Auto Maintenance - Frequently Asked Questions

All Your Auto Service & Car Repair Related Questions Answered

"What Does that Light Mean?" And Other Frequently Asked Vehicle Service Questions

Servicing your car, truck or SUV might be something you think about infrequently. This make sense: we are so busy that it is a task that often falls to the wayside until something goes wrong. By preventing vehicle problems before they start, however, you can extend the life and performance of your car.

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What are some of the questions we hear most often in our service center? Here are a few:  

  • What is the maintenance schedule for my Nissan model?
  • What does the "check engine" light really mean?
  • How frequently should I get my oil changed?
  • Does it really matter where I have my car serviced?
  • How can I avoid draining my car's battery?
  • How much pressure should I fill my tires with?
  • What do I do if I get a flat tire?

Let's look at the answers to these questions.

FAQs About Auto Maintenance:

What does the "check engine" light mean?

Seeing your check engine light appear can be stress-inducing. However, we have compiled some information on what this indicator light means. Check out our 'What to Learn from a Check Engine Light' page for helpful information.

How often should I change my oil?

This is one of the most important things drivers can do to extend the life of their vehicle. Though we recommend an oil change every 3,000 miles, you can check your owner's manual for more information.

Does it matter where I have my car serviced?

It really, really does. The automotive technicians here at AutoCenters Nissan are trained and certified and know this brand like the back of their hands.

What is the maintenance schedule for my Nissan?

Maintaining your Nissan is perhaps the best way to save money in the long run. Maintenance costs a lot less than expensive repairs. Keep your Nissan in tip top shape by following the maintenance guide in your owner's manual. An even easier option? Our online service guide: simply choose the year, make and model of your Nissan and we'll tell you what the recommended maintenance is. 

How can I prevent draining my car's battery?

There's nothing like having a dead battery on your way to an important meeting, or worse, to pick up your kids. We have a few prevention tips to avoid draining your car's battery. Here are the basics: first, make sure you turn off your lights. This is a common way that drivers inadvertently drain their battery. Short-distance driving, corrosion, and extreme hot or cold temperatures can also decrease the life of your vehicle's battery.

What should my vehicle's tire pressure be?

If you've ever envisioned your tire blowing up while filling it with air, don't worry. Nissan owners enjoy an "Easy-Fill Tire Alert" which notifies the driver when it's time to get air and when it's time to stop filling. Pretty convenient, huh?

What do I do if I get a flat tire?

Flat tires are so inconvenient, and in some cases can pose a hazard. What should you do if you get a flat tire while driving? Slow down gradually, while keeping a good grip on your steering wheel, pull over or pull off of the road, and turn on your emergency signals. Get out when it's safe and take a look at the flat. Raise your hood to let other driver's know that you need help, then start the tire change process or call for help.

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AutoCenters Nissan

1825 E Edwardsville Rd.
Directions Wood River, IL 62095

  • Sales: 618-251-3000
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