Monthly Archives: June 2014

How often should I change my oil?

How often should I change my engine oil? Lynn, thank you for the question!  On average the vehicles we work on at A+ Japanese Auto Repair are due for an engine oil and oil filter change every 5,000 miles or 6 months (whichever comes first).  As a rule of thumb…  If you are an extremely low-mileage driver you should change your engine oil and oil filter at least once a year. Every Car's Oil Change Interval is Different When you read the fine print about engine oil change intervals, you will discover that the factory recommended service interval will range from 3,500 to over 10,000 miles for an oil change.  How often you should change you engine oil and oil filter depends on the driving condition and the type of oil that you use. Most of us think we drive under as "normal" driving conditions but we are actu ... read more

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Car Maintenance

Why rotate my tires every 5,000 miles?

Why rotate my tires every 5,000 miles?

Question posted by Jim T. regarding tire rotations on his 2005 Toyota “Just curious, I noticed I am doing a tire rotation every 5,000 miles.  What is the benefit of this? Thanks for the question Jim.  Let me explain… First of all, what is a tire rotation? Rotating tires means moving them from one wheel location to another — from left to right or back to front, or even diagonally.  At A+ Japanese Auto Repair when we perform a tire rotation we will rotate your tires from back to front.  We have noticed when we rotate tires in any other manner some vehicles will start to pull to one side or the other.  When we rotate back to front we eliminate this the majority of the time. What common items are diagnosed by tire wear? Here is a tire wear chart showing most of the common items we look for when inspecting tires during a tire r ... read more

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Car Maintenance
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