Frequently Asked Questions
Bringing your car in for regular service and maintenance is a great way to extend its life and to increase resale value. For everything from oil changes to major repairs, here at Griffin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Valdosta, our Service Department is dedicated to providing unparalleled work and affordable prices. Below is a list of frequently asked questions about service.
How often should I change my oil?
Although some people think that oil changes are unnecessary or excessive, you need regular oil changes to keep your engine clean and well-lubricated. Most regular oil should be replaced every 3,000 miles, though if you have more expensive synthetic oil, you can wait until every 5,000 miles. Always check your vehicle manual for guidelines.
What is the proper tire pressure?
The manufacturer has a suggested PSI (pounds per square inch) that should always be followed. This can be found on a sticker on the driver’s side door jamb. If it’s not there, check the tire itself for maximum pressure ratings. Proper inflation extends tire life by reducing wear, it increases handling, and it can even up fuel economy.
When should brakes be changed?
This is a tricky question to answer, largely because it depends on driving habits and the roads you drive on. Regular inspections are a great way to play it safe-your brakes should be changed if the pads have less than 2/32″ of material left. Signs that you might need new brakes include squealing brakes, pulsing, or grinding noises.
Why should I go to a dealer?
Dealer service is performed by professional, certified technicians who are trained to work on your specific brand. They use only OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts to ensure a proper fix, and they have better diagnostic equipment. If you want something done right the first time, take it to a dealership.
Still have questions about automotive service? Give us a call or stop by our Service Center. Our friendly staff here at Griffin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Valdosta will be more than happy to help you with all your automotive needs.