If this is the case, you'll want to get repairs as soon as one is needed. Which repairs could that be? We'll tell you below with our list of common auto repair FAQs. Read through them, then contact Pat Peck Nissan to get service done on your automobile.

Why is My Car Drifting and Pulling?

Why is My Car AC Blowing Hot Air?

Why is My Car Stalling?

How Often Should I Change My Oil?

Engine Oil

Many vehicles need an oil change every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. However, some modern cars-especially vehicles that use synthetic oil-can go as long as 10,000 miles or even 15,000 miles before needing an oil change.

Then, there are automobiles that need an oil change every 3,000 miles. However, these are mainly for those drivers who frequently experience severe driving conditions, which can include:

  • Excessive idling, like in stop-and-go traffic
  • Driving on dusty, muddy, or gravely roads
  • Frequent towing or carrying heavy objects on a roof rack

Since oil change intervals vary by car, you'll want to check your owner's manual for the recommended timeframe.

When Should I Replace My Timing Belt?

It's recommended to replace your timing belt every 60,000 miles to 100,000 miles. However, you'll want to refer to your owner's manual for an accurate mileage interval.

There are some signs that'll indicate when a timing belt needs to be replaced. If there's any cracking, glazing, or pilling on the belt, then it'll need a replacement right away. Additionally, the belt may hydroplane on water between the belt and pulleys when water can't be dispersed away. If that happens, then there could be a loss of power to the engine accessories.

To prevent that from happening along with a loss of fuel economy, misfiring, and engine vibration, then have the timing belt replaced at the first sign of an issue.

Why Is My Check Engine Light On?

A check engine light could appear on the dashboard for several reasons, including:

  • A loose, damaged, or missing gas cap
  • A bad catalytic converter
  • Needing to replace the oxygen sensor
  • Needing to replace the spark plugs

Since there a variety of instances when the check engine light could come on, you'll want to get it check out as soon as possible. Otherwise, you may get less miles per gallon, which could lead to more trips to the gas pump. Likewise, you could cause great damage to the several parts we mentioned above, leading to a needed replacement.

Why Are My Brakes Squeaking?

Brake Pedal

There are times when hearing squeaking or squealing from the brakes is normal. This is usually when you're applying the brakes for the first time after a rainstorm. It could also be from traveling on dusty or sandy roads, or heavy loads that can put more pressure on the brakes.

The squeaking noise can happen when the metal rotor that the brake pads squeeze together vibrate. To fix this, you could rub a milk spray, lotion, or cream on the back of the brake pads. Another option is to use sandpaper to sand off surface hardening of the brake pad. Also, you may even want to try a different type of brake pad to see if that helps.

However, if the squeaking persists, then it may be from worn brake pads. As the pads get thinner, a small metal tab contacts the rotor surface to warn you that it's time to get new brake pads. Otherwise, you may damage the brake rotors, resulting in those needing to be replaced, too.

Still curious about squeaking brakes? Check out our full article here!

Schedule an Auto Repair Today

We hope these addressed the auto repair inquiries you have. If not, you can always contact the maintenance experts at Pat Peck Nissan.

You can also schedule service if you're needing any type of repairs or replacements near Gulfport, Pascagoula, or Waveland. Bring your car to our state-of-the-art facility, and our team will get to work on getting your vehicle in tip-top shape again in no time!

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