- When do brake pads need replacing and how do I notice?
If every time you press the brake pedal you hear a squeaking noise, it means that the brake pads are worn out and need replacement.
It is recommended to replace the pads every 20,000 to 40,000 kilometers, depending on the usage.
- What are the signs that the brake pads need replacing?
Usually, you can realize that the brake pads are damaged due to low brake performance. To be sure though, the following are some additional signs that will help you determine their condition;
- Squeaking noise or high friction noise every time you press the brakes
- The brake pedal may be lower than usual
- Vibrations on the brake pedal or steering wheel, meaning high friction.
- A lot of black dust on the car wheels (especially the front wheels)
- Low brake performance
- When do we need an oil change?
Oil changes depend on two main factors: the type of lubricant and driving conditions, although it is recommended to change the lubricant at least once a year.
However, when the car is constantly moving in the city and constantly at low speeds, it is recommended to change the lubricant every 6 months (always according to the manufacturer's specifications).
In addition, it is recommended to check the oil level every 1,000 kilometers and if the oil consumption is more than 1 liter, there may be some malfunction or leakage. Some models justify certain oil consumption by the manufacturer. To determine whether your vehicle has a certain oil consumption, refer to the user manual.
If the engine burns oil, the exhaust gases have white smoke and a stifling odor. In the event of a leak check the crankcase drain bolt, gaskets, engine block and crankshaft. If any oil has leaked, visit a workshop immediately.
- When do I need to change my car's timing belt?
On average, a timing belt needs replacing about every 80,000km or every 4 years. An experienced engineer can detect premature damage to a timing belt.
- What is a timing belt and why is it important?
Inside the engine of your car there are two parts called crankshafts and camshafts that must run in sync with each other. The timing belt is responsible for this synchronization.
A broken timing belt can cause the pistons and valves to collide with each other which will severely damage the engine and will be expensive to repair.
- How do I know when to replace my timing belt?
In order for obvious signs that the timing belt is about to break to exist, its maintenance must have been neglected and we will be lucky that it has not broken so far. That's why it is recommended to replace the timing belt every 80,000km or every 4 years.
You should also change the timing belt if you have recently purchased a car for which you do not know the history of its repairs. It is better to replace the timing belt early, rather than to risk great damage to the engine.
Because timing belt replacement work is usually time-consuming, it will be cost effective to combine it with other maintenance on your vehicle. For example consider changing all components (gears and tensioners) that may have not shown any wear sings.