Car Maintenance FAQ

Car Maintenance FAQ

Why is car maintenance important?
The answer is simple: to keep your car newer and longer. By letting us perform routine maintenance on your car, you’ll be able to avoid greater automotive breakdowns.

Vital fluid exchanges, dirty filters, faulty belts and old spark plugs in your car can lead to bigger problems such as radiator damage, slipping gear shifts and engine failure if not maintained in a timely manner. That’s why routine maintenance is key to the longevity of your vehicle. Maintenance that you think you can “let go” in the short term can often become an “Oh, no!” .

The manufacturer creates a maintenance schedule (see the owner’s manual) that is specific to the vehicle. By following that schedule, your vehicle has the potential to maintain optimal performance as you drive more miles, extend the life of parts, and save you some money on replacing expensive parts.

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How often should I have routine maintenance performed?
Every car, SUV, truck or van manufacturer lists time and mileage intervals for routine maintenance, inspections and parts replacement. Some maintenance intervals are shorter and need to be performed more frequently, while others are longer and only need to be performed once or twice throughout the life of the vehicle.

Some vehicles also have internal clocks that remind you when maintenance is required. Keep an eye out for these indicators.

Of course, if you need maintenance sooner, we’re here to help you with the recommended maintenance intervals. Find your vehicle’s recommended maintenance intervals.

Need maintenance? Schedule an appointment.

Is the cost of car maintenance “worth it” in the long run?
Regular maintenance on your car, my friend, is a smart decision – it extends both the life of your car and the return on your investment. Regular maintenance helps avoid replacing more expensive parts.

Take, for example, an oil change on an average sedan with more than 100,000 miles on the clock. During those miles, you’ll need about 25 oil changes (every 4,000 miles). Assuming the average cost of an oil change is about $25, your total cost for an oil change would be $625. If you don’t change your oil in the meantime, your engine will likely flood with contaminants and eventually seize up. The reason? Thick, dirty oil can’t properly lubricate vital parts, causing metal-to-metal friction. The result? A costly obstacle: an engine replacement costs around $4,000.

You can find all recommended maintenance intervals in your owner’s manual. Or, you can find them on our website.

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What are the most common maintenance items recommended by manufacturers?
They vary, but here’s a good place to start:

Routine parts and fluid checks
Coolant replacement
Replace filters (air filter, interior air filter, fuel filter)
Replace timing belt
Change transmission fluid
Replace spark plugs
Change axle oil
Replacement of tires
All inspections and recommended maintenance services vary by vehicle make and model. Check your owner’s manual for your vehicle’s specific needs.

Find your vehicle’s maintenance schedule on our website. Find out the recommended maintenance intervals for your vehicle.

Need maintenance? Schedule an appointment.

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Replacing light bulbs
How many different light bulbs does the average car have?
More than most Christmas trees. Really. It’s not just fog lights, turn signals, rear bulbs, mirror bulbs, and side bulbs you need to deal with. Bulbs are everywhere, especially in vehicles with fancy LED bulbs: more than 100 bulbs in the rear alone. These bulbs have varying lifespans, so it’s important to check your vehicle regularly to make sure no critical rear or front lights are out.

Got a bad bulb? Let us put the sparkle back in your headlights. Schedule an appointment.

How long do light bulbs typically last?
Light bulbs have varying lifespans, so it’s important to have your vehicle inspected regularly. We can test for burned out bulbs with a free courtesy inspection. On your next visit to the store, you can request a free courtesy inspection where we will visually inspect your vehicle, including all lights. We’ll tell you if any of the bulbs are broken or out of order, and bring the luster back to your car.

Get new bulbs and a new glow. Schedule an appointment.

How many vehicles currently have burned out exterior bulbs?
One in three vehicles has a burned out headlight. With so many lights on today’s vehicles, burnouts are inevitable. People who don’t use turn signals can easily be seen as reckless drivers. However, with a 33% chance of a bulb burning out, they may not even realize the turn signal is burned out.

Stay alert. If you notice someone honking their horn or flashing their lights at you for no apparent reason, don’t lose your cool. They could be trying to tell you something very important: your lights are out. Then again, maybe they just don’t mean well.

Light bulb out? Come on in. Schedule an appointment.

Besides the obvious benefit of better lighting, are there other benefits to replacing your bulbs?
Absolutely. If you’re afraid of the dark, then lights are for you. If you’re talking about headlights, they’re also essential for improving your visibility and that of others when you’re traveling on dark roads. Turn signals and brake lights also play a vital role. They allow other drivers to see you and anticipate your movements on the road, thus reducing the likelihood of a collision.

Is it time for new bulbs? Find your local Firestone Car Care Center.

What are the biggest factors that cause bulbs to burn out?
Condensation and moisture buildup are the biggest killers of light bulbs. Let’s face it, water and electrical equipment were never meant to coexist.

With a free courtesy inspection, we can look for condensation buildup inside the bulb housing, especially in the headlights. Condensation could mean that your taillight or headlight assembly is damaged and needs to be replaced.

Replace the bulb. Schedule an appointment.

Why replace the entire headlight housing if it’s just a burnt out bulb?
Some automakers require the installation of an entire new headlight kit, not just a bulb replacement. Also, many manufacturers don’t offer separate headlight housing replacement parts if the headlight housing components are damaged or missing.

