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Rob's Auto Repair Blog, Tips & Frequently Asked Questions for Cars & Trucks in the Alton, IL area.

There are numerous benefits to having your vehicle maintenance. For starters, it ensures your car is running and operating to its maximum capacity. This includes having your oil changed, routine tire rotation, brake inspections and repairs, battery replacements when needed.

Having your tires rotated helps ensure your tires have an even wear. If you have an all-wheel-drive vehicle; uneven tires could be damaging to your AWD system. In our professional opinion, your tires should be rotated every 5,000-7,000 miles.

Your car battery depends on your environment and driving patterns, but on average should last around four to five years. Extreme temperatures can be detrimental to your battery and if you frequently drive less than 20 minutes, your battery will never have a chance to fully charge. A good warning sign it is time for a battery replacement is if you notice a rotten smell which means there is a battery leak and can result in corrosion.

Your check engine light could mean a hundred different things. There are numerous sensors and computerized components that oversee your vehicle’s engine performance and emissions. When you notice your check engine light – get serviced immediately to help prevent further damage from happening.

The recommendation is every 5,000; 7,500 or 10,000 miles. It also depends on what type of car you have, the oil you use and the distance you drive every day. Some signs that indicate when you need an oil change: loud engine noises – oil acts as a lubricant, dirty oil means it can’t lubricate well which leads to parts rubbing together, falling oil level or when your check engine light appears.

It is normal for your brakes to squeak at times. However, if you hear a more metallic noise than a high-pitched squeal; you’re your brake pad could be scraping on your brake disc and can happen if your brake pad deteriorates entirely. The three common types of brake pads are semi-metallic, organic and ceramic.

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