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Service Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - Inverness, FL

Getting regular service done on your car is the key to prolonging its life, increasing its trade-in value, preserving its fuel efficiency, and making sure its safety is maintained. However, it can sometimes be confusing to know when you need to get some services performed or what some service terms means. Here are some frequently asked questions we get here at Nick Nicholas Ford.


How often do I really need an oil change?

The best answer to this question is in your owner’s manual. While the standard suggestion has always been every 3,000 miles, your car might not need its oil changed that frequently. The advancements in engine technology and engine materials have made the need for oil changes less frequent.

However, while the interval is usually suggested in mileage, if you don’t drive as much as other people or only drive short distances, you may actually need to change your oil sooner. Frequent short-distance driving doesn’t allow the engine to reach its optimal operating temperature, causing build-up in the engine.

Why do I need to get my oil changed?

Engine oil places a vital role in making sure that your engine runs properly and efficiently. It lubricates the various mechanics of your engine, keeping friction to a minimum so that they do not overheat.
It also serves to wash away debris that may get stuck inside of your engine, which could also cause overheating and other damage. As your oil gets dirty or as your oil supply runs low, your engine suffers.

Do I need to change the oil filter too?

Yes. The oil filter prevents oil contaminants from getting to the engine. But like any other filter, it does get clogged over time, so you’ll want to change it. Because engines are better off using bad oil than no oil at all, oil filters are designed to let oil bypass them if they get too clogged. When that happens, your engine is due for trouble, so you really want to avoid this! Get your oil filter changed at every other oil change.

When do I need to have my brakes changed?

This answer really depends on your driving habits. If you are frequently driving through hilly terrain or only encounter city traffic, this type of driving will wear out your brakes faster than flat, highway driving. In general, you should have your brakes inspected every 10,000 miles or about once a year.

Many brake systems have a built-in safety indicator that will cause your brakes to screech when the pads are getting worn down too low. If you ever hear unfamiliar sounds coming from your brakes, you should have them inspected as soon as possible.

When should I check tire pressure and why does it matter?

Tire pressure can significantly affect the behavior of your vehicle. Lower pressures give better grip, but increase fuel economy and tire wear. Higher pressures improve fuel economy but increase the risk of tire failure. The key is to find the right compromise.

You should check tire pressures every month, or every week in the winter (cold temperatures make tire pressures drop very quickly). Your Owner’s Manual will tell you what your tire pressures should be. You can usually find the information written on the width of the driver’s door or on the tires themselves, as well.

When should I get new tires?

When a tire’s tread is too low, it has stopped maintaining the appropriate tire pressure properly, or if the tire has worn down unevenly, it may be time for you to get new tires. A professional can help you out with this decision.
Additionally, even if your tires appear to be in good shape, it’s a good idea to replace them around every five years. Your owner’s manual will also give you a good idea of how frequently the tires should be changed.

How do I know if my tires have enough tread?

There is a simple trick that can let you know if your tires have enough tread. All you have to do is place a penny in between the tire tread, rotating it so that Lincoln’s head faces inward. If you can see the top of his head still, the tire’s tread is likely worn out.
However, every tire is different, and it’s still a good idea to get a professional, second opinion, regardless of what the penny says.

How often should I change my wiper blades?

If you normally park your car indoors, you can get away with changing your wiper blades just once a year. If you regularly park outdoors, you should change them as often as three times per year. A good way to know when your wipers are ready to be replaced is when they begin streaking across the windshield.

Can I drive my car while the check engine light is on?

There are many different reasons why a check engine light could appear on your dashboard, and some are more dangerous than others. For this reason, we advise that you have a professional evaluate the engine immediately.
Until then, drive carefully and slowly. Try to make an appointment as soon as possible, and practice caution in the meantime, even if you think you know why the light has appeared.

What is the Ford Owner Advantage Program?

This is a free program offered by Ford. Ask any Service Advisor how to enroll in the​ Owner Advantage Program. Once you are a member, you can bring in any car from your household (any make or model) for service to accumulate your rewards. Benefits include a $10 enrollment bonus you can use towards future pars or service, a 5% credit on all parts and service purchases that can be applied to future service, and special oil change offers.

Register at Ford Owner today to learn all the advantages of owning a Ford.


If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact the service department here at Nick Nicholas Ford. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have.


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2901 Hwy 44 West
Inverness, FL 34453
Phone: (352) 726-1231
Fax: (352) 726-0178
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