The same is true for popular LED lights. any light on an LED fixture requires replacing the entire light assembly. While this costs more than just replacing the bulb, you will have brand new manufacturer equipment, which is always a plus.

Sometimes, replacing an entire headlight housing can be a good thing for a headlight. The reason? Damaged or missing housing components can lead to failures and burnouts.

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Time for new headlights? Make an appointment.

How can I tell if a bulb is about to burn out?
Unless you have a bulb burnout ESP. if you have this unique skill, give us a call, we’d love to hire you. Jokes aside, the only real indication that a bulb is about to burn out is if you notice that one or both headlights appear dimmer than normal.

How do I detect if my turn signals are burned out?
Turn signals that blink faster, or that are supposed to come on but never do, are indicators. If you notice this with your turn signals, it’s a warning from your car that one of the turn signal bulbs is burned out. Not all cars have these burnout indicators, though, so be sure to check your vehicle regularly.

While a burned out exterior bulb can be hard to detect while driving, it’s still important to check your exterior lights on a semi-regular basis. Some people will go months or years before realizing that a very important bulb has burned out. Replacing the bulb is a must so that you can let other drivers know that you’re there or what your intentions are when you’re on the road.

Request a free courtesy inspection and we will check all your bulbs for you. Schedule a free courtesy check.

Time for a new bulb? Make an appointment.

Do you offer headlight condensing services?
Yes, of course we do. This is because condensation and moisture buildup inside your headlights can cause bulbs to burn out or have reduced output. We eliminate bulb condensation by replacing the bulb and/or housing. Even worse is water buildup inside the headlights as it can damage the electrical system of the vehicle. With this service, we eliminate condensation by ensuring that the bulb and housing are replaced when necessary.

What bulbs are available at Firestone Car Care Center?
Bulbs that make your car brighter.Sylvania is an industry leader and the world’s largest manufacturer of automotive lighting, and we are proud to carry Sylvania bulbs. From design to technology, Sylvania has always been at the forefront of cutting-edge automotive lighting solutions.Sylvania has designed and perfected more than 400 bulb types, ranging from auxiliary lamps, advanced halogen lamps to LED lamps. With so many lamps to choose from, chances are we have the bulb you need.

Have a bad bulb? Schedule a bulb replacement.

Wiper Blade Replacement
How long do wiper blades typically last?
The lifespan of your wiper blades depends on where you live. Heat does wear down the rubber wiper blades on your windshield; therefore, if you live in a hot climate, your wipers will inevitably need to be replaced more frequently. Accordingly, if you use your windshield wipers frequently and live in an area with a lot of rain, snow, or ice, the wiper blades will have a shorter lifespan.

A general rule of thumb for wiper blades is that if they get water or snow on them and obstruct your vision when you scrape across them, it’s time for new blades.

Worn out wiper blades? Get them replaced at your nearest Firestone Car Care Center.

Why don’t wiper blades last long?
Wiper blades are probably one of the most misunderstood parts in automotive history. After all, they’re the only truly functional part that’s completely exposed to the harsh outside elements 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It’s a tough life. Keeping your vision clear, no matter what the weather, is also a tough job.

With all these factors in mind, it’s no wonder that something so small, so thin, and so important can only provide optimal visibility for so long.

Outgrow your old windshield wipers. Replace them with new TRICO® wiper blades. Make an appointment.

What’s the biggest contributor to wiper blade wear?
Your windshield wipers are exposed to the elements day in and day out, which means everything from heat and rain to snow, road salt and ice can have an impact. In addition to these factors, wiper blades wear out with repeated use.

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What happens when wiper blades age?
All that sunlight. All the heat. All the use. All of these factors affect the life of your wiper blades. As rubber wiper blades are put through the elements, they begin to lose their elasticity and become brittle. Rubber cracks and tears. The wiper blades wear down, exposing the metal. Eventually, wiper blades leave streaks and smudges, making it harder for you to see what’s in front of you. Worst of all, if the rubber on the blades runs out, the metal underneath can scratch the windshield. Oops.

Give your car a fresh look with new TRICO wiper blades. Make an appointment.

Can I tell the difference after replacing my wiper blades?
Replacing your wiper blades is like removing the blindfold from your eyes. Better function will result in better visibility. TRICO wiper blades protect more drivers than any other wiper manufacturer in North America.TRICO wiper blades allow you to focus on what matters most – keeping you and your passengers safe.

Install new TRICO wiper blades today. Make an appointment.

What are the symptoms that indicate you need new wiper blades?
Stains, smudges, streaks, rubbing and scratches on your windshield. If your “swoosh” doesn’t sound right, doesn’t look right, or most importantly, if you can’t see when the wiper blades are turning back and forth, it’s time for a wiper replacement.

We have the latest technology from TRICO. Our wiper blades are sized to fit virtually all makes and models of automobiles. Wiper blade replacement is quick and easy, and we’ll be happy to install your next set of blades.

Learn more about TRICO wiper blades.

Need new wiper blades installed? Give us a call. Schedule an appointment.

Does Firestone Auto Body have wiper blades designed specifically for my vehicle?
Yes, we do! We do! We install TRICO wiper blades for virtually all vehicle wiper types and sizes. Our Firestone Auto Body chain of stores stocks and installs the appropriate wiper blades. This includes front and rear wiper blades designed for use in the harshest weather conditions.